Champagne Bar Julien

Pop The Cork. Champagne And iPads At The Eiffel Tower!

Champagne Bar Julien
At the summit of the Eiffel Tower, Julien can pour you a flute of the Ducasse classic champagne or a rosé champagne. ©2010 C. Shaughnessy-Larsson

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Is that a cork or the top of the Eiffel Tower?
Whether the sky is cloudy or bright at the Eiffel Tower, let it rain champagne!

Yes, on the southern side of the summit level, tucked away in the former architect’s office, is the Bar à Champagne (really a counter).

Mostly the curious stopped by while I was there. Julien, the barman, said that the champagne bar seems to be more active in the evenings. “The bar is a favorite of honeymooners,” he said. “You can tell when they are newlyweds, they eagerly show off their rings.”

The hourly sparkles of the Eiffel Tower probably matches the sparkles in the champagne. When poured into one of two types of flutes, the bubbly lights up. The cost of champagne ranges from 10 euros to 20 euros, depending on type and if you want the illuminated flute.

Alain Ducasse’s Chief sommelier, Gérard Margeon, chooses a the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for this special  white champagne, which Lanson produces exclusively for Mr. Ducasse. The rosé champagne changes every three to four months.

The elevators are free if you have reservations at either the Jules Verne or 58Tour Eiffel restaurants. To get the summit, you pay the full price. A ticket office is located on the second level if you decide to head to the summit.

iPads for Rent
An experiment is underway using the iPad as a guide. Tap on a flag for basic information of the surrounding landscape; tap on the yellow tag for historical information. The iPad covers about 80 monuments and gives you a 360 degree view of Paris. The whole tour takes on average one and a half hours, but some renters have done it in 40 minutes.

iPad rental at Eiffel Tower - Guillaume
Guillaume demonstrating the iPad tour guide on the second level. ©2010 C. Shaughnessy-Larsson

When you look for the rental area, look on the second level where the line forms to descend the Tower. The iPad is available in English and French for seven euros an hour. A credit card imprint works as your deposit. It has to be returned to the second floor rental stand. With all of the families and small children, I could imagine a fun version for children.

The Summer Terrace
The first level of the Eiffel Tower always has a novelty, the most novel being ice skating. This summer you can lounge in wood deck chairs, cuddle on the artificial turf, take a load off on the metal bistro chairs and enjoy a beverage from the outdoor bar. The terrace resembles a park with blooming flowers, trees and bushes and water bouncing between large white flower pots.

Keep up with what is new, click on “News” at the Eiffel Tower Web site.

Summer Terrace on the first level of the Eiffel Tower
A summer terrace is located on the first level of the Eiffel Tower. ©2010 C. Shaughnessy-Larsson
Summer Terrace-Eiffel Tower - flowers
Part of the garden or park atmosphere at the Summer Terrace on the first level of the Eiffel Tower. ©2010 C. Shaughnessy-Larsson

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This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!