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They’re called bistros à vins. A small varied list for you, a little something to suit your suds-buds/wine-meter.
Willi’s Wine Bar
13 Rue des Petits Champs
Bustling, run by an ex-pat
42 rue Léon Frot
closed Sunday and Monday
The « Bistrot Melac » is one of the most famous Paris wine bars located in the eleventh arrondissement between Bastille and the Republique square. The owner, Jacques Mélac, seems to be like a sort of Cyrano de Bergerac with an enormous moustache. In another life, he was a sommelier in a big parisian hotel.
Hangout of James Baldwin, Chester Himes, Beauford Delaney, Duke Ellington, William Gardner Smith and George Plimpton
18, rue Tournon 75006 Paris
Tél : 01.43.26.16.16
Verjus Bar à Vin
47 rue de Montpensier, 75001
Try their fries. Packed with an outgoing international crowd.
Frenchie Bar à Vins
6 rue du Nil, 75002
Compelling wine list. Twenty seats, be prepared to share with the incrowd. Closed weekends.
1bis passage de Saint-Sebastien, 75011
Packed wall to wall with locals. Carefully selected wines. Relaxed vibe, try the burrata.
3 Carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006
Suits, foodies, bobos, neighborhood locals. Be prepared to get to know the person next to you very very well. Basque and Béarnais-inspired nibbles.
Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
19 rue des Fossés Saint Jacques, 75005
Small plates and tapas. Roughly 18 wines on the black-board menu, half in whites, half in reds, with prices starting at 4 € a glass, with people/estates like Descombes, Mosse, Dard & Ribo, Villemade. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Little Temple Bar
12 Rue Princesse 75006
An Irish Pub located in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés. Where football and rugby matches are screened live.