Bright and welcoming, this little shop near the Canal Saint Martin carries a large selection of French beers and a nicely curated selection of imports. There is even a seasonal house beer, brewed in collaboration with Brew Unique. Nico, the rock-drummer-turned-beer-aficionado owner, serves up sandwiches and other snacks for those who want to turn their beer run into lunch or an apéro.
Address: 79, rue St. Maur, 75011
Hours: Open every day 10:30am-1:30pm, 3pm-midnight.
Telephone: +33 1 55 28 77 24
The service is friendly and enthusiastic at this small, erratically-stocked shop. Look for the newest arrivals on the shelf right in front where lesser-known French beers hobnob with Belgian stalwarts and imports from further afield. Prices are very reasonable, especially for local and large-format beers.
In Other Words
Time Out Paris (2014) “A few things mark this venue out from the crowd: its excellent choice of craft and artisanal beers; its 2am closing time; and the eccentric charm of the owner, who invites punters to play him at chess on a table outside while sampling one of his brews. Whether or not you win the game, you can’t lose with a visit to this excellent grog shop.”
Address: 32, rue de l’Espérance, 75013
Hours: Open Tuesday 11am-8pm. Open Wednesday 4pm-8pm. Open Thursday-Saturday 11am-8pm. Closed Sunday & Monday. Telephone: +33 1 53 80 16 10
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In the charming Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood, Jaclyn and Pierre Gidel’s small but well-organized shop houses an impressive library of local and international beers. Notable brews include Siren from England, the Alsatian Bendorf, and American beer Cigar City. The couple are very involved in the Paris craft beer scene, co-hosting the weekly Hoppy Hour events at Les Trois 8, organizing beer and cheese tasting nights with Fromagerie Quatrehomme, renting out kegs, and even posting recipes for cooking with beer on the shop’s website. If the trek down to the 13th makes you thirsty, you can pop over to nearby café Le Barrault-Vins and enjoy your beers on the terrace there for a €1 corkage fee.
Hipster beer geekiness pervades this shop just off the Place de la Bastille, with a record player spinning the blues, a faux phone box housing the English beers, and a periodic table of beer styles on the wall. Prices are very fair, and Guillaume, the friendly young owner is rightly proud of his ever-growing collection which boasts 500 beers from all over the world.