When discussing champagne, Lily Bollinger once said “I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty”, a sentiment we heartily agree with.
Get ready to celebrate the Chrimbo period and welcome in 2016 by checking out our list of the top places to indulge in a glass (or bottle) of bubbly in Brighton this winter.
Riddle & Finns
Riddle & Finns is a champagne and oysters bar in two Brighton locations, one in the Lanes, and one in the arches of the promenade next to the seafront. As you’d expect from such a place, Riddle & Finns has several bubblies to choose from, including Pol Roger, White Foil NV (magnum £125, bottle 65, and glass £12.50), Bollinger “Grande Annee” 2004 (Bottle £125), Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label” NV (magnum £150, bottle £80, and glass £14.50), and Dom Perignon 2004 (bottle £180).
In addition to the wide selection of champagne and sparkling wines, Riddle & Finns also sells Champagne cocktails, including Riddling Raspberry (vodka, framboise & champagne), Black Velvet (Guinness & champagne), and the Classic (brown sugar, Angostura bitter, Courvoisier and house champagne), all £10 a cocktail.
12b Meeting House Lane, BN1 1HB, 01273 721667, 139 Kings Road Arches, BN1 1FN, 01273 821218, riddleandfinns.co.uk
The Hare and Hounds
When asked about the champagne selection available behind the bar, the barman told me “We’ve got prosecco – but the good prosecco”. If you’re hoping to avoid the fuss of a typical champagne bar, The Hare and Hounds is a warm, welcoming place to grab a glass of bubby. It’s also feeling particularly festive this time of year, with mistletoe hanging from the ceiling and a fantastic La Choza Mexican Street Food menu which is certain to keep you warm and toasty.
Aesthetically, it’s a really interesting spot – graffiti art on the walls, neon lit booths, red and white lighting hangs from the piping on the ceiling, and wall to wall Victorian portraits down the corridor leading to the ladies and gents. Definitely worth a visit.
75 London Road, BN1 4JF, 01273 68289, thehareandhounds.pub
The Tempest Inn
The Tempest Inn is a fascinating place to enjoy some bubbly. The inside is made up of a dozen caves that you can explore and settle into. Lanson White Label, Lanson Rose, and Prosecco are all available at The Tempest Inn, which is located right on Brighton seafront. Once you’ve had a tipple, have some fun taking some silly shots in the photobooth and make some memories.
If you’re feeling peckish, you can also indulge in the local produce they sell, including bread from The Flourpot Bakery, Brighton and Sussex cheese from the Cheeseman, plus a catch of the day from local fishermen.
159-161 King’s Road BN1 1NB, 01273 770505, twitter.com/TempestInn
The World’s End
The World’s End is often commented on by visitors to Brighton due to its impressive exterior, with a giant illustration of a sea monster devouring a ship in reference to The Kraken Black Spiced Rum. In addition to that particular beverage, amongst many others, The World’s End also sells Prosecco for £22 a bottle. If you want to celebrate 2015 and welcome in the New Year with a glass of bubbly in a comfortable, warm, and welcoming pub, this is the place for you.
60-61 London Road, 01273 692311, twitter.com/worldsend_btn
The Yellow Book
If you’re on the lookout for somewhere a bit different to grab your glass of fizz, give The Yellow Book in York Place a try. Calling itself ‘Britain’s first steampunk bar’, this bar draws inspiration from some of the greats of the late Victorian period – H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Aubrey Beardsley.
There’s some gorgeous artwork on the walls, as well as an eclectic collection of various paraphernalia including diving helmets, clocks and goggles. It’s a lot of fun, and the staff are really friendly. Grab a couple of glasses of Prosecco for £11 and hear about the tale of Dr Braxton Beesworth and his band of adventurers.
3A York Place, BN1 4GU, 01273 241783, yellowbookbrighton.com
The Colonnade Bar
With its huge mirrors encompassing the walls and the general ambiance of decadence, walking into The Colonnade Bar, which is located next to the Theatre Royal in New Road, is a bit like stepping into Manet’s famous painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère. It’s undeniably fancy, and offers several options for bubbly – in addition to the list of sparkling wines, there are two champagnes available on the menu at The Colonnade Bar.
Veuve Clicquot Reims is an appley, brioche style champagne, which is available for £55 a bottle, and the Laurent Perrier Brut Rose Reims, which has hints of strawberries, redcurrants, raspberries and black cherries, is £75 a bottle.
10 New Road, BN1 1UF, 01273 328728, thecolonnadebrighton.co.uk
For those who know what they’re about, Bohemia has a wide selection of champagnes: Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut (£65/£11), Moet et Chandon (£70), Veuve Clicquot (£75), Bollinger (£80), Dom Perignon (£195), Louis Roeder Cristal (£20), Moet Rose (£75), and Laurent Perrier Rose (£95).
For something extra special, grab the Perrier-Jouet Magnum (£150), the Veuve Clicquot Magnum (£170), or the Laurent-Perrier Rose Magnum (£195). Bohemia also sells Bottega Gold, a Prosecco, for £40 a bottle, as well as the Da Luca Prosecco, a pear and peach fruit drink for £6 a glass or £29 a bottle.
In addition to the usual French and Italian names, Bohemia also sells Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, which is straight outta Sussex. For £65 a bottle, this fizz is made in true champagne fashion using traditional grape varieties, and the drink is creamy and rich with a citrus twist.
54-55 Meeting House Lane, BN1 1HB, 01273 777770, bohemiabrighton.co.uk
Brighton Music Hall
Brighton Music Hall, located in the arches on the seafront, is Britain’s biggest heated beach terrace, so ideal for this time of year. If you’ve walked down the promenade, you may have spotted the giant tepee they open to host events in the evenings. In addition to being open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can enjoy some bubbly at the first floor bar and restaurant as they sell Prosecco by the glass here. Drink up while enjoying the view of the pier as well as the live music Brighton Music Hall hosts.
127 King’s Road Arches, BN1 2FN, 01273 747287, brightonmusichall.co.uk
Located on West Street, Revolution is a bar, restaurant and party venue which has live music, DJs and events happening throughout the week. It’s bright and bubbly, with a warm atmosphere and music playing, and it’s also got a variety of champagnes to try. Choose between Bolla, a top of the range Prosecco with apples and pears for £29.50 a bottle, Perrier-Jouet, a peaches and honey NV champagne for £48 a bottle, Veuve Clicquot, the classic pinot noir dominated champagne, for £60 a bottle, Laurent-Perrier Rose, made from Grand Cru grapes, for £110 a bottle, or the G.H.Mumm, a Formula One favourite, for £45 a bottle, among others.
77 West Street, BN1 2RA, 01273 806090, revolution-bars.co.uk/bar/brighton
The Post & Telegraph
Posh champers bars aren’t for everyone. If kicking back at the local Spoons is more your cup of tea, you’ll still find some nice bubbly at The Post & Telegraph on North Street. In addition to the usual Prosecco (£3.65 for a 200ml bottle, and £10.49 for a 750ml bottle), the pub also serves Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial for £32.99 for a 750ml bottle. If you fancy something a little different, give the Kir Royal a try – a 200ml bottle of Prosecco with a dash of Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, for £4.65. It’s sweet, fruity and indulgent.
155-158 North Street, BN1 1EA, Brighton, 01273 827540
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