It’s New Year’s Eve, and you forgot to get the champagne. I can’t say I blame you. The past seven days have been a whirlwind of family, friends, gifts and food comas, but if you don’t raise a flute of bubbly when the clock strikes midnight you’ll be cursed. Probably not, but your significant other will probably be pissed. If you don’t know where to find champagne Long Island Pulse is here to help. Just run out to one of these nine local spots. No one needs to know you just picked it up today, that secret is safe with me.
Sparkling Pointe, Southold
You’ll congratulate yourself for waiting until the last minute to pick up champagne when you head to Sparkling Pointe. Don’t just get your bottle, enjoy tastings from 11am-6pm. Go there.
Lake Liquor, Lake Ronkonkoma
There are dozens of bubbly options to choose from at Lake Liquor, so you might get worried you’re going to miss the ball drop. Tell the friendly staff your tastes, or look for a bottle of Cavit Prosecco Lunetta, a sparkling Italian wine with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish. Go there.
Stew Leonard’s Wines, Carle Place and Yonkers
With two locations (and a third coming to Farmingdale in 2016), there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get to a Stew Leonard’s for your bottle of choice. Pick up the Cizano Asti Supmante. For less than $15, you can enjoy pretty orange and spice aromas as the confetti falls. Go there.
Bottles and Cases, Huntington
The popular Main Street liquor store boasts variety and price points aplenty. Take your pick from dozens of options ranging from $8 to the $525 Dom Perignon. Go there.
Crazy Billy’s, Deer Park
If you’ve got $500 to spend, toast to the rosé trend of 2015 with elegance, flair and bottle of Dom Perignon Rosé. For those looking to splurge on the appetizers and not the bubbly, you can find bottles under $10. Go there.
The Wine Guy, Smithtown
The Wine Guy stocks more than 20 bottles of sparkling wine and champagne, so you’re sure to find your perfect pick. Look for the Louis Roederer Bruit Premier, which tallied 92 points in a Wine Spectator review. The vivacious champagne pairs perfectly with light fish dishes, so consider picking up some super-trendy oysters on your way home. Go there.
Bottle Buys, Glen Head
Bottle Buys will celebrate its 60th birthday in 2016. When you see their selection of champagnes and sparkling wines, you’ll know why they’re the toast of the town. The Devaux Grande Reserve Brut is a customer favorite for its hints of stone fruits like peach and apricot. Go there.
Cappy’s Warehouse Wine & Spirits, Lynbrook
If you’re someone who loves a bargain (or the thought of this month’s credit card bill is enough to keep you up well past midnight), head to Cappy’s where everything is always on sale. Try the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut Yellow Label and taste Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay for less than $50. Go there.
Pop’s Wine & Spirits, Island Park
People drive from all over to come to Pop’s for their massive selection of wines and spirits. Whether you’re hoping to spend less than $15 or multiple times more than that on your champagne, you’re likely to find a quality bottle at this Island Park favorite. Go there.