You can be forgiven for feeling utterly depleted from holiday dining and drinking. Human beings are only built to handle so much egg nog. Fortunately, New Year's offers a bubbly respite, perfect for refreshing your palate and beckoning the new year with buzzed spirits. In Chicago, you're not lacking in New Year's party options, but you could always go casual and visit one of these spots for bubbly cocktails or Champagne service.
Sixteen (401 N. Wabash Ave.)
You've heard of cheese carts. You've heard of dim sum carts. You've heart of Mario Karts. But a Champagne cart? Now that's a big deal. Sixteen has rolled out a Champagne cart, whisking by-the-glass bubbly to diners on a nightly basis. The upscale restaurant typically offers about six options, from Möet & Chandon, Brut, "Grand Vintage" to Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé.
ROOF on theWit (201 N. State St.)
One of the most exclusive, starry-eyed bottles of bubbly in Chicago can be found atop theWit hotel at ROOF. The splashy bar dazzles guests with more than just a view thanks to their Dom Pérignon P2 Champagne Black Label, a bottle exclusive to ROOF, with only 33 available in total. They're available as part of premium table packages for $2,700. Because paying rent is overrated anyway, right?
Webster's Wine Bar (2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Since you're on the prowl for sparkling wine, you can't hit a better bulls-eye than Webster's Wine Bar. The long running wine bar staple, recently relocated in Logan Square, is a mecca of wine from across the country and globe. This includes ample selections of bubbly, including a few by-the-glass and several varieties from France and Italy, with cameo appearances by Spain and Austria. They'll pair nicely with oysters, fried smelts, cauliflower gratin, and pretty much anything else you can put in your mouth.
Lone Wolf (806 W. Randolph St.)
Walking into Lone Wolf, a modern tavern chock full of West Loop grit and heady pours of whiskey, sparkling wine will likely be the last thing on your mind. Think again. The sgroppinos here can hold their own alongside the rest of the drink list. Made with Prosecco poured over liquor-infused sorbet, sgroppinos are a fizzy Italian tradition, here replicated with the likes of lavender-scented gin sorbet, strawberry- and hibiscus-infused tequila sorbet, and vodka sorbet with cucumber and lime.
RM Champagne Salon (116 N. Green St.)
If a couple Champagne cocktails isn't enough to tide you over, then you should saunter over to RM Champagne Salon, the closest thing to a Parisian parlor this side of the Seine. This masterfully appointed den of luxe bubbly pays dutiful homage to New Year's signature quaff. In addition to bottles, RM offers a nice array of bubbly by the glass, making it an accessible spot for a night out or a celebration.
Pops for Champagne (601 N. State St.)
Another sparkling jewel in Chicago is Pops for Champagne, River North's quintessential bar for fluted frivolity and gaiety. One of the most impressive and thorough selections of Champagne anywhere, Pops offers a menu of half bottles, large formats, non-vintage Champagne, grower-producer Champagne, and vintage Champagne. The sheer selection is dizzying in the best way, guaranteeing there will be something for everyone.
Photos: Sixteen, ROOF on theWit, Webster's Wine Bar, Lone Wolf, RM Champagne Salon, Pops for Champagne