Since I visit Paris at least once a year, I am often asked where to drink Champagne there. I always recommend taking a trip from Paris to Champagne in order to get a more complete Champagne tasting experience. However, I understand that not everyone has time to do this, depending on how long you’re in Paris.
Rather than find a Champagne-specific bar, your best option usually is to go to a nice wine bar known for a great Champagne selection, find a spot at the bar, and just work your way through their list.
If your goal is to drink Champagne in Paris, there are a few really great options, from joining a more formal Champagne tasting, settling in at a wine bar with amazing food, or grabbing bottles at one of these great Paris Champagne shops.
Below are a few of our team’s favorite places to drink Champagne in Paris.
Our Favorite Paris Champagne Bars
These spots are not exclusively Champagne bars, but great wine bars or restaurants with great Champagne lists. While you can have a Champagne like Dom Perignon almost anywhere nice in Paris, you’ll likely discover a new favorite grower Champagne at these wine bars.
1. Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
7 Rue Lobineau, 75006 Paris
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is a classy wine bar, located just a few steps away from Saint Germain market on the left bank of the Seine River. It’s on a quaint but lively street on the Latin quarter end of Saint Germain. It’s a nice area for a walk at night.
This location is one of three Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels (the other two are in New York City and in London)” owned by the Experimental Group. The wine bar offers an amazing wine list from all over the world with around 100 choices of Champagne.
On the list, there are familiar Champagnes like Ruinart and Louis Roederer, and some top Champagne growers like Jacques Selosse and Egly Ouriet covering a wide range of prices and rarity. You will be able to find Champagnes from all the notable terroirs of the region, in case you are looking for something more specific.
This is a place to chill, with smooth music, traditional French charcuterie and cheese, and explore new Champagne. You can try one of the three glasses on the list or get a recommendation for a bottle.
2. Ô Chateau
68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris
In 2004, a couple of guys who were passionate about wine started organizing wine tasting classes and later opened the largest wine bar in Paris.
Having more than 50 wines by the glass and a rich wine list of more than 1000 labels, it is a great spot for wine aficionados of all levels. Ô Chateau was elected the wine bar with the “Best wine list of France in 2017” and “Best Wine Bar in Paris”, Wine Spectator has also given it the “Award of Excellence.”
The ambiance is laid back and educational without the fuss of outdated wine etiquette. With a Champagne list mostly dedicated to grower champagne with several labels selected from the same producer, it is a great place to discover the unique terroir of the Champagne region.
Ô Chateau offers wine flights and tasting options at the bar, as well as more in depth classes, plus day trips to the Champagne region.
3. Frenchie Bar à Vins
6 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris
Located in the Sentier district in the heart of Paris, Frenchie Bar à Vins is one of my favorite wine bars in the world. It ticks all the boxes: great wine list, knowledgeable staff, excellent food, and lively ambiance.
The concept is simple: small dishes to share made with authentic fresh ingredients prepared by chef Greg Marchand (Michelin starred chef), paired with a great bottle of wine.
The wine list is diverse, focusing on Burgundy and Rhon, but has a nice selection of Champagne as well as non-French wines. All the Champagnes are from nice grower producers, with different styles like brut nature, extra brut, brut, or single varietal styles like blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, or Champagne of Pinot Meunier.
When in Paris, if you want an excellent French gastronomic experience with great Champagne. Frenchie wine bar is popular and since they don’t take reservations, you need to show up in the early evening to get on the list.
4. Le Petit Sommelier
49 Avenue du Maine, 75014 Paris
When you walk into this brasserie which looks no different than any other in Paris, the first thing you will notice is not the Belle Époque decor, but the empty bottles of fine and rare wines.
Conveniently located near the Montparnasse station, Le Petit Sommelier was founded by a former star sommelier Pierre Vila Palleja. Known for its selection of fine and rare bottles with reasonable prices, some are even cheaper than retail. The wine list includes iconic producers like Domaine Romanee Conti, Armand Rousseau, Domaine Leroy, Chateau Rayas, Jean Louis Chave, Egon Muller, and more.
The selection of Champagne is equally at the highest level, with several old vintages of Champagne Salon, and a terrific selection of Champagne growers like Jacques Selosse, Egly Ouriet, Ulysses Colin, Pierre Peters, Bereche & Fils and prestigious Champagne houses like Billecart-Salmon, Bollinger, Krug.
It is a real paradise for wine connoisseurs! Head here for dinner if you want classic French cuisine with your Champagne.
What’s Your Tasting Style?
Whether you prefer a lively bar, a sit down dinner, or a guided tasting for Champagne, you can find it all in Paris.
First time in Paris? Of course you have to see sights like the Eiffel Tower, but a trip to Paris isn’t complete if you don’t take the chance to enjoy Champagne while you’re there. You could find a Champagne bar that only serves bubbly, but the wine bars on our list offer a better experience and are the best places to drink Champagne in Paris.
And, if you really want to drink the best possible bubbles on a budget instead of paying for someone to pour for you, check out these shops where you can buy Champagne in Paris. Personally, I think it’s pretty fun to pick up a bottle of champagne and a bag of ice, grab a baguette and some cheese, and plunk down on a park bench and just enjoy the city.