Le Baron Rouge

Address: 1 rue Théophile-Roussel, Paris, 75012, France
Telephone: 01 43 43 14 32

- Budget

4.4

This place is a true one-off: a rollicking, vintage Bastille wine bar that merits its fan club.

Big barrels at the front spell out the business here, with a handful of tables, zinc bar and changing art shows in the small room behind. But behind the rustic appearance is a beloved local hangout. This is no doubt partly to do with the cheap wine but also about an atmosphere that keeps a loyal crowd of regulars – I have one friend who virtually seems to live here – and it's easy to soon feel you fit in.

 

Food and drink
4.2
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4
90%

Food and drink

A mass of little blackboards spell out the wines from all over France, including lots of Beaujolais crus, Rhône and Languédoc wines, a chance to discover wines like Condrieu made from the Viognier grape or obscure appellations like Côtes de Thongue. And you can accompany them with plates of good charcuterie (saucisson sec, rillettes) or cheese. On Sunday mornings from November to March, an oyster stall sets up outside.

Ambience

Understatedly trendy – an international range of designer stubble from creative and media types who live in the area. Calm and chatty at lunch, noisy and chatty in the early evening when punters spill out onto the street.

Service

Casual, no-nonsense, with a sly joke or two.

Location

A Bastille sidestreet near rue d'Aligre food market.

Price advice

Wines start at around two euros the 10cl glass; five euros for a plate of saucisson sec. You can also bring bottles or containers to be filled from the barrels to take away.
 

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Chilling out
  • Art

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