13 "Drinks & A Light Bite" restaurants in New Orleans.
When you don’t want to commit to a full dinner (blind date, catching up with an aunt, waiting two hours for a table elsewhere), bars with good food are ideal. Make an easy exit after the first round, or go for a second and maybe some food if it’s going well. Either way, these spots have you covered.
Head to Wayfare in Uptown for some pre-dinner charcuterie and wine, or bail on your dinner plans and get a sandwich.
Go to The Country Club in the Bywater to drink by to a pool, or for drag brunch. Either way, you’re going to enjoy yourself.
Paloma Cafe is a newer all-day spot in the Bywater that’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or really anytime you want a snack and a cocktail.
Sylvain in the French Quarter is the neighborhood spot you wish was on your block, with some classic dishes and a back patio perfect for a drink.
Go to Meauxbar in the Quarter to eat French food, talk to some locals, and have a drink or two that isn’t served in any kind of bucket.
Green Goddess is a picturesque outdoor spot hidden down an alley in the French Quarter, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
Cane & Table is either a restaurant with excellent drinks, or a cocktail bar with great food. Either way, it’s one of the best escapes in the Quarter.
Bacchanal in the Bywater is a wine-fueled utopia, with nightly live music, a huge backyard, and an atmosphere that could never be duplicated.
N7 is hidden away on a side street in the Bywater, serves fancy canned seafood, and feels like a secret dinner party you randomly stumbled across.
Mimi’s in the Marigny serves tapas by day and stays open until 4am. Stop by to play some pool, and keep drinking until way later than you should.
Come to Lost Love Lounge in the Marigny for late-night Vietnamese food, stay for the cheap beers and friendly locals.
There are 288 reasons to come to Barrel Proof in the Lower Garden District, and they’re all whiskey.