Though we often think of Champagne as something to drink whenever there’s a celebration, the fact of the matter is that there’s never a bad time to enjoy a cold, crisp glass of bubbly. Indeed, a fine Champagne turns any night into a celebration, and that’s what life is all about. We’ve found the best bubbly spots in Hong Kong, who not only do Champagne well, but also get high marks for ambience.
The Champagne Bar at the Grand Hyatt
The Champagne Bar at the Grand Hyatt is home to the most impressive selection of Champagne in Hong Kong, housed inside one of the city’s grandest settings. The iconic round bar offers live jazz, cabaret and blues music. We recommend trying the Marguet Pere et Fils Blanc de Noir (HK$220), R&L Legras Blanc de Blancs 2005 (HK$290) or Serveux Cuvee Meaner (HK$300).
The Champagne Bar, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 772, hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com/champagnebar
Hong Kong’s iconic heritage hotel, Hullett House, is home to the glamorous Champagne Gallery. The beautiful interiors mirror the style of a French maison with white walls, dark wooden floors, chandeliers and an original fireplace. They feature an extensive list of drinks that includes Champagne from world-famous producers such as G.H. Mumm and Perrier-Jouët (HK$5,500 per bottle), as well as Champagne cocktails. We love the Clever Girl, made from sake, Calpis, strawberry, white peach and Mumm Brut Champagne.
Champagne Gallery, Hullet House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3988 0000, hulletthouse.com
Maison Eight – Le Club 1829
Maison Eight is home to the world’s first Bollinger Champagne room, Le Club 1829. It’s an exclusive private room that’s perfect for birthdays, private dinners or Champagne parties. Featuring a stunning view of the harbour, this is an ideal spot to enjoy an intimate glass of Champagne surrounded by your nearest and dearest.
Maison Eight, 21/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong +852 2388 8160, maisoneight.com
Épure’s lovely alfresco terrace is the perfect place to unwind for the evening. Serving only the finest French fare and wines, the restaurant’s Champagnes include Dalloyau Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (HK$150 a glass) and Dalloyau Brut Rosé (HK$180 a glass). Pair this with their signature French cheese platter (HK$138 for three different cheeses) and shucked-to-order French oysters (HK$268) with lemon-and-shallot vinegar.
Épure, Shop 403, 4/F, Ocean Centre, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3185 8338, epure.hk
Cé La Vi
Located in the heart of Lan Kwai Kong, Cé La Vi quickly became one of the Hong Kong’s hottest nightlife destinations after its opening last August. Its cellars contain a meticulously curated wine and Champagne selection with exceptional choices, including large format bottles such as a 1500-ml Louis Roederer Brut Premier (HK$2,998) and a 6,000-ml Cristal (HK$88,000), ideal to enjoy with a group of friends while accompanied by a 360-degree stunning view of Hong Kong at the beautifully styled Club Lounge and Sky Bar.
Cé La Vi Hong Kong, 25/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3700 2300, hk.celavi.com
Veuve Clicquot Sunset Lounge
Tucked away in a hidden rooftop terrace on the 118th floor is the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong’s Veuve Clicquot Sunset Lounge. For HK$1650, you can indulge in a whole bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rich (a new Champagne designed to be served on ice) with a choice of two accompanying ingredients: cucumber, grapefruit peel, bell peppers or Earl Grey tea. There are only a handful of private cabanas available here, so book well in advance.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, 118/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2263, ritzcarlton.com
The Champagne Bar at Mira Moon Hotel
The Champagne Bar at Mira Moon Hotel in Causeway Bay is well-known for its free-flow Champagne deals. Currently on offer is a two-hour free flow of the finest bubbly from 6pm daily. This includes a choice of Charles du Roy Brut NV (HK$295), Moet & Chandon Imperial (HK$315) or Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label (HK$325). In an intimate, modern space facing Victoria Harbour, The Champagne Bar is the perfect place for a catch-up with friends.
The Champagne Bar, 5/F, 388 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2643 8875, miramoonhotel.com
For those who want to escape the city life, head to Repulse Bay for Cabana’s Japanese-style onsens. This 10,000-square-foot outdoor rooftop terrace is furnished with private cabins, lounge beds and hot tubs. Overlooking Repulse Bay’s beach, this is the place for sunset Champagne parties as you dance the night away to a live DJ.
Cabana, Lobby A Rooftop, The Pulse, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2889 5939, cabana.hk
Club XIII has their own custom-label Champagne from the Ace of Spade vineyard, and it’s presented in a dazzling gold bottle. Had a few too many bottles? Don’t worry. Club XIII has their own on-demand limousine service to take your home in style.
Club XIII, 13/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9552 1135, facebook.com/ClubXIIIHK
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Awarded three Michelin stars for five consecutive years, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon offers over 100 bottles of exquisite Champagne that ranges from Dom Perigean Enothèque Vintage 1985 (HK$14,000) to Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1995 (HK$34,000). Given the high-calibre cooking, this is the perfect spot for Champagne and food enthusiasts alike.
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Shop 315, Landmark Atrium, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2166 9000, robuchon.hk