Party Earth Review A quick walk from the historic marché d’Aligre street market and equally close to the Bastille party circuit, Le Baron Rouge harkens back to the wine bars of yesteryear when the vino was cheap and the conversation perpetually... ... read full review
1 Rue Théophile Roussel
01 43 43 14 32
Tu–F 10am–2pm, 5–10pm, Sa 10am–10pm, Su 10am–4pm
Bastille / Oberkampf - 11eme, Paris –
A quick walk from the historic marché d’Aligre street market and equally close to the Bastille party circuit, Le Baron Rouge harkens back to the wine bars of yesteryear when the vino was cheap and the conversation perpetually loud.
Early weekday afternoons see graying retirees and families with kids in tow posted along the shiny zinc bar to chat with the bartender, but most evenings find a crowd of young bobos and a mélange of tourists so large that guests spill onto the street.
By 8pm, the brouhaha of multiple languages usually forces servers to lower the crooning ambient jazz or mellow pop so people can hear one another talk over €1.50 glasses of wine.
Although plates of cheese and meat are available – and fresh oysters are served on weekends from March to October – few people show up for the food, choosing instead to make the tiny space a favorite pre-dinner spot.
A smattering of spindly chairs and tables set under loosely strung lights make up most of the seating, while out front several plastic wine crates topped with planks offer smokers a place to rest their glasses as they crouch on the curb.
Thick coats of dust have settled onto the tiled floor and over the stemware chandelier in the window, but that’s part of the charm at Le Baron Rouge, a traditionally French place to meet with friends and enjoy the city’s wine and culture.
And maybe more wine.
Aging groups of beret-wearing Frenchmen by day, and Parisian bobos, vintage hipsters, eclectic creative types, savvy backpackers, and hordes of enthusiastic tourists at night, 20s+.
Ambient jazz and mellow rock or pop barely audible over the din of conversation.
Plates of meat and cheese, as well as oysters on weekends from March to October.
Plates of meat and cheese €6–€14, oysters €8.50–€19 (for one dozen). Beer €2.50+, wine €1.50–€3.50/glass or €11–€28/bottle, cognac and other digestives €6/glass, aperitif €2.50.
Casual: basic t-shirts, flannel, vests, earth-toned blouses, comfy sweaters, general business attire, with some swankier garb on folks warming up before hitting a club.
Le Baron Rouge can be busy at all hours, and Sunday mornings are surprisingly lively as patrons drop in before and after hitting the nearby street market. Otherwise, Friday and Saturday nights are busiest, with the crowd spilling onto the street by 8pm.
La Table d’Aligre (11 Place d’Aligre) is a classic brasserie with an extensive menu that changes with the seasons.