Where can you go for an intimate champagne tasting in Paris that is reasonably priced? Bar Le Dohkan’s is rumored to be the oldest champagne bar in Paris and is located in the 16eme, a ten minute walk from Trocadero metro. Now part of Starwood Hotel’s Tribute Portfolio, Bar Le Dohkan’s has kept its grandeur and provides a warm ambiance to discover new champagnes.
After searching for a champagne tasting in Paris, I went to Bar Le Dohkan’s in early August 2016. I did not have reservation, but there didn’t seem the need for one, as I had the place to myself. The candles on each table added just enough light to see that this lounge was preserved in all its 1920’s glory.
Along the walls of the lounge were tables of two and three with one couch. I took my seat on a sage upholstered chair at a table for three and then realized that bossa nova was playing. Not the “French Touch” I had hoped for but not unpleasant either. The menu arrived and I quickly chose the 30 euro champagne tasting which included three flights of champagne.
The trilogy of champagnes were from Thienot and started with a brut, then moved to brut rosé, and finished with a 2007 vintage that was complex and delightful. The waiter also brought two warm cheese breads that balanced the acidity of the champagnes.
Overall, Bar Le Dohkan’s offers a relaxed ambiance to discover new champagnes in a beautiful Parisian neighborhood and probably won’t break your travel budget either.
Bar Le Dohkan’s
117 Rue Lauriston, 75116 Paris, France
Short story by L.B. Lewis for August 15, 2016. Copyrighted. All rights reserved.