Today, the sucess of wine bars is an evidence in France and new openings flourish all over the country, however they were hardly known only 10 years ago...
The first place dedicated to wine in Montpellier was opened in 1984 by the federation of the "côteaux du Languedoc", going along with the turn towards quality started in the region. The federation has moved to the Mas de Saporta in Lattes since 1989, you will find there today a restaurant and well supplied wine shop.
The first private wine bar opened in 2001, followed by several others and you will now find in Montpellier more than 20 wine bars offering wine by the glass.
I suggest you here a small personnal and subjective selection
to discover the wine delights of the Languedoc.
L'Acolyte : a cosy atmosphere
This confined wine bar located on two storey undoubtly has its own charm and a very good selection of wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon. You can pair your glass with simple, orginal and typically French bistrot food. (andouillette de troyes (typical kind of sausage), oysters or skewers and home made french fries...)
Address: 1 rue des Trésoriers-de-France
Tel : 04 67 66 03 43
Trinque Fougasse :
This restaurant-wine bar has 2 locations in Montpellier (O'sud and O'nord). There, you can taste a wide selection of wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon while listening to some live music. The bar also organizes numerous meetings with the winegrowers who will let you taste their products during the evening.
O'Nord 04 99 23 27 00
1 581 route de Mende
O'Sud 04 99 23 27 05
Bassin Jacques Coeur, rue de la Galata
L'Atelier : a high-end selection
Located in the heart of the old town center, this wine and champagne bar, which was a former flower workshop, now offers a rather classic and high-end selection of wines in a cosy atmosphere combining old stones and panelling. If you arrive early, you may be able to enjoy the comfortable sofas on the mezzanine !
Address: 4 rue Rebuffy
Tel : 04 67 57 47 23
Mesdames Messieurs : organic and "natural" wines
This wine bar offers a wine menu of 150 references of organic and "natural" wines. You can also eat there in the evening and have a brunch on sunday. Try the "burger pas classique", it is delicious!
Address: 5 rue de Girone
Tel: 04 67 63 49 53
Le Times : a friendly place
Created in 2001, it's the oldest wine bar in Montpellier, though the owner changed in 2011.
Friendly and unpretentious, you can taste a good selection of wines from the area accompanied with boards of cold cuts, cheeses or seafood.
Address : 7 rue des Teissiers
Tel : 04 67 54 98 42