The Handbook
The Handbook
By | 1st December 2011

A little bit of Manhattan is coming our way next week in the shape of NY nightclub entrepreneur Hervé Rousseau’s Flûte Bar and Lounge bringing some trademark Big Apple fizz to London’s Great Portland Street.

As well as a 100 strong Champagne list starting at £45 per bottle, Flûte already boasts two locations in Manhattan (Flûte Midtown won the NY’s Nightclub & Bar Award 2010 for Wine Bar of the Year) and a Paris offshoot called Flûte Etoile and promises VIP treatment for one and all.

We’re talking vintage, non-vintage, prestige cuvée, rosé and boutique varieties; rare grower Champagnes from choice vineyards made in limited quantities plus new varieties such as Drappier Brut Nature Zero Dosage rosé. Many will be available by the glass or in tasting flights. You can also expect a cocktail list – Champagne based natch!

And Flûte’s answer to the current vogue for dessert bars and raw bars? A spring roll bar of course serving 20 different Vietnamese fusion creations.

With a playlist created by top New York DJs Duane Harriott and Alec DeRuggiero, and a full schedule of weekly and monthly events, including live jazz, DJs, food pairings and regular Champagne tasting classes, it promises to be a pretty social affair too but if mingling with the hoi polloi’s not your thing you can always hire one of the venue’s four private booths with their own volume and light controls.

Opens 8 December

Flûte Bar & Lounge, 4 Great Portland Street, London, W1