Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
Cozy Up Over Cocktails
There's always a bar to prop up in New Orleans, but some lend themselves to romance more than others. In other words, skip Erin Rose and frozen Irish coffee in favor of Arnaud's and a French 75. It's worth venturing off the beaten path for pre- or post-dinner drinks at Bellocq at the Hotel Modern. Named for E.J. Bellocq, the photographer of turn-of-the-century madams, the lounge pairs a sultry decor inspired by Storyville brothels with 19th century cocktails like the cobbler, a combination of various spirits, simple syrup, and fresh fruit served in a tin cup. In the Bywater, Bacchanal is a wine store-cum-bar, where you can share a bottle and hear live music in the backyard.
By Geraldine Campbell, AFAR Local Expert
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Outdoor Wine And Jazz
Although Bacchanal Wine New Orleans is a wine shop, its backyard hosts an energetic outdoor party each night. The lawn is littered with tables, chairs and lights strung throughout the trees where you can sip wine and listen to local musicians play their own original music. They also serve rustic food fare made with local ingredients. It's a truly local experience in New Orleans
By Jessie Festa, AFAR Local Expert