It has been called Chicago’s most elegant live music club. It’s unquestionably the nation’s most acclaimed Champagne bar.
It is Pops for Champagne, which opened in 1982 in the Windy City’s Lakeview neighborhood, and two years ago relocated to the historic Tree Studios building on State Street in the downtown River North neighborhood.
The uniquely designed space encompasses two floors.
At street level, the main bar offers more than 125 sparkling wines, full bar service, a raw bar and shared plates (oysters, king crab, lobster), and a dessert menu.
During the early evening hours, downtown workers congregate for drinks before heading home.
Later in the evening, Pops doubles as a romantic spot for local couples and a must-see destination for visitors to the city.
Those in the know head downstairs to the basement level, where live jazz entertainment is featured… and the sparkling wine continues to flow. It’s not unusual to see couples sip on Champagne, nibble on caviar and soak in the sounds for hours at a time.
Although Pops specializes in Champagne, those who prefer more potent potables will be impressed by the selection of spirits, cordials, cognacs and scotches from around the world. And wine lovers who prefer flavor to fizz may select from a well-selected list of still table wines.
Pops does not enforce a strict dress code, but it’s definitely a place to see and be seen.
For more information, call 312-266-POPS, or visit popsforchampagne.com.