Whether it is for celebrations or just team drinks, these bars in Sandton and beyond serve top bubbles where you can pop your cork and indulge in fizz by the glass or bottle.
Muse Champagne Room at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
This is one case in which the name ‘champagne bar’ is a cause for cheers instead of caution. Muse Champagne Room looks ever-so-gorgeous, deftly done in emerald green and rose gold with an elegant indoor marble bar with brass finishes that affords views of the inter-leading patio that’s complete with a playful single swing, contemporary furniture and nature-inspired décor.
1 Alma Road, Sandton
011 804 2540
Olive Bar at The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
Why would you pay exorbitant prices for a glass or bottle of champagne here when you can pay much less elsewhere? For starters, Olive Bar stocks some of th best vintage and non-vintage bubbles around, from Dom Pérignon to Moët & Chandon – totally worth the splurge if you are celebrating a milestone. And then there are the bar snacks – nuts, crisps and whatnot, which come at no extra charge. And then there’s the décor – natural textures and neutral tones that reflect a contemporary African look and feel. And finally… well, it’s The Saxon.
36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst
011 292 6000
Flames Restaurant at Four Seasons The Westcliff Johannesburg
Most Joburgers think of this fine-dining restaurant as more of a sundowner spot – and so do we! The views are breath-taking (especially during the spring when the jacarandas are in bloom), the outside area is comfy and never too noisy. And that makes it a very civilised place to sip Bollinger, that ab fab necessity. Proceed to tuck into a three-course dinner afterwards, or go out into the night seeking a bit of a vibe at a nearby bar.
67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff
011 481 6000
The Terrace Cigar & Wine Bar at The Hyatt Regency Johannesburg
This perennial favourite is not a place you’d necessarily think of as a champagne bar (especially because of the name), but it is just as easy to pop in for some bubbles as it is for a cigar and a glass of wine. The Terrace is practically an oasis in the middle of Rosebank – perfect for some bubbles while surrounded by splendid gardens. There is an impressive list of champagnes and MCCs served by the glass that includes firm favourites amongst most champagne enthusiasts.
191 Oxford Road, Rosebank
011 280 1234
by Candice May