Formerly the wine cellar Contre-Etiquette, La Cave à Michel has been spruced up to be able to welcome customers in for a drink. The bar opened in September 2014 by the place Saint-Marthe in the 10th, a quiet spot in a bustling 'bobo' area.
Simple and rustic, the wine cellar oozes charm. Portuguese azulejos tiles brighten up the wooden countertop and tables, and outside is a little courtyard. Welcoming and chatty, the manager Fabrice is a crucial part of the package, inviting passers-by in with gusto. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable, Fabrice enjoys playing host, teaching his customers a little vino lingo as well as a bit about bottle labelling and wine tasting.
Platters of meat cuts bought from the Spanish shop just over the road are served alongside the wine from his top quality selection. Fabrice ensures that his products are high-quality, organically produced and unique: for example, bottles of rosé with satirical labels (drawn by illustrators for the satirical paper 'Charlie Hebdo') that have been around since 1954.