A welcome addition to Lausanne’s wine bar scene is this new place which opened in early 2015. Attesting to the ardent desire of the Lausannois to drink wine, it claims to be the first ever crowd-funded wine bar in Switzerland. It’s proved an ingenious plan, not just in getting funding but also in creating a ready-made customer base. Certainly, enough people know about Ta Cave already to make it pretty busy on a Tuesday evening.
Open from 4pm for apéro hour, the bar offers a changing roster of wines by the glass at reasonable prices, plus a simple menu of cheese and charcuterie platters. The decor is simple and laid-back, with some nice touches such as the exposed-bulb lights over the bar and the chopping boards and dried sausage hanging from a sort of giant mobile in the centre of the room.
With its great location (once you find it – it’s actually down a side street off Rue du Simplon) behind the main train station, Ta Cave is a pleasing stop-off for the commuter crowd and a place to linger for wine-loving locals.