September 3, 2012 by Emma Bentley
“No One Knows You” by John McNulty and the Dimestore
Something a little folk-y seems to sum up this wine bar pretty well. It’s got a casual vibe but you get the feeling that they’d remember you if you go back next week and that it could quickly becoming your regular.
“No one knows you like I know you. No one knows you like I know you.” That refrain over and over again. That twangy guitar, rather reminiscent of the Eagles, continuously interjecting.
Let it be known that the Garde Robe specialises in natural wine – and the choice is limited to funky or funkier. If you’re not sure what you’d like, the bar staff are normally happy to serve you a small tasting portion to help you make up your mind.
Prop yourself up at the bar or settle yourself down at a table, either way, you won’t realise how fast the time is going. The menu is not extensive (think platters of cheeses, meats and country gratins) but then you can be sure that whatever you choose will be good old delicious warming food and it won’t break the bank.
Wines by the glass start at a very reasonable 3 euros during Happy Hour (from 18h30, I believe, but worth phoning in advance to check) but are generally capped at 5 or 6 euros even at full price.
Lunch or dinner, you can be sure the food will be fresh and tasty, the wines quirky and interesting and the service refreshingly friendly. And don’t forget to say hello if you see me propping up the bar!
Two locations in Paris – the “Rue de l’Arbre Sec” bar is marginally more touristy.
Essential InformationAddress: 4 Rue Bridaine, 75017 Telephone: 01 44 90 05 04 Opening Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday. Open Saturday evening. Closed Saturday lunch and all-day Sunday. Address: 41 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001 Telephone: 01 49 26 90 60 Opening Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Reservations: advisable but not essential. Suggested footwear: something comfortable, no-one’s judging.