we planned an early evening birthday celebration (pre-dinner) at bubble lounge after finding it listed among san francisco's more interesting bars online. booked a table, then read lots of reviews here and elsewhere, which were, frankly, mixed... either very good or very bad. i loved the concept their website projects, as it fit my need for something fabulous and upscale, both chic and comfortable. honestly, the reviews worried me a little, as i was entertaining some very worldly guests, and hoped not to be greeted by youthful, hipster attitude, and just wanted to serve my guests some wonderful champagne before dinner. i was so gratified by what transpired. we were greeted warmly (we are "somewhat" above the age curve of the young people writing negative reviews), shown to wonderfully comfy couches, and offered the epic lists of bubbly, wine and specialty cocktails, all of which read deliciously. was so happy to find a family favorite bottle of champagne, pommery cuveé louise 1985, on the list, and ordered the first of two bottles (worth noting: the bottle was fairly, NOT gratuitously, marked-up) to share with my friends. the champagne director, christina, is delightful and very knowledgeable, so seek her out for recommendations before ordering if you find the list intimidating (as i did before finding my special bottle in THREE different vintages!). i'm certain she will steer you wisely. eduardo, our server, was also, charming, making the early part of our evening really perfect overall. i don't know what this place is like late, so i'll recommend this spot for special, early date nights, times when a spectacular bottle or glass of champagne is in order before dinner (about 30 are offer by the glass), or anytime a cool, comfortable place could be the setting for the start of a big evening. thanks, bubble lounge, for a great time!
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