La Cave à Bulles
Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Stopped in on a recent business trip to Paris. Picked some beers to enjoy while working at night in the hotel room -- and then realized I need to pack a bottle opener!
The owner has around 100 beers, nearly all from small french producers. Prices range from 2-7euro each depending on what you get. I found some very neat stuff I've never seen before. French IPAs, BrewDog from Scotland, a swiss beer, etc.
The owner/shop keeper is very helpful. I was ready just to buy based on my interpretation of the french labels but he explained each beer to me and it's flavors to make sure it was what I wanted. Best service of any beer store I've ever been to.
07-24-2010 20:22:56 | More by ronhocker
4.85/5 rDev +3.6%
Stopped in here while visiting family in Paris. Immediately, Simon greeted us at the door, and I introduced myself as someone who enjoys good beer. He and I talked for a while - maybe 20 minutes about beer and he pointed out to me La Triple Brune I.P.A. from La Brasserie de Fleurac, based on my appreciation of IPAs. He was right on. I had been drinking many other styles while on our trip, but this beer hit the spot (which I plan to review the next time I pop one open.) Anyway, a great selection of over 250 bottles. Simon is very knowledgeable and a pure joy to talk with. Definitely a must stop while visiting Paris.
06-30-2010 19:37:57 | More by cbak999
4.65/5 rDev -0.6%
Stopped in during a business trip after finding La Cave on BA. Previous reviews of the excellence of this place are spot on...and nothing that even remotely resembles this place can be found anywhere else in Paris.
The minute I walked in I was greeted by the owner, the infamous Simon. He was very willing to fill me in on the French beer scene and was very accommodating to my traveling by hooking me up with boxes and bubble wrap. Simon is the true definition of a "beer advocate". Let's hope the French craft beer scene catches on like it is in the U.S. I had to apologize for not bringing something with me from the States. If I had realized this place existed before arriving to Paris, I definitely would have.
Selection was amazing...just filled with probably 200-300 French craft beers, and a small Belgian section. I know absolutely nothing about French beers, but Simon was quick to fill me with the appropriate knowledge. He picked out about 12-14 beers. The ones I've had as of now have been excellent...and were just as Simon described them.
Prices were extremely reasonable...for the most part, prices are based on the bottle size, with harder to find beers a bit more pricey. The 12-14 beers I bought only came to about EUR 40.
A must visit place for all BA's that find themselves in Paris. Highly recommended...wish I had more time to spend in the shop.
03-20-2010 13:10:36 | More by ericfb18
4.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Stopped in to La Cave a Bulles with my wife as we were walking around the Halles area of Paris, I had read several of the reviews on Beer Advocate, but they do not do service to the "Cave" or its proprietor. The selection was good and the prices were good. However, the service was first rate. We spoke with Simon for about an hour discussing French and Belgian beers. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and loves to talk beer. By far the best customer service in Paris, I walked out with four beers and the knowledge that I will be back again.
02-15-2010 10:09:06 | More by kwdavis
4.65/5 rDev -0.6%
This place was awesome. I went here on the end of my trip to Belgium and was in Paris for a couple of days. My friend and I stopped in after doing some touristy things and Simon couldn't be more helpful. We already had plenty of Belgium beer and were looking for some good French beers. Simon worked with us on just about every style and so far the beers we have tried have been spot on. You can get a wealth of information on French and Belgium beers and he will work with you to find what you want (also speaks very good English which is a plus). We also got several tips on some local places to go that were great. I would definitely recommend going here if you can. Bring him a good American Craft brew (although he has a nice selection already there).
01-17-2010 16:18:50 | More by dcp5703
4.65/5 rDev -0.6%
Let me make this abundantly clear! If you are in Paris for any reason, and have 30 minutes to spare, even if the wife doesn't like beer stores and gets antsy when you spend time in them, stop in La Cave a Bulles!
Let me throw something else out there as well. If you know you are traveling through Paris and can stop in at this place, bring a good American beer for Simon (not Sierra Nevada regulars, as he gets those). He will make it worth your while by trading you an outstandingly generous French beer, or anything else your heart would desire. He will also chat with you (and teach you stuff) about the beer industry in France and Belgium. I brought along a Great Divide Fresh Hop for Simon, because I friggin love that beer and he traded me a French Saison from Brasserie Bailleux.
That being said, the store is located down a sort of half street with little vehicle traffic about a block from the Pompidou and a few blocks from the Louvre and various subway stops. It is also easily walkable from Notre Dame de Paris. The shop is rather small but packs a lot of beer and a very good selection, especially of non-US-exported French beer. Simon may be busy talking with other customers when you arrive, but he will quickly be attentive if you are patient. He will pick out beers for you based on personal taste. I found this helpful, as I had almost no idea what I was looking at half the time!!
He also carries a good helping of typical Belgians: all Trappist save one, Cantillon, St. Bernardus, Fonteinen, Boon, etc.. And for the ex-Pats living in Paris, he has Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Porter, and Stout (at least, while I was there).
I didn't get to pick Simon's brain about where to drink beers in Paris, but I'm sure he would be a resource for that as well.
Definitely worth the stop.
11-10-2009 18:51:37 | More by ahalloin
5/5 rDev +6.8%
I could walk into La Cave a Bulles blindfolded, pick five beers, and be extremely pleased that I wound up with five artisinal French beers that I knew nothing about.
This is a testimony to the selective and excellent job Simon does running this store. On my first stop, I went in asking for his benchmark Biere de Garde to which he replied he was presently out but was planning a trip to the small brewer to pick up another case. He personally set me up with other beers based on my interests. I don't know a whole lot about French beers and was floored by all the premium quality stuff on his shelves. Some Belgians "hidden" around the corner by the cashier. All else was artisinal French.
If you're traveling to Paris and plan on visiting, bring Simon a couple of local beers. He's such an awesome guy.
09-16-2009 01:09:05 | More by Yetiman420
5/5 rDev +6.8%
I sent Simon, the owner, an email, letting him know that I would be visiting on my last night in France, asking for directions. He responded within hours with all the info I asked for, as well as recommendations for bars near the hotel I was staying at. Wow.
So I and my family--wife and 2 boys under the age 6--stopped by prior to dinner on July 17th. As Simon wrapped up with another customer, I perused the walls lined with only a few beers I had heard of. How was I going to be able to limit my purchases to 3 or 4 small bottles?!
Simon finished with his customer and promptly turned his attention to me. Seeing my children, he brought them something to drink, and let them open the jars of hops and grains on the table while we chatted. I brought a can of Surly Furious from my home state for him, reading that he appreciated IPAs, but it became clear that his love of beers extends far beyond IPAs! He gave me a full rundown of the French beer scene and walked through the many different styles new to France--it's been a challenge he explained getting the French to move off of not only wine, but watered-down lagers, a challenge not dissimilair to the US craft beer scene in recent memory. As such, many of the "typical" new French beers, besides styles commonly found in France and Belgium, are flavored with products found locally: honey, chestnuts, grapes, etc. So that's where I turned my attention, picking out a strong dark beer with spices, a honey beer, a muscat beer and a French IPA. He threw in a bottle of blonde for me in return for the Surly.
Simon's hospitality and attention to detail was greatly appreciated. The prices were very reasonable, considering what single bottles go for in the US. They were generally priced according to size of the bottle, with exceptions for rarities and single batches. He sent us on our way with a recommendation for a wonderful restaurant.
If you're in Paris, Caves a Bulles is not to be missed!
07-20-2009 16:41:53 | More by WindoraEric
4.85/5 rDev +3.6%
I went to Paris last week, and made a little beer itinerary for myself of bars and this store. No joke, this was the first place I went after dropping bags off at my hotel. The beautiful little store sits down a side alley, tucked away from the more crowded streets like St. Denis. The beers are neatly organized, making it simple for even the non-French speaking customers such as myself to navigate through the selection of bottles.
We were greeted by who I believe is the owner, Simon, asking if we needed any help. I told him how I heard about the store on a beer website, to which he replied, "BeerAdvocate?" Well aware of his popularity among American beer geeks, he was extremely nice and helped me pick out a selection of French craft beers that may suit my tastes. The prices were relatively cheap, especially when compared to going around bars in Paris. I drank some of the beer in the hotel, and brought a few back to the States.
If you are in Paris and would like to bring back some great beer to the States, get over to La Cave à Bulles.
06-30-2009 20:38:28 | More by gdkersey
4.85/5 rDev +3.6%
I can confirm what the other reviewers have said - this is the place to learn about and obtain French craft beers in Paris.
Quality of what was on the shelves was excellent.
Regarding service -- Simon the owner is passionate about French breweries and is an expert on the subject. We had visited a couple of the breweries and met a few of the brewers but it was my impression that he was more than happy to introduce anyone to the French beer scene and find beers to match your taste. He spent a considerable amount of time with us.
Selection in a shop like this is a relative concept - there were a couple of beers from French Flanders that I did not see that I would have liked but the selection of other French artisanal beers was excellent and there was a small but nice selection of quality Belgian beers.
With regard to prices, you can pay nearly EUR 8 for a 50cl bottle of German beer and over EUR 11 for a bottle of 3 Monts at local restaurants. By comparison, this place is a bargain.
As pointed out previously, Simon would likely trade for quality beers, particularly of the hoppy variety.
06-29-2009 12:32:55 | More by KevyKev
La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
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