La Cave à Bulles
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3.18/5 rDev -31.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife was in Paris so I asked her to stop by here because I heard that you can pick up Cantillon here.
The gentleman was very rude to her because she doesn't know about beer. She explained it like he was Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.
She was able to pick me up a couple of bottles after being treated like an idiot.
07-10-2014 20:36:48 | More by hnandez
3.31/5 rDev -29.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
3.86/5 rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Nice little shop right around the corner from Centre Pompidou. Most extensive French beer selection I've seen, though they didn't have many French beers that I like. I know Paris is expensive, but I thought the beers were as well, nothing cheaper than 3.30 for a 33cl bottle. Very sparse international selection. I think there was one US beer. Cantillions were nearly 20. I would go back, but only for the French beer and it saddens me that French beer is more expensive than Belgian beer in Belgium. But that's just how it is.
08-01-2011 00:45:11 | More by sfprint
4.31/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Hunted this down on a visit to friends and was happy I did; they're a great resource for beers from all over Europe with, of course, a French focus. The staff was generally friendly and helpful and the selection is excellent, especially considering the size of the shop. If you're looking for an overview of European craft brews, this is a good place to start.
Yeah, the bottles were expensive, and the per-size pricing is funny, but I'm noticing mine is the second lowest rating, and I did like it. Just think 4+ is in the damned good category.
05-28-2013 13:12:05 | More by ItinOcean
4.44/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Nice, homey-feeling beer shop in the heart of Paris (right by Pompidou).
The service here is awesome. Friendly, multilingual staff. The owner has tried most American beers and will trade with you if you have something he hasn't tried.
You won't find a better selection of French beer in Paris.
Considering that the standard rate for a 33cl bottle at this place is 3.10 Euros, it's a bit pricey. Exchange rate aside, only exceptional beers in the US are $3.10 per 11.2oz. Nonetheless, it's worth it for the selection.
Any beer drinker visiting Paris should stop by this place (and sample their amazing selection of sours!!).
09-22-2011 17:52:34 | More by TRICKYD1CK
4.48/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited May 18th and took along 2 bottles from Alley Kat (Farmhouse-Style Saison & Black Dragon Single Hopped DIPA) for Simon, and he seemed pleased to receive 2 brand new beers from Canada.
Real nice looking store, laid out well, good selection of beers on the shelves, mostly French which was good to see, and a fair few from Italy. Had a good long natter with Simon about all things beer, especially the way things are moving forward in France.
Super friendly especially when someone comes in the store and needs help with selection. Wish I had more room in my case but had to content myself with purchasing just 4 bottles.
Highly recommend to visit when in Paris. You won't come away disappointed.
05-31-2012 18:21:27 | More by Torontoblue
La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
100 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.