Toast With Champagne Cocktails

Brunch Cocktails at Waterbar
Brunch Cocktails at Waterbar (courtesy photo)

It’s time to raise a glass to 2019 and ring in the new year with a fashionable libation in hand. It’s no secret that champagne is a staple for any self-respecting New Year’s Eve celebration. This year, pop the bubbly with some of the best specialty champagne cocktails around San Diego. Sweet, sophisticated and always in style, these elegantly festive drinks add a refreshing twist to your New Year’s Eve toast.

Find your champagne fix at Osetra Seafood & Steaks, one of the Gaslamp Quarter’s premier dining and drinking destinations. Featuring a menu boasting gourmet seafood, aged meats, handmade pastas and a full raw bar, Osetra’s sophisticated modern lounge ambiance can’t be beat when it comes to New Year’s Eve festivities. In between courses of unmatched culinary excellence, be sure to order up the French 75! Made with Hennessy cognac, lemon juice, simple syrup and a Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Split, this cocktail brings class and upscale flavor with each sip.

In the search for champs, look no further than barleymash, the Gaslamp Quarter’s lively high-energy hot spot for signature cocktails, progressive bar fare and exciting nightlife. Inspired by the barroom staples of beer and bourbon, barleymash’s uniquely American dining experience and aesthetic is matched with a stunning selection of craft cocktails, local brews and classic favorites meant to be shared amongst friends all evening long. Get your fill of champagne with the ever-popular Stay Classy…, an ode to San Diego with Tito’s vodka, fruity peach, tangy lemon and sparkling wine.

No need to bottle your bubbles at Waterbar, the beachside Pacific Beach stop for creative cuisine and stellar views of the Pacific Ocean. With an eye for sustainability, Waterbar creates masterful, timeless and trend-setting dishes from scratch with local products to ensure the freshest flavors in food and drink. Sip and savor overlooking large open windows over the sand on fizzy drinks with San Diego flair such as the Ganga, made with aperol, pamplemousse rose, lemon and sparkling wine.

Skip the bottle popping and sidle up to the bar at Route 29 instead, the Napa Valley-inspired concept in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Reflecting the essence of wine country’s iconic rustic-modern vibes, the relaxed and trendy surroundings at this bar and eatery invite you to “wine down” amidst elements of wood, iron and copper décor. Serving artfully-prepared, seasonally-fluctuating food and drink with sustainable ingredients, Route 29’s impressive line-up of holiday cocktails features the Like A Diamond, a special toast of champagne, St. Germain, Lillet Blanc and fresh-squeezed lemon to help your celebration shine bright!

For an unforgettable New Year’s Eve, snag a seat at The Whiskey House, downtown’s premier watering hole for whiskey lovers and aficionados alike. Home to the world’s largest commercially available whiskey collection of over 2,800 unique bottles, The Whiskey House’s prestigious reputation also encompasses delectable house-made fare, exquisite charcuterie and an eclectic craft cocktail list. This New Year’s Eve, jam out to a live DJ while sipping on champagne cocktails including Van Gogh’s Ear, made with Lillet Blanc, St. Germain, fresh lemon, honey, absinthe and lots of bubbles.

Whether starting or finishing your New Year’s celebration, there’s no better place for a refreshingly light champagne cocktail than Fig Tree Café. Found in Liberty Station, Fig Tree’s inviting and genuine dining experience makes it the go-to neighborhood hub for quality brunch favorites. Committed to using locally-sourced ingredients including homegrown rosemary, produce and eggs, Fig Tree’s heartwarming atmosphere makes for the ideal setting for a pre or post-celebration champagne cocktail with the Fresh and Figgy Sangria, made with vodka, elderflower liqueur, champagne, simple syrup and refreshing cucumber and strawberries.