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Wine bar in 1st Arr

chipndale Aug 24, 2011 07:00 AM

Could anyone please suggest some good wine bars in 1st Arr?
I will be staying around Les Halles during my trip in Paris, it's good to know some suggestions around this area.

Actually I don't have any concept of the wine bar in Paris...
I think it's a place that can have good wine and light snacks causally up till late night? =)

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    Oakglen RE: chipndale Aug 24, 2011 07:24 AM

    Le Rubis, just off Place st. Honore, has an orriginal zinc bar, old, and some say irascible wait staff. We usually sit at a table on the main floor. Don't be upset by the the lack of labels on some bottles, they have a great pipeline to small vineyards. If you can remember the 50's, this is memory central.

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      Parigi RE: Oakglen Aug 24, 2011 07:30 AM

      Was just about to recommend Le Rubis. Oakglen, you beat me to it.

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        chipndale RE: Parigi Aug 24, 2011 08:40 AM

        Did some searching on Le Rubis.
        It looks like a little interesting place, thanks for the suggestion!

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          Oakglen RE: chipndale Aug 24, 2011 12:35 PM

          Don't forget to try the Andouillette sausage; an acquired taste perhaps, but a standard offering in the classic wine bars.

    2. ChefJune RE: chipndale Aug 24, 2011 10:45 AM

      Well, my favorite is Willi's. 13 rue des Petits Champs. Open Mon -Sat, 11 to 11. and there's another around the corner from Willi's that is open later. Have never noted the name, but have often gone there after getting put out of Willi's. :)

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        Parigi RE: ChefJune Aug 24, 2011 11:02 AM

        Willi's is nice but is really a full-fledged restaurant. If the OP is looking for a lighter meal between two major meals, why eliminate one of his starred choices in order to go to Willi's?

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          ChefJune RE: Parigi Aug 24, 2011 12:57 PM

          Willi's is also a place to stop between meals for a snack and a glass of wine. Or a late bite. We've often enjoyed a light meal there.

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            Oakglen RE: ChefJune Aug 24, 2011 03:28 PM

            Willi's, Maceo and Juveniles are modern versions with good food, more or less, all walkable from Le Rubis. Superior wine bars are available in other parts of the city if food is your criteria. But for us, Le Rubis is a fine hangout for odd hours etc.

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              PhilD RE: Oakglen Aug 24, 2011 04:15 PM

              But does Le Rubis still close at 9:00?

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                Oakglen RE: PhilD Aug 24, 2011 04:42 PM

                Rubis was our after work spot when I worked for the original Parisbas; now we go for a light lunch or use it a meeting place. Haven't a clue as to the closing hour. Sorry.

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                  PhilD RE: Oakglen Aug 24, 2011 04:48 PM

                  I seem to recall it was good for an after work drink but closed early (my apartment was next to Hotel Costes) with it winding down after 8:00 as that area does get quite after the shops shut.

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                    chipndale RE: PhilD Aug 24, 2011 10:43 PM

                    Seems there have quite a wide selection around the area.
                    Thanks all for the suggestions!

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                      Parigi RE: PhilD Aug 25, 2011 01:11 AM

                      This website says it closes at 10:30pm.

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          jock RE: chipndale Aug 25, 2011 06:27 AM

          Juveniles and Au Bon Cru are both within a block of Willi's. IMO both are more fun and certainly less expensive and less "affected."

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            thimes RE: chipndale Aug 27, 2011 06:06 AM

            I was going to recommend Le Rubis as well. We really enjoyed it but had our wine standing at the barrels on the street (I swear it was cheaper at the barrels too).

            I would also recommend Le Garde Robe (which I technically think is in the 1st but I could be wrong). It is essentially behind the louvre near Spring. We very much enjoyed that as well.

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