Ah, the Happy Hours I Have Known!

Where do you go to chill?

If you have such a place, it is probably (1) local (2) mellow (3) fun, and (4) offers a decent beverage. or three.

In other words, a bar à vin. We have a nice one here in Tartu – Viein ja Vine.


I go in for a sip and come out after two sips. Ok. Sometimes three. Who’s counting?

And where are the best bar à vins in the US? Lauren Sloss went out looking for them for AFAR

Here is her list

My fav …. because of my local bias is

Philadelphia’s popular Good King Tavern, a French bistro-style establishment known for its approachable wine list, will be opening a dedicated bar à vins, Le Caveau, upstairs in October.

The Good King Tavern & Le Caveau


Chloe Grigri and her father, Bernard, opened the Good King Tavern in 2013 as a love letter to Bernard’s French hometown of Aix-en-Provence. Specifically, to the neighborhood bistro, and the dives that they love drinking in when in France. The crowded, unpretentious space’s exposed brick, low lighting, and loud music—not to mention its outstanding wine list—strongly evoke bar à vins vibes, too. “Our house wine program has three categories for white and red: good, better, best. They change regularly. We like to explain this as ‘wine for drinking, not for thinking,’” says Grigri, who also acts as the establishment’s GM and wine director. More opportunities for drinking from Grigri’s sustainable winemaker picks will come this October when they open bar à vins Le Caveau upstairs—expect brick walls and French café tables; a selection of small plates (charcuterie, cheeses, and hot dogs on baguettes); and an expanded, shared wine list with the Good King Tavern, featuring over 130 bottles.


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