La Cave à Bulles

La Cave à BullesLa Cave à Bulles
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4.69/5
94 Ratings
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
pDev:
7.68%
 
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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.94/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It's been one year since I've reviewed a place on BA, but I finally hit one noteworthy enough to get me started again. I've tried unsuccessfully to get here many times over the years, my own fault as they do post their open hours. It was well worth the wait though, this is just a wonderful store.

The location is ideal for visitors to the city, just north of the Chatelet Metro stop. Chances are that you'll be strolling Rue de Rivoli at some point in your visit anyway. The shop is small (but what real estate isn't small in Paris, palaces and cathedrals notwithstanding?). Most of the beers are placed on shelves, and understandably the heaviest selection is French beers. So many of them! I didn't know most (all?) of the names. Luckily the owner (Simon) speaks very good English, and he is a true lover of beer. Even better, he has an American BA working in the store (Brandon) who also knows his stuff. They walked me through the choices and I trusted them based on their detailed descriptions of what they liked and disliked in different beers.

There are also 2 small coolers. One is stocked with their vintage/"expensive" beers, and the other cooler is stocked with a variety of large and small bottles for people who want a beer that has been chilled to some extent for take away.

Beyond the French beers there's a good selection of Belgian beers, and also some Nordic and USA selections. I even saw Hopping Frog from OH, so surprised to see this. I didn't travel 9 hours by plane to drink OH beer though!

Overall I can't recommend this store highly enough. I will be back any time I'm in Paris.

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Photo of Yetiman420
5/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Wow. This place is great. If you are coming to Paris, it's imperative that you visit here. I mean, absolutely necessary. A wide selection of French beers tops anything you will find anywhere else in Paris. There certainly isn't every single craft beer made in France here, but there is such a large variety, that you'll find plenty to drink. And on top of that there is a huge amount of Cantillon brews to choose from. More than you would normally find in NYC even. But I am here for French beer. My first visit I grabbed four bottles from Brasserie des Garrigues and Saint Colombe. They were all tasty and I drank them at night. On my next visit I must have grabbed 30-some beers. As far as service goes: Simon is the man. Quite ready to tell you about any beer or brewery you should ask about (and in English no less!), he brings a wealth of knowledge about anything you'll want to know about. Not only that, he's completely honest and forthcoming about whatever topic comes up.

I think Simon is several years ahead of the beer curve here. If Paris is any indicator, France is where the U.S. was about 15-20 years ago and people like Simon should be supported at all costs. If you are visiting, I'm not sure what more you could ask for with so many French beers being available here. And if you're French, you definitely need to show love to your beer industry and shop here routinely. And if all of that isn't good enough, there are plenty of big hitting Belgians to go for as well (Cantillon, trappists, Brasserie la Senne, etc.) Stellar. And I am happy to make this my first perfectly rated beer establishment.

Quite close to Centre Pompidou.

P.S. Simon loves hoppy beers. So if you feel so inclined to bring him something, I am quite sure he would be appreciative.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.97/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A neat little shop in the heart of Paris. The selection is great and the service is even better. This is definitely the place to go for beer in Paris.

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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 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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5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -14.7%

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

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

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

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of BenBreeg
4.51/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 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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4/5  rDev -14.7%

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

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

A must visit when your in Paris if your into your bottled beers, they have around 250+ beers with a great selection from Paris and France itself, plus a good Belgium selection as well as Norwegian, Swiss, Dutch, Danish, Italian...
The staff are very helpfull and informative, and will wrap your selections for flying.
Needless to say I'll be returning to this fantastic shop!

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Photo of bostonbeans
5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.82/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of suckaj
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of whitenads
4.83/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Exceptional staff that has a lot of knowledge about the up and coming craft beer scene in France. They are very nice to foreign travelers and also have plenty of lambics!

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Photo of Beer21
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Doublechar0517
4.97/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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

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La Cave à Bulles in Paris, France
Place rating: 4.69 out of 5 with 94 ratings
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