To avoid the $20 corkage fee at Bacchanal Wine in New Orleans, buy a bottle from the shop attached to the bar. Pay special attention to the wine of the week (when we visited, it was the “chuggable” Louis-Antoine Luyt Pipeño Pais Santa Juana 2015 red from Valle del Maule in Chile) or stop in for one of two free wine tastings per week (Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m.). Once you’ve settled on a grape, head to the spacious courtyard, where string lights and tiki torches cast a warm glow over tables crowded with merry locals. Live jazz bands bring the party vibe, but this Bywater establishment is all grown up with its customizable charcuterie platters and fancy ceviche—a far cry from the mayhem of Bourbon Street.
One last PSA: Seating is first come, first served, and wine by the glass is just five bucks from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. If the yard is full or you’re not in the mood for wine, head up to the semi-hidden cocktail bar perched above Bacchanal’s kitchen.
600 Poland Ave., New Orleans, LA; 504-948-9111.