La Buvette Drinkery
27 Gresham St, Adelaide SA
08 8410 8170
‘La Buvette’ is a colloquial French term that loosely translates as a neighbourhood drinking spot where people meet to drink, nibble, share and socialise, based on the French classic ‘aperitif’ culture of gathering for a drink and an appetiser.
Upon moving to Australia nine years ago, Dominique wanted to bring a little of his home, specifically the region of Alsace, to his adopted country. He noticed that while there were French restaurants, bakeries and cafes, there was no French-inspired bar showcasing the abundance of incredible, natural-wine producers.
After six years managing cafe Le Petit Crème in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, Dom and Hayley – who grew up in South Australia – made the move to Adelaide, deciding to share their passion for food and wine with the community.
La Buvette Drinkery blends the latest in French bar culture with modern Australian design to present the best of both worlds. It embraces the natural wine movement, seeking unique wines that are produced with the philosophy of going back to basics and keeping things simple. With this in mind the wine menu features South Australian and French drops that are mainly organic, biodynamic and natural.
If wine isn’t your preferred drink, there’s also a large selection of cocktails, aperitifs and liqueurs for every taste. One of the signature drinks is the Pastis: an anise-flavoured drink that can be enjoyed as an aperitif for any occasion.
The food menu is equally as tailored, with a delicious range of French-inspired small plates designed to be enjoyed as aperitifs. From artisan cheese and charcuterie, mostly imported from the motherland, to escargots in garlic and parsley butter and duck rillettes, there’s a dish to match every drink. What doesn’t come from France is found as locally as possible from producers and nearby markets.
The décor more than matches the atmosphere inside. Occupying the former Seppelt chambers, the outside of La Buvette boasts a beautiful blue heritage façade adorned with the words ‘bar de quartier’, ‘vins vivants’ and ‘cave a manger’. Once inside, look up to admire the exposed wooden beams lining the roof, the classic Parisian street lamps setting the mood and the navy blue tiles on the walls.
Take a seat by the zinc-topped wooden bar or find a table by one of the black banquettes to admire the art on the walls. Just in case you haven’t figured out the French influence, there’s also native music playing overhead.
Bringing the best of France to the streets of the South Australian capital, La Buvette’s bustling vibe and authentic food and drink lists mean Dom and Hayley have well and truly succeeded at creating a connection between Alsace and Adelaide.