The Champagne Bar: Nairobi’s First Rooftop Champagne Bar

Sankara Hotels & Resorts Nairobi pops the cork on the first rooftop Champagne bar in Nairobi this week. The Champagne Bar located on the seventh floor has panoramic city views and has a champagne list of over 30 champagnes by the glass including brut, rosé and prestige cuvee.

Champagne List highlights
Taittinger Reserve, Billecart Salmon Rose, Lanson Black Label, Pierre Jouet, Nicholas Feuillatte 1999 special, Krug, Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot and Moet et Chandon.
Oysters with a champagne velouté, cured Scottish salmon, tramezzo (lobster sandwich), truffles and designer macaroons are some of the delights on the canapé menu, which has been specially created to complement the extensive champagne offering.
The décor is modern with metallic tones and luxurious textures.
Liz Palmer

Pontoon: Floating Champagne Bar Opens In London

As London’s al fresco venues jostle for position this summer, one company have created a unique location for the city’s revellers to party outdoors.

Situated in St Katherine Docks, a vibrant Marina in the heart of historic London, Pontoon is London’s first ever floating Champagne and seafood bar. Pontoon is the brainchild of pop up restaurants and events company P.U.R.E.

The 5-berth yacht can hold up to 80 guests for private parties and drinks receptions, with luxury brands including Relais & Châteaux, Wine Story and Pommery providing on-board hospitality.

A classic motor yacht built in 1975 by Camper & Nicholsons, Pontoon has been updated with high-end fittings, including a natural wood terrace and luxurious lounge.

Open daily from 9am until midnight, guests can enjoy a drinks menu that includes Pommery Champagne and a diverse range of seafood dishes including oysters, whole crabs, langoustines and scallops, as well as spit roasted meats.

The venue will also play host to weekly wine and seafood tastings, salsa dancing classes, live Jazz music performances and weekend DJ nights.

Searcys Rolls Out Champagne Bar: One New Change

Searcys has recently rolled out its latest Champagne Bar One New Change, which is located in the St Paul’s shopping district. Overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral Bar One New Change can accommodate up to 100 guests and will host an extensive Champagne list including over 30 varieties by the flute and over 100 cuvées by the bottle.

The champagne list aims to celebrate the seasons and all styles of Champagne are expected to be represented; features include tasting flights, vintage profiles, rare vintages as well as the theatrical decanting of Champagne.

Champagne will also be matched with fine foods, namely tapas style “plates” such as foie gras and green peppercorn terrine or smoked tuna with almonds.

Michelle Cartwright, the Searcys Champagne Bar concept development manager, said: “To be part of such an exciting launch is a privilege and Searcys is proud to present a bar in such a great retail development.”

Searcys operates at a number of iconic locations, including 40/30, St Pancras Champagne Bar, Westfield Champagne Bar, the Portrait Restaurant at the National Portrait Gallery and the Hurlingham Club.

Searcys plans to launch a further five Champagne Bars in 2011 at various transport hubs and retail outlets.

London: Searcys Second Champagne Bar Opens in One New Change

The upmarket restaurant operator Searcys plans to open their new champagne bar “One New Change” in a few weeks!

This is the second launch this year for Searcys Champagne Bar brand, and their spokesperson states they plan on launching five more in 2011, to be found in and around transport hubs and retail outlets.

Due to open on 30 March, the Champagne Bar at One New Change will comfortably seat 100 guests and will sell over 30 varieties by the glass, with over 100 different cuvees by the bottle including traditional method sparkling wines.

Stylish Indulgence

The company, which was bought in an £8m management buyout last year, says its Champagne Bar concept is based around “stylish indulgence”, which it says works well in its existing sites.

Searcys last year expanded the capacity of its Champagne bar in London’s Westfield shopping centre from 36 to 72 covers by taking over the adjacent area, saying that “affordable luxury” was still popular in the UK despite the austere economic times.


The new site, a ceiling-to-floor glass case, was designed by Interbar. Its “plush armchairs”, marble bar and warm copper and brown tones target a “retro1970s chic” atmosphere.


Tapas-style food will also be available to match with champagne, such as Foie Gras and green peppercorn terrine or Smoked Tuna with almonds.

PERCHING BAR….More Than A Champagne Bar

Forget the traditional champagne bar – the Perching Bar has just the set the “bar” extremely high on being unique…. so high, in fact, that you are 18 feet up above the trees.

Recently launched, and under the ownership of Olivier Couteau, the Perching Bar is the world’s only Champagne bar in the trees. It is in the midst of Parc Arboxygene, an extreme adventure park in Verzy, France. Situated in the heart of the Champagne region, it is a mere 15 minute car ride from Reims or Epernay.

Access to the Perching Bar is by a wooden walkway. Venturing through the lush forest, up two wooden bridges you come to a suspended 60-meter footbridge – What an amazing view!

La Cabane Perchee, the company that designed the Perching Bar has kept the classic exterior tree-house structure including the stilts. The design concept has a wrap-around wooden terrace complete with puffy sofas, armchairs, and stools for 30 guests. Here you have magnificent views of the zip lines, lush treetops, and the region.

Once inside the bar, you are greeted by a contemporary interior that is chic-simple. With lots of natural wood and white leather seating, it also comes complete with 4 swings. The Perching Bar is also eco-friendly – all the lighting is supplied by solar panels.

Here you can swing while enjoying the views and a perfect glass of champagne! The Champagne List – by the glass or by the bottle, Olivier is the curator. He currently offers a selection of Champagnes from smaller producers to Grandes Maisons:

Champagne Pehu Simonet
Champagne G.H. Mumm
Champagne Bollinger
Louis de Sacy Champagne

The Perching Bar is a glamorous winter playground and the place to be on Thursday through Sunday for a glass of bubbly!

The Perchingbar will be open from 21 March to 31 December each year, from Thursday to Sunday in the high season and just at the weekend out of season.

51380 VERZY
tel. : +33 (0) 6 89 44 73 68
E-mail: @ olivier.couteau