Bars & Pubs

Melbourne’s Best Champagne Bars

By Hannah Valmadre
21st Oct 2015

It’s official—champagne is the drink of choice when it comes to a celebration. As soon as you hear the cork pop and witness those tiny bubbles cascade into your flute, you know there are good times ahead. There are a range of Melbourne bars that specialise in the most prized bottles of bubbly, but we’ve also added a few of our favourite Melbourne restaurants to this list, in case you’re looking for some champagne to accompany a special dinner. So, without further ado, here are Melbourne's best champagne bars and restaurants. 'Hic!

#1: Bluestone Wine Lounge

The light-filled atrium at Bluestone Wine Lounge is the perfect spot to sip champagne ‘til your heart’s content. Pair G.H. Mumm bubbles with freshly shucked oysters for the ultimate in champagne indulgence. Oh, and they also hold some epic champagne events throughout the year. Want to learn how to open a champagne bottle with a sabre?! Keep an eye on their calendar. 

#2: The Lyall Champagne Bar

If you’re an out-of-towner and looking to experience a swanky night in Melbourne, it simply must be done at The Lyall Hotel and, more specifically, in their Champagne Bar. The Lyall’s fine selection of French Champagne by the glass is paired with an exquisite bar food menu, which is important because we all know the perils of consuming bubbles on an empty stomach. Cocktails and full bar selections are also available, but why stray from a good thing once you’ve got it?

#3: Champagne and Martini Bar at Miss Fox

Inner-city pampering doesn’t get more delightful than the treatments available at Melbourne beauty salon, Miss Fox, and when you add their Champagne and Martini Bar to the list and you have something downright debaucherous. It’s only the finest drops here, daarrrling, with, Veuve Clicquot, and Moet & Chandon’s Dom Perignon for the big spenders in the house. Go on, get your hair and nails done, and Treat Yo Self.

#4: Atrium Bar

Located on the ground floor of the Crown Casino, Atrium Bar is one seriously sophisticated champagne lounge. With over 20 varieties of champagne on offer, Bollinger and Pol Roger freely flow all night long. For those looking for something a little rarer, Atrium even has the elusive Heidsieck & Co. Monopole ‘Gout American’ 1907, aka the Shipwreck Champagne. Enjoy a glass of champagne, whatever your budget, before catching some live entertainment at Crown.

#5: No. 8

Heading to John Lawson’s No. 8 is a treat within itself, with his focus on carefully farmed local produce and traditional cooking techniques always pleasing patrons. Head to No 8 on a weekend between 12pm and 3pm and you’ll be just in time for their Sparkling Weekends. Enjoy a three-course menu while taking in views over the Yarra, as you sip either Moët & Chandon or regional Vintage Coldstream Hills Sparkling for three hours. Heaven.

#6: Cutler & Co

Andrew McConnell’s fine dining Melbourne restaurant hits all the right notes in creating the perfect balance of elegance and simplicity, reflected both in his carefully considered dishes and wine list. With by the glass, half bottles, and full bottle options available, the options are plentiful and can cater to most budgets. While a lot of the offerings originate from Champagne, France, Cutler & Co have added some more local sparkling varieties to the list, which are well worth a taste, if you’re so inclined.

#7: Supernormal

Yes, another McConnell establishment added to the list, but when the food is that good, can you blame us? The fare here is more focused on Asian-inspired dishes, and presented in a relaxed yet carefully crafted space. While Supernormal’s Sparkling list is similar to what is available at Cutler & Co, they are known to do the odd champagne special by the glass when the mood strikes. A New England Lobster Roll with a glass of Krug? Yes please!

#8: The European

As the name suggests, it’s all international offerings at The European, with Italian sparkling and French champagnes taking the lead. It’s a by-the-bottle affair here, so make sure you bring some friends along because champagne, like happiness, is best shared.  While you’re at it, grab some appetisers to split between you and gaze upon Parliament House as the sun goes down.

#9: Collins Quarter

For those looking to celebrate with a champagne breakfast, Collins Quarter is open from the early hours to well into the night. Collins Quarter’s modern European fare covers everything from quick bites to celebratory dinners, and we recommend the longer you can spend there, the better. For something reliably amazing, select one of their Tattinger or Perrier-Jouët varieties from the extensive Champagne list.

#10: Eau de Vie

While drinking exquisite champagne is certainly an experience within itself, sometimes you want to have a little fun thrown in the mix. The best champagne cocktails in Melbourne can be found at Eau de Vie. Their 1920s-inspired cocktail list, ‘The train from Paris to Milan’ is where you should direct yourself to immediately. For a fresh take on a classic, try their EDV Bellini, with Wyborowa vodka, peach cordial, wild pear liqueur, lemon, and then charged with Deutz sparkling wine. For an extra fancy version, request it with G.H. Mumm champagne.

Looking for the latest cocktail trend to hit MElbourne? Check out What's The Deal With Bottled And Barrel-Aged Cocktails In Melbourne. 

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