Nice has a great selection of fine wine bars dedicated to providing the perfect atmosphere for appreciation and exploration of fine wines.
Oenophiles in Nice certainly have no problem in finding great wine bars that cater to their needs. Afterall, fine wine is best served in an equally fine setting. Here’s our guide to five of the best wine bars in the city.
Cave de la Tour
A Vieux Nice institution since 1947, Cave de la Tour is recognized as the specialist in local wines. Almost every wine produced in the Alpes Maritimes can be found on these shelves, along with a healthy selection from neighbouring vineyards in the Var. If you’re after somewhere with an authentic French feel, this is your place – but get in early as doors shut around 8pm. There’s no better spot to catch the afternoon sun, so settle around the tables made from recycled wine barrels, a glass of vino in hand, and watch the world go by!
You may be familiar with their previous incarnation just off Place Garibaldi; however it’s clear they’re more at home in their new location in the heart of the Nice’s rapidly expanding ‘it’ quarter, the Port. What’s more, they’ve just celebrated the opening of their second establishment, a wine bar, next door! Head to Vinivore one, at number 10, if you’re after a meal to match your wine selection and Vinivore two, the newbie, for the pre and/or post dinner apéro. The wine list is ever-evolving, offering a selection of quality wines sourced direct from the producer, reflecting new discoveries from their travels throughout gourmet France. In fact you’ll find the same owners behind…
La Part des Anges
La Part des Anges, or Angel’s Share in English, is a French term given to the small percentage of alcohol which evaporates from the bottle during the ageing process. It’s a poetic name which fits this charming wine bar perfectly. Situated across from Place Wilson, the focus here is on Natural Wines, (which are chemically free), although treat yourself a little, since a wider selection is available to order by the bottle rather than the glass! It’s a popular spot so reservations are recommended.
First opened in 1904, Cave Wilson is a long standing favourite on the Nice scene and has withstood a variety of owners with a variety of visions. The current owner, Antoine Barussaud, has a passion for great wine and music, preferably combined. Friday and Saturday nights are now popular jazz evenings, whilst weeknights are a more relaxed and cozy affair. The décor is reminiscent of old-school Parisian bistro and the wine selection is a clear labour of love, displaying a particular affinity for the South West of France.
Friends living in the Carré d’Or are more than grateful for Cave 35 – finally a chic wine destination closer to home! A fine wine shop-front (conveniently open till late should you require a bottle to take-away) makes way for a sleek bar at the back which wouldn’t feel out of place in the world’s biggest cities, and a welcome addition to any Nice address book. An extensive selection is available to order by the glass, as well as some more special names by the bottle if you’re in the mood for celebrating.
And remember that most wine bars, including the above, offer a menu of cold plates or a plat du jour to accompany your tasting adventures. Bon dégustation!
Cave de la Tour
3 rue de la Tour
10, rue Lascaris
La Part des Anges
17, rue Gubernatis
16, rue Gubernatis
35, rue de la Buffa