I think everyone would have to agree, POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE is the best in town!

After spending nearly 25 years in the subdued, elegant and charming spot in Lakeview, owners Tom and Linda Verhey decided to bring the well known lounge to River North. Pops is the nation’s most acclaimed champagne bar and Chicago’s most elegant live music club. And now they are in a spacious bi-level space which is the historic Tree Studios on the corner of State and Ohio.

The new space has everything! Champagne bar, adjacent retail space called Pops Shop(selling an eclectic selection of champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world, as well as unique service and gift items), raw bar, charming outdoor spaces including a courtyard and sidewalk cafe, plus a hip downstairs haven for music lovers. The downstairs space has low ceilings with great sound and a modern feeling.


Andre Christopher, a former chef from Japonais, is in the kitchen here now. Even though most people come for the amazing Champagne selections (125 Champagnes and sparkling wines), the tastings are pretty delightful as well! Contemporary small plates and desserts are mouth-watering. Selections include items from their state of the art raw bar, a caviar selection, hot and cold antipasti, cheeses and unique desserts made in-house.

Whether you stop in for lunch, an after work drink, tasting event , or stop by for the jazz, Pops is the place!

601 N. State St., 312-266-7677

Derrick Sorles
for Best of the Best Dining in Chicago


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