5 to Try: Champagne Cocktails in Portland

Why limit champagne toasts to New Year's Eve? Mix up your imbibing traditions this year by indulging in bubbly in all forms. From mimosas to blueberry bellinis and the classic French 75, these local bars are serving sophisticated sips that put champagne to good use.

Updated: December 17, 2009

More Than Just Moet


Gold Dust Meridian

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97217

After a day trolling Hawthorne's boutiques and shops, duck into this mid-century modern bar to revive your spirits with a bit of bubbly from their long list of champagne cocktails. The grapefruit-forward Gold Dust is nice, as are the trio of bellinis: classic peach, blueberry and concord grape.


Vault Martini Bar

226 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Join the well-heeled condo dwellers and polished professionals who love to loosen their ties--and lips--over martinis and cocktails at this Pearl District lounge. When the time calls for a celebration, toast the moment with throwbacks like a French 75 or a seasonally driven sparkling wine cocktail.


Crush

1400 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Stop restricting your cocktail intake to happy hour and beyond. At this Eastside lounge, you can start imbibing early care of a long list of breakfast cocktails. Mimosas of every sort from mango to vanilla headline the menu but our bet is on the Champagne Margarita, a strong sipper that the menu promises will change your day.


Driftwood Room

729 Sw 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Slide into a booth at this seductive lounge and head straight for the bubbly. Ask the talented bar staff to pour you an Elizabeth Taylor, a throat-tickling cocktail mixing champagne with creme de violette. The perfect pairing: a selection of oysters served with a champagne mignonette.


Belly Timber

3257 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Located in a renovated Victorian, this classy restaurant and bar claims only one champagne cocktail on the menu. Fortunately, The Meadow Frolic is a good one staring Spanish cava, St. Germain and a lemon twist. Sip it with an order of fried chickpeas and a plate of pigstrami or crispy fried pig tail to start the evening off right.