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Bubbly Bars: Champagne Lounges

Dom, Veuve, Cristal…the words roll off the tongue with a delightful effervescence.

Champagne is, of course, the classic celebratory tipple, and June marks a milestone for many this issue: the CN Tower tops off 30 years, the Toronto Jazz Festival strikes 20, and WHERE Canada’s owner, St. Joseph Media, turns 50 this year. Plus, many of you former June brides and grooms are here to celebrate your anniversary.

Any number of fine restaurants can chill some champers for your cool cash. But these three spots make the fizzy drink their special factor.

La Belle Époque (Academy of Spherical Arts, 38 Hanna Ave., 416-532-2782) derives its name from both the decor and the preferred drink of the period. Art-nouveau-inspired surroundings make a lovely space for enjoying more than 55 brands of champagne, plus about 20 sparkling wines.

Come evening, the elegant tea room at the Windsor Arms Hotel (18 St. Thomas St., 416-971-9666) morphs into a swanky caviar and champagne lounge, with about 350 bottles of Cristal on offer.
For those who like to go big and go home, a double magnum of Moët & Chandon Dom Perignon is a mere $2,495.95 at LCBO stores (where liquor is sold in Ontario). At press time, one or two were available at these locations: 2 Cooper St., Queens Quay and Yonge, 416-864-6777; 10 Scrivener Square, Yonge and Summerhill, 416-922-0403; 2625D Weston Rd., Hwy. 401 and Weston, 416-243-3320.—Anne Gibson

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