Legend has it that, upon discovering champagne in the 17th Century, the monk Dom Pérignon exclaimed: “Come quickly – I am tasting the stars!” His namesake champagne, which Moët & Chandon named after him, became one of the most celebrated varieties in the world. Whether or not Pérignon was actually responsible for the discovery of bubbles is often disputed, but either way, the rest is history, and champagne has continued to flow liberally ever since. There are plenty of bars in Hong Kong where you can sip and savour champagne in a magnificent setting. Check out our top picks below.
1) The Krug Room
It doesn’t get much swankier than The Krug Room. Taking up an intimate space at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, the bar/private dining space is a collaboration between the luxury hotel and prestigious champagne label. Decked out like a train carriage, The Krug Room features a 12-seat communal table lit by an extravagant chandelier. Expect to sample Krug champagne varieties that include some rare vintages, paired with a whimsical fusion tasting menu by El Bulli-trained executive chef Uwe Opocensky. Be prepared to splurge, though – dinner for two, with two glasses of Krug, is well over $2,000 per person.
1/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central
(852) 2825 4014
2) Le Club 1829
Social space/French fine dine/cocktail bar Maison Eight houses Le Club 1829, the first ever Bollinger champagne room in the world. The room, which operates as a private events space, features a sumptuous, vintage-inspired decor with plenty of plush velvet seating. Naturally, Bollinger is the name of the game – you’ll find a complete collection of cuvées here. Bubbles not enough to satisfy you? Le Club 1829 also features a wine cellar with more than 2,000 bottles of wines. If you’re looking for a negroni or two to settle all those bubbles, step a few feet outside to Salvatore, the namesake bar opened by legendary mixologist Salvatore “The Maestro” Calabrese.
21/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 2388 8160
3) Veuve Clicquot Sunset Lounge
You know all about Ozone, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong’s crown jewel which also happens to be the highest bar on earth. But you might not be aware of the neighbouring Veuve Clicquot Sunset Lounge, a laidback yet sophisticated champagne bar. Located on the 118th floor – the same level as Ozone – the lounge affords same dramatic view of Hong Kong that the Ritz-Carlton is famous for, but that’s not all. There are private cabanas accommodating two or three, making it a perfect spot for sundowners. Private cabana packages will set you back $1,650; it includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rich – especially made for mixology.
118/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon
(852) 2263 2270
4) Grand Hyatt Champagne Bar
The Grand Hyatt Champagne Bar is a classy watering hole that makes for a perfect spot for an aperitif or a nightcap. Going above and beyond mainstream offerings, the bar offers a selection of bubbles from major champagne houses alongside independently produced varieties. The best part, however, is the Champagne Flight deal, which offers three types of quality bubbles for just $300. Curated by the Grand Hyatt’s wine ambassador, the trio of champagnes start you off with a light and easy glass and end with something stronger. Whether or not you know your champagne, this is a pretty awesome deal.
Lobby, Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
(852) 2584 7722
5) Hullet House Champagne Gallery
If you’re into top-notch hospitality and drinking in an old-school setting (and who isn’t, really?), look no further than the Champagne Gallery. Housed inside heritage building-turned luxury bolthole Hullett House, the intimate, 20-person space is decked out like an opulent drawing room – think antique-inspired chairs, dimly lit chandeliers and a fireplace. G.H. Mumm and Perrier-Jouët are on offer, as well as signature champagne cocktails.
Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 3988 0101
6) Mira Moon Champagne Bar
The Champagne Bar is the gift that keeps on giving. Every day at 6pm, the bar at boutique hotel Mira Moon puts on a two-hour free-flow champagne session. Yes, you read that right. A world away from the rough-and-tumble bars nearby where Flaming Lamborghinis reign supreme, this is where you can sip (or down, if you please) bubbles in a sophisticated setting. Choose from Champagne Charles du Roy Brut NV ($295 per person); Moet & Chandon Imperial ($315 per person); or Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label ($395 per person). There are also Spanish tapas and light bites. Sit back, grab a glass and enjoy dazzling views of the Victoria Harbour.
5/F, Mira Moon, 388 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
(852) 2643 8875
Written by Andrea Lo