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It is no secret that New Orleans appeals to the sensual appetites of it’s visitors and inhabitants. With the numerous festivals, holidays and cultural celebrations, New Orleans is a great city to enjoy a good time. But if you looking for something besides the typical bar fare, here is a list of some of the city’s best wine bars and bistros to explore.
Located within the American Can Company mall, Clever Wine Bar is so much more than meets the eye for the wine-loving local. Owned by the Pearl Wine Company, Clever is the New Orleans wine bar that has more than just wine to offer for it’s customers. Along with the selection of over 400 wines, Clever also offers artisan beers and mixed drinks so that no customer has to go without. Clever has amazing happy hour specials and deals Tuesday through Friday as well as amazing local bands playing on the weekends. This a great Mid-City bar for the local or tourist that wants to get out of the French Quarter bar scene and experience some real local flavor.
Located in Algiers, Vine and Dine is a retail wine and cheese shop and a hidden treasure for those in the neighborhood. Separated from the plethora of New Orleans bars and bistros, Vine and Dine offers old world romance with affordable prices and an extensive wine collection. Even more than their wine, they also offer locally brewed and imported beers. Their menu includes cheese plates, soups and salads, and foccacia bread plates. All great menu items are perfect to enjoy on their courtyard and in the quiet that comes with leaving the city behind.
Located in the trendy and up and coming Warehouse District of New Orleans, Tommy’s Wine Bar offers upscale elegance for their customers. The wine bar offers candlelight and soft music that creates a relaxing and enjoyable ambience. Tommy’s Wine Bar boasts over 150 bottle selections and 20 wines by the glass. Their bar also caters to those who prefer premium scotch, bourbon and cognac. The menu at Tommy’s includes a blending of New Orleans original dishes mixed with Italian classics and there is even something for those with a sweet too.
Located on the historic St. Charles Ave, the Delachaise is a great spot for late night eats and culture. The Delachaise is open every day from 5 P.M. until closing. Along with their amazing list of wines, they also offer a huge selection of imported, artisan and craft beers. Their food menu includes classic French dishes mixed with American favorites like frog legs and steak frites. The atmosphere is comfortable and familiar, no reservations necessary, just bring friends and fun and the Delachaise can provide the rest.
Opened in 2002 and originally known as Cork and Bottle, the newly rebranded Pearl Wine Co. is double the fun -- half specialty wine store, half specialty wine bar. The store itself offers one of the largest selections in the city with over 600 labels. Net door, you’ll find the wine bar which offers glasses of a range of fine wines. If you don’t like anything on the menu, no problem. They’ll open a bottle from next door for you.