New Year’s celebrations call for popping bottles of champagne with the ones you love. When you’re looking to mix it up from your usual glass of Prosecco or bottle of Brut, visit these New York City bars for the best in champagne cocktails. By Sarah Shaker.
The Bubble Lounge
When you’re in the mood for a bit of bubbly, why not make your first stop a champagne bar? Bubble Lounge offers not only a wide-selection of champagne, covering every price range, but also cocktails mixed with your bubbly of choice at $16 a pop. Try their version of the classic French 75 (Prosecco, Bull Dog Gin, fresh lemon, simple syrup) or satisfy your chocolate cravings with a Bubble Truffle (Champagne Taittinger Brut, raspberry liquor and Dark Godiva).
Never forgotten when listing the best bars in New York City, Death & Co must also be mentioned as a destination for champagne cocktails. Sip on the Dick & Jane (Tanqueray Ten Gin, fresh squeezed lemon juice, St Germain Elderflower, housemade hibiscus syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters, topped with champagne) when indulging on Death & Co’s small bites of Seared Petite Filet Mignon or Truffle Macaroni, just to name a few of the standout items on the overall enjoyable menu.
Donatella Arpaia’s dark lounge features expertly crafted cocktails, with any booze base of your choice, including champagne and prosecco. Just tell one of the experienced mixologists what you’re in the mood for, and expect serious ingredients, such as fresh produce, egg whites and house made syrups. This tiny bar is connected to her pizzeria, Donatella, via a secret door. And, yes, you can order pizzas and more to be delivered to the bar to enjoy with your sparkling cocktail.
Sneak into this cozy den, housed behind an unmarked door, for the ultimate in speakeasy sex appeal. The Raines Law Room isn’t just another Prohibition-era style trend, with expert cocktails, but the perfect bar to impress your date or get to the really good gossip with your best friends under the dark lighting. Five champagne cocktails are offered, depending on your mood and taste. If you’re feeling particularly wealthy, sip on a Ritz Champagne Cocktail (Martell Cordon Blue Cognac, Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne, Angostura Bitters soaked sugar cube) for $23 a glass.
Wine lovers flock to this East Village bar, offering half-priced bottles during happy hour a few nights a week and a menu fit for cheese and chocolate lovers boasting fondue varieties. A list of both Champagne Cocktails and Champagne Punch Bowls are crafted for those looking to sip bubbly. Don’t miss their signature Bourgeois Royale (strawberry reduction, Pol Roger Champagne). With a crew of 2-4, check out the Provence Punch (Elderflower, Blood peach puree, lemon juice, orange bitters, Pol Rogers Champagne) to get everyone tipsy on sweet and bitter bubbles.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.