Yes Way Big Easé: Bacchanal
New Orleans is well known for being a festive party town and for my first trip to the Big Easy I was prepared to indulge in all of the to-go daiquiris, muffuleta sandwiches, and beignets from Café du Monde that pop up in my Instagram feed. In addition to all that goodness, I was pleasantly surprised to find probably the best wine bar that I’ve been to in the US at Bacchanal in the Ninth Ward. It’s trulé a home away from home for rosé lovers everywhere.
Part serious wine store, part epic backyard rager, and part air conditioned cocktail bar, I visited three times in just as many days. The first trip was to pick up bottles to have on hand at the house where I was staying. There is an amazing selection on hand, including a trendy new bottling from Peyrassol (a vineyard I’ve visited in Provence) called #LOU, with the hashtag and all.
The second visit was to hang out in the backyard and drink a bottle purchased in the store while enjoying live music and Mediterranean-style munchies. There is a DIY ice bucket filling station right outside the back door to keep your wine chilled, a feature I greatly appreciate since I love rosé on ice and it was quite steamé outside. My friend and I sipped the Bacchanal house rosé (delicious!) while listening to a sweet band and eating a meat and cheese board. It was pretty much heaven.
For the third trip we had a drink at the the full upstairs bar where original craft cocktails like a mezcal and lavender concoction are served alongside wines by the glass. On my way out I bought a sick souvenir tee that is so clever it makes me jealous.
I went to visit New Orleans, but it was really a giant trip to Bacchanal. Plan a visit, you won’t be sorré! -NH
(Special shout out to the girl I spotted at the backyard table next to mine with a Yes Way Rosé toté!)