Buvette Chez Simone is a convivial wine bar with a rotating list of vintages & tapas in urban digs with moody lighting. In 2008, La Buvette Chez Simone opened on Parc Ave. Since then, the venue has become an enjoyable classic spot for a drink and a bite to eat. Eric Bélanger, Michel Bergeron, Fabien Lacaille, Gabrielle Bélanger, and Simone Chevalot own La Buvette Chez Simone. They opened a snack bar instead of a restaurant, which is far superior. The restaurant was supposed to be called La Buvette because of its evocative name. Still, Simone’s friends preferred something more personal – Chez Simone – so the five owners settled on La Buvette Chez Simone. What’s the mood like here? La Buvette, with its Zébulon Perron-designed interior, was the first to bring cool to Parc Avenue.
The small terrace present on the front porch leads to a warm atmosphere defined by exposed brick, lots of russet woods, and neon-orange wire hanging fixtures. The space is organized around a horseshoe-shaped bar and features a network of narrow counter-width tables ideal for fostering intimate group conversations. What can you learn from your fellow drinkers? Who exactly are they? The crowd here speaks English and French, and the average age is around 30. Many artsy professionals work in the nearby Plateau and Mile End office buildings. If you want a seat, arrive at 4 p.m. or around 9 p.m. after the first wave has passed. How are the beverages? Their menu here focuses on reasonably priced bottles of wine, many of which are under $40; think discoveries and edgy selections from small independent wineries.
There is also a huge collection of wines by the glass available. Is it worth ordering something to eat as well? The food is appealing: generous platters of house-cured charcuterie, delectable salads, and a whole roast chicken with all the trimmings. How is customer service? The fast-paced staff can keep up with the growing crowd, and everyone knows their wines. To summarize: why are we coming here? This is an excellent venue for a group hangout, with plenty of tables that can accommodate larger groups of eight or ten. You’ll have to save them by arriving early. So, Buvette Chez Simone is one of the best bars in Montreal for you. If you are in the city, we highly recommend that you visit this venue at least once!