Isn’t it fun to splurge while on vacation? From trips to exotic locales to dining in the best restaurants, we all love to be spoiled during our time off. And there’s nothing more special than popping open a bottle of bubbly and eating caviar as you rest and relax away from home.
But where do you go to enjoy these finer things in life? Here are the seven greatest champagne and caviar bars in the world.
Ambonnay Bar, Portland, USA
Portland’s first and only bar devoted to champagne and sparkling wine only, Ambonnay Bar is a must-visit for bubbly fans everywhere.
Featuring an ever-changing menu of seasonal, local, and international champagnes and sparkling wines, Ambonnay Bar pairs their excellent drinks with top-notch service in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The bar hosts special events and visitors regularly rave about the bar’s truffle popcorn, which serves as the perfect pairing to any of the over 100 bottles on the list.
Along with the higher-end, genuine bottles from Champagne, there are numerous outstanding values on the list, ranging from single-glass pours under $14 to bottles at under $70.
The Champagne Room, London-Mayfair, England
The Champagne Room is a luxurious space that you’ll find in the beautiful Connaught Hotel in the heart of London’s posh Mayfair area.
Elegant and secluded, The Champagne Room offers the type of high-end affair where money is no object and drinks are served in crystal Baccarat glasses. Standing is discouraged at The Champagne Room, so be sure to situate yourself in one of the bar’s 25 seats before ordering one of their otherworldly beverages.
Along with their stellar selection of the finest Champagnes, the staff is known for their unparalleled service: simply tell your server what you desire, since there are no menus here.
A.O.C., Los Angeles, USA
A pair of James Beard Award winners in chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne teamed up to launch A.O.C., an award-winning and highly regarded restaurant in Los Angeles.
With that kind of pedigree, you’ll want to order a full dinner instead of a few light bites, but A.O.C. does offer a daily cocktail hour featuring discounted drinks and appetizers. The wine list is extensive, with impeccable food pairings from cheese and charcuterie plates to stuffed quail and grilled pork belly.
The timeless ambiance has been recognized time and time again by critics as belonging to one of the best restaurants and wine bars not only in the city, but also the country.
Dom Perignon Bar, Montreal, Canada
Serving all things Dom Perignon, this bar is found in The Ritz-Carlton in Montreal, where you’ll enjoy the five-star service that The Ritz is known for.
While the bar is fully stocked, you’ll want to visit for a glass of its signature bubbly. Vintages from 2002 and 2004 are available and range from $26 to $99 per glass, with some varieties priced much higher.
Gourmet hors d’oeuvres are available as you partake of the high-end drinks and one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Of course, reservations are highly recommended for this secluded and prestigious spot, which was the first Dom Perignon bar opened in Canada.
Champagne Bar, Hong Kong, China
This Champagne Bar is known by champagne aficionados for its impressive selection of bubbly. Located in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong, when you enter the Champagne Bar you’ll see its iconic circular bar and enjoy the live jazz and blues performances.
The high-society ambiance matches the bar’s drink menu, with Dom Perignon, Lanson Pere et Fils, and other champagnes flowing freely amongst patrons. Fresh caviar, oysters, foie gras, and other gourmet foods are used to pair with drinks.
And for birthday celebrants, bartenders make a “Magic Crystal” champagne cocktail to go along with a birthday song from the band.
RM Champagne Salon, Chicago, USA
The perfect spot for a romantic date or an intimate gathering with friends, RM Champagne Salon is Chicago’s finest champagne bar and its unique setting gives it a speakeasy feel.
Sit outside on the patio and you’ll instantly transport yourself from the Windy City to a relaxing European getaway. Order a bottle of champagne for you and your significant other to enjoy during happy hour along with the salon’s famous oysters.
With its quiet atmosphere and laid-back vibe, you’ll be able to actually have a conversation without the ever-present mood music or others’ voices carrying throughout the RM Champagne Salon.
The Riddler, San Francisco, USA
Owned entirely by 33 women (including acclaimed food critic Ruth Reichl), The Riddler has a more feminine touch than the other bars on this list. The owners wanted the space to be more accessible to people, removing the pretense of other champagne bars. So, you can order a vintage $2,800 magnum of Moet & Chandon or grab a $5 Miller High Life. The Riddler has a free popcorn machine as well as caviar served with shots of champagne. There are over 100 champagnes on its list and the sophisticated yet approachable bar has already earned a solid reputation in the Bay Area.