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Pops for Champagne

Wine Bar$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
  • The folks at Crain's Chicago Business and Time Out Chicago like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Matt H.
    "Bellini Coupette and Black 75 are awesome."(3 Tips)
    Sara M.
    "Black Hills Gold and La Vie en Rose are tremendous!"(3 Tips)
    Ryan E.
    "So good and perfect for two people paired obviously with champagne."(21 Tips)
    Pocket S.
    "only available downstairs at the Watershed."(3 Tips)
113 Tips and reviews
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  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderAugust 8, 2014
    They have many bottles of wine (mostly sparkling wine) and a handful of half-bottles. I definitely recommend the Black Tiger Shrimp & the Duck BLTs. I would recommend against the Tempura Cheese Curds.
  • Bordeaux Wines
    Bordeaux WinesFebruary 26, 2013
    For any celebrations, Pops for Champagne is the place to drink bubbly and celebrate. You can also order a glass of Bordeaux and sip it over the Torched Blueberry Marshmallow Ice Cream, our favorite.
  • Kevin F.
    Kevin FarrisJune 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Mike the bartender looks like Jesus and is a master mixologist with an encyclopedic knowledge of champagne. Ask him what's good from their list of list of small producers... He won't steer you wrong!
  • Peter H.
    Peter HardersMarch 4, 2012
    Yes, this is a champagne wine bar however they have the best tempura covered cheese curds in the world. They're dusted with a foie gras powder that makes them perfectly salty. They're a must!
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneMay 14, 2015
    Pops for Champagne’s La Vie en Rose cocktail, a sweet drink with Champagne, elderflower liqueur, bitters and sugar, may inspire thoughts of running away to travel the world. Read more
  • Peter H.
    Peter HardersNovember 15, 2012
    Hungry? You MUST indulge in the Wisconsin Tempura Cheese Curds. They're buttery and rich (and pairs nicely with champagne, right?!).
  • Adam B.
    Adam BillingsOctober 27, 2012
    Ask Michael for a half bottle of Ruinart and a cheese plate. You won't be disappointed. Ruinart is the oldest champagne house in the France.
  • M. Katie H.
    M. Katie HunterAugust 31, 2013
    The downstairs lounge is super chill and a great place to bring a group! Feels like my parent's basement. If my parents were like, the hippest gay couple in Chicago.
  • christina leigh m.
    Top 10 places I've ever been to--ever. Great atmosphere, trendy music & the current season's MBFW runway shows playing on all screens--a fashionista's haven. Amazing for a date or girls' night out. $$
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EscobarMay 18, 2015
    Pricey but good atmosphere and amazing service. Get the garlic frites with truffle butter. So good and perfect for two people paired obviously with champagne.
  • Casey M.
    Casey MungerMarch 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place for a good champaign cocktail. My favorite is the Bellini Coupette. The peach froth on top is like nothing I've ever had before. 🍾
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 9, 2014
    Trendy place, can get crowded on weekends. Food is pretty good, but I'm sad that they removed the Fried chicken thighs from the menu and made it only available downstairs at the Watershed.
  • Sara M.
    Sara MJanuary 6, 2013
    Black Hills Gold and La Vie en Rose are tremendous! The Ahi Tartare beautiful presentation, tasted even more wonderful!! Love this place!
  • Tushar K.
    Tushar KhandelwalOctober 4, 2013
    Pretty awesome champagne collection, the servers were very friendly and knowledgeable. This was place was alive on a Thursday night till midnight.
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica ToliuszisJanuary 22, 2016
    A Chicago must! Champagne options are endless and desserts are inventive and delicious
  • Anuta S.
    Anuta SJune 13, 2014
    Excellent selection of champagne and sparkling wine. Bellini is off the charts! However, beware of mussels -- they aren't fresh
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NavarreteDecember 28, 2015
    Great place to have a nice champagne cocktail, great to a calm night out with friends so you can talk and enjoy your drinks.
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Pops offers a well-edited selection of cheeses that include classics (rich Explorateur) & a couple of surprises (blueberry-studded Stilton), served w/ raspberry-red pepper jam & toasted hazelnuts. Read more
  • Naz F. G.
    Naz F. GérdabiAugust 15, 2014
    My new fav! ask for Michael..he is awesome & an amazing photographer, ask to see his gorgeous shots of Chicago
  • David P.
    David PriceApril 26, 2016
    Every time I come here, I have a great experience. Staff is wonderful whether you are having one drink or a bottle.
  • Anna B.
    Anna BokunApril 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is a mecca for herds of bachelorette parties. Which I'm willing to put up with to get that delicious Bellini aka elixir of life. Definitely worth the $13.
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GrayJuly 6, 2013
    The staff is very tall and they all have clear skin and they play a lounge version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
  • Nicki W.
    Nicki WalliserJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere and an awesome drink list. The bartenders are very friendly and quick. Surprisingly delish food as well..
  • Molly L.
    Molly LynnFebruary 8, 2015
    Watershed bar downstairs has a large collection of Midwestern beers, liquor, and wine. Good atmosphere.
  • BestOf
    BestOfDecember 28, 2011
    Pops for Champagne knows bubbly and jazz, and after 24 years on a tree-lined Lakeview street, owners Tom and Linda Verhey decided to bring the nati.
  • Chelsea P.
    Chelsea PetersonFebruary 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't leave without ordering the Tempura Battered Cheese Curds. Salty, cheesy, and delicious.
  • Morganleigh B.
    Morganleigh BattleOctober 8, 2011
    Love this place, great customer service, tasty drinks, classy atmosphere. Expect nothing but the best from pops
  • Anja H.
    Anja HarrisJune 1, 2013
    The garlic frites with truffle butter are so good. I get them every time.
  • SpringRewards
    SpringRewardsJuly 16, 2015
    Try Pops for Champagne's amazing oysters and earn real cash back! Join Pop for Champagne's rewards program and get exclusive offers today. Read more
  • Maggie O.
    Maggie OldmixonJune 2, 2012
    Mike is the BEST bartender at this establishment, hands down. But really they are all great
  • InterContinental Chicago
    InterContinental ChicagoSeptember 22, 2011
    Live music available only on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, but the bubbly is available seven days a week.
  • Cameron E.
    Bottles can get a bit pricey so make sure you're ready to splurge, or go for a half bottle.
  • Alyssa K.
    Alyssa KailDecember 29, 2016
    If you like bitters, treat yourself to the La Vie en Rose!
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AhearnAugust 30, 2015
    Mike the bartender hooks you up! Former New Yorker and a sweetheart!
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle McGowanOctober 18, 2009
    While you cant go wrong with the bubbly, I recommend trying the steamed mussels - delicious! And, dont miss the grilled clams - they're served over smoked wood chips.
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffJuly 21, 2013
    You will be hard pressed to find a larger selection of champagne
  • Angie C.
    Angie Clarke RodriguezFebruary 15, 2015
    Waited 15 minutes to get noticed in an otherwise pretty empty room...mediocre drinks, aloof bartender. 30 mins to order and pay for 2 easy to make drinks. I get atmosphere, but this place has none :\
  • Meagan L.
    Meagan LloydJune 20, 2012
    If you're under 40, dye your hair or have tattoos, the hostess won't let you in the door.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 8, 2014
    Sparking wine, shared plates, trendy atmosphere
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HernandezJuly 4, 2010
    Drinks are expensive but worth it. Gotta love the edible Orchid petals. Good place for a special occaision.
  • Sasha ☆.
    Wonderful service... Fries and shrimp are lovely.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 3, 2012
    In April, ask for the "anniversary glass" to get Pol Roger Brut for its 1982 price ($9). Read more
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy A.November 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Go for the grower champagnes and the Special Clubs.
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CovasAugust 18, 2014
    Great for live jazz in the basement!
  • Shannon H.
    Runner up for Best Wine Bar presented by Segura Viudas at the 2017 Time Out Chicago Bar Awards.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The people watching makes the high prices worth it.
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Indulge in something by the glass that you normally would not have!
  • Hedy M.
    Hedy MacferranNovember 7, 2011
    Probably the best house of bubbly I've ever experienced... And that's saying a LOT. Huh hem...
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BurchFebruary 16, 2013
    Overpriced champagne, but the apps and cocktails are really great (fried cheese curds, do it).
  • Cristina D.
    Cristina DordasJune 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the High Sage cocktail! Love it! 🍸
  • Sue A.
    Sue AJuly 31
    The best plac Ever!! I'll def come back!! <3
  • Natalie D.
    Natalie DelriccoMarch 26, 2015
    Amazing burrata! Tuna tartar
  • Omar O.
    Omar OrtizMarch 26, 2011
    Recommend the Aged Cheddar cheese and the bread pudding (dessert)
  • Juicy Couture
    Juicy CoutureOctober 22, 2010
    This spot has over 100 champagne selections and lovely live music- try the Laurent-Perrier Demi-Sec for a sweet treat.
  • Christina L.
    Christina LeeFebruary 25, 2012
    Love "Start Wearing Purple," but it tastes like flinstone vitamins! Great service and atmosphere.
  • Ivonne D.
    Ivonne DíazFebruary 1, 2016
    Nice and beautiful place! Awesome service!
  • Natalie D.
    Natalie DelriccoMarch 26, 2015
    Amazing burrata and tuna tartar!!
  • Fiona Q.
    Fiona QJuly 10, 2010
    The champagne cocktails are spectacular. Inside seating is beautiful and the service level. Is unparallelled.
  • Terrass M.
    Terrass MisherApril 27, 2016
    Just ask the waitress for a suggestion. It's all really good
  • Jayson F.
    Jayson FerreroFebruary 15, 2012
    Pierre Peters is a "Must Try" ... Hints of croissant and fruits... Yummm
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy A.June 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    While the champagne is fine, don't overlook the cocktails.
  • Zach C.
    Zach CroweMarch 30, 2014
    Get the cocktail made with Nolet gin.
  • Janis E.
    Janis EtzcornJune 14, 2010
    Sit outside on the cool benches with Pops logo in the table tops for great summer people watching. Read more
  • Amol K.
    Amol KJune 9, 2015
    Watershed downstairs had a great vibe.
  • Alison T.
    Alison TMarch 6, 2011
    Great spot for delicious drinks and light fare.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HilerMarch 18, 2011
    Bellini Coupette and Black 75 are awesome. Must tries!
  • Cassandra L.
    Cassandra LawinJuly 14, 2012
    The Bellini is amazing!
  • Emily B.
    Emily BedalFebruary 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    My favorite place to sit down for a bottle of bollinger :)
  • Toy T.
    Toy TeezyFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Vi'en Rose is an excellent drink!
  • Sara S.
    Sara SwearApril 19, 2012
    Very one in here acts too pretentious the bar is not even very nice! If you're thinking about it don't go!
  • Amy S.
    Amy SchroederNovember 18, 2010
    Order a bottle of Dom Perignon and get free dessert.
  • SEYDA C.
    SEYDA CALDERWOODMay 17, 2014
    Awesome. My fav place to hangout.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroylesFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    No more basement bar -- but still ask for Greg - tell him his brother Chris told you to say hello! He'll treat you right -
  • Richard C.
    Richard CharneskeNovember 25, 2011
    frist time very nice great atmosphere
  • Jen V.
    Jen VSeptember 20, 2013
    The black 75 goes down smoooooooth. Tastes like amaretto, with sparkles.
  • Franky A.
    Franky ArriolaFebruary 14, 2012
    One of my favorite spots in Chicago.
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CarpenterMarch 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Start Wearing Purple sparkling cocktail. Delicious!
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathAugust 15, 2013
    $10 of $30 or more with Drink Deck
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SteinerJanuary 16, 2012
    ISC Heirloom is to die for!
  • Dianne S.
    Dianne SalazarMarch 24, 2012
    Try the Crab Croquette
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny JaroszJuly 16, 2012
    Don't come here. The sunday night bartender is super rude. Wish I knew her name. Insulting your clientele does not result in a good tip btw.
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BouvierJune 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't go here, terrible service from the moment you hit the door. Quartino across the street is a less expensive alternative with excellent service.
  • Marie E.
    Marie EdwardsJanuary 18, 2015
    Staff is pretty awesome
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FranchiNovember 21, 2010
    Don't order the Jinjitsu. There are plenty good drinks to try. The Jinjitsu tastes like a urinal cake.
  • Dianne S.
    Dianne SalazarMarch 24, 2012
    Try the Bellini Coupette
  • Jeremy O.
    Jeremy OngFebruary 2, 2013
    Try the Cuvée Flamme
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangMarch 5, 2011
    Stay away from the oysters. I think they come out of a jar. They smell really fishy and the mignonette is pre-applied.
  • Tate G.
    Tate GeborkoffMay 5, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you want an amazing bottle of champagne order the Charles Heidsieck Brut 2000.
  • Marie E.
    Marie EdwardsJanuary 18, 2015
    Bubbles rule!
  • Rocio G.
    Rocio Gonzalez JonguitudNovember 8, 2014
    Thienot rose brut
  • Mac
    MacDecember 22, 2011
    Try the Champagne!
  • Natalie F.
    Natalie FerrisJune 24, 2015
    Champagne & WBTG
  • Shayla K.
    Shayla KellyApril 25, 2013
    young & smart crowd!
  • Bridgett N.
    Bridgett NiekampMarch 27, 2011
    Crispy pork is yummy!
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda ChvatalSeptember 27, 2014
    Bubbly with Brails
  • Bethany G.
    Bethany GrabherJune 28, 2010
    Don't bother with dessert (sup par), just stick with bubbly.
  • Gwynne M.
    Gwynne MurphyAugust 9, 2011
    Check out the jazz band.
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WilliamsOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Jimmy... nough said.
  • Tim C.
    Tim CuttingApril 22, 2011
    Probably the worst service I've ever experienced. Especially considering the $20 drinks... This is the most generous tip I left here.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoOctober 1, 2016
    Drinks after work
  • Marvin R.
    Marvin RussellFebruary 6, 2010
    Try the the way. No hats!
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StuartDecember 18, 2010
    Get the garlic fries!
  • Lee E.
    Lee EnochDecember 10, 2010
    High Sage to drink please
  • Deb G.
    Deb GreenApril 27, 2011
    Love this place
  • James W.
    James Wooten IIISeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    This place is heaven on earth.
  • Kathy S.
    Kathy SchlechtJune 10, 2010
    Crispy pork great with rose.
  • Stellaa D.
    Stellaa DuhartNovember 17, 2015
    It was Ok. A bit expensive for what it was.
  • Bojangles M.
    Bojangles McGannonJuly 16, 2012
    If an asian girl is working, avoid this place. Rudest bartender I've ever encountered.
  • Tate G.
    Tate GeborkoffJune 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Go to Quartino.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SieglaffMarch 10, 2010
    Yummm champagne!
  • Javier D.
    Excelente atencion. La música en vivo estuvo un diez. Y el champagne sublime. Recomendado siempre.
  • Felice O.
    Felice O.March 1, 2013
    Try La vie en rose! Spectaculaire !
  • Sydney T.
    Sydney TaylorAugust 26, 2013
    Try la vie en rose!
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