Is it an appropriate venue for an approx. 18-23 person meet-up for (mostly) wine and possibly some aperitifs and small plates?
I don't want to deal with coordinating a big evening with so many people, so I'm looking to do something casual **w/o reservations** and therefore no responsibility for when people show up and leave and whether or not they want to order food. There will definitely be at least 15 people in our group. I was hoping to do this at Buvette Chez Simone because there's the option of great food, a nice space and excellent wine list. This will be more of a "show up between 8pm-10pm" thing, although as stated, there will definitely be a solid group of 15 with us throughout the evening.
Would you say that BCS could work as a walk-in place or would we absolutely need reservations for a party of that size? I'm talking just the wine bar and not table seating btw. If there's no chance, could you please recommend some other similar options with a really strong wine list, great atmosphere and good french food; preferably in the Plateau-Mile End?