La Cave à Bulles

La Cave à BullesLa Cave à Bulles
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La Cave à BullesLa Cave à Bulles
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

45 Rue Quincampoix
Paris, 75004
France

+ 33 1 40 29 03 69 | map
caveabulles-paris.fr

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Added by thierrynantes on 05-02-2009

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
94
Liked:
92
Avg:
4.69/5
pDev:
7.68%
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of hnandez
3.18/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.31/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
3.86/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of kermis
4/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of atpca
4/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Tami_Brooks
4.14/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of cadaugherty
4.19/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of -NESTO-
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SStein
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of ItinOcean
4.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.35/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Thursday morning less than an hour after the place had opened. There were already other customers in the shop. As this was my last day in Paris and my suitcase was already full and probably overweight, I was only looking for special beers of which I did not see any and thus did not buy beer during my visit. Will definitely stop in the next time I am in Paris for any extended period of time as this is the place to buy and avoid drinking Kronenberg all the time. A good beer store in Europe but just average when compared to the stores I can visit in the US.

V – Bright, clean, open, well laid out. All prices are marked.

Ser – As the one clerk was already busy when I entered I did not interact with anyone in the store. But everyone was friendly

Sel – Plenty of French, Belgian, English and even some US beers to choose from. No sours that I could see during my visit.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.36/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Basically the best experience I've had in a bottle shop. Selection is small but fabulous. I explained that I was into beer as a brewer and having spent time travelling for beer around the US, UK, and Belgium, but was not very familiar with French beer...could they please give me some recommendations? I spent the next half hour speaking with two employees about all the various French beers and breweries. They were extremely knowledgeable about beer and were very happy to help. I had recently been to Brussels, but they also had an excellent selection of Belgian beers including the big lambic names.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.37/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BMMillsy
4.43/5  rDev -5.5%

This place rocks! Stopped in while in Paris because their website said they had LP Framboise and Fou Fone in stock. That--as with most places’ websites--was out if date. But not unexpected this late in the Cantillon season and I’m sure they have that stuff regularly. Nevertheless walked in and store clerk (assume the owner) spoke English off the bat. Asked if they had Cantillon: "of course". Loads of Gueuze, Kriek, Rose, and Iris, as well as vintage bottles of Iris and Grand Cru (2005 through 2008 I think). Snagged 3 Iris, a 2008 (05 label) Grand Cru, a couple Quetsche Tilquins, a 2008 Thomas Hardy’s, Giardin Framboise, and 3 barrel aged Mikkeller 250 mls (Cognac George and Brunch Weasel and Calvados George). Those latter ones were way on the pricey side, and overall not cheap but an awesome selection. Even had Pipeworks, AleSmith stuff. A bit from BrewDog, De Molen, and a French selection of course. Owner was having fun talking beers and told me to bring along things to trade if I ever come back. Great great service. To my dismay, I did not grab a French beer and he noticed, gave me a hard time, and handed me a free 750 ml he said was his favorite. On the house. A must stop if in Paris.

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Photo of TRICKYD1CK
4.44/5  rDev -5.3%
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!!).

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Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Torontoblue
4.48/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of kwdavis
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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Photo of ronhocker
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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Photo of smbslt
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Was there in November. Owner was helpful - loved talking about beer with everyone who came in. Asked him to run the gamut and walked out ten different beers (2 based on a trade) - not all great but representative of the craft beer movement there - mission accomplished.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.51/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Whatup14
4.51/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

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La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
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