It's the weekend - yay! Here in Lyon the weather has changed all of a sudden from hot summer to cool fall days. I actually love this time of year when the air is crisp and everything feels like a fresh start, even though my back-to-school days are over. It's the perfect weather for baking, running through the freshly fallen leaves and Instagramming all of the above. And wine bars!
This post has been a long time coming. I started to collect addresses back in Minneapolis with King's Wine Bar and Toast being a few of my favorites. Then I moved to a country where wine is practically cheaper than water and les bars à vin are just as plentiful. So I dutifully continued my research. That said, le vin is not the (only) reason I moved here.
But really, who doesn't love lingering over a glass, preferably with a side of cheese, in a cozy-cute little bar? Here are a few places around town that make that dream a reality:
- Most accommodating: Vin des Vivants. This bar à vin is one of the first I tried here and it's still one of my favorites. I noticed the dark green façade peeking out from one of the corners of the Place Sathonay. They don't take reservations but they still managed to fit all 10 of us for my birthday last year in a room smaller than my studio.
- Best planche: Aromo. My friend Fanny gets the credit for this one. She raved about the selection and the jambon à la truffe. We went one Friday night and it did not disappoint! The friendly owner was more than happy to advise us on an impressive list of wines from all over the world and he even politely ignored my embarrassing faux pas when I announced "Je suis flexible" in response to several different options. Apparently this statement has a different meaning in French!
- Good for groups: Vin' Temps. By French restaurant standards, this place is massive with one of the biggest and best patios in town. Most wine bars aren't great for groups but this one is. You'll find it right in the heart of les Pentes aka bobo (hipster) central. Prices are also quite reasonable with glasses around 3 euros.
- Wow factor: La Cave d'a Côté. That cool, hidden bar that has the whole ambiance thing nailed? This place. Tucked away on a tiny street you'd never guess it's right next to Place des Terreaux. With soft lighting and wine bottles just about everywhere you look, the atmosphere is magic.
- Quality vs. Quantity: Ô Vin d'Anges. Like Le Vin des Vivants this is another cave-bar hybrid. Nestled in a quiet Croix-Roussien square, this place is a bit more upscale, without being over-the-top. Go for a glass (or two) and pick up a bottle of bio wine while you're at it! The only downside is that you have to pay a corkage fee for each bottle, making it a bit less budget-friendly. Ah well, quality not quantity, right?
Did I miss any? I'm sure there are plenty more hidden gems in this city to add to the list.
Tchin-tchin et bon weekend!