Ernest Hemingway famously said that his only regret in life is that he didn’t drink more wine. Thanks to these super wine shops, New Orleanians needn't worry about the same — it may be a city known for cocktail dens and dive bars, but there’s no shortage of wine appreciation (after all, one of the most famous Mardi Gras krewes is named in honor of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine). While not all of these spots serve food, most do, and they all offer a place to enjoy a bottle or a glass, chat about wine, and hopefully learn something new.Read More
The Best Wine Bars in New Orleans
The city’s best wine bars include classic French Quarter wine dens, trendy neighborhood hangouts, and lively backyard bacchanals
Swirl Wine Bar & Market
This super wine shop in Faubourg St. John specializes in amazing wines in the $12-$30 range, with a loving emphasis on Italian vintages. Small plates from the delightful 1000 Figs next door are available to accompany your wine selection, best enjoyed at a sidewalk table, great for people-watching. Swirl even plays Saints games, no sports bar required.
This sweet shop on the border of Marigny and Bywater on St. Claude Avenue is a neighborhood favorite for small-production wines and newer labels. Grab an astonishingly well-priced glass of wine — there’s a different red, white, and sparkling to choose from just about every week — to sip while you peruse the large inventory, which includes tinned fish and rare spirits.
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Sit at the bar or out back at Saint-Germain, the Bywater neighborhood’s tasting menu/wine bar hybrid. Separate from the pre-fie route, wine and cocktails along with a small menu of small plates is available to enjoy in either setting; knowledgeable staff can help guide you through the extensive list of modern wines, from sparkling and pet-nat to Gamay and Montepulciano.
An ideal spot for date night, girls' night, and all other celebratory nights out is Effervescence, a Rampart Street wine bar that sets an elegant, Parisian-inspired scene. With 200+ wines by the bottle and over 30 wines by the glass, it’s all about bubbles and fun here, with chambongs, Prosecco popsicles, and other sparkling cocktails in addition to more standard wine bar offerings. A charming outdoor patio area is lovely for sipping if the weather is nice.
Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
Bacchanal might still be on every New Orleans visitor’s list, but it’s actually one of the oldest wine bars on this list, even if it’s evolved into much more. Beloved for its unique and extensive wine selection, knowledgeable wine experts, and uniquely New Orleans courtyard, there is also excellent food and daily live music.
Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro
The French Quarter’s charming Orleans Grapevine can be counted on for its great wine selection and hidden courtyard. Visit for the rare wines, friendly atmosphere, and contemporary, hearty takes on American and French cuisine.
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Patrick’s Bar Vin
Perhaps the most classic wine bar on the list is Patrick’s Bar Vin, an upscale French Quarter opened by longtime New Orleans figure Patrick Van Hoorebeek (who also serves as the King of the Krewe of Cork). Wine is serious business here, with an emphasis on old world varieties and some of the most celebrated wines available. Patrick’s offers climate-controlled wine lockers for serious customers to rent.
The Independent Caveau NOLA
The Independent Caveau is as cool as a wine bar gets, a storage unit-like building off the beaten path in Mid City. Husband and wife team Jim Yonkus and Joanne Close handpick a wide-ranging selection of old world and cutting edge winemakers, offering a collection so vast it requires an old-school library ladder to access. The pair’s use of wallpaper and color helps close in the high ceilings, creating a cozy nook for a bar at the end of the space where customers can enjoy a bottle and specialty meats and cheeses.
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This sophisticated Uptown wine bar with some of the best bottles in town is a neighborhood favorite with nearly a hundred bottles and crafty bartenders. Low-key and with live music on the weekends, it’s a good spot if someone in the group isn’t a wine fan — the cocktails are excellent.
Pluck Wine Bar & Restaurant
Pluck is one of the city’s newer wine bars, a chic Warehouse District gem opened by sommelier Skye LaTorre in 2021. Pluck offers indoor and romantic courtyard dining and around 20 wines by the glass, not to mention an extensive bottle list with natural and orange varieties included. A creative menu developed by chef consultant Heathcliffe Hailey pairs with the bar’s thoughtful approach to wine drinking and education.
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The Delachaise Wine Bar
The Delachaise wine bar is a longtime locals favorite, with its charcuterie options, terrific house pours, and seating along a tree-draped stretch of St. Charles Avenue. Customers also love that of the 350 or so wines offered, 36 of them are priced at $36 or less.
Second Vine Wine
Now in its new digs on Magazine Street (after closing on Touro Street), Second Vine owner Troy Gant is keeping this gem going Uptown with the help of noted sommelier Roxy Eve Narvaez. The Magazine Street shop offers frequent wine tastings, a reasonably priced selection, and a warm, friendly atmosphere. A private room in the back can be reserved for parties, like at the old shop, and surely offers the same great times.
Stained Glass Wine House
Stained Glass is a different kind of wine bar, and not just because it’s self-serve (see also WINO in the Warehouse District). Owners Rick Davis and his wife, Tasha Davis, along with two friends, set out to create a space that was easygoing and accessible for curious wine drinkers, and they’ve done just that with this hip spot in downtown Gretna. Offering 24 wines on tap, beer, and Basque-inspired snacks, it’s already a Bachelorette and birthday party destination.