We visited several times "Le Baratin" , one of the popular wine bars among wine lovers . The place is also a restaurant where quality foods finds its wine to drink with .
But you can also enjoy wine by the glass , choosing from the list on the blackboard on the wall behind the counter, about 15 different wines selected with care among quality obsessed winegrowers .
The exact location of this wine bar is 3 rue Jouye Rouve in the 20 th arrondissement (ph: 01 43 49 39 70 ) . This is a small street on a light slope on the hill of Belleville in the northeast part of Paris . Best way to reach it by subway is to go out at Pyrenées station , walk down the slope rue de Belleville , it is the second street on the left . The bar is left hand at a short distance .
If you want to eat , it is advised to call . If it is already full in the beginning of the evening , you may have some room later , like 10 pm .
The menu list is short but quality of the food is guaranteed and staff or owner will help you find the right wine to go with it . Noon price for lunch is very affordable .
The place is not large , but has the right volume for a wine bar/restaurant . Decoration is simple and fine , art works on the walls , wood , old mosaic tiled floor, authentic touch .
The sidewalk is very narrow in this street and cars are parked on both sides , so they don't have tables outside, but they can open widely the door-windows at the bar level .
View on a corner of the restaurant space
Our glasses on the Baratin counter
The place has its "habitués" who know the owner Philippe Pinoteau and Rachel (who presides over the kitchen),and it gives a relaxed family ambiance to this wine bar . The bar sits at the limit between the 20 th and the 19 th arrondissements and , although these are considered blue collar and working class neighbourhoods with high percentage of immigrants , they are also home to middle class people , artists and professionals who can visit the bar on foot . And Paris wine lovers will come from the other side of the town to taste the Baratin selection .
So , our wine choice of the day was : B. : Clos Tue Boeuf 2003 from Puzelat brothers , a white Touraine . Me : Cairane AOC 2000 "Haut Costias" L'Oratoire St Martin , from the Rhone valley . We also shared a glass of Patapon "boisson d'été" Pineau d'Aunis 2003 from the Loire valley .
Le Baratin . 3 rue Jouye Rouve 75020 Paris.
Metro : Pyrennées.
Phone : 01 43 49 39 70
And if you come on foot from the Pyrenées subway station, please have a look on the way at the modest house where Edith Piaf was born, on 72 rue de Belleville . I saw the plaque on the house by chance one day as I inadvertedly looked up. I dared to push the door and the stairs where she is supposed to be born (according to the plaque) were in pristine condition as you can see below...