Septime’s Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat converted a shoe-repair shop to open this intimate, impeccably-designed wine bar just around the corner from their renowned restaurant. The well-informed staff serve a limited menu of exquisite small plates (ranging from cheeses and cured meats to foie gras stuffed with smoked eel) alongside a sizeable selection of well-priced natural wines from France and abroad.
On any given evening a mixed crowd of locals and tourists – some waiting for tables at Clamato, others just enjoying apéro-hour – perch on bar stools and repurposed grocery crates, mingling to a soundtrack of reggae and vintage jazz classics. For years more a way-station than an outright destination, Septime Cave has since summer 2015 been open for business on Sundays, rendering it all the more indispensable to the rue de Charonne neighborhood.
— Aaron Ayscough, December 2015
Address: 3 rue Basfroi, 75011
Nearest transport: Charonne (9) or Ledru Rollin (8)
Hours: Closed Monday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Average price for lunch: €10-19 (small plates from €4-14)
Average price for dinner: €10-19 (small plates from €4-14)
Style of cuisine: Wine bar/small plates/tapas
Reviews of interest
The Financial Times (2014) “A dozen or so wines are available by the glass (from €4.50). The bottles to take away or drink in (€7 corkage) include an especially strong selection of Italians, including Radikon, the king of orange wines. A good aperitif hangout.”
Telerama (2013) “…Une belle sélection à prix raisonnables de quatre-vingt-dix vins à consommer sur place ou à emporter, dans un esprit vignerons indépendants et créatifs.”
Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2013) “If Septime is the mothership, exerting a gravitational pull on diners citywide, Septime Cave is the dinghy : a little escape pod for tasteful rue de Charonne locals seeking a random weeknight tipple.”