Gallic inspiration: Andrew McConnell and Chris Watson.
Gallic inspiration: Andrew McConnell and Chris Watson. Photo: Simon Schluter

Hilary McNevin and Roslyn Grundy

Another week, another Andrew McConnell restaurant opening. Two weeks ago it was Supernormal in Flinders Lane. This time it's his French-inspired wine bar, Luxembourg, in the former Golden Fields site in St Kilda.

McConnell has gone into business with chef Chris Watson, who headed the kitchen at McConnell's flagship, Cutler & Co in Fitzroy. The pair have refined the aesthetic, whitewashing the walls and adding shelves of books and bottles and an enormous pair of deer antlers. Tables are clothed, the Thonet chairs are padded and the room is softer than its playful Asian predecessor.

Watson hopes it will become a place where people drop in for a full dining experience or just a glass of wine. It will have a daily happy hour called ''le cinq a sept'' (5pm to 7pm), initially with half-price oysters and Aperol Spritz on offer. The menu is a mix of traditional and modern French dishes.

The wine bar is open for lunch Friday to Sunday and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

Luxembourg, shop 2, 157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, 9525 4488, luxembourgbistro.com.au