Best Wine Bars

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.   Enjoy a coup de rouge at the little wine bar or sit at one of the wine cask tables, 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 Cathédrale.

The venerable Cave Bianchi is a 150-year-old family wine merchant, the oldest in Nice, and in the middle of the shop is a round tasting bar where you can order selected wines by the glass.  7 rue Raoul Bosio, tram stop Opera.

The Cave du Cours is an off-beat, almost hidden wine cellar in Old Nice, tucked into an obscure side street and rarely open, which transforms into a packed wine bar at the end of the week for those in the know.  24 Rue Barillerie, tram stop Opera.

Best Wine Bars in the Garibaldi to Port Area

Wine Casks at O'Quotidien in NiceOne of my absolute favorites, O’Quotidien is between the Port and Garibaldi.  Set in a small county-style market dotted with café 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.

In Nice’s Petit Marais neighborhood on the rollicking rue Bonaparte, you are spoiled for choice.  On one end you have the lively Posto 17 with packed outdoor café seating, serving affordable Italian wines and street food.  On the other end you have Nabulio, the new cool kid on the block, with a designer interior, chic cocktail party vibe, techno soundtrack, and a tony clientele.  In the middle there’s Cave de Papa (dad’s wine cellar) which is literally and figuratively between the two.  All serve awesome tapas, and for all, tram stop Garibaldi.

Continue to the port, on the street just behind the church, you’ll find Bibo Vino.  Part of a high-concept eco-friendly France-wide chain, they only sell 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, tram stop Port Lympia.

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 République, tram stop Acropolis.

Best Wine Bars in Downtown Nice

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.

Tribeca Wine Bar  Between their edgy art, techno video projections, and house DJ, this is definitely the hippest wine bar in Nice. 1 rue Dalpozzo, behind the Palais de la Méditerranée

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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.

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