Why is a wine shop in a raggedy building at the far edges of a downriver Bywater neighborhood such a buzzed-about stop? Step out the back door and you’ll get your answer. The spacious if scruffy backyard—festooned with string lights over clusters of wobbly tables and cheap plastic chairs—features a low stage and a take-out window. On the stage, some of the city’s finest musicians (mostly jazz of the traditional, gypsy, and swing varieties) perform nightly and, at that window, you can order up surprisingly sophisticated fare. The process is straightforward: Walk in, select a bottle of wine (glasses provided, as is a bucket of ice, if needed), and find a place to sit. If it’s raining the music moves to an upstairs cocktail-and-wine lounge.
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.
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 and chairs, and lights are strung throughout the trees, where you can sip wine and listen to local musicians play original music. They also serve rustic food made with local ingredients. It’s a truly local experience in New Orleans