Nick & Sam's steakhouse in Uptown Dallas is one of only a few places in the country that sells Champagne Armand de Brignac Brut Gold by the glass. But it'll cost you: The famed Champagne, nicknamed Ace of Spades because of the logo on its bottle, sells for $150 a glass.
Buy the whole bottle for a cool $775.
Another place in the country selling Ace of Spades Brut by the glass is surprisingly nearby. At Kent & Co., a wine bar in Fort Worth, the same wine costs just $54 a glass.
At Nick & Sam's, it's about glitz and glamor. It's long been a place for Dallas folks -- famous and not -- to impress their friends.
Nick & Sam's is one of the highest-grossing restaurants in Texas and easily lands on a short list of swankiest, sexiest restaurants in Dallas.
Palladino decided to go big on serving Ace of Spades at Nick & Sam's because the Champagne is hot among celebrities. In the bar, Palladino's crew installed an expansive, light-up wine fridge which shows off its dozens of bottles of Ace of Spades wines.
If you're like me, you start doing the math. The pink bottle, a rosé, goes for $1,100 a bottle at the restaurant. The silver, a blanc de blancs, costs $1,400 a bottle. The magnum of the blanc de blancs carries a $2,800 price tag. At a recent visit to the steakhouse, the case held more than $40,000 in wine.
The gold bottle is the only one Nick & Sam's sells by the glass.
But is anyone really buying $150-per-glass Champagne, or a $2,800 bottle from the same brand? Oh yes.
The brand is backed by Jay Z, who reportedly bought into Armand de Brignac to take business away from Cristal Champagne. Celebrities such as football player Johnny Manziel, rapper Chris Brown and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban have been famously spotted drinking Ace of Spades.
And that means other people want to drink it now, too.
"This is the Hollywood drink," Palladino says.
Nick & Sam's is all about theatrics, after all. When patrons order a high-end wine, the sommelier decants it on a rolling cart that looks like a science experiment. When diners select the pricey kobe beef from the menu, servers ceremoniously bring out a box of high-end steak knives so customers can hand pick the one they like. Similarly, when anyone orders Ace of Spades, sommelier Jeffrey Burkholder rolls over a cart frothing with dry ice while the bottle is uncorked.
Sexy is the optimal word. "It's a statement," Nick & Sam's co-owner says.
And how does it taste? Burkholder describes the Brut as having light citrus notes of lemon or lime zest, along with a baked bread taste. It's "smooth," he says, and "buttery."
There's just one more thing: It's expensive.