When you launch a ship, you ceremoniously smash a bottle of Champagne on its hull. When you wish a newly married couple the best for the future, you pop the cork on the aristocrat of sparkling wines. And when you ring in the New Year in style, you raise a flute, feel the golden liquid slip down your throat and experience the unmistakable fizz to the tip of your nose. But who says sipping bubbly ends when there is no ship, no marriage and no Dec. 31 to celebrate? In New York, Champagne is a year-round quaff. So, here’s to these four bars and lounges, forever blowing bubbles.
Air’s Champagne Parlor
It’s easy to breathe in the beauty of Air’s Champagne Parlor—the Greenwich Village hot spot is outfitted with a marble bar, gold-framed mirrors, velvet bar seats and bubbled light fixtures, alluding to the shape of bunches of grapes. But this 1920s-inspired space is also about diversity in your bubbly. The bar carries more than 100 sparkling wines, ranging from bona fide French Champagne to Italian prosecco, sparkling rosés, blended varieties and other fizzy vino from around the world. The menu itself empowers visitors to make educated choices, giving clear definitions of Champagne, sparkling wine and other terms, and the bartenders (in satiny, baby pink bomber jackets) can also tell you anything you might wonder about the wines on offer. Gourmet bites—like caviar toast, oysters (above), charcuterie and grilled cheese with lavender honey—pair beautifully with almost anything poured.
The Champagne Bar at The Plaza
The Plaza gives guests the royal treatment at its ritzy Champagne lounge, with by-the-glass options from Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon and Nicolas Feuillatte, along with its own Champagne Blossom cocktail.
Flûte Bar & Lounge
An underground space that operated as a speakeasy during Prohibition, Flûte now openly celebrates imbibing, offering flights of sparkling wine, champagne cocktails and wine “by the flute.”
Vini e Fritti
Vini e Fritti, a Roman-style aperitivi bar, courtesy of restaurant superstar Danny Meyer, defines itself as celebrating “the marriage of bubbles and salty, crispy antipasti in an atmosphere that evokes the rustic comfort of a Roman wine bar.”