Groin means pig snout in French and La Pointe du Grouin in Brittany is where Thierry Breton, its famed owner, hails from. So it’s no surprise that the food and drink nods to the region with a few pig snout snacks thrown in. No phone, no reservations, no servers and its own currency (don’t worry, the conversion is easy: 1 “groin” to 1 euro) makes this wine bar one of the quirkiest in Paris’s canon. A variety of small plates inspired by hearty French fare—including everything from grilled sausage crepes to oysters—are served family-style. Don’t be alarmed when your order is shouted to the kitchen over a megaphone. Wine is served from magnums, which you pick yourself from the cluttered wine cellar.
Image: La Pointe du Grouin
- natural wine
- bar food
- oysters / raw bar
What to drink
Beef up on your natural wine knowledge before you go; it all depends on what’s in the cellar.
La Pointe can get packed early, and the wine is first come, first serve. So show up before dinner hour for the best selection.
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