Dynamic in vision yet rustic in appearance, La Part des Anges has remained true to its all organic and all natural roots since its launch as a unique wine cellar in the south of France back in 1998. This quaint organic wine bar and shop combination on Rue Gubernatis in Nice was the first of its kind in the city and its patrons continue to appreciate the genuine and unfussy charm of the cave.
Others may have sprung up over the last few years, but La Part des Anges’ personality has proved both popular and successful, as owner Olivier Labarde explains over a glass of wine. “I arrived from Paris two decades ago although I’m originally from the south,” says Olivier. “Nice had nothing like La Part des Anges and I wanted to create something different.” But it’s not only the style and atmosphere of the wine cellar that sets it apart from the rest. La Part des Anges has, from the very beginning, deliberately chosen to only feature ecologically produced and organic wine.
In the early days of his career, Labarde had a chance meeting that changed his perception of ‘natural wines’, which are still a rarity in France. “The bio and organic fashion arrived much later in wine than it did in fruit and vegetables, for example,” says Olivier, “but we don’t follow trends here. It is a commitment for us.”
Open Monday to Thursday from 10am until 8.30pm, with extended hours until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, La Part des Anges invites wine drinkers to sample wines from across France in its bar à vins, dine on delicious dishes of cheese and charcuterie in the bistro, and purchase bottles of wine from its stores in the front of house shop.
An edge that La Part des Anges has over other bars is its vast range of prices, from the easily affordable weekly choices to a selection of grands vins. It also has no corking fees – droit de bouchon.
The wholly chilled out atmosphere is both inviting and enveloping. Artwork and wine bottles line the walls, while the chatter of customers and the inevitable twists of a corkscrew provide a gentle backdrop hum while you enjoy a glass in a space as comfortable and familiar as home. For those who like something more substantial on their plate, there is always the sister restaurant La Mise au Verre a few streets away. This is one place you won’t want to leave, one too many glasses of wine or not!
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