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“A laid back but classy neighborhood experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA
504-948-9111
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Ranked #147 of 1,515 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Wine Bar, Central American
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Chicago, Illinois
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“A laid back but classy neighborhood experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

If you take a cab about 15 minutes downriver from the French Quarter, you'll find a neighborhood called Bywater that is becoming trendy, recently sprouting a handful of farm-to-table restaurants and craft cocktail bars to cater to its emerging arts scene, which definitely leans toward edgy. There are also a handful of great dive bars, including a couple that have live music.

And then there's Bacchanal. Laid back and totally unpretentious, it's unlike any other dining or club experience I know anywhere, let alone in New Orleans. Here's how it works: Enter the little shop and select a bottle of wine for purchase. If you prefer, they have a few that they'll pour by the glass for 6 bucks. Then, stop by a refrigerator to pick from their selection of really good cheese. They also have a small plates menu that looked tasty. Pay for your cheese, wine, and whatever else you might order and head to the spacious and leafy patio out back. They'll plate up the cheese with toasted bread, chutney, olives and other treats and bring it to you. There's great live music ranging from folk to jazz to listen to while you relax, sip and eat.

That's it. It seems simple, and I guess it is. But the scene is great, very friendly and convivial. And in a city where the dining options range from humble po-boy joints to white table cloth Creole seafood shrines, it sits somewhere totally unique, a sophisticated yet utterly casual neighborhood place where you probably won't find too many out-of-towners and have an easy time conversing with locals.

Also, I didn't check it out, but I understand they have a dining room upstairs with a full cocktail bar. A contingency for rainy nights, I suppose, but not needed when I was there.

Great place. Get out of the Quarter and act like a you know.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Horrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

I would not eat at this restaurant if it was FREE!
It was loud, have to wait in line to order your food. The waiter was extremely RUDE!
I ordered Redfish! It came hanging off the plate. Nothing else served with it. It was
fishy tasting and unseasoned. Horrible experience. The food at KPauls was magnificent

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Went on a cold, rainy night so sat upstairs. The music was good. The food was great! The menu is limited, but the steak and bacon wrapped dates were great. I would definitely go back.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good food amazing service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Went during the day so missed the live music but will be back to check it out. Good was great. Service was phenomenal. Lady behind the counter was super friendly and informative.

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“Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

What an amazing place. A wine shop that converts into an lovely restaurant upstairs, with the best cocktails. Pleasant atmosphere, absolutely loved it. Definitely worth a visit,

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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