Best Wine Bars in Old Nice
The most authentic wine bar, without a doubt, is Cave de la Tour, family-run for over 70 years, and catering to a mostly local clientele. They speak no English, close promptly at 7pm, take only cash and have no wifi …but if you bring in your empties they will fill them with house wine from the casks while the house cat rubs against your legs. Enjoy a coup de rouge at the little wine bar or sit at one of the wine cask table, where you can also have a little home cooked lunch. In fact, things haven’t really changed much here in 70 years. 3 rue de la Tour in Old Nice, tram stop Cathedrale.
La Petite Loge is a very hip wine bar specializing in small independent winemakers with bottles that you won’t find anywhere else. Run by husband/wife team Jeremy (half English, half French) and Lauriane, their clientele includes sommeliers and other restaurant owners that come by after work for their unique offerings and extensive knowledge: 340 different wines and an ever-changing chalkboard of wines by the glass, complimented by platters of meats, cheeses, homemade pates, and a fried camembert with onion confit. La Petite Loge can be found up a tiny side street in the Old town just up from Place Centrale, 10 rue de la Loge (tram stop Cathedrale).
The venerable Cave Bianchi is a 150-year-old family wine shop, but in the middle is a round tasting bar where you can order selected wines by the glass. But best of all, on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6pm they offer a comparative wine tasting with a sommelier/wine maker in English for 18€ per person. Reservations are a must: call 04 93 85 65 79, or stop by at 7 rue Raoul Bosio, near the Opera.
Best Wine Bars in the Garibaldi to Port Area
One of my absolute favorites, O’Quotidien is between the Port and Garibaldi. Set in a small county-style market dotted with cafe tables, you’ll find a wall of casks filled with organic Italian wines …ready to fill your empty bottles! But of course you need to try before you buy, hence the adorable little wine bar hooked up directly to the casks, where you can taste and try to your heart’s content. But don’t stop at the wine: the tiny Italian kitchen cooks up delectable daily specials, the cappuccinos are amazing, and you can leave with a sack of groceries! 2 rue Martin Seytour (tram stop Garibaldi)
Vinivore is an upscale wine-bar located just next door to their highly-esteemed wine- and market-focused restaurant. Port. The 200 bottles on their list, many available by the glass, are largely organic, and have been carefully chosen for quality/price by sommelier Bonaventure Blankstein, who honed his skills in Paris before resettling in Nice. 10 rue Lascaris, in the Port, just behind the church (tram stop Garibaldi)
Just across the street you’ll find Bibo Vino. Part of a high-concept eco-friendly France-wide chain that only sells specially selected high-quality organic wines… in boxes! Sidle up to their convivial wine bar or take a table, and try any of their 27 vintages by the glass starting at just 4€. A menu of accompaniments includes a selection of cheese boards or charcuterie platters. 17 rue Lascaris
Vini Mundo is a more traditional-style wine bar with a wide array of carefully chosen wines and cheeseboard-and-charcuterie type fare to compliment their selections. 34 Avenue de la Republique (tram stop Acropolis)
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La Part des Anges is also all-organic wine shop/wine bar with an impressive selection of bottles to take home or enjoy in their wine bistro ambiance, along with little plates of complementary organic nibbles. 17 rue Gubernatis (tram stop Massena or Opera)
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Photo credits: rosé by Jeremy Atkinson, licensed under Creative Commons, Cave de la Tour and Wine Casks by Best of Nice.