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Champagne for everyone

The Sofitel, Darling Harbour pops our cork

6th March 2019

Some gay grooms can drink rose all day, while Mediterranean men may prefer popping Proseco but it’s impossible to go past Champagne for celebrations such as weddings, engagements or surviving Monday.

The Sofitel in Darling Harbour, which still has that new hotel smell since opening in 2017, knows the power of bubbles, dedicating a bar to the sacred sip.

Everyone can order Moet & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot anywhere with relative ease but the Champagne Bar takes things next level with more than 20 different types of bubbles from the revered French region, including little-known drops such as Canard-Dechene. You will also find popular picks from Pol Roger, Pommery and Louis Roederer.

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If you’re about to pop the question you could pick the Louis Roederer Champagne from the 2009 vintage, developed in collaboration with industrial designer par excellence Philippe Starck. Apart from having a chic label the exclusive bottle is the house drop for the bar, so you will have to come back every year to mark the anniversary in style.

The setting is five star, making a nice break from basement bars masquerading as speakeasies with unusual smells, with polite and professional staff perfecting the pour. Sweeping views of Darling Harbour and plush seating will have you feeling like a VIG – that’s a Very Important Groom.

If that feeling of importance takes a hold, enquire about the three litres Jeroboam of Cristal to get the party started at $22,000.

Healthy appetites can retreat next door to the Atelier restaurant but the Champagne Bar can also accommodate picky palates with precious oysters, caviar and canapes to rock your taste buds.

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A quick chat to the chef can result in a cummerbund-stretching trolley packed with cornichons, pate, salmon and fabulous fish eggs.

Toast your future, celebrate your past and then we suggest checking in to one of the rooms to party more privately.


12 Darling Drive, 2000 Sydney, Australia
Tel: (+61) 2 8388 8888
Fax: (+61) 2 8388 8868 


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