Dynamic young Bretonne Pierre le Nen took the helm of this well-regarded neighborhood wine shop in February 2014 and promptly turned it into one of Paris’ most welcoming terraced wine bars, where an impressively wide selection of natural wines and their more conventional forbears can be enjoyed with zero corkage fee. For anyone peckish, plates of cheese and charcuterie are available, along with an array of tinned and jarred rillettes and the like. Le Nen also stocks an indulgent wall of whisky and a respectable range of French craft beer.
Les Caves de Reuilly’s out-of-the-way location in the 12ème arrondissement ensures an ambience worlds apart from the bustle and hype of more central neighbourhoods: here instead are bands of quality-conscious, budget-conscious Parisians, enjoying honest, inexpensive wine, each other’s company, and the cool evening air. Be sure to ask the staff if the terrace looks full – as often as not, they’re able to simply whip out another table and some chairs for newcomers.
Address: 11 boulevard de Reuilly, 75012
Nearest transport: Dugommier (6), Daumesnil (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday 5pm-11pm, Tuesday-Saturday 11am-2pm & 5pm-11pm and Saturday 10am-midnight
Telephone: 01 43 47 10 39
Reviews of interest
Not Drinking Poison In Paris (2014) “Pierre Le Nen… [has ] a rare fluency in both English and good hospitality. Les Caves de Reuilly is a geek wine bar inviting and spacious enough to accommodate aging parents or a stroller. How many neighborhoods have such a bar?
Terre de Vins (2014) “La magie de cette cave/bar à vins réside dans la terrasse installée chaque soir aux beaux jours et qui fleure bon la joie de vivre grâce à une politique tarifaire très avantageuse.”