At the far end of the Bywater, you’ll find Bacchanal, a weird little wine shop that evolved into a wine garden utopia and one of the coolest places you can spend a night in New Orleans. After you pick out a bottle, head outside to the big backyard where you can drink, order cheese and charcuterie, and catch live music every night of the week. There’s also a semi-secret cocktail and wine bar upstairs, which is the perfect place to take in the scene and survey the backyard for available seats.
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Parleaux Beer Lab
Parleaux Beer Lab in the Bywater is a great spot to day drink, try out some food trucks, and even do some morning yoga.
Just around the corner from Bacchanal, The Joint serves all of the BBQ greatest hits and is a great spot to start a night out in the Bywater.
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.
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Compere Lapin in the Warehouse District is a great group dinner spot, with large tables, a diverse menu, and lots of interesting wine.
Peche in the Warehouse District is a great spot for big groups, like when you and your 20 closest friends want to have a few drinks and eat seafood.
Next door to the restaurant is Cochon Butcher, which is way more casual than its neighbor, but still serves great sandwiches and drinks.
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The wood-fired oysters at Cochon are one of the single best things you can eat in New Orleans, and their cocktails are pretty good, too.
The Carousel Bar & Lounge
The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone is indeed a bar on a moving carousel, and while it can feel a bit gimmicky, you should still grab a drink here.
Cafe Sbisa serves classic creole food, but really you come here for the great second floor patio, or to grab drinks at their restored bar.
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