Plus, we got to mark another restaurant off of Eater.com’s list of 38 Essential New Orleans restaurants that we’ve visited.
Hope you are able to join us for our next meet-up and eat-up. Our gatherings are geared toward new residents, but we welcome everyone. We’ll post details soon about our next gathering.
We had several people give us tips before we went to Bacchanal and we learned some more while we were there. If you have more advice, we’re all ears. Leave us a comment.
Tips for getting the most out of Bacchanal Wine:
– Wear whatever you want. Some people dress up for special events. Other people wear extremely casual clothes. It doesn’t matter.
– Arrive before 7 p.m. if you have a group (4+ people) and you don’t want to wait for a table. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations.
– Creep on tables if you are waiting for one. Stake your claim if you want a seat with your friends.
– Order your cheese and wine in the front store when you walk in. The cheese cooler is on the left as soon as you walk in, as is a small selection of beer and soda. You can’t order food inside – only outside.
– Get a cheese plate if you want a dish you can share & nibble on. You select the cheeses from the cooler and pay for them at the register. Bacchanal then gives you a number and will convert your cheese into a cheese platter with bread, preserves, olives, almonds and cornichons. The cheeses are from St. James Cheese Co., another #NewinNOLA fave.
– Order a bottle if you plan to have more than two glasses of wine. You can get a bottle for $20 – $25. We paid $8 per glass. We learned on the second round and got a bottle.
– The folks at the register will help you find a bottle that suits your tastes and your wallet. Ask for help.
– You can pay with a credit or debit card in the wine area. Outside is cash only.
– Take your number out back and grab a table.
– Take bug spray if you are a mosquito magnet.
– Order your food (menu) from the outside window. We repeat – it’s cash only if you want food beyond cheese. The dishes are small but tasty.
– Save a few bucks to put in the band’s tip jar.
– Sit under the trees and lights, listen to the music and enjoy a nice glass of wine. Cheers!
600 Poland Avenue (in the Bywater)
Free parking on the street
Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Food & wine served all day.
Kitchen open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Stays open until midnight Fridays & Saturdays.
Live music every night.
Some of the #NewinNOLA crew: