The Best Wine Bars in Franglish cities!

LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU

The most anticipated wine ritual of the year takes place on the third Thursday of November every year. Many French people would say it is just a commercial craze for freshly harvested wines that never taste too spectacular. After all, the French believe that wine ( and cheese!) usually gets better with age... As the Beaujolais is bottled up very soon after the harvesting period, it has very little time to ferment. It is a very light, fruity red wine that is very easy to drink. So why is such a fuss made out of the arrival of this new wine ? Other than the internationally successful marketing that has boosted sales to over sixty million bottles a year, which brings crucial income to wine growers, wine connoisseurs enjoy the fresh ripeness of the young wine, and appreciate the wine's potential to ripen. But most of all , the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau is a great opportunity to share quality time with loved ones. 

Good company, cheese and wine is all a Frenchman needs, right ?

Whether you're a fan of the Beaujolais or not, we've compiled a list of great places to enjoy a glass of wine, at any time of the year !

We've chosen two fantastic wine bars in each of our Franglish towns! 

 

Paris

5 CRU

This hidden gem in the 5eme arrondissement is Franglish' personal favourite. Beautiful wines at affordable prices, candlelit tables and cheese boards to die for, not to mention very little tourists makes for a perfect chill out evening.

7 rue du Cardinal Lemoine 75005 

www.5ecru.com

 

Le Barav

Le Barav is as good as a Parisian wine bar gets. Known for the excellent service, the choice of selecting your own wine from the cavist next door, enjoy a relaxed evening over wine and cheese in one of Paris' hippest areas.

6 rue Charles François Dupuis 75003

http://www.lebarav.fr/

 

Lyon

Other than the great wine bars included in our Lyon Bar Metro Map (find it in our previous blog posts!), here are another two incontournable addresses to add to the list.

L'Harmonie des Vins

With the beautiful 17th century decor, there is no better atmosphere to sip a glass of wine and enjoy the traditional French life.This bar hold the presitigious Prix Maryse Allarousse prize for the best wine menu of the Rhône-Alpes region. There is therefore no excuse for you not to visit! 

 9 rue Neuve 69001

www.harmoniedesvins.com

 

Burgundy Lounge

For the French, it is not enough to just sip on a glass of wine. It must be complimented with fine , to create a real treat for the tastebuds. This is something Burgundy Lounge solidly believes in , hence their orignal concept of letting you choose your own wine, before the chef personally selects a dish that goes best with it. This is one Lyon's sleekest bars, so if you're feeling experimental and chic, this is the place to be.

24 Quai Saint Antoine, 69002

www.burgundylounge.fr

 

London

London Gordon's Wine Bar

Franglish's go to wine bar in London. Nothing beats the Dickensian feel of London's oldest wine bar. Award winning wines, sherries from the barrel, homemade pies, generous food portions, including a barbeque in warmer months, Gordon's wil always be the champion of London's wine scene.

47 Villiers Street London WC2N 6NE

www.gordonswinebar.com

 

28-50 Wine and Workshop Kitchen

French inspired (bien sûr...) 28-50 is well known to be one of the city's best spots for gorgeous wines and sumptuous steak. Let's not forget the triple cooked fries...This place is down to earth and relaxed, just how a wine bar should be.

28-50 has three branches

140 Fetter Lane London EC4A 1BT

15-17 Marylebone Lane London W1U2NE

17-19 Maddox Street Mayfair W1S 2QH 

www.2850.co.uk

 

Cambridge

Cambridge Wine Merchants

Cambridge Wine Merchants truly deserves their recognition as the best wine bar in Cambridge! They even won the International Wine Challenge as Wine Merchant of the Year in 2012! Specialists in wine, sherry and port, this is a British winebar at its best. Stay French and order the delicious deli platters, or tgo all British with the scruptious cakes!  Due to popularity, it is best to get here early or book a table to avoid dissapointment! 

31 Bridge Street CB2 1UJ

www.cambridgewine.com/bridgestreetwinebar

 

Hotel du Vin

With over 500 wines and 14 professional sommeliers, be sure to find your perfect wine here. The setting is absolutely gorgeous,so if chic and classy is your thing, Hotel du Vin is a must! 

15-19 Trumpington Street CB2 12A

www.hotelduvin.com

 

Lille

Le Vin Qui Danse

Situated in the heart of Old Lille, Le Vin qui Danse is an unmissable address. It's traditional décor, and great selection of wines is what wining and dining is all about. We recommend the three course meal Menu Gourmand with the option Oenologique, meaning three glasses of wine to accompany your meals. Go on, treat yourself.

41 Rue de Gand 59 000

lille.vqd.fr

 

Madame Bistro

This place is home to an awesome concept of fast food meets fine gastronomy. Hhigh quality dishes are served in glass pots that can be enjoyed sur place in the adorably designed restaurant, or taken away. The menu is changed according to the time of day, so every visit will feel like a first experience ! During the evenings, Madame Bistro is a perfect place to sip a glass of wine and nibble on fromage, charcuteries and tartines.

82 Rue Nationale, 59000

www.madame-bistro.com/

 

Bordeaux

Bar à Vin du CIVB

It's hard to choose a couple of the best wine bars in this famous wine region, but Bar à Vin, is most likely to be top of the list for the locals. On the ground floor of the 18th century Maison du Vin de Bordeaux, where the headquarters of the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux lie, this wine bar can be nothing but the best. A little pricey, but well worth the visit.

3 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33075 Bordeaux, France

baravin.bordeaux.com

 

Au Quatre Coins du Vin

Here, you are really spoilt for choice. This bar prides itself in a unique concept of offering 32 different wines from dispensor machines, as well as 200 bottles to choose from by the bottle. You'll find the best wines not only from France here, but also ones from Liban, Israel and other exotic parts of the world.

8 Rue de la Devise, Bordeaux, France

www.aux4coinsduvin.com

 

Nantes

Le Jeroboam Vins et Tartines

This cosy little spot where you can enjoy locally produced wine, accompanied with original tartines is ideal for chilled apéros and afterworks. The staff are known for their friendliness and expertise on wines, so do not hesistate for guidance if you're a newbie to the French wine scene !

21, Rue Léon Blum 44000

www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Jeroboam-Vins-Tartines/

 

Comédie de Vins

The desire to stay here all day and night is as tempting as the wines and cheeseboards on offer. Famous not only for the wines, but charcuteries too, be sure to visit this place situated right in the heart of Nantes !

4 Rue de Suffren 44000

www.lacomediedesvins-nantes.com

 

Nice

Restaurant Tapas ALTO

Awarded with Trip Advisor's Certificat d'Excellence this year, you can expect some very good things from this place. Everyone who goes here absolutely raves about how excellent this place is. It is not hard to see why. The food is sublime, (the egg and truffle dish is a must), and the tapas and wines make for the perfect combo of culinary delight. This resto/cave à vins is situated away from the bustling tourist zones, which is always a pleasure to know.

21 Rue Barla 06300

www.tripadvisor.fr/RestaurantReviews-Restaurant_tapas_ALTO-

 

Cave Wilson

Wine and jazz is the perfect formula for an atmospheric soirée, and this is something the guys at Cave Wilson do very well. Live jazz events take place every Friday and Saturday , so make this part of your weekend plans ! Since this establishment opened in 1904, it has been a longstanding favourite of locals and foreigners alike, and it's very easy to see why !

16 Rue Gubernatis 06000

cave-wilson.com

 

Montpellier

Le Clandestin

This bar is one of the places in the city where you can enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail whilst listening to live piano music. There's not just classical, but soul and R n B nights too. Alternatively, if you're a musical maestro yourself, why not play on the bar's open piano ! The wines here are carefully chosen from the Languedoc region, and the tapas menu is globally inspired. What a treat for the senses !

18, Rue de la Valfère Monpellier

www.leclandestin.fr

 

Les Caves de Trinque Fougasse O'Nord

One of Montpellier's best known wine bars that holds regular music and wine tasting events. This place garuntees a lively, jazzy atmosphere, especially on weekends. Excellent wines and food can be enjoyed between big groups in this spacious, friendly bar!

1581 Route de Mende, 34090 Montpellier

www.trinquefougasse.com/nord/

 

Strasbourg

La Popartiserie

Try beating this for unique in Strasbourg ! La Popartiserie is a street art gallery meets boutique meets wine bar ! Check out the website for all their events and previews of the latest art works on display ! With this being the Alsace, the beers here are definitely worth a try too !

3 Rue De l'ail  67000

www.lapopartiserie.com

 

A Bout de Soufre

An absolute must when in Strasbourg ! A Bout de Soufre believe in naturally made wines, and even if you're not a greatest wine pro, you'll be able to taste the difference ! Try a glass of wine or two with their gorgeous Mojito tart. Heaven.

3 Rue de la Courtine, 67000

www.aboutdesoufre.fr


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