Bottle Lausanne is the first Bottle Brothers establishment in Lausanne after Petit Bottle and Grand Bottle in Geneva and a winter pop-up in Verbier. Opened in June, it is ideally located a three minute walk away from Flon, Lausanne’s nightlife hub.
As with the other Bottle locations, the decor is modern industrial. The bar/restaurant boasts a nice terrace away from traffic to enjoy the last days of summer. There is an open view over the kitchen.
Bottle Lausanne’s menu lists twelve alcoholic cocktails and three mocktails. Among them are several Bottle Brothers classics. The Bollywood is a mix of cardamom infused vodka, lime and pineapple. The Marley Cooler contains 12 Henri Blanvalet spiced rhum, mango, vanilla, passion fruit, ginger and lime. The Japanese Cucumber uses cucumber infused vodka, matcha tea syrup, lime and fresh mint.
The other cocktails were specifically developed for Bottle Lausanne. There were many appealing options. like the White Garden (Ketel One Vodka, tomato water, St-Germain, rosemary infused vermouth, rhubarb bitters). There was also the Snap My Bloody Bottle (Hendrick’s Gin, handmade yellow tomato juice, Cynar overproof, Ilia’s special bloody mix, lemon), the Cantelou’P Ton Pisco (Pisco Huamani, melon and batak berry shrub, lime, bitter) and the Nepal Daisy (Tanqueray Ten Gin, Grapefruit and Timur berry shrub, bergamote liqueur, pink grapefruit juice, lime and soda).
Needless to say, I had trouble choosing a drink! The bar manager gave me explanations about each cocktail I hesitated about. He then asked about my personal tastes to better advise me. With my fondness for Vieux Carré, the De la Louisiane (Buillet Rye Whiskey, Red Mancino Vermouth, Bénédictine, Absinthe and Peychaud’s Bitters) should have been my drink of choice. It was a little early for such a strong drink in my opinion though.
The bar manager recommended the Snap my bloody bottle to retrieve the kind of complexity I usually favor. However, he offered to make me the Bloody Mary version that will appear on the new menu launching by the end of the week! It substitutes the gin for cardamom infused vodka. I love cardamom! In true Bottle Brothers fashion, the cocktail was elegantly presented in a metal can with tomatoes, lemon zest, basil, sage and mint leaves. An excellent, perfectly seasoned drink to start the evening!
I then had a Cantalou’P Ton Pisco. It was a refreshing and fruity twist on the Pisco Sour, with a melon and Batak berry shrub instead of lime. Again the presentation was elegant with three bitters “commas” and rose petals. A seasonal cocktail, it will unfortunately not appear on the new menu.
Finally, remembering my taste for Vieux Carré, the bar manager had one of his bartenders prepare me another cocktail from their forthcoming menu. Unnamed yet, it was a mix of Bourbon, red vermouth cooked with vanilla, cinnamon and spices, Crème de Noyaux and Grand Marnier. The cocktail was served in a glass smoked with Papier d’Arménie for a smokey aftertaste. Flavors revealed themselves in turn. It was stunning and I took my time savoring it.
Installed inside the former “Le café des Philosophes”, Bottle Lausanne has kept the restaurant’s vintage signage above the windows. It has also maintained the kitchen, meaning guests can enjoy tapas or a full dinner. As at Grand Bottle, the food offer is on the gastronomic side at affordable price. No cheese and charcuterie to share here but rather Burrata with parsley oil and watermelon or Gravlax fera with lemon sauce and wild herbs. unfortunately, I didn’t eat so I can’t comment on the food. I’m pretty sure it must be excellent too though.
I’m glad I extended my visit to Lausanne to visit Bottle Lausanne. Besides the drinks, I really appreciated the hospitality and the friendliness of the staff. It was also really nice to enjoy a preview tasting of the new menu. I’ll happily go back to taste the other seasonal drinks the bar is launching. I don’t often go out in Lausanne but Bottle Lausanne is certainly an incentive to do so more.