Nothing quite makes a celebration like a cold bottle of bubbles (and a good cake, but let’s table that discussion). We’re not sure if it comes from the fancy champagne flutes, or the satisfaction you get from being able to uncork your very own bottle (welcome to adulting), but a glass topped with French bubbles is a sign of a good night ahead.
After a few too many sips, plenty of cheese, and a newfound love for the finer things in life (between face-stuffings, obviously), we’ve lined up Brisbane’s top spots to uncork a bottle of France’s finest (we don’t recommend champagne showers though – that stuff gets sticky).
Whether you’re out on Dalgety’s breezy deck or inside on one of the luxe wicker lounges, watching the world go by through the open windows, there’s nowhere like Dalgety to pop bottles and relax over a cheese board. On Sundays, you can split a bottle of Mumm Champagne for $60 and pair it with a cheese and charcuterie spread for just $20 while live tunes take the stage in the background.
A quick tip for the wine-challenged reader: try searching out bars that specialize in bubbles to nab some handy wine knowledge (or at least tips on how to pair them with cheese, which is really all we’re looking for). With two entire pages of their 31 page drinks list – no joke – dedicated to champagne, Cru Bar & Cellar is your one-stop Brisbane wine spot.
Quirky café by day, bubbly wine fiend by night, this suburban gem is one you don’t want to miss on your next night of wining and dining. Swap stumbling around the city in high heels for bubbles paired with chilli and garlic calamari, toasted sourdough with dukkah and olives, and a sudden urge to move your whole life to the suburbs.
You don’t even need to step inside to spot the wine glass chandelier hanging over Nickel’s suave dining room. With old world vibes and mahogany décor, nothing can impact the coolness factor of sipping glasses of Dom Perignon on Nickel’s leather lounges – take that, high school.
Baedeker | Fortitude Valley
This heritage-listed building is proof that not only wine gets better with age (though we can probably all agree it produces the best results). From the team behind Grape Therapy, Baedeker wine bar offers you the added bonus of selling every bottle on offer at their joint retail room. Admittedly, it seems like less of a bonus the next day.
people might occasionally find themselves leaving home with a shoe missing or an inside-out shirt (and ‘some people’ would prefer no judgement, thanks). For those in question, the move to becoming elegant begs for a serious boost – specifically, to Up on Constance’s rooftop bar. With top-notch champagne and some of the best views in Brisbane, sophistication comes naturally… provided you don’t drink too many glasses of Moet & Chandon.
Ready to get your Gatsby on? Take the night back to the roaring ‘20s with a stop at Blackbird Bar & Grill. Prohibition is the furthest from describing Blackbird, with quality drops of Veuve and Perrier Jouet always ready to add some flair to a night of charcuterie and share plates.
Stick a cork in this one – we’re done.
Words by Samantha Chariton