Late at night, the distinction between bar, lounge, and club becomes blurred. Regardless of the designation, you get a bouncer at the door, a lively crowd by the bar, and a potent dose of music. Sometimes I wish there was more of a distinction. I want to find more places in the city where I could sit back and enjoy a drink without excessive noise or a tough door policy.
Which is why when I decided to check out the Bubble Lounge in Tribeca, I was excited by the idea of sitting back, and diving into their vast list of Champagne and sparkling wines. Having just returned from a trip to Wine Country in Napa, I was taught the virtues of sparkling wine as an enjoyable beverage, not just for moments of toast. A flute in a quiet, comfortable sofa sounds like a wonderful way to spend an evening. That was exactly what I found, though with a twist.
As soon as I walked into the room, I thought the space looked very familiar. Turned out I have been here before over a year ago, though the prior visit was much later in the evening. That night, this place resembled a night club, though with a post-work, well dressed crowd.
Today though, the ambiance was nice. We strolled straight to the bar seats, and browsed the wide selection of sparkling wines, sparkling wine based cocktails, and other assortment of mixed drinks. The drinks are all very well made, properly mixed, muddled, and shaken by bar tenders. For sparkling wines, flutes of sparkling wine cost between $10 to 20, and bottle prices are actually modest for larger crowds. For big gatherings, they have plenty of larger bottles.
As we finished our drinks, we noticed that people were beginning to flow in and occupy the couches. If what you’re looking for is a place to lounge, Bubble Lounge is true to its name, before 10PM. From that point on, it’s still a fun place, but probably not the best location to carry a conversation.