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
Isabelle Legeron (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.”
Gilles Pudlowski (2013) “On vient ici quérir les vins naturels, frais, rieurs, de Toscane, d’Emile-Romagne, de Bourgogne ou du Jura qui vous ont plu chez Septime, tout en croquant un rien de pancetta, des anchois de Cantabrique, une belle tranche de foie gras…”
The Paris Kitchen (2013) “…One of the few places in Paris where you can take a break at the bar with a glass of wine throughout the day, without the pressure of sitting down to eat a full meal.”
Aaron Ayscough (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.”