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Le Bar à Vin
Le Bar à Vin

Le Bar à Vin

9.02 reviews
Bars, Clubs and Nightlife, Wine Bar
Ranked #36 in Bordeaux things to do
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3 Cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux, France
+33 899 23 52 90
http://baravin.bordeaux.com/fr/
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San Francisco, California, USA
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Another brilliant Bordeaux wine bar. This one serves up some of the best deals in the city as it's run by the CIVB. Great interior as well.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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Le Bar à Vin du CIVB is a welcoming, modern wine bar in the heart of Bordeaux. This is a very popular spot that fills up quickly, and reservations are not accepted.

The wine bar has several doors and we mistakenly entered through the back door. It was confusing but the staff members were very friendly. Note that they speak decent English here too, which means the wine bar attracts a mix of both tourists and locals. Go as early as possible. We arrived slightly after 4:30 p.m. and it was packed, we had to share a table with two unhappy local young women (you know, with us being "stupid Americans" and all).

The atmosphere is fine but not exactly intimate. It's a very large room with high ceilings and it can get a little loud (not by U.S. standards though). The seating is uncomfortable in what I can only assume is an attempt by management to discourage lingering. We weren't rushed at all, however, which I appreciated.

After a wait of about 10 minutes, a server approached us to take our order. We had several questions and bowed to his expertise. We sampled several wines and a cheese plate.

The wine bar features a small menu of gourmet accoutrements including a nice selection of local and European cheeses, a platter of chocolates, dried beef, and the ubiquitous dish that's a huge delicacy in this part of France: foie gras. The prices of the food plates are reasonable considering the large portions (they range from 6 to 9 euros).

We selected the Assiette sans Frontieres (the Plate Without Borders), which featured a tasty assortment of cheese from all over the region, including a raw milk Emmental from the Basque country (savory and mild), Gruyère de Comté (nutty, semi-hard and absolutely delicious), and Basque ewe cheese (from grass fed mountain sheep). The platter was served with a generous helping of hearty, crusty brown bread. Unlike other reviewers, I found this bread to be average at best. There are far better breads available at a number of local boulangeries in the area.

The wines by the glass menu is organized by region, including Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Fronsac, Medoc, Graves, and more. We selected a 2013 Château Haut Breton Larigaudière from Margaux (6 euros), a 2014 Chateau Pipeau Saint Emilion Grand Cru (6 euros), and at the suggestion of our server, a 2010 Chateau Le Crock from Saint-Estephe (6 euros) and a 2013 Chateau Julia from Pauillac (6 euros).

The wines were good and all very different, and the prices were on point. They had wines by the glass to fit every budget, with some in the 3 euro range. The pours were large as well, making this an excellent value. I was super disappointed because I was unaware that they also have champagne by the glass. It wasn't listed on the menu but they serve it at the bar. If sparkling's your thing, be sure to ask! I wish I had!

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