When contemplating Where to Drink in December, one's thoughts turn to holidays, celebrations, and magical toasts.
In other words, bubbly. Specifically, champagne by the glass (rather than the bottle). We're not talking Prosecco; sorry Prosecco, you're wonderful but you're no Champagne.
Here are the best places to get true Champagne by the glass:
Bar adjacent to its sister restaurant Bistro 31 hasn't lost a step, even after seven years holding court in Highland Park Village. It remains a buzzy place to meet for drinks and snacks, and their bubbly selection offers a clue as to why. Their list has 11 options, seven of which are available by the glass, all of which are top-shelf with names like Ruinart and Perrier Jouet, starting at $17 for a glass of "Impeccable" Brut Rose up to $27 for Ruinart Rose.
No French restaurant worth its sel is going to be without Champagne, and that includes Bullion, the fine-dining restaurant in downtown Dallas from chef Bruno Davaillon. Their bar program is sophisticated and ultra-savvy, and that extends to the unique quintet of sparklers, all French (Dieu merci): from an affordable $16 glass of Cremant de Alsace to a rare half bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose for $68. You can even get Dom Perignon by the glass for a smooth $98; it's a 2000 Dom Pérignon Pléntitude 2, a special release of Dom Pérignon and part of a unique partnership between Bullion and the label. Where else can you find that in town?
Wine bar chain with locations in Dallas' West Village, Allen, Plano, and Fort Worth specializes in flights. Their bubbly flight features sparklers from various regions, with one always a true Champagne such as Piper Heidsieck. Like all of their wines, it can also be ordered solo, $25 a glass. During their weekday happy hour from 3-6 pm, they have Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label by the glass for $16. On Thursdays, they do half-price bottles of champagne from 3-11 pm.
The Uptown Dallas location of this snappy chain from Chicago offering burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, and bowls has what is hands-down the absolute best sparkling deal in town: Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label for $9.99 per glass. This is the only location that offers Veuve at such a deal (it's $19.99 at the Shops at ClearFork in Fort Worth). As backup, both Dallas and Fort Worth Doc's locations also have Veuve du Vernay Sparkling Rosé, a sparkler from the Burgundy region, at $12 a glass, and California's prestigious Schramsberg sparkling rose for $17 a glass.
As its plush velvet couches might imply, this suave Henderson Avenue bar is not your typical watering hole. They boast great snacks and a strong wine list that includes six sparkling wines by the bottle and glass. There's a name-brand prosecco from Italy and a cava from Spain, but check out the quartet of French sparklers: Moet Chandon for $18, Perrier Jouet Grand Brut for $20, Veuve Clicquot for $22, and Ruinart Blanc de Blancs for $26. It's a wealth of bubbly riches.
Honorable mention: Sixty Vines
This pizza-and-wine concept already made the December list of Where to Eat, and it's important to spread out the love, but Sixty Vines' bubbly situation demands a nod. Like many other places, they have Veuve Clicquot — but theirs is a vintage La Grand Dame. They offer labels rarely found by the glass such as Pierre Gimonnet and Taittinger. As with all of their wines, you can get them in three sizes, from a 2.5-ounce half-glass to a 5-ounce glass to an 8-ounce quartino.