New Orleans is known the world over for its love of partying and delicious spirits, but many people commonly associate the city with cocktails – after all, the city did invent the cocktail – and touristy specials like the Pat O’Briens Hurricane and the Tropical Isle Hand Grenade. What many people forget is that the city actually has a thriving wine scene with some classically New Orleans cool wine bars that capture the essence of the city in rather cosmopolitan ways. Check out these four uniquely New Orleans wine bars to expand your horizons when making memories in the Big Easy.
Bacchanal – 600 Poland Avenue
Bacchanal is located in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood, just a block over from Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant and 10 blocks from Elizabeth’s Restaurant and the iconic Euclid Records. This wine bar is known for offering low markups on their wine selection, as well as a bohemian funky vibe. This is a down-to-earth wine spot that eschews the snooty feel usually associated with wine bars. Bacchanal’s courtyard is a typically New Orleans thing of magic and live music can be experienced there seven days a week. Due to Bacchanal’s location, you will probably need to find a designated driver or hail a cab to take it in.
The Delachaise – 3442 Saint Charles Avenue
The Delachaise sits on New Orleans’ historic Saint Charles Avenue. This wine bar offers a broad selection of wines, as well as beer and spirits. The cheese menu is the draw here with a menu complete enough to satisfy even the most discriminating cheese connoisseur. The Delachaise is located on the Saint Charles streetcar line, making it easily accessible to those staying in the French Quarter or Central Business District. Hours are 5pm – till on Mondays through Thursdays and noon – till on Fridays through Sundays.
Oak Wine Bar – 8118 Oak Street
This Uptown wine bar is in a hot location, making it a prime destination for those seeking a vibrant scene. The bar eschews the clichéd dark ambiance that usually defines wine bars in favor of a more open floor plan with lighter colors, making it less of a date place and more of a wine bar for a night out with friends and business associates. Live music can be heard at New Orleans’ Oak Wine Bar Fridays through Sundays. The bar is located just a few short blocks off of the streetcar line, making it an easily accessible destination. The Maple Leaf, known for its live music, is just down the street, and you can also walk right on over to Frenchy’s art gallery and the iconic Jacques-Imo’s restaurant.
W.I.N.O. (Wine Institute of New Orleans) – 610 Tchoupitoulas Street
W.I.N.O. is located in the heart of the New Orleans Central Business District, making it a prime spot for just about everyone. W.I.N.O. is located near many of the city’s trendiest bars and hot restaurants like Emeril’s. The proximity to the French Quarter and Warehouse District makes this wine bar a great starting point for just about any night out in New Orleans.
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