Thursday, March 29, 2012

Where to eat in Lausanne: Bar Tabac

Situated on a street corner on the classy rue Beau-Séjour, this neighborhood bar is on the short list of Lausanne’s best spots for casual yet arty ambiance and great drinks.


Bar Tabac’s decor is unfussy and somehow grandiose in its simplicity. Brass details, a bright green velour curtain over the door, and two large pieces of art, catch the eye. The spacious room is filled with worn wooden tables and framed by windowed walls, making it luminous, airy and positively perfect for reading or working.
In warm months, a small patio outside is opened. Arrive early to snag a spot, as it fills up fast for afterwork apéro.

In the evening, the crowd is a mix of professionals and students. Groups of friends huddle together over drinks and individuals sip on French wine, Belgian beer or Cuendet coffee drinks while reading the paper or a book. The daytime clientele is distinctly older and calmer. This diversity is part of Bar Tabac’s charm, making it a versatile spot with something for nearly everyone.

The menu boasts an impressive list of nearly 60 bottled beers, old fashioned lemonade and sirops, and local wines. It doesn’t pretend to be a restaurant; the food offering is limited to basic sandwiches, saucissons, and cheese. But if all that you are looking for is to nibble while enjoying your wine or beer, Bar Tabac serves olives, dried tomatoes and the likes for just 3-5chf.

Put simply, Bar Tabac is broken in, comfortable and classic just as a neighborhood bar should be. Visit anytime of the week if you are looking for something at once quotidian and exceptional.

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