There is no shortage of things to do in Bordeaux, a region known for its wine and the extensive vineyards in the surrounding countryside. But there is no need to leave the city to discover the great world of wine. Take advantage of the city’s fascination with the divine nectar and visit one of Bordeaux city’s many great wine bars.
1. Located just down the street from the Wine Museum in Chartrons, Verre o Vin is a small local bar with an amazing offering. Carved into the historic limestone buildings of the city’s ancient wine district, Verre o Vin offers both bottle service and wines by the glass served from Enomatic machines. There is also a small but high quality menu of farm-to-table deli plates and regional items, like foie gras, to accompany your tasting - Verre o Vin, 43 Rue Borie, Bordeaux 33300 , +33 (0)5 56 02 52 09.
Photo: Verre o Vin
2. About a block down the street from Verre o Vin, Le Bois dit Vin offers an entirely different wine experience. Offering tapas and an ever-changing Bordeaux focused wine list, Verre o Vin is dedicated to helping you discover what the region has to offer. The friendly bar staff will ask you what style of wine you prefer (fruity red, sweet white etc.) and help you to discover a similar Bordeaux style at a reasonable price - Le Bois dit Vin, 138 Rue Notre Dame, Bordeaux 33300, +33 (0)5 56 02 20 60.
3. A local favorite, Aux Quatre Coins du Vin can get very busy but is well worth braving the crowds. With a range of about 40 wines available by the glass (tasting pour, half glass or full glass) via Enomatic machines, this is one of the largest wine selections in Bordeaux. With prices ranging from 3 to 30 euros and excellent appetizers, there is something for everyone - Aux Quatre Coins du Vin, 8 Rue de la Devise, Bordeaux 33000, +33 (0)5 57 34 37 29.
4. The Conseil Interprofessionnel de Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB), is a governmental organization that represents and manages Bordeaux and all of the appellations within the region. The wine bar offers a selected menu (that frequently changes) and represents the wide range of Bordeaux offerings (Cremant, dry and sweet whites, Left and Right Bank reds, Classified Growths, Cru Bourgeois) at incredible prices. In addition, they offer small deli plates, foie gras and a chocolate sampler. If you are new to Bordeaux and Bordeaux wines this is a great first stop, but beware the long lines and go in the early afternoon - CIVB Le Bar a Vin, 3 Cours de 30 Juillet, Bordeaux 33000, +33 (0)5 56 00 43 47.
5. The Max Bordeaux Gallery is as much a wine museum as a wine bar, with additional locations in Asia. But it is an amazing place to discover the Grand Crus and the top Bordeaux wines by the glass from Enomatic. In one sitting you can discover Chateau Margaux and Chateau Yquem, but be prepared to pay the First Growth prices. In addition, the Sommelier offers small intimate seminars in both English and French that highlight the difference of the various appellations, but you have to book in advance. Beware the bar closes early (8 pm) so it is another early afternoon location - Max Bordeaux, 14 Cours de l’Intendance, Bordeaux 33000, +33 (0)5 57 29 23 81.
6. A small and cozy bar in the lobby of a Boutique Hotel in the city center, this wine bar is a great experience for the adventurous wine lover. Here also the waiters don’t offer you a menu, rather they ask what type of wine you prefer and bring you a bottle with a hidden label. You then can taste and attempt to discover the varietal, vintage and production area, which isn’t always even in France. In addition, the bar offers tapas and deli plates as well as a garden seating area for the warm summer months - Le Boutique Hotel Wine Bar, 3 Rue Lafaurie Monbadon, Bordeaux 33000, +33 (0)5 56 48 80 40.
7. Located on the Garonne River bank, the Bistro du Fromager is part wine bar, part cheese monger. With a small patio seating outside you can enjoy the Bordeaux weather or you can head inside to enjoy the modern ambiance and the rich cheese smell. Offering an amazing selection of reasonably priced wines by the glass, a cellar of fun bottles and fun cheese plates, this is a great place to discover the art of wine and cheese paring - Bistro du Fromager, 73 Quai des Chartrons, Bordeaux 33000, +33 (0)5 56 98 17 08.
Photo: Bistro du Fromager
8. A tiny location in the heart of the Bordeaux city center, Bô Bar is a great place to enjoy a glass of wine outside in the heart of the bustling Place Saint Pierre. With a focus on natural wines from around the world, this is another wine bar that sets out to help you discover something new based on your taste preferences. Because of licensing issues you have to order food to go with your wine but you can opt for the 1 euro snack plate - Bô Bar, 8 Place Saint Pierre, Bordeaux 33000, +33 (0)5 56 79 38 20.
9. Another gem perched in Chartrons, La Conserverie Converserie is part wine bar, part wine shop and part specialist food retailer. A simple rustic space, this shop is lined with wooden shelves stocked with good food and good wine. Themed nights (Beaujolais Nouveau, Argentine Night, etc) and Sunday Brunches offer opportunities to discover regional specialties. Linger here to chat with locals and experience true French hospitality - La Conserverie Converserie, 18 Rue Notre Dame, Bordeaux 33000, +33 (0)5 56 81 49 17.
10. With a wine list that changes frequently, Wine More Time is a wine store, a wine bar and a temple to all things wine. Offering a wide range of French wines at reasonable prices, the bar also offers a unique selection of beers and spirits as well as deli plates. With its dedicated tasting space, they offer specialised wine courses and planned tastings and can organize private events - Wine More Time, 8 Rue Saint James, Bordeaux 33000, +33 (0)5 56 52 85 61.
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