Posts Tagged ‘wine bars’

La Taverne Henry IV, a Local Paris Wine Bar

Opened in 1885, La Taverne Henry IV is one of the oldest wine bars still serving in Paris today. And while the food is fresh, the recipes have […]

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Reviving the Vineyards of Paris

Walled vineyards were common in Paris, from the medieval city to the French capital, in the 19th century. Most of the original ones […]

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Three Paris Wine Bars for Summer

There is seemingly no end to enticing Paris wine bars where you can find not only interesting, natural or….

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Best Paris Restaurants of 2012

In a break from our regular Foodie Fave column, Girls’ Guide food writers Kelly Page, Barbra Austin, and Aurelie Douard look back on some of their favorite Paris restaurants of 2012. Whether you’re after a quick lunch in Oberkampf, a girls’ night out at a wine bar, or a tasting menu showcasing the best French ingredients, we’ve got the tip for you. Let’s start things off in the 11th Arrondissement […]

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Baked St.-Marcellin with honey sauce at the 5th Arrondissement Paris wine bar Le Porte-Pot

Le Porte-Pot

When it came time to find an appropriate place to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau this year, I ran through my regular list of Paris wine bars. But no one was offering anything special for the occasion, so my friend and I ventured off list to a wine bar I had been meaning to try. This place was also pouring the young red wine fresh on the third Thursday of November, as tradition dictates.

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Domaine Auchère Sancerre at L'Art Source, the 2nd Arrondissement Paris wine bar helmed by Martin Pélissier

L’Art Source

While I sometimes think there are too many restaurants in Paris, not all of them worthy, I can’t say there are too many wine bars in Paris. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing. You need one for every mood. Sometimes you’d like to spend the evening sampling different food and wine pairings. Sometimes you just want to meet for a drink and a snack before a late dinner. And sometimes you don’t want the night to end, and you need a place for casual after-dinner drinks.

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Frenchie Bar à Vins

Scoring a reservation at Frenchie is no easy feat. This modern bistro, run by chef Gregory Marchand, is small, widely lauded, with a deserving reputation for great food at a reasonable price. Thanks to abundant press coverage, every visiting American food lover […]

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Three Ways to Go Drinking in Paris

Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris transports the City of Light back to the bohemian 1920s, full of feathers and fur. So if you, like Gil Pender, are looking for a night sparkling with wonder and sights anew, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s more to be had than a simple verre de vin rouge. Here are three entirely different ways to go drinking in Paris.

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Fennel and radicchio salad at Au Passage, a small-plates wine bar in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris

Au Passage

It’s very possible that you will second-guess your directions on the way to Au Passage. This Paris wine bar, which opened late last summer, is on a nondescript street with virtually no other visible commerce, little traffic and no character. All of which, of course, is part of its charm.

No money seems to have been put into the room.

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Paris Restaurant Reviews: Le Verre Volé

There seems to be no end to the cave à manger trend—wine shops where you can also eat. Some are proper Paris bistros; others offer little more than cheese and charcuterie in the way of comestibles. Le Verre Volé is a longstanding, mostly beloved stalwart of this scene, a bare-bones, canal-side canteen whose style has only ever been in its substance. That substance is the vin naturel—the nothing-added, unfiltered, minimally manipulated wine—lining the walls here.

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White bean purée with squid and ham at Aux Verres de Contact, Guillaume Délage's new bistro in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris

Aux Verres de Contact

Jadis, in the 15th Arrondissement, has joined the parade of Paris bistros that have opened offshoots, with a new address in the 5th called Aux Verres de Contact.

The name means “contact lenses,” […]

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Beets with crisp polenta at Verjus Bar à Vin, a restaurant in the 1st Arrondissement opened by the folks who brought us the secret supper club Hidden Kitchen

Verjus Bar à Vin

Fans of Hidden Kitchen will be happy to hear that the American expat couple behind the 16-seat supper club are opening a bona fide restaurant (even though it means, sadly, the end of HK). Whether Verjus will be easier to reserve remains to be seen—I anticipate high demand—but in the meantime, the downstairs wine bar is open for business.

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Paris Neighborhoods: Caulaincourt

Running between meetings yesterday, I stumbled upon a new (to me) Paris neighborhood, Caulaincourt. My introduction to the area began with a graffiti-adorned bridge that served as an overpass for the Montmartre Cemetery, where luminaries like Mme Récamier rest in eternal peace. Cars rushed passed while just below, lazy cats sprawled in the afternoon sun, shadows of the blossoming chestnut trees dancing across their bellies, settled tenants of this Paris neighborhood.

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Books about Paris: The Insider’s Choice

For more than a decade, Anglophone publishers have swamped their public with books about Paris. Recent offerings range from glowing memoirs to hefty how-to manuals, but almost all have one thing in common: their authors are not French.

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Late nights get rowdy and tourists get fearless at Le Verre Volé—just ask this break-dancing American

Le Verre Volé

Le Verre Volé is a shoebox-size wine bar along the banks of the Canal St.-Martin. Its name means “the stolen glass.” I don’t know about the missing stemware, but I can attest to having lost many other things at this joint, including cash, moderation and my natural wine virginity.

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