Time Out says
A champagne and hot dog bar with a sparkling new lease of life.
Any fan of the classic combo of hot dogs and champagne will know that Bubbledogs has been around for over six years. It began as a gourmet hot dog joint that also served sparkling wine by small producers, but now the concept has flipped to make it a fizz-forward bar with a side of sausage.
The makeover sees tall counters out in favour of low marble tables with pouffe seats the yellow of Veuve Clicquot. And the bare brick walls so associated with the decade just past have been painted purple, a neon sign casting a glow across them.
An all-male fleet were pouring when we visited, one of them with a cross-body bag like he was dealing at a festival. It all eschews the starchy champagne bar formula, with a pop soundtrack cementing the vibe.
Prices by the glass aren’t as earth-shattering as you might expect (£7-£12). There’s a catch: one of these five sparkling wines – the cheapest on the menu – is (*deep breath*) not a champagne. If you’re the kind of person who likes to match your bubbly with fast food, you probably won’t mind the rule-breaking. And for the purists (and ballers), the by-the-bottle menu is clear as well as comprehensive.
Hot dogs (also from £7) are devilish, including one slathered in mac and cheese that somehow isn’t disgusting. The fizz cuts through it all like a hot knife through butter. Order tater tots draped in a web of comté for further proof that French-American relations are ticking along rather nicely here.
Six years on from opening our doors, we have undergone a bit of a glow-up and our interiors have been transformed into a chic Champagne-drinking den. So, settle into one of our new dark purple booths and work your way through a hand-picked selection of France’s most famous fizz.
Take a look around at our new, grown-up vibe, with an outstanding list of lesser-known Champagnes, produced by the region’s most acclaimed growers and curated by our very own Sandia Chang. Many are available by the glass, so you can explore as many wines as you fancy, to suit your own personal tastes.
We’re also continuing our tradition of outstanding bar snacks, with our selection of hot dogs, with internationally-inspired toppings. You’ll also find some new treats, including tater tots with crème fraîche and a 20g tin of caviar, plus a selection of cheeses.
As ever, all of our champagnes are available to take away, and you can even pre-order a case or two.
70 Charlotte St
|Transport:||Tube: Goodge St|
|Opening hours:||Tuesday to Thursday 5:30pm-11:00pm Friday to Saturday 11:30am - 11:00pm Sunday to Monday Closed Our kitchen closes half an hour before closing|
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A tragic case of style over substance. I have no objection to queueing, but at places such as Lobster Burger you can leave your name and number rather than standing in the cold, and at Meat Liquor they provide a reasonable indication of time, bring onion rings while you wait and have outdoor heaters. At Bubbledogs we were told it could be up to 1 hour. Over 2 and a half hours later we got in, either the staff have no understanding of the turnover of tables or they deliberately understated so that we would not go away when faced with the truth (not an accusation, merely stating the two possible options - both bad). Once we were in then all could have been forgiven except the service was poor and unsmiling and food was very average. The hotdogs are small and taste no better than any standard frankfurter, all three of us (including two ladies who are not big eaters) needed 2 hotdogs plus sides and at around £7 per dog then I would expect better quality. The sides were great, crunchy tots and fresh coleslaw. But nowhere near worth the price. We may have just gone on a bad night, but I will never go back. The concept is great, but it has to decide whether to charge high prices and deliver on quality and service, or be cheaper and get away with cutting corners. If you want to queue for that long just for a glass of bubbly then you are welcome to do so, but there are much better bars and concept eateries. Other may disagree, but in my opinion this falls way below the standard of places available in London and is neither worth the time or money.
What a premise – hot dogs and champagne. Can’t really beat it, can you? I heard about this place on Wednesday and I booked it for the Thursday for myself and a few of my mates. We were running a bit late however, we had the table for about an hour and a half so it was no big deal as essentially we were cutting into our own time.
To start we ordered nachos and Tator Tots. The nachos were a bit dry but nothing worth complaining too much about because they were saved by the Tater Tots which were delicious.. crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The hotdogs my friends and I had comprised of the 4th of July, Mac Daddy and the Buffalo. When they came out, I was a bit surprised by how thin the sausage was however, collectively we were all pleased with the fillings - quite tasty and plenty of it. The champagne was lovely and very surprisingly went quite well with the hot dogs. Also, it's worth mentioning the staff were super attentive and we weren't waiting long at all to give our orders or get the bill.
Overall, everyone was happy-ish with their meal however, I definitely wouldn’t say we were
blown away by it and we'll probably head to a few different places to sample hot dogs before returning.
As someone who doesn't drink, I came here solely for the food. The BLT was delicious and considering I'm not usually a huge fan of hot dogs, I found it very enjoyable. However, the highlight for me was the Togarashi Tots which are Tater Tots with chilli and pepper sprinkled on top! The atmosphere was great too for the catch up I was having with some friends. The only minor negative was the high bar-style chairs which as a short person are quite awkward to get into!
Bubbledogs Hip Hop Brunch:
Bubbledogs has been kicking for a while now, and it was a huge deal when it first opened. It was one of the first restaurants in London to pair the casual hot dog with champagne and transform it into a gourmet meal. The trend has been successfully going in London since with everything from hot dogs to kebabs becoming fancy dining experiences.
Brick work, chalk boards and high stool tables
gives Bubbledogs a trendy touch of New York in the centre of London. It’s a
small restaurant that doesn’t take reservations (unless it’s for a large group)
so you can imagine the queues and wait to get a table at peak time.
I went to Bubbledogs again last weekend for their
weekend Hip Hop Brunch to celebrate my bestie’s birthday. I love a good brunch
and I love hip hop. Win-win. My expectations were pretty high after reading the
description on their website which boasts hip hop music, a brunch party and
special brunch hot dogs.
The great thing about Bubbledogs is as a vegetarian you are in no way limited to a couple of items on the menu. The world is your oyster here as you can have any hot dog with a vegetarian sausage. There are some weird yet great combinations to try! I had the ‘Jose’ which was a delicious Mexican style hot dog including guacamole, salsa, jalapenos and sour cream. We shared tots and sweet potato fries which were also tasty. However, I was disappointed that there was no brunch aspect to our hot dogs. Supposedly the brunch dogs can come with an egg but we were not offered this option.
The playlist was an old school hip hop lover’s dream with everything from Black Street to Jay Z, but somebody needed to turn it up! For a brunch that is specifically advertised as a Hip Hop brunch party I expected it to be a bit livelier, or at least louder music…
People seem to get it all wrong. It's not about the hot dogs but the champagne that comes from small houses and have expecially good champagne one can't really buy otherwise.
So if you are looking for fine dining: go somewhere else. However if you are looking for some fine champagne: go to bubbledogs. Only for fine champagne lovers ✌😍
Was there ever a more decadent combination than that of champagne and hot dogs?
As something of a hot dog enthusiast, I am in love with this concept. The couple of times I've visited Bubbledogs, I've not left disappointed. I've also not had to queue for a table, which seems to be the case for many of the negative reviews.
The menu has a cracking selection of quirky flavours, with my personal favourite being the currywurst. As for sides, you really need to try their tater tots. With hot dogs ranging from £6 - £8.50, I actually don't feel that the food is too badly priced for how much I really enjoyed it.
I have to confess that I do like the concept of "posh junk food". There is always a time that you need something to comfort your stomach. And there is no unsuitable time for drinking champagne. I went to Bubbledogs after seating on a salon chair for six hours. Despite that, I did not see much difference in my head after all the cutting and dyeing. I was desperate for some quick food and drinks to make up myself for spending such a long time in the hair salon. I did not have high hope for the food before I walked in.
I was by myself alone and been offered a seat at the bar, which I like, and I could watch all the action in the bar. The friendly yet professional bartender/waiter quickly asked if I want some water to start. I ordered a New Yorker which is hot dog of your choice (choose from beef, pork or veggie) with grilled sauerkraut and caramelized onions and a glass of Gaston Chiquet. The star ingredient for me were the caramelized onions. The Champagne were fine for the price of £6.5 a glass.
If you are a vegetarian, please note that "Fernando" comes with sautéed chorizo, which is a kind of Spanish sausage made from meat. The guy next to me just realized when his food was one the table that it has meat on top despite he ordered a veggie hot dog. As the waiter did not remind him when he ordered the food.
I really love the concept of this resuatarnt. Champagne and Hot Dogs, what's not to like? I went with a group and we tried the Mac Daddy, Reuben, Horny Dog, Philly Cheez and Jose. We all agreed that the Horny Dog was the best (basically a corn dog) followed by the Jose and Mac Daddy. The Philly Cheez and Reuben were a bit too sloppy and hard to eat (I've heard the same about the Sloppy Joe). We went all beef and I thought the quality of the hotdog was quite good, and the buns are amazing, super soft and buttery. I wouldn't queue for ages to eat here, but if you can get in without waiting then it's definitely worth a try.
What a winner! Got there early (6pm) so avoided the lines and wait time that so many complain of. The champagne and hotdog combo is ideal for a casual night out. Great options for the dogs too and completely delicious. So are the sides... This place gets busy (and loud) and is definitely short on space so squeeze up if you're expecting to hear each other...
I attended Bubbledogs for a birthday meal. If I had any choice in the matter, I’d have steered well clear because even the business model spells trouble.
The concept is a simple one to grasp: hotdogs served with Champaign. ‘Bubble-’ as in bubbly and ‘-dogs’ as in hotdogs, right? The intended appeal, one can conjecture, is based around the kitsch juxtaposition of a well-loved but unsophisticated American snack with the elegance and nuance of French sparkling wine. ‘It’s quirky!’ beamed the marketers to the financiers.
Upon arriving you are ushered in to the dingy, hotchpotch interior by repellent smug rats who loosely serve as waiters, smirking and grinning and giving punters the distinct impression of being doomed to some cruel and demeaning fate. They lead you to stools which are awkwardly narrow of base and uncomfortably diminutive of seat.
The menu is presented as a little clipboard stuffed with bemusing scraps of paper in no order whatsoever. Once you have patted yourself on the back for managing to unpick the code of the menu, you order one of the interesting-enough sounding hotdogs and a drink. For £100 per item you can add chips and other sundries which would normally be included in a proper meal. The smiley goblins take your order, grimacing and pouting before sauntering off like bullies after dishing out a trouncing.
You sip your drink....You wait.....
Your £70 hotdog arrives in an ironic plastic basket like you might find at the bingo or a stand-up comedy dinner deal. The ‘cheese’ is that horrid American congealed pus that our cousins across the pond cheerfully squeeze out of tubes on to burgers and ‘fries’ and loved ones. Any specificity you might have expected taste-wise (remember, the menu contained different choices of hotdog promising flavour and texture variations depending on what you pick) is either lost under horrible sauce or soaked up by the cheap bread of the bun. The good thing is that the portion is tiny so you needn’t worry about being mildly disgusted for any length of time. The waiter/hyenas skulk about waiting for you to take the first bite and grin like gits when you nosh down and instantly realise you’ve been duped. ‘Idiots’ their expressions hiss. In a humiliated fug you emptily pay, eyes cast ever downwards until you leave, heading straight home, never mentioning any of it to anyone ever again.
We went to this restaurant, and boy were we disappointed. The staff barely spoke to us, didn't smile once, didn't even ask how our food was. The food was bland, poorly seasoned, poorly balanced in flavour, and utterly unexciting. The 'manager' (not the one pictured on their site) was rude to the half of our party that arrived first, telling them that they must wait outside and could not enter the hallway to get out of the cold rain. Even though there was no queue and the restaurant was half empty when we arrived, we were told to share a table. When we left there was space inside the restaurant, yet still many people were queuing outside. Although there was a wide range of champagne to choose from, there were only about half a dozen that could be ordered by the glass. Only one of those by the glass didn't contain chardonnay grapes. The decor and presentation of the food was spot on for the fashion in eateries at the moment. However, this isn't enough to make up for the unsatisfying food, both in quantity and quality. If you're in the area of Bubbledogs, you're better off going to Bone Daddies, which is nearby and in the same price bracket.
Couldn't agree more. Great concept. lovely decor and staff, but I wonder at the longevity when the hotdogs and roll are really basic (reminiscent of tinned ones I had as a child) with a few fancy sauces/extras on top. It doesn't really feel like you're having a great meal for your money and I think it could put people off going back. Champagne is champagne and always great, it would be nice if focused on great meat and menu to compliment it. The sweet potatoes were great though.
Not worth the 2 and a half hours queuing time on a Friday night at all. I was really intrigued to check it out as this was a seemingly 'must visit' venue, but even getting there early (6pm-ish) the queue was vast and slow (the restaurant is tiny), so expectations grow with each extra minute queuing in the cold, but ultimately it's just hot dogs, you know? And the champagne is fine, but the really nice ones are really expensive and the affordable ones are nothing special at all. Check it out if you must/ you're curiosity is too much to bear, but go at lunchtime/ when there isn't a queue.
I had a really fun and pleasant experience here. Here's what to expect: - Really friendly and attentive service. The staff I met were lovely. - You'll be perched on a stool at a high bar / table, possibly with other people - it's not a settle-in-and-get-comfy for the night place. Service is fast and turnaround is quick. -Champagne is well priced and delicious - you don't feel pressured to order more or spend lots. - Cute and kitsch atmosphere - love the diner-style serving of the food, with tater tots in a little plastic basket. - Finally, the food! The hot dogs are not gourmet sausages, they're those slightly fake-looking American-style weiners / frankfurters. I had chilli on mine and it was GOOD. I would definitely go back with friends. We managed to get a seat straight away even though there was a queue - there were only the two of us and everyone else was waiting for the rest of their parties to arrive. If you go there early you should be fine!
Yes you have to queue to get in....It's a champagne bar that sells hotdogs. It's interior is stunning. The concept is mainly it is a bar...it's a champagne bar. I wouldn't solely come here if you want hotdogs but if you're looking for some drinks with friends and you'd like some quick food...then this is perfect. Sometimes you don't want a long sit down meal, because it ruins the drinking! I am rating this place as a champagne bar because that's what it is and it is great because it has food if you're peckish. Yes I admit the food is good not amazing, but most bars you go to for drinking, and if they have 'good food' well it's a great bonus!!!
Hyped to a pedestal it should never have been placed upon. The food is worse than mediocre. The service is fine and if you're content paying inflated prices for poor quality champagne then that's ok. The cocktails were awful considering they were £10 a pop. Never wasting money there again.
Overated and expensive. I think there is a severe case of people getting on the band-wagon with this restaurant. The hot dogs are good, but not worth the queue (which was over 90mins for us) or the price. Any good hot dog stand can compete with the taste for a fraction of the cost. The extensive champagne choice is very good.
Can't help but be a little underwhelmed after all the hype. Not sure where the food R&D went - the room design perhaps, but kimichi on top of a hot dog didn't work for me. Did they run out of ideas of what to put on top? And how they thought champers (nice as they may be) matched hot dogs better than an ice cold beer I will never know. Higher hopes for Kitchen Table!
Novelty venue, but surprisingly good sweet potato fries and hot dogs alongside decent champagne. Good fun!
Awesome concept. Delicious hotdogs and incredibly well informed waiting team. Hotdogs, we had the BLT and one with truffle mayo. Both absolutely delicious. Shame about the queues but I will certainly be rejoining them!
As long as you visit with the view that you are going to spend a lot of cash on bland hotdog snacks (a hotdog from a street seller is much tastier) and the main draw is the fact that it is a champagne bar then you'll be ok. The venue is nice and the staff are very atentive and look after you which makes a change in central London. For me the letdown was the hotdog element, particularly when paying £11 for a hotdog and a few potato croquets which would be a fraction of the cost anywhere else. Nice for the novelty of visiting a new concept bar but I won't be making a habit of frequenting the joint.
Timeout, in a city with so much good food now, you are being too nice to this restaurant. How can you give 3 stars to a place where you clearly believe has inferior food where their star dish - the hot dog is "similar in style to the kind you get in mass catering outlets when all eyes are on the profit margin" and charged at gourmet prices.
Went to Bubble dogs around 6:45pm straight from work, at the door I was told by the unfriendly/uninterested staff that they were full for the rest of the night. They are open until 12pm. How ridiculous.. They did not even give a waiting time they just said I should leave. I am really unimpressed.