Top Five Paris Wine Bars

March 19, 2015 8:47 PM

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Top Five Paris Wine Bars

IN A.J. LIEBLING’S 2004 MEMOIR “Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris,” the New Yorker writer describes the city like Byblos in Lebanon: “A pile of cities stacked in order of seniority, the oldest at the bottom.” As I sit in the corner of a casual wine bar near Canal St.-Martin, my glass full of an ever-so-slightly chilled red, I begin to understand what he meant. Or rather, I try my own take on Byblos, imagining Paris’s wine bars piled high, with the old guard propping up the base and the new hipster venues balancing on top.

Paris has always had a good wine scene, as Proust and Hemingway can attest, but in the past decade it’s really boomed as cool new bars à vins and néo-bistrots have added to the traditional cafés.

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