Cocktail culture is alive and well in Vancouver, but sometimes you want some bubbly to kick off a meal or to sip slowly after a long day. And often, your options in this department are limited, especially if you’re ordering a glass rather than a bottle.
Here are a few places around town that are getting behind bubbles-by-the-glass in a big way.
YEW seafood + bar
791 West Georgia Street
December is Bubble Month at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver restaurant.
After checking out the hotel's 32nd annual Festival of Trees (which raises funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation), head upstairs to YEW for special pricing on eight bubbly labels by the glass (including six Champagnes) and 12 by the bottle.
By-the-glass selections range from Luna Argenta Prosecco ($14) and the Okanagan Valley’s 2012 Fitz Brut ($18) to Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose ($40) and 2006 Dom Perignon Brut ($115).
To go with? Oysters, at $4 per.
801 West Georgia Street
Hawksworth is partnering with Moët & Chandon for a new prix-fixe brunch menu ($32) with an optional pairing of a glass of 2009 Dom Perignon ($88).
Diners get a choice of two starters (salt-baked beets with whipped goat cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds or brassica salad with gooseberries, squash hummus, and dukka) and two mains: Dungeness crab with smashed avocado and jalapeno hollandaise on a toasted muffin or French-inspired Croque Monsieur with house-pickled vegetables. For dessert, it’s a candy-cap mushroom ice cream with toasted white-chocolate namlaka (ganache), aerated toffee, and walnut.
The menu is available Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 2 p.m. alongside the restaurant’s regular à la carte brunch offerings.
1177 Marinaside Crescent
The Yaletown spot has a remarkable selection of sparklers year-round.
Sommelier’s picks are Kent, England’s Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs ($35 for 150 mL; $145 for 750 mL) and France’s André et Mireille Tissot Crémant du Jura Rosé ($19; $80).
A three-glass bubbles flight, including pours from B.C., Italy, and France, goes for $38.
Then there are another 20 types of sparkling wine and Prosecco by the glass, ranging from $8 to $35, as well as 17 different Champagnes on offer by the glass, from $28 to $105.
UVA Wine + Cocktail Bar
900 Seymour Street
The bubbles flight at this downtown hot spot aims to convince you that every day is a good excuse to sip sparklers. It features Italy’s Danzante Prosecco, The Okanagan’s Blue Mountain’s Gold Label Chardonnay Pinot Noir, and France’s Moet et Chandon Imperial for $38.
There are also four sparkling wines by the glass (from $11 to $29) if you're looking for more than a taste.