Need to smash a beer and wolf down a quick bite? Or perhaps you’re happy to sit around ordering bottle after bottle of natural French wine while grazing on locally sourced charcuterie watching an hour turn into an evening.

La Buvette Drinkery is equally good for both. It’s all about the French ritual of aperitif (or “apero” in French slang), which means catching a drink with friends before dinner.

The interior immediately transports you to a Parisian bar with imported French art lining the walls and French-style décor fitting out the surprisingly spacious location. Wines are sourced from French and South Australian natural wine producers where the makers practice minimal intervention, avoiding preservatives.

French spirits line the shelves for creating interpretations of classic cocktails as well as signature aperitifs – Ricard (served over ice) and Picon (strikingly orange in flavour, poured with beer).

The food is fresh and simple, with all the small goods made in South Australia. Terrine and rillettes made from local producers are French in style and the bread is made fresh daily by an artisan baker. Otherwise La Buvette’s owner would never be allowed back into France.

Updated: May 23rd, 2018

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