n early 2008, when the Jl. Legian site became available, Christian Vanneque immediately knew it had to be the location for his new restaurant. “It was the charming terrace which meant I had to have this venue. It reminded me of my very first restaurant venture, Le Moulin de Village in the 8th district in Paris in the late 1970’s”, he says, “It was situated on a lively thoroughfare in the heart of the ‘city’ and with a charming terrace just like Sip Wine Bar!”
Born from Christian’s abiding passion for great wines and fine food, Sip Wine Bar combines the nostalgia for his roots with the need he saw for good, honest French ‘brasserie’ cuisine in Bali. The brasserie-like restaurant is typified by banquette seating, mirrored walls, a lively urban atmosphere, a superb selection of wines and traditional and regional hearty French fare – all at reasonable prices. Open from lunch time till late night, with a menu selected for a diverse clientele, Sip Wine Bar was an instant success.
“I wanted to create a small piece of Paris – a convivial atmosphere with an emphasis on good wines – both by the bottle and the glass – and an owner who was always on hand to help with wine advice, wine service and to entertain guests – an experience rarely found elsewhere in Bali”, says Christian. Word spread very quickly and Christian’s sommelier background and his passion for wine soon marked Sip Wine Bar as a wine destination with guests coming specifically to experience new and familiar tastes in a warm and friendly setting – and nightly valet service means that guests need not waste time trying to find a parking spot!
“Our clientele is made up from a mix of foreigners and locals with roughly half the guests on vacation and half living in Bali. We have a strong emphasis on promoting to domestic visitors from Jakarta.” Wines from all price categories, from the bargain to the elite, seem to sell in equal measure, and very quickly Sip Wine Bar became the ‘nest’ Christian desired to create – a haven for those seeking a ‘truthful and relevant piece of Paris in Bali.’