Next time you’re in Montreal, step beyond the apportez votre vin, and get your wine geek on at these excellent new bars à vin.
Courtesy Vin Papillon
Le Vin Papillon
A decade ago, tourists didn’t venture this far southwest. But thanks to the two burly chef-restaurateurs behind Joe Beef, the neighborhood has since become a dining destination. Their decadent take on French-Canadian farmhouse fare drew in such crowds that they opened a second restaurant, Liverpool House, next door in 2007, followed quickly by international acclaim, a cookbook, and, most recently, a wine bar. Opened in 2013, Le Vin Papillon serves the sort of eclectic, off-beat dishes its sister establishments became famous for (smoked mussels and whelks; guinea fowl parfait) alongside a list of obscure, cultish wines curated by co-owner and sommelier Vanya Filipovic. Scoring one of the 25 no-reservations seats here was tricky until very recently, when a renovation and expansion doubled the seating to 50. A new bar, outdoor seating, and a charcoal oven in the kitchen also make their debut. 2519 Rue Notre-Dame West; vinpapillon.com.