The 5 Best Spots for Sipping Champagne
From a bubble brunch to a secret society
Sure, Champagne is for special occasions. But there’s definitely enough good stuff happening to be drinking it a bit more regularly. Whether you’re celebrating a promotion or just kicking back after a hard day’s work, here are five spots around town to get a quality sip. Bottoms up!
Mondays are about to get interesting. Every week, 1760 offers 20 percent off every bottle of Champagne on their wine list. And last we checked, there were a good 10 bottles of bubbly for $100 or less. (We’ll take the Paul Bara Champagne Rosé, please). So, ease into the week with a few glasses among friends for a fraction of the price. Dare we say TGIM?
1760 Polk St.; 415-359-1212 or 1760sf.com
SF Champagne Society
What if we told you that there is a secret society in San Francisco dedicated entirely to Champagne? You’d stop everything to listen, right? At this reservations-only lounge, a private sommelier pours you a customized flight of three sparkling wines from small producers all over the world. All you have to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your date preferences and budget, and your host will have fizzing flutes ready and waiting.
1097 Howard St.; sfchampagnesociety.com
Lure + Till
Calling all ladies who brunch: Lure + Till (at the foot of downtown’s Epiphany Hotel) recently started serving up a real weekend treat. Their new Bubble Brunch--$49 for three courses, each paired with a glass of top-shelf Champagne--just might be the ticket to getting us out of bed and down to Silicon Valley on a Saturday or Sunday. Think slow-cooked eggs with Billecart Salmon Brut and Kumomoto oysters with Moet Brut Reserve.
180 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto; 650-666-3320 or lureandtill.com
Prosecco and cava are easy choices at La Nebbia, but let us recommend a spot at the bar, where the sommelier can walk you through tastes of the eight sparklers offered by the glass. Once you settle on your favorite, order a prosciutto plate and cheese flight to top off the night.
1781 Church St.; 415-874-9924 or lanebbia.com
Swing by for a Saturday tasting, pick up a bottle for your next dinner party or sip a glass of post-workday bubbles. Whatever you decide, you’re in good hands at this SoMa wine bar run by pros in the biz who know a lot about quality sparklers. Perhaps a Le Peré Jules pear cider brut from Normandy with a side of caviar?
234 Townsend St.; 415-795-1422 or lesclossf.com