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Le Grand Fille et Fils
This wine lover’s paradise is tucked away in the beautiful Passage Vivienne in the 2nd arrondissement. A true family business, the space has been owned and operated by the same family for over 200 years. It was originally an exotic spice shop, where the owner would import spices from around the world. Today, stocking the most prestigious French wines, as well as some smaller producers, Le Grand Filles et Fils is the kind of place where you can sit at the bar, pick a bottle from the shop (at retail price!), and enjoy it over some charcuterie, cheese and olives. The staff is very knowledgeable and welcoming, and more often than not, you’ll end up in a friendly conversation with the other wine-enthusiasts at the bar. They also offer courses in wine & champagne tasting at their école du vin.
1 rue de la Banque, 75002
What I love about Verjus is the atmosphere, always lively yet not overly loud, and of course, very warm and inviting. The way the candlelight reflects across the stone arched ceiling creates an intimate feeling, illuminated upwards by the stainless steel stools and counters, and sparkling glassware against the mirrored bar. Just through the back wall is a spiraling iron staircase, which leads upstairs to their beautiful menu-fix gastronomic restaurant. Etched on the chalkboard wall are their daily offerings of wines from around the world, but mostly France, with glasses ranging from €6-12. A clipboard is placed in front of each stool, home to a short but creative list of tapas-style seasonal dishes. I generally order one of everything, because it’s all delicious and perfect for sharing. Some of my favorites are: burrata mozzarella, with wild greens, smoked almonds, and crimini mushrooms…buttermilk fried chicken with napa cabbage slaw & micro greens…and skillet broccoli with korean rice cake, anchovy and parmesan.
Frenchie Bar à Vins
Considering Frenchie, the restaurant, single handedly started a food revolution in Paris when it opened in 2009, just imagine what their wine bar did just two years later. The wine bar, located just across the street from the restaurant, offers seasonal small plates (many of which resemble the most popular items on the menu at the restaurant) that perfectly complement their international wine list. The atmosphere is cosy and bustling, perfect for an evening catching up with friends. Plenty of wines by the glass, as well as by the bottle, this wine bar just underwent a makeover which expanded its capacity by at least twice. Frenchie wine bar is one of the places in Paris where I feel at home, thanks to the warm team, who strives to get to know your taste in wine and will never suggest you something you don’t like. All of these accolades could only add up to one thing- Frenchie wine bar is nearly everyone’s favorite. So, be sure to head there between 7-8pm to snag a table, otherwise you can add your name to the wait list which hangs outside on a string.
6 rue du Nil, 75002
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
While the Experimental Cocktail Group is all about cocktails, they forayed into the art of the wine bar with this swanky left-bank location. Incredible wines are served both by the glass and bottle, and the list changes daily. Velvet-swathed cushions, a friendly bar staff, and candlelight are all you need to feel at home here. (OK- some creamy burrata and truffled jambon doesn’t hurt either!)
7 rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris