It's the season for toasts, and that brings us to our theme for the December edition of Where to Drink, our monthly roundup of the best spots in town to grab a drink: Where to get a glass of bubbly.
Champagne is kind of abuzz right now, with a few recent openings, and those appear on this DFW-wide list.
Here are five best bars right now for sparkling toasts:
French-inspired bar claims to be newly open at 4234 Oak Lawn Ave. at The Shops of Highland Park, but definitely by New Year's Eve, with a selection of champagnes, sparkling wines, and still wines sourced from France and Texas. That includes more than 15 champagnes and sparkling wines by the glass and 50 labels by the bottle - Perrier-Jouët, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Pol Roger, and Ruinart, as well as Texan sparkling wines from William Chris.
This bar-within-a-restaurant is tucked inside the acclaimed Bishop Arts restaurant Ame, where it's serving a variety of sparkling wines, as well as cocktails with a French Indian twist, in a sexy setting with velvet couches, gold accents, mirrors, chandelier, and elephant door handles. The list includes eight champagnes ranging from Val de Mer sparkling for $14 per glass or $60 per bottle, all the way up to Drappier Brut Grand, available by the bottle only for $300.
Plano hot spot features two full-service bars, one inside and one outside, a patio with a retractable roof and fire pits, an ever-changing drink menu, food including charcuterie boards, salads, and fondue, and a really friendly and hospitable staff. But the reason we are here today is its massive champagne list, with more than 50 sparkling wines, including 20 Champagnes from France, said to be the largest in the state of Texas, and who are we to disagree. It's an impressive lineup, with names such as Taittinger, Charles Heidsieck, Dom Perignon, Andre Clouet, Nomine-Renard, Louis Roederer, Perrier-Jouet, and more.
Cute new restaurant at Trinity Groves has a pretty good selection of sparkling including Mumm Rose, Veuve Cliquot, Lallier, Perrier Jouet, Ruinart Rose, and Dom Perignon (whose prices they unfortunately do not list online. If they don't list prices, it's never good news). But the shtick here - the Instagrammable shtick - is the champagne vending machine that spits out mini bottles of Moet & Chandon Imperial.
Pinky's Champagne Room & Velvet Jazz Lounge
This one's all the way in Fort Worth, but it's one champagne room with live music that's worth the hike. Husband-and-wife John Cocke and Dena Mangrum-Cocke are spotlighting sparkling wines, featuring champagnes by the bottle and by the glass, along with bubbles from around the world, as well as bubbly cocktails like an Aperol Spritz.