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Bubbly Mermaid Champagne and Oyster Bar (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

In 2012, Apollo Naff built this boat-shaped bar out of discarded wooden pallets, then filled the galley with Champagne. In the heart of downtown, it’s been a destination ever since, both for the bubbles and for a menu that highlights Northwest oysters and seafood.

Pops for Champagne (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The granddaddy of Champagne bars, Pops opened in 1982, with 13 sparkling wines and a stack of jazz cassettes. Since then, it’s morphed from a funky jazz club where White Star was the order of the day to a swank downtown boîte with 150 sparklers. Owner Tom Verhey...Read Full Story

Corridor 44 (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Brian Siffermann and Jeff Davis aim to keep the list democratic at this chic bar in downtown Denver. The range starts with $12 glasses of Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs and Scharffenberger Brut Excellence, then escalates to a bottle list that includes sparkling Loire chenin and Special Club Champagnes. Don...Read Full Story

Battery Park Book Exchange (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Most bookstores entice buyers to linger longer with coffee; at Battery Park Book Exchange, owners Donna and Thomas Wright tempt them with Champagne. Grab a glass and a leather chair and settle in for the evening. Dogs are also welcome.

a’Bouzy (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

After watching how many bottles of bubbles he sold at Houston’s Brasserie 19, Shawn Virene decided to go all-in, opening a’Bouzy in August 2017. Named for a village in Champagne, the space radiates bubbles, from the wall of bottles to the glass baubles suspended from...Read Full Story

Ça Va (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“Champagne for the people” is the tagline, and the selection lives up to it. Launched in 2015 by winebuyer Jim Coley, bartender Caitlin Corcoran and chef Howard Hanna—all local luminaries in their fields—the list is packed with affordable buys, from Les Vins Pirouettes’s buttery, rich Alsace Cr...Read Full Story

Effervescence (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Last year, after only eight months open, this French Quarter boîte took top honors in Eater’s annual awards, snagging Bar of the Year. Credit goes to owner Crystal Hinds for the bright, airy space and for assembling a crack staff: chefs Brenna Sanders and Evan Ingram logged...Read Full Story

Trapeze (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Kim Bartmann opened this 22-seat bar last spring, a brightly muraled sliver of a space adjacent to Barbette, her always-packed brasserie. The list, overseen by local importer/consultant/wine star Jill Mott, bends toward natural wines, with selections like Delinquente Wine Co.’s Tuff Nut Pét-Nat,...Read Full Story

The Champagnery (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Architect and designer Charlotte Stengel was running a gallery out of an old apothecary before she transformed it into a Champagne bar last summer. Now there are wide couches to perch on while you take in the art, and a list of sparklers some 120 selections long. The current crowd...Read Full Story

Sigh (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Ask a sommelier the best way to recharge at the end of the day, and chances are they’ll say “Champagne.” So it’s no surprise that Jayme Powers had to move her wine-country sparkling wine bar into bigger digs this year. Now in a sparkly gold-and-silver space right...Read Full Story

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