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17 Sparkling Places to Sip Champagne in the City

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Champagne adds sparkle to any special occasion, but we prefer it best on your average weekday, paired with potato chips and friends.

Toast to the weekend, the holidays, or whatever you fancy at San Francisco's best spots for a pop, clink, and fizz.


Campton Place

A hidden gem off Union Square, Campton Place has earned the honor of two Michelin stars for its dinner service, but both dinner and brunch are ideal times for some celebratory Champagne. In the evening, order up a glass of Cristal (Campton Place is the only restaurant in SF to serve it by the glass) or choose from more than 20 bottles. Weekends bring a special brunch with a three-Champagne tasting menu including Billecart-Salmon's Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2006—Campton Place has the exclusive rights to serve this crazy-good sparkler in SF. // Taj Campton Place Hotel, 340 Stockton St. (Union Square), tajcamptonplace.com

​The Bump Bar

Where there's caviar, there must be Champagne. Just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, find your way to The Bump Bar, a new spot from California Caviar Company that offers Champagne tasting flights as well as bottles—look for the likes of Pierre Peters Grand Cru and Dom Perignon. Come hungry and enjoy a seven-course tasting menu with six Champagne pairings. // 1403 Bridgeway (Sausalito), californiacaviar.com

Leo's Oyster Bar

In addition to having some of the most Instagram-worthy decor in town, Leo's Oyster Bar—from the effervescent team at Big Night Restaurant Group and with shiny design by Ken Fulk—is also home to a dazzling list of sparklers. Wash your oysters down with Ruinart Blanc de Blancs or Vitteaut-Alberti Brut Rosé. Check out their weekday afternoon happy hour for champagne and oyster specials. -A.S. // 568 Sacramento St. (Financial District), leossf.com

The Riddler

You'd be hard pressed to find a better spot for a girl's night out than the women-owned and run Champagne bar The Riddler, which recently added bubbly brunches to its already effervescent offering. Order from 100-plus Champagnes—half bottles, brut, brut nature, rosé, blanc de noirs, blanc de blancs, demi-sec—you name it. Pair your bubbles with caviar and potato chips, and even try a chambong (yes, that's a Champagne bong, but it's still elegant, trust us). Don't miss an Instagram op at their Champagne bottle mural outside. —S.C. // 528 Laguna St. (Hayes Valley), riddlersf.com

Petit Crenn

Tucked away in Hayes Valley, Petit Crenn—chef Dominique Crenn's more accessible brasserie inspired by her native Brittany—may still be known for its prix fixe dinners (two seatings nightly, by reservation), but that doesn't mean it's not a perfectly charming spot to slurp oysters and bubbly at the bar (seats are first come, first served, so arrive early). Lovely bottle choices might include the 1985 André Beaufort Grand Cru or a Pierre Gimonnet, Sélection Belles Années,' Champagne. —A.S. // 609 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), petitcrenn.com

Ungrafted

Popped open at the beginning of 2019, Ungrafted is a casual urban wine bar and restaurant from a couple of sommeliers with a passion for Champagne. This translates into an incredible wine and Champagne list made for drinking any day of the week—think bottles of Pierre Moncuit Blanc de Blancs and Peter Lauer. There are six bubbles available by the glass, poured alongside juicy fried chicken and caviar arepas. If you're loving what you're drinking, grab a few bottles to go. —S.C. // 2419 3rd St. (Dogpatch), ungraftedsf.com

San Francisco Champagne Society

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It almost sounds like a secret club, but the San Francisco Champagne Society is actually a reservation-only Champagne lounge where you can sample your way through different glasses of bubbly. Expect a private, guided experience tasting some of the rarest small-batch Champagnes produced (they specialize in small grower-producers who fill as few as 10,000 bottles each year). After you've visited once, opt to enroll in their "concierge service," where, much like a wine club, the SFCF will select and deliver personalized individual bottles or cases of Champagnes to you on a regular basis. —S.C. // 1097 Howard St. (SoMa), sfchampagnesociety.com

Petit Marlowe

If you've ever been to any of Anna Weinberg's restaurants (Marlowe, Park Tavern, The Cavalier, Leo's), you know the woman and her team love themselves some Champagne, especially the rosé variety. Petit Marlowe is your quintessential French Champagne–drinking dream, with soft pink booths, antique brass light fixtures, a marble bar, and pink toile wallpaper because, of course. In other words, the ambiance calls for bubbles. Snag a glass (or bottle) of the Big Night Bubbles, a special brut rosé developed by the restaurant group and made by Vitteaut-Alberti. Special format options include Brut Krug Grand Cuvée and a Brut Bollinger La Grande Anée. That, plus a seafood tower from the raw bar, and you'll be good to go. Don't miss oyster happy hour (4-6 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays). —S.C. // 234 Townsend St. (SoMa), petitmarlowesf.com

Avery

If you're one to pair your bubbly with upscale eats, Avery is your spot. This fine dining restaurant offers seven and 10-course tasting menus each night, focused around creative, seafood-centric American cuisine. For each meal, find a special menu of Champagne pairings available, thoughtfully curated to accentuate the food just so. —S.C. // 1552 Fillmore St. (Fillmore), averysf.com

Charmaine's

We're pretty sure an amazing view automatically makes anything taste 100x better, and Charmaine's has one of the city's best vantage points. On the rooftop of the Proper Hotel, the lounge also benefits from posh Kelly Wearstler design, as well as a selection of more than 10 sparklers including Dom Perignon and Taittinger Brut La Française. —S.C. // 1100 Market St. (Civic Center), properhotel.com

Barbarossa Lounge

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Barbarossa is what many may remember as the Bubble Lounge. While this 1800s jailhouse turned cocktail bar has a new name (inspired by its criminal past), it still has all the sparkling delights of its predecessor—think 30-plus bottles, Champagne tasting flights, and rare varietals. Sip a Dom Perignon 1996 Rosé or Louis Roederer Cristal 1989. Oh yeah, and stop by for their $1 oysters, Champagne, and cocktails happy hour on Mondays from 4 to 7pm. —S.C. // 714 Montgomery St. (Jackson Square), barbarossalounge.com

Fool's Errand

Fool's Errand checks all the boxes for what we want in a neighborhood wine bar. It's perfectly casual yet subtly sexy and the place can swing it for cozy meetups with friends or date nights. The wine list is tactfully curated, with French bubblies like Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne and Frédérica Savart L'Accomplie. —S.C. // 639A Divisadero St. (NoPa), foolserrandsf.com

Foreign Cinema

When you think of Foreign Cinema, you undoubtedly think of elegant Mediterranean-inspired food and the dreamy outdoor courtyard with movies quietly rolling each evening. Make sure you also file this under where to get your Champagne fix. You can choose from four Champagnes by the glass, several magnums (like Egly-Ouriet Brut), or one of their 40-plus bottles including Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs or house-favorite Domaine Vouette et Sorbée Extra Brut. —S.C. // 2534 Mission St. (Mission), foreigncinema.com

Cliff House

If you're looking for labels like Bollinger and Ruinart, Cliff House is not your destination. Still, there are few things we enjoy more than a strong view served up with a glass of bubbly. Post-hike at Land's End, head over to the oceanside restaurant Cliff House to refuel over popovers and sparklers, or pop in for the Sunday brunch buffet with endless Champagne pours. —S.C. // 1090 Point Lobos Ave (Presidio), cliffhouse.com

Arlequin Wine Merchant

Arlequin Wine Merchant is among Hayes Valley's most low-key gems. Well-rounded bottle shop, Arlequin, always has a great selection of wine and Champagne. Purchase your bubbles and cozy up in a corner to enjoy them in-store, or pick up a bottle for a rainy day. Keep an eye out for their annual Champagne tasting event in December for a chance to sip on 40-plus classics and rare bottles, and snag featured Champagnes at discount prices. —S.C. // 348A Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), arlequinwinemerchant.com

Lizzie's Starlight

The old Starlight Room is back with a fresh look and brand: Meet Lizzie's, a modern, all-white lounge with the same panoramic city views from the top of the Sir Francis Drake. Since the vistas are just begging for celebration, Lizzie's has 16 vintage sparklers on offer as well as 10 brut Champagnes. Go big with a bottle of M.V. Blanc de Blancs, Armand de Brignac, Reims or Blanc de Blancs, Salon "Le Mesnil", Cote de Blancs 2007. Pair your choice with crunchy caviar cannolis. // Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St, (Union Square), lizziesstarlightsf.com

​Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Absinthe nails the French brasserie vibe, which means Champagne is a must. The mainstay restaurant offers two sparklers by the half bottle—Serge Mathieu, Tradition, Brut, Aube and Billecart-Salmon, Brut Rose, Vallée de la Marne ($100). Pair your bubbles with raw bar classics like oysters, an oyster shooter with bloody mary sauce and vodka, or Tsar Nicoulai white sturgeon caviar. // 398 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley), absinthe.com


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