22 great wine bars in Paris 2023
Paris is obviously the best place to visit but it is not always so easy to keep track of the great wine bars in the city of lights. We have enlisted the talented local sommelier Thomas Simian to give us the keys to the city. Here is his guide to the top wine bars in Paris, plus tips from other wine professionals.
Phone: +33 1 71 60 51 57
Address: 3 Rue Victor Massé, Paris
At the foot of the Butte Montmartre (Paris 9th arrondissement), Pierre Renauld (ex-Vantre) at only 26 years old decides to partner with Idealwine for the opening of a wine bar. 228 Litres is young, dynamic and relaxed. Feel free to get there at any time of the evening.
Phone: +33 6 07 87 55 04
Address: 77 Rue Beaubourg, Paris
I found this bar by accident, when I walked past. The owner’s name is Alex and he has a great selection of French wine and creates a warm, fun atmosphere. He’s also amenable to charades, which will be a relief for non-French speakers, and will eventually work out what you want. You can buy wines by the glass or by the bottle, and you can even buy a bottle to go. The wine list is extensive, offering bottles from across France. It’s small and intimate, but there is plenty of seating outside.
Phone: +33 1 43 54 80 04
Address: 6 Rue de l'Odéon, Paris
Rather discretely set on the rue de l'Odéon, this Burgundy embassy is a unique venue to discover the wines of Burgundy. The great wine region is proudly represented from north to south and the team puts its heart into helping you discover less expected crus. Some regional specialities will accompany your evening. And since this is also a ”caviste”, wine shop, help yourself to some rare bottles on the way out.
Phone: +33 1 42 38 47 55
Address: 3 Carrefour de l'Odéon, Paris
Here is one of the most well known addresses in Paris. At the heart of the Odéon quartier, the Comptoir du Relais is an institution. After having worked at some of the best restaurants in Paris, Yves Camdeborde changed track to focus on ”haut niveau” bistro.
Phone: +33 1 42 60 07 12
Address: 1 Rue de la Banque, Paris
Located in the heart of the magnificent Galerie Vivienne, Les Caves Legrand (Paris 2nd) is a true wine institution in Paris. Its history begins at the end of the 19th century. Today, Arnaud Tronche (ex Racines NYC) is leading the wine program, divided into two spaces. The first one is the cellar, and the second is the wine bar with a menu that lists a vast majority of some of the greatest winegrowers in the world. Let Arnaud's clever choices guide you, and you are in for a treat and a beautiful bottle in the heart of an exceptional setting.
Phone: +33 1 40 39 96 19
Address: 6 Rue du Nil, Paris
The Frenchie wine bar is a place of pleasure in the 2nd arrondissement. Superb dishes accompany the wine selections. The selection of wines by the glass is wide, complete and diverse. For the wine list, there is an accent on Burgundy and northern Rhone Valley.
Phone: +33 1 45 68 92 52
Address: 5 Rue Alexandre Dumas, Paris
A few steps from Rue de Charonne in Paris you find Fulgurances, a venue separated into two spaces. The first is the restaurant which has the concept of letting a chef express him- or herself completely for six months. The second is the wine bar. The wine selection is in constant evolution and just like the cuisine highlights new vignerons. A convivial place.
Phone: +33 1 43 40 00 99
Address: 68 Rue de Charenton, Paris
Open since 2014, Ici Même has a particular bent towards biodynamic and natural wines, though it stocks others as well, including magnums of Champagne and other fine wines. The wine-by-the-glass programme changes daily, and customers can also choose a wine from the shelf, pay a €10 corkage fee, and then drink it at the table. Not only is the space comfortable, but it’s used as an exhibition space for art that has wine as its theme.
Phone: +33 9 87 02 00 11
Address: 18 Rue Saint-Ambroise, Paris
Le P'tit Pinard is located nearby the beautiful church of Sant-Ambroise. Julien and Charlotte have traveled France back and forth before ending up in the 11th arrondissement to share their experiences. The place is warm, convivial and charming.
Phone: +33 1 48 06 26 81
Address: 140 Avenue Parmentier, Paris
In the center of the 11th arrondissement Cave du Daron is a reference. It's the the typical "belle cave" of the neighbourhood, staying close to its customers and guests with a diverse selection of wine. Since the 11th arrondissement is packed with good restaurants, this is a good place to stop by for an "apéro" or a drink after dinner.
Phone: +33 1 48 04 57 59
Address: 6 Rue Charles-François Dupuis, Paris
In the heart of the Marais (Paris 3d arrondissement), the Barav is a real place of pleasure. You can hang out either in the wine bar or the cellar. The wine selection is wide and precise.
Address: 1 rue Commines, 75003 Paris
In the heart of the Marais, the Mary Celeste (Paris 3d arrondissement) is one of the main faces of the group Quixotic Projects. Renowned for the quality of its cocktails, the selection of wines led by Joshua Fontaine is equally remarkable. The wine list is concise but nothing is left to chance. Take a seat at the bar and let yourself be taken by the relaxed atmosphere.
Phone: 01 40 34 12 95
Address: 51 Rue de Belleville, Paris
Here is one of my favourite "caves" in Paris, up in the heights of Belleville (19th arrondissement). Most of the wines are organic or biodynamic. Enjoy the nice bar with attractive prices, or leave with the bottles in hand. /Thomas Simian
Phone: +33 1 43 26 09 09
Address: 8 Rue Grégoire de Tours, Paris
La Grande Crèmerie is an authentic place on the rue Grégoire de Tours, convivial and full of good humour. This ”cave gourmande” has a strong selection of exclusively French natural wines. The venue is open Tuesday to Saturday and the crew is service-minded.
Phone: +33 9 72 91 36 77
Address: 7 Rue de la Présentation, Paris
Nestled in the heart of the Belleville district, La Liquiderie is a unique place created by Julien Maillet. Known for its wide selection of beers, this place also boasts an equally impressive wine selection. Here you will discover a universe where beer and wine coexist to the delight of its customers. Today, its low-priced selection is signed & affirmed as rare in Paris. There is no doubt that you will always make great discoveries at La Liquiderie.
Phone: +33 1 42 45 30 71
Address: 3 Rue Victor Massé, Paris
Located in the heart of the Pigalle district, Cave Pigalle is the initiative of the founders of 228L. Joining forces with Robin Lenfant, they have created a serious and committed selection with pure wines that respect their environment. Here, great classics, often difficult to find, and extraordinary discoveries meet harmoniously. Do not hesitate to visit them: you are guaranteed to have a great time and drink something special – a joy for all palates and budgets!
Phone: +33 1 42 97 20 20
Address: 22 Avenue Victor Hugo, Paris
After leaving its Madeleine location, Lavinia can now be found in the beautiful Victor Hugo quartier, near Arc de Triomphe. You will find one of the most beautiful wine selections in the capital, both with classics and young winemakers. Foreign wines from places like Hungary and Switzerland can also be had - and you can consume wines at the wine bars. The wine list is of high quality, with mature wines.
Phone: +33 9 54 90 20 20
Address: 7, rue Lobineau, Paris
The CDVS (Paris 6th arrondissement) is a dynamic wine bar that has gotten offspring in both London and New York (check those out here on Star Wine List too). This intimate and cozy place will give you the feeling like you're in someone's home.
Phone: 01 42 46 54 72
Address: 8 Rue Rossini, Paris
The name means “The Drops of God”, also the name of a famous manga comic. Staff speak English, and will ask you what you like and then pour a couple of things, to see what you enjoy. You can also buy a bottle, and they have a menu of small plates. So it’s not just cheese, like most wine bars. One of the walls is all glass so you can see the street. The wine list is conventional and French, but extensive.
Phone: +33 1 43 43 14 32
Address: 1 Rue Théophile Roussel, Paris
This is an old school Parisian favourite. Situated near the market, it’s the ideal place to enjoy oysters in season. Staff will pour wine straight from the barrels that line the wall and will also fill and seal bottles for you. While there are only about ten seats, there’s plenty of standing room, and a capacious wine-by-the-glass menu. The offer is wide, with wines from all of France’s major regions, and they’re good value—the wines are under €7 a glass.
Phone: +33 1 43 67 14 87
Address: 3 Rue Basfroi, Paris
This is one of Septime's annexes. In this wine bar (Paris 11th arrondissement), you will find a small and intimate space, a few metres from the main restaurant. The selection evolves over the seasons but still remains of quality. Natural viticulture dominates the debates in a relaxed atmosphere.
Phone: +33 1 42 61 05 09
Address: 13 Rue des Petits Champs, Paris
Willi's is a legendary place in Paris. Since more than 30 years, Mark Williamson runs the wine bar (and restaurant) that was one of the first to celebrate the great Syrahs of the northern Rhône in Paris. Today it's a must for any wine lover and it is busier than ever. You will find great classics at an affordable price. Thank you to the Williamsons for this lovely place!