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Aug 24, 2011 07:00 AM

Wine bar in 1st Arr

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Oakglen

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

      1. re: Parigi

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

        1. re: chipndale

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

    2. 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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      1. re: ChefJune

        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?

        1. re: Parigi

          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.

          1. re: ChefJune

            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.

            1. re: Oakglen

              But does Le Rubis still close at 9:00?

              1. re: PhilD

                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.

                1. re: Oakglen

                  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.

                  1. re: PhilD

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

        2. 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."

          1. 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.