A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 09, 2018
“No champagne, no gain”

"No champagne, no gain” is a drinking variation on “no pain, no gain” that has been printed on many images. “No champagne, no gain” has been cited in print since at least 1993.


Google Books
Country Life
Volume 187, Issues 48-51
1993
Pg. 57:
NO CHAMPAGNE, NO GAIN
NICHOLAS FAITH RECOMMENDS FIRST-CLASS FIZZ

31 January 1998, The Guardian (London, UK), The Guide sec., pg. C34, col. 1:
No champagne, no gain, says Jacques Peretti

13 January 2000, The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland), “Thursday with Candy Barr,” pg. 15:
No Champagne, no gain, I always say, except at the clinic, where I have to be all reformed and regretful and able to remember my name.

29 November 2007, Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), “Bubbles Boy” (wine specialist Thomas Spooner) by Valerie Vinyard, Caliente sec., pg. 7, col. 4:
Is it true that the original phrase was “No champagne, no gain”?
“I like that. It works.”

Twitter
Life & Arts
@FTLifeArts
No champagne, no gain http://tinyurl.com/4n9vk8
8:04 PM - 19 Dec 2008

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Twitter
Matthew
@matthewferrier
I just saw someone walk past with a ‘No Champagne No Gain’ sweater and that is such a mood
5:11 PM - 9 Sep 2018

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