Inside Look: Jose Garces’ Bar Volvér at the Kimmel Center
Discovery of the week: you don’t need tickets to experience Jose Garces’ newest restaurant. Wednesday, April 9, is opening day for Bar Volvér in the Kimmel Center. The caviar and champagne lounge deserves better than its billing as an anteroom to the main (ticketed) showkitchen - it has an identity all its own, one that’s both elegant and welcoming.
Open Wednesday-Sunday from 4-11 PM (or later if there is demand), the 60-seat space is accessible through from the Kimmel atrium or from Spruce Street, where its windowbox extension projects out over the sidewalk. Everything in the room was custom made, from the deep-sea-fantasy fabric mural to the leather-upholstered marble bar crowned by an ultramod three-ring chandelier.
It’s a luxe atmosphere, no doubt, and you could easily drop the equivalent of theater tickets if you decide to stop in for caviar and digestifs post-show. However, chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski will be preparing plenty of other plates to snack on beside expensive fish eggs. With signature cocktails priced at $12, Bar Volvér is an easy add to any Center City itinerary - especially if you want to show off to guests from out of town.
It’s a downtown bar for a neighborhood that could use more of that “downtown” feel - a street-level drinks destination on the Avenue of the Arts. Flip through the pics below to find out more about the interior, the food and the drinks.