When? November 20 2016
What? A nationwide festival celebrating two-month-old Beaujolais Nouveau red wine.
Where? In bars around Paris
Every year on the third Thursday of November, the young red vin de primeur Beaujolais nouveau is released on to the market in a frenzy of promotion, buying and drinking. Just 6-8 weeks old, the wine is intended for immediate consumption.
Not everyone in Paris is a fan. In fact, the light, fruity wine is as divisive in France as football or politics. But what’s certain is that the night of Thursday November 20 2016 will be given over, in many places, to committed (and raucous) testing of this year’s vintage – and Time Out Paris will show you where to partake.
Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau in Paris
As the name might suggest, L’Entrée des Artistes is a theatre obsessed restaurant, but not one in which constant thrills and spills are the order of the day. Rather, this eatery and wine bar has become known as an oasis of calm in amongst the gaiety and frivolity of its surrounding neighbourhood. Freshly offering up both innovative and traditional French cuisine, a large proportion of the ingredients used are sourced from local markets...Read more
The Cave de l’Insolite (Cellar of the Unusual) is on Rue de la Folie Méricourt ('Mad Mericourt Street'), but the Baraquin brothers (Arnaud and Axel, who used to work for Thierry Faucher at Cave de l’Os à Moelle and Thierry Blanqui at ‘Beurre Noisette’, respectively) aren't crazy, except for good food and wine. Since it opened in 2011, this welcoming restaurant/winery has quickly become a favourite in the Oberkampf district...Read more
A restaurant, bar, café, farm and vegetable garden featuring daily DIY workshops, ethical values and a relaxed, welcoming vibe... all this and more makes up La Recyclerie, located in a former railway station on the Petite Ceinture. The project is organised by a handful of local hospitality associations who cut their teeth on, variously, the Comptoir Général, the Glazart, the Divan du Monde and the Machine du Moulin Rouge...Read more
Le Baron Rouge is a lifeline for food lovers who turn up at the Aligre market just as the stallholders are putting away their wares, and who feel like they might be about to die of hunger. Don’t worry – you can come here to eat, and to slake your thirst for good wine with quality local vintages in a blue-collar bar that has no time for pretentious oenophiles. On Sundays, they also offer oysters with a good Sancerre, or a plate of charcuterie with a good robust red...Read more
Wedged between Bastille and Charonne, Le Chat Ivre (‘the drunken cat’) started life as a bistro and later evolved into a spritely tapas bar with a chic, understated décor and a come-hither contemporary menu. At least, that’s how it looks at first glance, but the atmosphere once you’re settled in is far more down to earth, with shared tables and a happy buzz of conversation. The wine list is limited to two whites and three reds, but the choices are sound...Read more
This wine bar, near to the former Samaritaine department store building, will please even the most demanding epicureans. No Saint-Emilion or Château Latour here. Instead, with advice of the friendly owner, a self-taught wine buff (and depending on your budget) you’ll encounter unusual natural, organic or ‘biodynamic’ bottles from local growers. Biodynamic vineyards favour natural methods, managing the exchanges between the soil and the vine to better express their specific terroir...Read more
Located right in the middle of the bustling Rue Daguerre, you can't miss the lemon-yellow frontage of La Cave des Papilles. The owner, a lover of 'natural' wine, has been operating in Paris for 16 years, and of the 1200 wines on offer, 80% are produced organically, while the rest are more traditional. The owner knows each supplier personally, most of them independent French wine growers...Read more