I like Champagne but when I think of how many good cocktails or beers I can get for the average price of a bottle of Moet in Beijing, I find it a rare occasion when spending on bubbly is worth it.
But there are exceptions. And the happy hour deal at Flamme that will start in March and go through April is one of them. This place already has a half-price happy hour on cocktails, beer, and wine by the glass that ranks among the best in town given the quality drinks made by manager Paul Mathew and his team of Coco, Sophie and David.
Come March, the happy hour will go from 3 PM to 7:30 PM but also include bottled wine.
And here’s my point: If you have never had Dom Perignon before and want to give it a try, this is about the best deal you will see: a RMB2200 bottle for RMB1100. (Yes, many people will find that expensive but if it something you want to try get a group of six and split a bottle.) A quick look at the wine list shows some other superb deals, including Ridge Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 at rmb475 (regular: rmb950) and two wines from Hewitson, Gun Metal Riesling 2008 and “Miss Harry” Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre at RMB215 (regular: rmb430).
The wine-by-the-bottle deal starts March 1…