5 Parisian Wine Bars Worth Traveling For

by jadams

Travel & Play

Some call it “shoulder season.” We just call it the time of year where we order red wine and white wine, and a ton of rosé.

In honor of the technicolor leaves and the anything-goes wine options, we sought some travel advice from Victoria James––author, wine nerd and incredible sommelier––about where to drink in our ultimate city for wine. Paris in the fall is pretty hard to top.

  1. Le Willi’s Wine Bar

Location: 1st arrondissement

Why I Love to Drink There:

A staple for all oenophile-centric tourists, this little bar has been pouring wine for over 30 years, from an extensive list. This is the place that shook up the wine bar scene in Paris, refusing to pour plonk and instead dishing out the good stuff. Their small plates are also more than just an accompaniment to wine.

Something Unexpected:

The decor can be purchased! Bring home one of their iconic postcards or a poster as a gift or token of your travels.

 

  1. Buvette

Location: 9th arrondissement

Why I Love to Drink There:

The quintessential bistro except oozing with charm. The best thing about Buvette is that it is so much more than a wine bar. Open from early morning until late night, it can be your go-to place for a café au lait and croissant as well as a bottle of cru Beaujolais and Coq au Vin.

Something Unexpected:

Their sister restaurant (also aptly named Buvette) resides in the West Village in Manhattan.

 

  1. Au Sauvignon

            Location: Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Why I Love to Drink There:

Since 1954, this delightfully authentic bar à vin and bistro is no fuss and the perfect place to fortify in between lunch and dinner. Grab a table outside, order a glass of Quincy and dive into a Casse-Croûtes.

Something Unexpected:

Inside, take notice of their vintage harvest posters, photos of vignerons and clever political cartoons.

 

  1. La Grande Crèmerie

Location: Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Why I Love to Drink There:

A great place for glou glou (glug, glug) and serious wines alike, it is easy to go through a few bottles very quickly. There is always an awesome soundtrack, fueled by both French and American music on vinyl records and deliciously curated bites focusing on local products.

Something Unexpected:

If you’re from the USA, the manager, Fabrice, is from San Diego and speaks both English and French perfectly, making this a great, bilingual destination for the timid traveler.

 

  1. Candelaria

Location: 3rd arrondissement

Why I Love to Drink There:

Ok, so this is by no means a wine bar. Instead, it is part taco counter and part speakeasy mezcal-bar. What isn’t to love!? In a town so dominated by wine, sometimes you just need a change of pace. This is the destination for agave spirits and a taqueria that will wonderfully break up the monotony of cheese and baguettes.

Something Unexpected:

When entering the tiny counter restaurant, go through the unmarked door next to the stove and you’ll find an insanely serious bar, staffed by Experimental Cocktail Club graduates.

Something totally expected? How much we loved Victoria’s latest book, “Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé.”

You can pick up a copy here.


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