A TASTE OF DECADENCE

Fizz offers Champagne aficionados the best of vintages, atmosphere

Few people embrace extravagance like Sir Elton John. So it should come as no surprise that his husband, David Furnish, was instrumental in creating what may be Las Vegas’ most luxurious Champagne lounge.

Fizz, in Caesars Palace, is a cozy little salon of just a dozen tables and three large booths, plus seating at the bar, tucked into a corner of the casino between the Colosseum and the entrance to the Forum Shops. Through its doors, however, guests can relax and enjoy the effervescent bubbles of some of the finest products of France’s Champagne region, in a style befitting the rock ‘n’ roll power couple.

Fizz allows guests to sip a rotating selection of French bubbly, surrounded by about $1 million worth of photographs from Furnish and John’s private art collection. On any given evening, guests can choose from about 15 fine Champagnes, including some of the most prized high-end vintages in the world. Since opinions vary on the best glass from which to sip Champagne, the bar stocks at least a half dozen of the most popular styles.

With so many choices, as well as a full selection of Champagne-based cocktails, it can be hard to decide on just one. Fortunately, thanks to a special gas system that allows an open bottle to keep for up to 30 days without going flat, Fizz is able to supply many of its more prestigious offerings by the glass, allowing customers to sample a wide variety.

Where to begin? You can never go wrong with the classics, and Dom Perignon and Krug are the most popular selections.

For a big splurge, five varieties of Armand de Brignac (better known as Ace of Spades for the design that appears on the colored metallic bottles) are available from $1,200 to $1,500 a bottle. Since hip-hop impresario Jay-Z purchased the brand in 2014, it’s become the gold standard of the high-rolling party crowd.

For a truly memorable presentation, however, you may want to try a bottle of Coup de Sade. Priced between $500 and $1,200 a bottle, and marketed for “rebels and rule-breakers,” it can only be opened by striking the neck just right with a saber — a trick usually reserved for very special occasions with other brands. Select guests, such as members of rock band Muse, have been allowed to conduct that honor themselves. The rest of us will have to be content watching a trained professional do it, since striking the bottle wrong with the traditional saber can make a very big mess.

Thanks to a special entrance that connects to the Colosseum’s backstage area, Sir Elton and other performers are able to arrive without drawing unwanted attention. Guests who want the same level of privacy are able to have their car drop them at the venue’s backstage door and enter that way as well.

The table of choice for those VIPs is usually the second-floor Elton John suite, decorated in photos from the singer’s frequent collaborator, David LaChapelle. Perched above the fray, but overlooking the entire room, it allows guests to take in the action and atmosphere below, but still avoid prying eyes.

The exclusive area, which comes with a dedicated server whose sole job is to attend to your every need, is a favorite for movie studios and their stars during the annual Cinemacon trade and awards show. But it’s also available to the public, with the price ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 per night.

Other ways to make your night special include requesting rare vintages of Champagne that aren’t on the regular menu, or sweets such as strawberries or truffles to accompany the bubbles. But whether you want a custom experience or just the regular VIP treatment, make sure to call ahead. Fizz’s tables fill up quickly, and walk-ins can’t always be accommodated.

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