Napoleon Bonaparte once said: “I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate, and I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself.”
Whether you’re celebrating or drowning your sorrows, we believe that on Friday a glass of bubbles is in order. Here are some of the best bubbly spots to try out:
Celebrate Champagne Day in style
As per usual, Tsogo Sun pulls out all the stops again this year in glamourous fashion with Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot. The celebrations commence today and will last well into the evening on 31 October.
Gauteng residents can choose between six Tsogo Sun venues, including InterContinental OR Tambo Airport, Mount Grace Hotel & Spa, Palazzo, Sandton Sun, Southern Sun Hyde Park and Southern Sun Montecasino.
Tsogo Sun’s Western Cape hotels, Arabella Hotel, Golf & Spa, Southern Sun The Cullinan and Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town will happily top up your bubbly glass for Champagne Day and in Kwazulu Natal you can either visit the Beverly Hills Hotel, Suncoast Towers or Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani.
Whether you’re a fan of Moët & Chandon’s Brut Impérial or Veuve Clicquot’s Rosé, you’re sure to celebrate in style at any one of these destinations.
You can also spend one night in Paris at The Oyster Box’s Grill Room, complete with black ties, champagne and French cuisine. At R1,200 per person, the popular seaside destination will be hosting a black-tie, four-course dinner paired with Mumm Champagne on 22 October – a night to remember, that’s for sure.
The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff’s Flames Restaurant is also a great Johannesburg-based venue to celebrate Champagne Day at, especially considering the fact that it’s jacaranda season and the views from there are breathtakingly beautiful.
Pop a cork at these bubbly bars
Order bubbly with the press of a button at The Leonardo Hotel’s Alto234 Bar.
Simply put the gold coin, inscribed with the Moët & Chandon logo into Africa’s first-ever Champagne Mini Machine bubbly dispenser, and pick your bottle of bubbly to celebrate with.
Opt for some Prosecco at Johannesburg’s brand-new Flor Wine Bar. Located in Coalition Pizza, they sell mostly Italian wines, and the bonus is that you can couple your celebrations with some pizza too. They do have some South African wines available too.
Muse Champagne Room at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa will also not disappoint on Champagne Day. In collaboration with the French champagne house, Perrier-Fouëtt, the champagne room and adjoining courtyard is the epitome of elegance and celebration.
9th Avenue Waterside, located at Durban Harbour you will also get 10% discount on all champagnes by the bottle for Champagne Day on Friday, 22 October.
And, of course the Cape is filled with wine farms where you can indulge in some of South Africa’s finest MCCs.
Add some food to your bubbles
Apart from its exquisite Italian cuisine, the Tshwane-based Capito restaurant also boasts an impressive wine list, including some of the country’s best MCCs.
In celebration of Champagne Day, they will be offering guests a complimentary glass of Kleine Zalze Brut Rosé on Friday. Arrive early to make sure you don’t miss out.
Or, opt for a brunch with bubbles at Proud Mary at The Bank in Rosebank or celebrate at twilight by pairing your oysters with your favourite MCC.
There’s always a valid reason for champagne. All you need to do is to decide where you’ll be indulging in some bubbles this coming Champagne Day.