10 Winning Wine Bars for Sipping in New Orleans

New Orleans is a city for cocktailing, no doubt.  But it's also (arguably) the best food town in America.  And where there is great food, there has to be great wine.  Of course the city's storied Creole temples, places like Commander's and Arnaud's, offer wine cellars that are world class.  But even if you're on a budget, you can sip and sample, enjoy small plates and conversation at wine bars from uptown and Mid-City to the Seventh Ward.

In the past few years, a spate of interesting wine shops/lounges have sprung up offering thoughtfully curated options and seasonal picks.

If you’re really serious about wine, consider booking your trip around the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, an annual eating orgy that falls over May 25-29 in 2016.  Attracting some 10,000 gourmands and oenophiles,  this event is jam packed with food and wine seminars and tastings, special wine dinners and events like the Royal Street Stroll to visit galleries and sip vin and the big Grand Tasting at the Convention Center. In case you feel guilty about all the excess, remember that a portion of your spendings benefit local non-profit organizations, from food banks to culinary schools, with more than $1 million raised to date.  So sip away.



Wine Institute New Orleans (W.I.N.O) advertises itself as a triple threat: wine bar, wine school and wine store. The wine bar uses a state-of-the-art wine serving system made by the Italian company Enomatic, which allows you to taste wine by the...  Read More

French Quarter


Orleans Grapevine is a French Quarter Wine Bar & Bistro with a casual fine dining component as well. Start with the wine, which can be ordered by the glass or bottle. Come in between 4-6 pm to try a "Wine Flight", a three wine sampling to...  Read More



This Garden District spot for sipping is relatively new to the scene and oh so worth discovering. The place is intimate, and ideal place to break from strolling and shipping for a glass or three. Wine flights and half-glasses give the curious...  Read More



Owner Leora Madden has been fascinated with wine since her first visit to a Sonoma winery at the age of 14. She lived in wine country for seven years before bringing her informed palate to New Orleans. Besides wines Pearl offers a smart...  Read More



This forward thinking little wine shop and lounge is a bright spot of vin culture along the emerging artsy St. Claude corridor that flanks the Marigny, Bywater and the Seventh Ward. Specializing in high quality, small production wines from...  Read More

French Quarter


Patrick's Bar Vin in the Mazarin Hotel is an intimate wine bar that, though located not far from Bourbon Street in the Quarter is an oasis of refined good taste and delicious vin. The crowd tends to be older, enjoying options like 20-plus...  Read More



Tommy's Wine Bar is adjacent to Tommy's Cuisine, an upscale Creole-Italian restaurant tucked away on Tchop in New Orleans' Warehouse District. The wine bar serves more than a dozen wines by the class, with another 150 or so bottles on the list. ...  Read More



Bacchanal isn't like any other spot in town. Definitely off the beaten path, Bacchanal is a hybrid hang out that attracts artists, foodies and locals to chill, graze and listen to live music on the edge of the Bywater. The vibe is nonchalant...  Read More



Delachaise is that mystery spot that you might cruise right by without noticing during a daylight trip on the St. Charles streetcar. Come evening, and it's another story. The outdoor patio, lit with twinkle lights, is always buzzing with a...  Read More



Swirl Wine Bar & Market is a neighborhood gem with an international selection of carefully curated wines with an emphasis on European vintages. Small plates are available, prepared by 1000 Figs and served at Swirl. If you just want to...  Read More


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