Paris-Bastille and the Marais
May 11, 2018
This small, sign-less wine bar near the Bastille, named for a French slang term for “bearded” after its hirsute owner, is currently enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity despite having being around for some years. Wine crates line the wall in an agreeably chaotic fashion and the place has a real ramshackle charm. The wine menus-which boasts a good selection available by the glasse-features many decent French wines as well a range of small-batch vintages from South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. If you’re hungry there are free nibbles lined up along the bar in colourful dishes and they also offer cheese and charcuterie plates if you’re after something more substantial. The lighting is atmospherically low, the owner is quite a character and the wine is well-chosen and reasonably priced. All in all this place has a lot more going for it than many of the more self-consciously hip bars in the neighbourhood its atmosphere is unforced and authentic, a real local gem. It’s not the most stylish bar in the city but it’s the kind of place you could while away a good few hours sampling glass after glass, lost in conversation and letting the world pass you by.
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