A cozy champagne bar that operates in an underground space that was once a notorious Prohibition-era speakeasy. True to its period, Wednesday evenings feature live jazz, and the last Saturday of each month brings back the Jazz Age with a period apparel party.
My favorite cocktails have always been those based around champagne, prosecco, or sparkling wine spiked with a little something extra, and Flute's drink and cocktail menu crafts these libations flawlessly. While the bottle service list is decadent, there are plenty of top quality champagnes to sample by the flute, and the signature cocktails add another fun, experimental edge for the least expensive price, typically between $12 and $16. The Gabriel is a classic, with Hendrick's gin, muddled mint, cucumbers, lemon, and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, but you can't go wrong doing a tasting of a Kir Royal or a Bellini.
The overall space, however, feels less pulled together and more bizarrely eclectic and bohemian than its other two locations in Gramercy and on the East Side, though the authenticity of the historical site makes up for these slight blunders. The couches are comfortable enough to relax with a few friends or a cute date, and the service is quite attentive, constantly checking on your drinks.
While the atmosphere hasn't entirely won me over, the concept of the menu certainly has, and Flute's Tuesday happy hour from 5-8 that serves up two-for-one drinks and champagne will definitely keep me coming back for more.