La Barricade first caught my eye when I was waiting for a friend outside her flat just opposite. Rue de Tourtille is essentially residential (besides the wallet-friendly Rouleau de Printemps and a smattering of independent shops), but there were some sparkling fairy lights inviting me into this little cultural hub of a watering hole.
With classroom-like seating for around 20 people, you can just prop yourself up at the bar and pick your tipple for the evening from their neat list of wines (of which a fair few are natural). Keep your hunger at bay with the classic planche of charcuterie/cheese or their Winter offer of individual Raclette portions (€ 12 each) – and for those who fancy a beer, there’s Jenlain on tap and several bottled ones, which isn’t always guaranteed in pokey wine bars.
But there must be plenty of little bars like this, you say? Well, this one has a special place in my heart because of its discreet art exhibitions on the walls and its downstairs concert/theatre room, of which the atmosphere is inevitably intimate. You can even enjoy the music upstairs as it will be streamed through the speakers, and the stage shown on a small TV screen just above the bar (see photo).
Their Facebook page will keep you up to speed with the upcoming events, but if you just drop in you might discover a hidden gem of an artist, or see a local exhibition advertised.