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La Cave à Bulles

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La Cave à BullesLa Cave à Bulles
BA SCORE
100
world-class

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 8.78%
[ Store ]

45 Rue Quincampoix
Paris, 75004
France
phone: + 33 1 40 29 03 69

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(Place added by: thierrynantes on 05-02-2009)
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Reviews by videofrog:
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videofrog

Texas

4.58/5  rDev -1.9%

I stopped by Cave a Bulles after arranging a trade with Brandon, an American currently employed there.

Atmosphere fits right in with the area of Paris. It's a nice, small shop with wood floors. A really cool tasting was put together while I was there, where people sat down at a table in the middle of the shop and sampled French Craft Beer. Although the tasting was conducted in French and seemed to be locals only, it appeared to be going quite well.

Service is outstanding. Simon and Brandon are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. My metro stop actually closed while I was buys there shopping. After discovering this, I returned to the shop, and not only did they let me borrow the phone to contact my tour group, Brandon helped me figure out the best way to use the Metro to get where I was going.

Selection is as good is it can be considering the size of the shop. Tons of French Craft that I had no idea about and was glad to pick up a sampling. They still had a few Westy XII bricks left, so I grabbed one. Someone had recently pillaged their Cantillon inventory, so they usually have more than what I saw.

I highly recommend stopping here while in Paris. Great people and great beer.

06-28-2013 18:52:13 | More by videofrog
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

08-20-2014 02:02:22 | More by Griffith
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edhizdeid

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

The best bottle shop in Paris. I found Simon and Brandon very friendly and helpful and more than willing to go out of their way to track something I was looking for. They have a nice selection of French microbrews and a good selection of Belgian beers (yes, including those.). They also have beers from other places but the choice seem random, not that it mattered one bit to me.
If you buy anything that you plan on taking on a plane, they will wrap it up very well in bubble wrap.
They have frequent tastings and encourage you to come whenever you can.
Finally, I came in with some American brews to share and, to my surprise, they insisted on trading them for some French beers of my liking.
If in Paris looking for beer, this is your shop!

08-15-2014 18:32:02 | More by edhizdeid
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atpca

California

4/5  rDev -14.3%

07-16-2014 05:03:25 | More by atpca
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hnandez

California

3.18/5  rDev -31.9%

My wife was in Paris so I asked her to stop by here because I heard that you can pick up Cantillon here.

The gentleman was very rude to her because she doesn't know about beer. She explained it like he was Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.

She was able to pick me up a couple of bottles after being treated like an idiot.

07-10-2014 20:36:48 | More by hnandez
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TxUltraRunner

Texas

5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-02-2014 20:06:37 | More by TxUltraRunner
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kermis

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -14.3%

06-20-2014 09:34:44 | More by kermis
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-NESTO-

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -9%

06-14-2014 22:21:55 | More by -NESTO-
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Dreizhen

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Probably the best known beer shoppe in the city and for good reason. The atmosphere is lovely. It's got the small European bottle shoppe feeling that you grow to expect on the Continent. Tucked away in an alley close to a major mall and shopping district, La Cave à Bulles feels quite homey and intimate.

The service perpetuates this feeling. Very nice and friendly. Happy to help if you want it or talk shop. Had some pretty cool events for Paris Beer Week #1 like a blind taste-test of Belgian Quads. The staff genuinely enjoys what they do (as they should! This is craft beer we're talking about).

Selection is very good for a European store. Lots of Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon. Great selection of French micro brews, too. I think most people will agree France is a little ways behind other big beer countries, but I'm proud to say they're well on their way. I look forward to seeing what's going on here in five years. Maybe then people will flock to La Cave à Bulles for something French instead of something Belgian?

Value is appropriate. Some stuff is a little pricey, but you can't fault them for the supply and demand of alcohol in France that causes this.

All in all, a great shoppe that's worth visiting if you're in the area and want to stock up on some Cantillon and local brews.

06-08-2014 17:36:18 | More by Dreizhen
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.31/5  rDev -29.1%

Visited La Cave on a recent trip to Paris. Probably the best known beer shop in town. Thanks to Brandon and Tommy for recommending this place to me.

Pretty nice little place inside. It's got a big tasting table in the middle and the table, and whole shop for that matter, is appropriately messy. For some reason a beer store can't be too tidy. It's just not right. Small and quite, making it a rather cozy place.

If we think of quality in terms of rarity, then there's some rather fun stuff here. If you're into obscure craft, then this place has lots of small, French breweries that you will never have heard of. There will be small batch stuff too that barely even makes it to the French market at all. No space is wasted on regular French grocery store brands.

Unfortunately service was a little disappointing. The guy was passionate and interested in giving recommendations, so that was very nice. This type of service is expected at small beer shops in this part of the world, however. Where this guy completely screwed it up was that he took product out of my hands.

I was very happy to see some Mamouche, which I had completely missed in Holland this year. There were three bottles on the shelf, so I was going to happily buy two. I don't like buying the last bottle of something unless it's something I've never had before, but there would still be one more on the shelf. As soon as he saw me pick up one, he jumped up, ran over and pulled the other two off the shelf. He said he wanted to keep them for his friend but that I could buy the "last one" in my hands. I explained myself and put it back. That seemed to offend him. He then went on to tell me that he had two more boxes of Mamouche in the back that he was holding for his friends too. He shrugged it off... "They are my friends... What can I do?..." This was a complete ass move. If you forget to pull something off for your friends, suck it up. They will understand. Pulling product out of customers' hands is just poor practice.

Selection is great if you're interested in the French scene. The walls are packed with small French breweries that most people will never have heard of. Ask for some recommendations and give some stuff a try. There is also a good selection of Belgian lambic at the back. Other imports are scarce, but there's the odd Dutch, Danish and American brew sitting at the front of the store. These are probably just some random things the distributor brought in, or random stuff he's traded tourists for, as there doesn't really seem to be any rhyme or reason to anything there. Still, interesting to sift through.

Prices are fine. Most things are reasonably priced and follow a format structure, though there are some brews, mostly the more interesting ones, that are priced differently. I was prepared to spend a lot of money there before the Mamouche incident, and if I had spent the money I brought, I could have walked out with piles of stuff. Prices are fair for the most part.

Anyways, this is a great little store in the middle of Paris; worth going to if you're there and/or are a big fan of the French scene. It would be nice, however, if the proprietor thought ahead about how he wants to sell his product.

05-18-2014 19:16:25 | More by Jeffo
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La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
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