Bubbly Friday

The first Israeli champagne bar provides a fizzy transition from your work week to the weekend.

Shampina bar (photo credit: Courtesy)
Shampina bar
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Chill out and get ready for the weekend with a bottle of bubbly and an array of tapas every Friday starting at 1 p.m. at Shampina, a wine and tapas bar situated on Sderot Rothschild, the prettiest and bubbliest street in Tel Aviv.
Sitting on the vast porch overlooking the crowds walking by, one can enjoy champagne or Cava, nosh on tasty tapas and listen to chill-out music played by a DJ. Every Friday afternoon the bar offers a selection of name brand sparkling wines at 50% off the menu price.
Dishes include very good spinach felafel in yogurt sauce (we ordered two), mushrooms cooked in champagne, beetroot salad with wasabi and feta cheese, meat or cheese platters, and heartier dishes such as an entrecote sandwich served with potatoes, which is excellent, and other meat or fish dishes.
There are a few seating areas: inside, outside and in a private room at the far end, but the reason to come here is the vast selection of bubbly and other wines from many countries – France, Spain, Italy, Argentine, America and Israel, of course, all reasonably priced.
It’s a great place for big parties or an intimate tete-a-tete, so long as you’re holding a glass.
The writer was a guest of the restaurant.
Not kosher Shampina Bar, 32 Rothschild, Tel Aviv (03) 560-8852. Not kosher.