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Bar review: The Champagne Bar - top quality, reasonable prices

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 July, 2015, 8:22pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 April, 2016, 1:55pm

The vibe: a bit sedate — there’s not a lot of atmosphere but seats are comfortable, music is unobtrusive and service is good. Tables are far enough apart for conversation to be private, and the lighting good enough to read the menu without a torch. The layout makes the best of a small space with a large pillar in the middle; confusingly, there seem to be bars on both sides of the room, one of which turns out to be the hotel reception counter. The drinks: the name means what it says. The drinks list is short and sweet — seven wellchosen champagnes, including Moët & Chandon at HK$460 a bottle, Dom Perignon at HK$1,320 and Krug at HK$1,470. The Moët and Veuve Clicquot are available by the glass at HK$120 or as free flow from 6pm to 8pm at HK$250 and HK$295 respectively — a fantastic deal for serious fizz-guzzlers and word has clearly got around: the bar was full when we arrived at 6.45pm and emptied quickly after 8pm.

We had a bottle of the gorgeous Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, which is a steal at HK$590 (HK$135 per glass) and if you’re in the mood for pink, there are two excellent rosés, Moët and Ruinart. Food (and presumably other drinks — although why drink anything else?) can be ordered from the Super Giant Tapas bar on the floor above, and there’s a tea set deal at HK$198 from 3pm to 6pm, which includes a glass of champagne.

The verdict: it’s all about the bubbles. A great discovery for champagne lovers who want to enjoy top-quality fizz without paying crazy prices and don’t need a super-cool setting to do it in.

5/F Mira Moon Hotel, 388 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay Tel: 2643 8875 Open: 3pm-midnight