Whether you’re looking for an ideal spot to ring in 2017 or simply a place to sip on an average Tuesday night, these seven sparkling wine-focused bars won’t disappoint. Many of them are relatively new, with plenty of bubbly by the glass available as well as innovative food pairings. Of course, we’ve also included a few lavish options.
Ambonnay (Portland, OR)
Named after a village in France’s Champagne region, this spot features sparkling wines from around the world paired with creative vegetarian fare. The 20-seat space is festooned with myriad tiny mirrors, picture frames and dainty glass-drop chandeliers to reflect and refract pinpricks of light from every angle. Guests feel almost like they’re sipping from within a glass of bubbly.
Birds & Bubbles (New York City)
Located on New York’s Lower East Side, Founder and Chef Sarah Simmons created this Southern-inspired fried chicken and Champagne haven. Opt for the Splitty-Split (half of a buttermilk fried chicken, plus a split of Champagne), or sparkling cocktails. The wine list is thorough, yet accessible, featuring categories like “So Fresh and So Clean” and “Sugar Pie, Honey Brioche.” Can’t wait for nightfall? Stop in for a bubbly brunch.
Cork Wine Bar (Washington, D.C.)
Though not devoted exclusively to sparklers, this wine bar stands out for its emphasis on small, off-the-beaten path producers. The prices are right, so you can try multiple offerings from the extensive by-the-glass list, paired with a wide array of cold or hot plates. Don’t miss the avocado bruschetta, which has a cult following.
Fizz (Las Vegas)
“Is that Elton John’s Champagne bar?” Sort of. Sir Elton’s husband, David Furnish, is a managing partner of this hot spot. Located within Caesars Palace, expect Las Vegas-style scale and lavishness, including artwork from the couple’s collection on the walls. Deep pocketed-types can order the $2,500 Fizz Deluxe, a cocktail topped with Dom Pérignon Rosé and 24-karat gold flakes. Those on a budget might seek out the $36 “Bottomless Bubbles” happy hour, which includes endless refills.
Riddling Widow (New York City)
This new bar opened in fall 2015 and quickly became an industry clubhouse. Located in a sexy, dimly lit underground Greenwich Village space with luxe red velvet couches and a sleek black marble bar, this venture offers an ever-changing roster of sparkling wines and bites like oysters, cheeses and bread and butter with four types of salt.
RM Champagne Salon (Chicago)
Open since 2012, this candle-lit, Champagne-focused bistro in the West Loop offers hearty French fare (think steak frites and cassoulet) and one of the strongest Champagne and sparkling wine lists in the Windy City. Although plenty of highend bottlings are available, it’s not all so serious. They also offer Miller High Life “bottle service.” After all, it is the “Champagne of beers.”
The Fine Mousse (San Francisco)
This Nob Hill newcomer opened in October and is explicitly dedicated to bubbly and French fries. Think duck fat-waffle fries with grapefruit-curry mayo, paired with crisp, affordably priced sparklers from Cava to New Mexico Blanc de Blanc, served up in a clean, casual space. A flight of three half glasses will cost you $20.