La Champagnerie: Montreal's Bar à Sabrage

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    Montreal's Bar à Sabrage Proposes Sabered Bubbly & More

    La Champagnerie is a Montreal bar specializing in champagne, cava, prosecco, crément, and all things bubbly.
    Photo courtesy of La Champagnerie

    La Champagnerie is Montreal's one and only bar specializing in champagne and all things bubbly. And sabery.

    The Old Montreal hot spot right across the street from Marché Bonsecours and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours opened to the public in May 2013, taking carbonated vino to the next level.

    Offering not only an exhaustive selection of champagne, crémant, cava and prosecco, La Champagnerie proposes a sharp pièce de résistance, saber service for select champagnes, reawakening the masses to the noble art of sabrage.

    That's fancy talk for whack-open-bottle-with-sword. It's fun. You should try it.

    La Champagnerie: Bar à Sabrage?

    A champagne bar specializing in saber service is a first for Montreal. And it's likely a first for you. Ask staff which bottles on the menu entitle guests to saber them open and request assistance with technique. It's not as scary as most think. Butter knives, pitchers, and even high heels can be used to open a bottle of bubby. You just need to know how to do it. 

    Note that bubbly isn't the only drink in the house. An extensive wine menu featuring whites, reds, and sweet dessert wines is on offer as is a handful of cocktails. Champagne's answer to the pina colada, the Champagnolada, raspberry pureed Baie et Bulles, and the exotically-spiced Ali La Pointe are but three of the bar's mixed drinks on rotation.

    There's Food Too

    The menu is composed of delicious appetizers like lobster bisque and burrata from Puglia, and mains like a lobster/foie gras/filet mignon poutine trifecta, fish tacos, or whole fried red snapper.

    Private Room for Parties?

    There is a section that can be cordoned off from the main room to accommodate groups of 8 or more.

    To Make Reservations

    Call (514) 903-9343 or book online. Note that while group reservations are generally necessary, regular walk-ins are not a problem. Saturdays do get packed though so get there early to ensure a seat.

    Business Hours

    Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

    Address

    343 St. Paul Est, corner of Bonsecours, Montreal, QC H2Y 1H2
    Getting There: Champ-de-Mars Metro
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    Note that prices, menu items, and opening hours may change without notice.

    This profile is for information purposes only and does not represent an endorsement nor recommendation.

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    Saber Service

    La Champagnerie is a Montreal bar specializing in champagne, cava, prosecco, and crémant.
    Photo © Clint Lewis

    Once you've sabered one bottle of bubbly, you can saber them all. Anyone can do it. It just takes a steady hand and a bit of know-how.

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    Menu Items

    La Champagnerie is a Montreal champagne bar.
    Photo courtesy of La Champagnerie

    Appetizers and bar food start at $12 and include an assortment of charcuterie platters, seafood platters, salads, cheese boards, and other delectables.

    Mains feature everything from over-the-top gourmet poutine to braised wild boar shank, and blackened veal chop, starting at $23 and climbing from there.

    The dessert list is short but mighty. Think fried Reese's peanut buttercup sundaes and champagne floaters.

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    Crowd and Ambiance

    La Champagnerie is a Montreal champagne bar.
    Photo courtesy of La Champagnerie

    La Champagnerie's cast of characters range from professionals seeking a 5-à-7 locale to young go-getters and social climbers looking for a swank nightlife experience. There's no dress code per se, though smart casual and stylish are the norm.