Pops For Champagne

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SUNDAY - FRIDAY: 3 P.M. - 2 A.M. | SATURDAY: 1 P.M. - 2 A.M.
312.266.7677 | WEBSITE

This Chicago mainstay has been around for more than 30 years, and for good reason. With five full pages dedicated to sparkling wine Pops is, well, for champagne. While the list does cross into still wine territory, you come here to drink champagne. The no-longer-new River North location, with Pops moved to in River North in 2006, is a little less homey than Pops’ previous location, so if you’re craving the lived-in vibe of the former Pops location, head downstairs to the Watershed, a cocktail bar within Pops that also features a short list of wines and local spirits. If you ask nicely, the full list of wines is also available here.

Known For
  • champagne
  • craft cocktails
  • happy hour
  • live music
What to drink
Because Pops has been around for so long they’ve had the luxury of aging bottles in the cellar until they are truly ready. As such, this is really one of the best places to go deep on vintage champagne.
Neighborhood
River North
ProTip
On Mondays, all three-ounce pours of bubbly are half off and on Sunday through Tuesday the Joe Policastro Trio plays a couple sets beginning at 9 p.m. for no cover charge.