For everyone out there with something epic to celebrate, or for those of you who are just happy to pop bottles seven days a week all year round, you’ll be so happy to know Sydney has its very own dedicated champagne bar and it is appropriately called, Champagne Bar.
And while it’s not the only dedicated champagne bar in Sydney, it is the only one offering an actual French-style sabrage service. What does that entail you ask? It’s essentially a waiter popping the cork on your bottle, but instead of using their hands, they’ll slice it off with an elegant sword, otherwise known as a sabre.
It’s a French tradition that dates back to the Revolution and Napoléon Bonaparte and, according to science, it will only work on a bottle of champagne (not sparkling), and only on one that’s been chilled to just the right temperature. Sound baller? It really (really) is.
Sabrage aside, Champagne Bar boasts pages of champagnes to choose from, including vintages from Louis Roederer, Ruinart, Perrier-Jouet and Moët. The menu is divided into terroirs, covering off each of the Champagne region's most exciting plots: Reims and Montagne de Reims, Aÿ, Côte Des Blancs and Epernay.
Some vintages are even exclusive to the bar, like their signature pour, a 2009 Louis Roederer Philippe Starck Brut Nature.
To eat, you're in for delicious French-style bar snacks primed for champagne—think fromage, charcuterie, house-made pickles, caviar and truffle potato chips. On Fridays and Saturdays, there is a full oyster bar.
Housed within the stunning Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (the neon jewel in the Harbour’s western skyline), you can expect sweet panoramic views across Sydney will you sip.
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