Today’s article is a special edition of the bar diaries, in aid of the luxurious celebrations of the global champagne day. For those of you who may have been unaware, but the 21st October is officially the global champagne day. Champagne is enjoyable any time of the year, but the global Champagne day makes it all that more enjoyable.
To really put our celebrations into full swing, Team Maketh and the Champagne bureau ventured out into London, paying a swift visit to some of the finest bars in the city. So please allow us to share our adventure to the bars we sipped our bubbles at:
Oskars Bar at Dabbous
We love visiting bars in London we’ve never been to (especially if we’ve never heard of them). Oskar’s bar is just on the corner of Whitefield St W1T 2SF where you head downstairs, entering a very cool and rustic spot to escape the busy streets of London.
Our first bottle of bubbles was the Ruinart Blanc de Blanc bottled with 100% chardonnay grapes. On the nose you get an immediate fresh notes of fruits and rose petals, followed by a wave of crisp, fresh flavours of the chardonnay grapes.
Based in Soho, on Poland Street, this bar holds a very special place in our heart, which our friends at the Champagne bureau knew well. The Blind Pig is a part of the amazing social eating house group, with an experience that cannot be compared to any other bar around. Whether you’re eating or just visiting to enjoy one of their specially made cocktails, expect to be amazed by sterling service and creativity.
The Champagne bureau’s bottle of choice at the Blind Pig was the Francis Boulard les Murgiers-Blanc de noir. Don’t let its wonderful colour confuse you about its creation, as this is a non-chardonnay made from 100% black grapes. Expect a slightly dryer flavour on the palate, with a real nose of black fruits and raisin.
Milk & Honey
Another familiar setting for Team Maketh, somewhere close by to our friends at the blind pig. Milk & Honey is hidden to the untrained eye, which makes this bar’s cool factor immediately jump a few hurdles higher. Only right that the Champagne bureau take us here to continue the night of tastings.
Our bottle at the Milk & Honey residence was the very special vintage Dom Perignon 2006. The tasting notes could go on forever with the Dom Perignon 2006 but in short, you will experience sweet notes of fruit and caramel whack the palate like it wouldn’t imagine.
Experimental Cocktail Club
Can I firstly just say a well-played to the team at Champagne bureau, for bringing us to a bar that we haven’t been to. In addition to this we want to take a moment to reflect and seek forgiveness for never being here before to share our joy. The experimental cocktail club in so many words, is an absolute gem of a bar, located in the always lively Chinatown.
In the spirit of experiencing something completely new, the Perrier Jouet is too, a new experience we’ve tried out. Rich in pear, lemon and honey notes, with a dry but exquisitely refreshing hit on the palate. Very impressed Perrier Jouet, we shall be enjoying you again very soon.
The American Bar at the Savoy
And last but not least the place we call our ‘adult spiritual home’, the luxurious American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London.
We cannot tell you how many times we have made this bar the resting point for the evening, as it is so, so often. The beauty of the American Bar is its subtle, but very effective method of transporting you from the traffic heavy streets of London, into their chic American themed speak easy bar. Thriving with calm, vibrant tones across its walls and the glorious vibes of jazz in the background, the American bar earned its stripes with us the moment their musician hit the first two keys of its grand piano.
It was only right to end the night perfectly, with a personal favourite of ours. The finale bottle for champagne day was the Bollinger Rose – 2004. A Rose’ is always more of a desert favourite to us, as its high hints of strawberry and honey notes sweeten your palate to the ultimate closure.
So there you have it everyone, an amazing night celebrating champagne, with a whistle stop tour of some of the coolest bars in London. We would like to thank the Champagne bureau especially for the fun, as well as the enlightenment on some of the best champagnes in the world.