Except for maybe... no, still a good time.
Yes, even when it’s paired with caviar, potato chips and the occasional Miller High Life.
These types of things just tend to happen at the Riddler. It’s a champagne bar, it’s now open in Hayes Valley, and it looks like this.
It’s located in the former Momi Toby’s, whose old-school café vibe has been replaced with black, white and gold details, café tables straight from France and the requisite amount of leather banquettes. Think Hemingway-era Paris with a touch of 2017 San Francisco insouciance.
You’ll note the playful vibe as you enter off Laguna and see the giant champagne bottle painted on the wall. They’ve got over 100 bottles of the stuff, including grower-producers, rare bottles from classic houses and a 1966 Taittinger. They’ve also got one beer. Which is Miller High Life. Which makes more sense than it probably should.
Regardless, pair your bubbly with some self-serve popcorn as you debate between caviar with Lay’s potato chips or a selection of cheese and charcuterie. No losers there.
Oh, and they offer gratis champagne sabering for your bottle if you’re so inclined.
Must be some kind of partnership with Boomerang.