The opening of a champagne bottle is music to our ears and it’s that wonderful time of year when we can’t get enough of that lovely tune. The question becomes, where do we want to drink bubbly tonight? If you’re in the mood for bubbles—and who isn’t during the holidays?—here are five of the best places to drink champagne in San Francisco. Cheers!
1 The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Sit back and enjoy the views in the Club Level Bar or experience the lively atmosphere of the Lobby Bar with classics such as Billecart Salmon ‘Reserve’ Brut NV and Dom Perignon Rose 2003, or in the dining room at Parallel 37, where you can start the night with an aperitif of Pehu Simonet ‘Tradition-Grand Cru’ Brut NV. The wine list currently host over 130 different selections of champagne and sparkling wines reaching back to the 1979 vintage. During the fall and winter holidays, Level 2 Sommelier Ryan Stetins looks for champagnes and sparkling wines that are full and toasty with notes of hazelnut, brioche, butterscotch, and lemon curd, to compliment the fall spices and rich flavors of the season. On any given night, you'll find no less than five different champagnes open and available by the glass.
600 Stockton Street, San Francisco
2 Top of The Mark
Soak in spectacular breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline, Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge from the InterContinental Mark Hopkins' amazing rooftop lounge, Top of the Mark. Located on the 19th floor, this San Francisco restaurant with a view provides a 360-degree panorama along with a dance floor and an exciting events schedule that includes live music and performers several nights of the week.
999 California Street, San Francisco
3 The Big 4
Sip champagne in historic elegance. Established in October 1976, Big 4 Restaurant at The Scarlet Huntington was named after the reputed “Big Four” industrialists – Collis P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford and Mark Hopkins – famed railroad tycoons of the nineteenth century who played a vital role in San Francisco’s history and early development. The renovated restaurant pays tribute to the grandeur of earlier eras, retaining its elegance with an impressive collection of original artifacts, historical photographs and memorabilia from California’s unique history. Loyal patrons and first-time guests enjoy the live piano entertainment that fills this one-of-a-kind destination with refreshing soul.
1075 California Street, San Francisco
4 Redwood Room
The Clift hotel's famous and historic Redwood Room has been restored and reinvented as an exceptionally elegant and modern San Francisco bar. Suffused with all-out glamour, the interior features the original redwood paneling and enormous bar, which, legend has, was carved from a single redwood tree, as well as Starck-designed lounge furniture and an ever-changing array of digital artwork displayed on plasma television screens hung throughout the room.
495 Geary Street, San Francisco
Taking its name from the highway, Route Nationale 74, which runs directly through the Burgundy region of France, Michael Mina's RN74 is a wine-centric French inspired restaurant. RN74’s wine program, curated by Mina Group wine director and James Beard Award-winning author Rajat Parr, focuses heavily on the greatest producers and regions of Burgundy. However, the champagne selection is incredible with more than 60 labels on the list.
301 Mission Street, San Francisco