Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits, New Orleans
Located at the edge of the Bywater, Bacchanal just barely qualifies as a bar. It’s more of a wine store with liberal drinking policies. What makes it stand out from the myriad interesting bars in New Orleans is its simplicity. The storefront is unassuming, the paint peeling as if to shoo away Bourbon Street tourists, but through the back door is the best bargoing experience you’re likely to find in the Big Easy.
You can take your wine (or cocktail, from their recently added cocktail bar) to the backyard while enjoying the breeze off the Mississippi and one of the rotating jazz bands Bacchanal features on Sundays. And you should order dinner while you’re at it; the food is served on paper plates with plastic utensils, and still manages to be better than even some of the best restaurant fare.
What to Order: Ask for their best rosé.