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Aux Deux Cygnes

Well-appointed, informal and lightly exotic, rue Keller wine bar Aux Deux Cygnes is the answer for any casual diner looking to drink natural wine and snack on something other than the usual cheese plates and charcuterie. French-Vietnamese owner To Xuân Cuny shuttles between service and the kitchen, where she turns out a tasty array of sandwiches and small plates influenced by both her Vietnamese heritage and her experience in the Michelin-starred restaurant world. The latter means Aux Deux Cygnes is among the cleanest and most hospitable of Paris wine bars. The former finds expression in a tasty banh-mi, as well as some delicately piquant mackerel rillettes that arrive beneath a bright heap of cilantro. The natural wine selection perched amid the bar’s pretty triangular shelving is nicely curated to emphasize atypical grape varieties and marginal regions. If the overall experience at Aux Deux Cygnes can veer towards the dainty at times, it still makes for a welcome change from the mélée of beards and egos one encounters in many more traditional Paris natural wine bars.

L’Entrée des Artistes Pigalle

Practical information

Address: 30 rue Victor Massé, 75009
Nearest transport: Pigalle (2,12)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 09 67 27 37 44
Average price for a cocktail: 13€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Small plates & tapas
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Reviews of interest

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2015) “I can’t think of another city on earth where such a polished, borderline nightclubby space would house a radical wine program like Vermynck’s. His selection remains unapologetically fringe-natural, but now the raw, untutored wines of Philippe Jambon‘s acolytes share layout space with maîtres like Pierre Overnoy… I can’t shake the feeling that the cuisine is just not yet as sharp as it was at the last location, however.”

L’Express (2015) “… des cocktails premium (mention pour le Chicharito à base de tequila, concombre et miel d’agave infusé aux épices) et des assiettes miniformat: céleri façon carbo, ravioli de shiitaké… Passé 23 heures, le son monte de plusieurs décibels et l’ambiance s’échauffe.”

52 Martinis (2015) “L’Entrée des Artistes Pigalle, delivers the same hat trick of food, wine and cocktails but in a dramatically different SoPi space… The entire menu looks more to focus on cocktail quality rather than cutting edge.”

Le Fooding (2015) “S’en dégage un parfum de polar à L.A., un pousse-à-siroter du raide sur Missin’ Persons Bureau de Womack & Womack : des trucs au rhum, vermouth et grains de café infusés (Altura negroni), au cognac, rye, bitter et liqueur de tabac (Mon vieux tabac) ou à la vodka, jus de betterave, citrons et cordial au gingembre (Fat Beets)… Pour grignoter à la bougie des assiettes de circonstance: truite mi-cuite, anchoiade, grenade et herbes; carpaccio de veau et tapenade de haddock; seiche, aubergine brûlée, sauce thaïe; poireaux vinaigrette, moules et chips de sarrasin; huîtres d’Utah Beach, foie gras ou jambon de bœuf de Galice; ricotta, poires pochées et caramel à plonger le nez dans le bol…”

Reviews from the prior location

Le Figaro (2013) “Un lieu à la croisée des genres entre bar à cocktails, cave à manger et club d’habitués, où l’on se dispute la vingtaine de places disponibles, jusque tard dans la nuit. Très beau choix de vins, cocktails pleins de style et bonne bistrote familiale.”

World’s Best Bars (2011) “The cocktails tend towards the innovative but they’re happy to dish up the classics on request – the super friendly service is part of the appeal. The food menu is compact, but the dishes are tasty (try the cheese or charcuterie plates if you’re in the mood for a snack) and you have the comfort of knowing that they’re keeping it in the family – the food is all made by the sommelier’s mum.”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2011) “…alongside a boldly curated natural wine list, a list of cocktails that is the equal of any in the city…”

52 Martinis (2011) “…a relaxed, low key, pint-sized cocktail bar with a significant food and wine list as well…Given the care that’s going into these drinks, L’Entrée des Artistes currently rates as one of Paris’ best values for money in cocktail options.”

Photos courtesy of Jacquelyn Rosenfeld