There are some days when you’ll settle quite happily for a couple of tinnies in the backyard. There are others when a bottle of Pinot Gris down the local suits you just fine. And then there are those days when nothing but a glass or two of France’s finest export will do. Yes daaaaaah-ling, we are of course talking about Champagne.
Here’s our guide to the very best venues to pop your corks in Sydney…
Located on the upper level of Surry Hills favourite, The Winery, the name of this swanky little hideaway says it all. Decked out with sumptuous booths in lush blue velvet and dark wood, the Champagne Room specialises in both Perrier-Jouët and G.H Mumm champagnes. Order by the glass, or go all out with a magnum of their finest – with prices ranging from $19 through to $1,500, there’s a bubble to suit every budget.
Double Bay has undergone something of a resurgence of late, and European-esque wine bar Mistelle is situated right at its heart. Located in the buzzing hub of Kiaora Lane, this intimate little spot wouldn’t look out of place on a Parisian side street, with elegant al fresco tables dotted around the courtyard entrance, and a delightful wine list that includes seven different types of champagne, as well as Australian sparkling and Italian prosecco.
BLACK By ezard
Part of the Star complex, BLACK by ezard is renowned chef Teage Ezard’s first foray into the Sydney dining scene. Best known for its standout steak and seafood menu, the contemporary Australian grill’s views across the iconic harbour make it the perfect spot from which to enjoy their weekend Champagne Lunch special. Comprising of three delicious courses with champagne to match, we can’t think of a better way to blow those hard-earned casino winnings.
Sneakers, fried chicken and champagne. It’s a concept that shouldn’t work, but somehow at Butter…it does. Part sneaker store, part diner, part bar; here’s where to go when you’re in the mood for grilled cheese sandwiches, hot chips and soft serve, washed down with a few glasses of the finest French champagne and finished with a pair of fresh new kicks. How did nobody think of this sooner?!
When it comes to champagne swilling, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to pop a few corks than Opera Bar, and with six varieties of champagne on offer, there’s really no excuse not to. Positioned right at the water’s edge overlooking the harbour bridge, and within spitting distance of Sydney’s world famous Opera House, it’s not hard to see why Opera Bar pulls in the crowds all year round.
GPO Cheese And Wine Room
Although champagne claims first place in our list of Favourite Things from France, cheese comes in at a very close second…so finding somewhere that combines the two so effortlessly is almost more than we can handle. Tucked away in the basement of the GPO, Cheese and Wine Room specialise in seasonal cheese flights, fondue and tasting plates, as well as champagne and sparkling by the glass or bottle. We’ll have one of everything, please!
Although Monopole is predominantly a restaurant, the team here knows its stuff when it comes to matching food and beverages. Spearheaded by Chef Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt, their extensive wine list features over 500 varietals from around the world, as well as a selection of handpicked French champagnes chosen to complement each of their dishes. Stick to the classic champagne and oysters, or ask the knowledgeable staff for their pairing recommendations, either way you’re in for a great (and delicious) time.
For those wanting to add a bit of buzz to their sparkle, head to Sokyo. Located at The Star, the energetic Japanese eatery not only knows a thing or two when it comes sushi, but they’re also pretty clued up on the champagne front too. Offering one of the most extensive champagne lists we’ve come across, featuring everything from Veuve Cliquot by the glass to $6,500 bottles of 1995 Krug 'Clos d'Ambonnay', one thing’s for sure – you won’t go thirsty.
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