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Sunday 14 July 2013

Where to drink in Beziers? - Le Chameau Ivre (The Drunken Camel)

This fabulous Béziers wine bar is an absolute must. It is very popular, as the owner, Philippe Catus, is a highly renowned wine merchant. Le Chameau Ivre has at its disposal 3500 different wines.

The walls of the interior are completely hidden because of the huge number of wine bottles stacked in elegant wooden racks surrounding the entire space. Although the bar is situated in the centre of town, when sitting inside you feel as though you could be in the wine cellar of a noble Domaine. There is also a very pretty outside seating area with high chairs and tables and large white summer parasols. Occasionally live bands are hired to play at weekends.

Not only does it offer an extremely wide range of delicious wines but it also harbours some of the best tapas in Béziers. At the centre of the boutique sits an island where you can see the tapas being prepared.

Here a just a few examples of these tasty aperitif nibbles to give you an idea of the quality:
On the spot they slice very thin pieces of mouth-watering, organic “jambon Serrano” right off the leg, which hangs in a very authentic French style.

They serve a delightful assortment of black and green “tapenades” that are brought to you with fresh, daily-baked “pain au levain”. (Sourdough bread)
Lunch and dinner menus are also available at very reasonable prices (lunch 10€, dinner 15€).

For those of you who have not quite reached the status of “wine-connoisseur”, luckily enough the owners and other staff working there have. They will give you great recommendations depending on what you are eating or even on your mood!         


04 67 80 20 20

15, place Jean Jaures 34500 Beziers

Closed every Sunday and Monday

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