One of the most famous quotes in the history of champagne comes from the godfather of champagne himself. The story goes that when Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Perignon first created and tasted his bubbly beverage, he called out to the other monks and exclaimed, “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!”
From here, one of the world’s most beloved beverages was born, served in elegant glasses and at lavish events, to celebrate special occasions, and as a toast to a marker of ultimate liquid luxury. In the company of flutes and oysters, champagne has come to stand for opulence, for indulgence, and for a fabulously sparkling extravagance. A glass of bubbly after a long day or before a grand meal has become a lifestyle, really, and don’t the Bangkokians know it.
From admiring a serene sunset with caviar and Cristal or enjoying a Michelin-starred dinner after a vintage glass of Dom, we’ve put together some of our favourite champagne bars in Bangkok at the moment. Between the highest open air champagne bar in the world to the city’s latest hot hotel opening, who knows? Maybe, just maybe, you too will taste the stars at any of these venues. We’ll drink to that.
Cru Champagne Bar
Utter the words ‘champagne bar’ and the first place that comes to the mind of any savvy Bangkokian will definitely be Cru Champagne Bar. Dubbed a spot “where angels play”, the sky high bubbly bar sits atop the Centara Grand as a sleek and stylish sundowner spot, serving a fine selection of G.H. Mumm champagnes and signature champagne cocktails. Amidst a contemporary setting and warm orange sunset hues, guests are invited to enjoy the intimate setting on raised chairs at the bar or more private tables overlooking 360-degree panoramic rooftop views of the city. Try the tropical ‘Chilly Willy’, a champagne cocktail made with Havana rum, blue Curaçao, Malibu, and pineapple and lime juice, or the ‘Bangkok Bellini’, the Thai remix of the classic featuring mandarin vodka, mango purée, vanilla, ginger, and champagne. For the ultimate experience, don’t forget to nibble on some of the exquisite bar snacks. These include the traditional Royal Beluga caviar and oysters, but also kobe beef shabu, wagyu short rib sliders, or foie gras and chicken yakitori skewers. Divine.
Cru Champagne Bar, Centara Grand, 999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66 2100 1234
Flute, A Perrier-Jouet Bar
Did you know that the world’s highest al fresco champagne bar lies in Bangkok? Though ‘lies’ is a bit of an understatement. Flute, A Perrier-Jouet Bar, glistens and glows above the city, located on the 64th floor of the Lebua State Tower. Featuring exclusively a selection of Pernod Ricard’s Perrier-Jouet champagnes as well as AmStur caviar, the bar presents a beautiful spot to enjoy a glass of bubbly right under the stars. Go for a classic Kir Royal made with Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut champagne, or get one of the Tête de Cuvée or Blason Rosé bottles, exclusive to Lebua. With limited seating at the elegantly lit-up bar, the sky high venue provides a champagne experience that is private and deeply indulgent. Featuring delicate golden butterfly-adorned champagne flutes, the magic is definitely in the air up here.
Flute A Perrier-Jouet bar, Lebua State Tower, 1055 Si Lom Rd., Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66 2624 9555
The St. Regis Bar
For a champagne experience with a true pop and a bang, head on up to the 12th floor at The St. Regis Bangkok to The St. Regis Bar to witness the traditional art of champagne sabering. With a saber provided by the Royal Thai Army, the bar’s Head Butler skilfully slips open a bottle of The St. Regis Bangkok house champagne every evening at 6pm much to the woo and awe of the guests. A ritual that bears its roots in the Napoleonic era, the art form has long been a tradition for The St. Regis brand, originating from the days of John Jacob Astor, the founder of the first St. Regis hotel in New York. Beyond the grand overflow of champagne post-sabering, guests can enjoy unmatched views over the Royal Bangkok Sports Club from the elegant black marble bar, and mingle in a refined ambience of high ceilings, intimate furnishings, and live jazz music. The impressive champagne list includes everything from Moët & Chandon to Armand De Brignac Gold Cuvée, over to a vintage 2009 Dom Perignon and 2000 Laurent Perrier Cuvée Millesime, so you’ll always be in dazzling company.
The St. Regis Bar, The St. Regis, 159 Rajadamri Rd., Bangkok, +66 2 207 7826
A more casual champagne evening that does not hold back on top quality brut, the Rouge Bar at the Hansar Bangkok hotel is a great post-work or pre-dinner location to clink a glass or two. Exclusively serving Bollinger champagne, the small venue on Bangkok’s lavish Rajadamri Road boasts a warm atmosphere amongst live music, an ever changing food menu, and a selection of cigars for aficionados. Most notably, James Bond fans can sample a sip of the 2009 limited edition Bollinger 007 Spectre here, and whilst it won’t be shaken nor stirred, will still provide a truly killer experience. For those who like to go big and not home, Rouge Bar also stocks the 2002 Extra Brut Bollinger R.D. in its cellars, an exquisite choice for a very special occasion (even if that special occasion is that the Rouge Bar stocks the 2002 Extra Brut Bollinger R.D. in its cellars).
Rouge Bar, Hansar Bangkok, 3/250 Soi Mahadlekluang 2, Rajadamri Rd., Bangkok, +66 2209 1234
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
For those who know that great champagne is best in the company of great food, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is your calling. The Michelin-starred restaurant by one of the world’s most legendary chefs, the late Joël Robuchon, has long been one of Bangkok’s most exquisite fine dining locations. And whilst our words could flow endlessly describing the elaborate and masterfully crafted food menus and dishes, the restaurant nestled in front of the towering MahaNakhon also provides an equally impressively flowing champagne list. Whilst Veuve Clicquot is available to sip by the glass, the bar also serves up bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée or the specialty Maison Pol Roger Cuveé Sir Winston Churchill, as well as bottles of the vintage favourites like a 2004 Dom Pérignon and 2006 Brut Rosé Cristal. A French fine dining affair in every sense of the word, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon may not be a champagne bar in a traditional sense, but provides a champagne experience unparalleled with many across town. Pair a glass (or a bottle) with your amuse bouche or dessert, and you’ll see why the Sathorn hot spot is one of the sought-after sips and suppers across town.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, F/5, MahaNakhon CUBE, 96 Narathiwas Rajanakharin Rd., Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66 2 001 0698
The Champagne Bar at Waldorf Astoria
After a highly anticipated run-up to its debut in Southeast Asia, the Waldorf Astoria has finally made it to Bangkok, welcoming guests inside its grand interiors for the first time at the end of this month. The luxury hotel located on Rajadamri Road will be housing two bars: The Loft, a New York inspired bar serving cocktails from the Old Waldorf Astoria Barbook; and The Champagne Bar, sitting atop the building as an exclusive rooftop bar claiming to boast some of the best views of Bangkok. With many of the stunning interiors designed by famed architects such as Hong Kong’s Andrè Fu and AvroKO, we’re excited to see what this new urban escape will hold in store for us. Whilst a detailed bar menu and champagne list is yet to be unveiled, definitely keep this one on your radar for the coming month.
The Champagne Bar, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, 151 Rajadamri Rd., Lumpini, Bangkok, +66 2 8468888