Wine Bars For Your Next Wine & Cheese Night

Let’s face it. Cheese plates and charcuterie are basically adult lunchables, and wine is grown-up grape juice.

This winning combo has gone from occasional snack to “we’re making this our dinner” for many of us.

We all have one, maybe, two places that are our go-to for wine, cheese, and fancy snack foods, but here in NOLA, wine bars have flourished and there are many options available all over town.

From the more rustic-romantic to the upscale-modern-romantic, this list is sure to show you an appropriately dimly lit haunt to enjoy some aged & fermented delights.

As always, if you have a good suggestion for this list, let us know!
The Vintage
Coffee ShopTouro ● Uptown

The Vintage

The Vintage is a chic space with a very classic, almost retro feel to it. It’s a great place to come for breakfast a date night or a late night snack. Their killer happy hour has food like beignets and fries, as well as wine, beer and cocktails. The cheese plates and charcuterie boards are always on point, and they have created a great classy casual backdrop for afternoon snacking in style. The Vintage is part cafe, part wine bar, always delicious.

Bayou Wine Garden
Wine BarMid-City

Bayou Wine Garden

Bayou Wine Garden is a wine bar that's attached to it's sister business, Bayou Beer Garden, so it's the perfect wine bar to drag a beer lover to.

The space has a casual rustic vibe with a patio with sun and shade that is dog friendly.

It's the perfect spot to go for a few glasses of wine and a cheese plate on a sunny day.

If you're looking for a wine bar with the buttoned-down vibe of a beer bar, Bayou Wine Garden is a great place to check out.

Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar
Wine BarLGD

Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar

Claret is your new go-to spot for a date night or a night out with friends in the LGD.

The potted plants on the walls, ceilings, and just, everywhere make it a vibrant and welcoming setting.

The wine selection is excellent with 25 available by the glass and over 60 by the bottle.

They also have an inventive cocktail list that will keep you coming back for more.

The small plates like warm olives, tzatziki, and tuna tartare are classic wine bar staples done right.

Claret's fun, hip atmosphere and great wine selection make it a prime choice for a wine bar in the LGD.

Copper Vine
Wine BarCBD

Copper Vine

Downtown, a couple blocks from the streetcar line, lies Copper Vine. It’s a top tier date spot, probably because It makes you feel like you're in a lush tropical garden, whether you're enjoying a glass of wine on the small patio or tucked in a booth inside the intimate modern-chic interior. Knowledgeable staff will help you pick a glass of wine from their extensive wine list available by the glass, bottle, and tap (yes, you read that right). The wine-bar-snack game is on point, as is the dinner-food game. And remember: wine on tap.

Bacchanal Wine
Wine BarBywater

Bacchanal Wine

Bacchanal Wine is a top notch wine bar in the Bywater. Once you weave your way through the wine shop you’ll find yourself in a vibrant backyard oasis. The spacious garden has a plethora of seating, and is adorned with christmas lights giving it a very intimate vibe. Pick cheese & wine in the front store and then find a table in the backyard with a view of the stage. The staff will dress up your cheese & charcuterie and whisk it back to your table with the option to order more share plates from their seasonal food menu. The staff is happy to help you pick out a couple bottles of wine as you’ll want to stay all night listening to music at one of New Orleans’s most lively wine bars.

Oak Wine Bar
Wine BarUptown ● Oak St. ● Carrollton

Oak Wine Bar

Oak has an awesome selection of wine and beer, with a great selection of cheese and charcuterie as well.

They share a patio with its sister business, Ale, which means you get all of the options of a beer bar and a wine bar at one location.

The interior is super snazzy with ceiling light fixtures set to that perfect intimate dimness, and white walls and furniture.

The patio is more casual but provides an awesome and shady backdrop for any wine-and cheese occasion.

The Porch and Patio Restaurant, Wine and Beer Garden
Beer GardenKenner

The Porch and Patio Restaurant, Wine and Beer Garden

The Porch and Patio is a great place to go for dinner with friends, drinks, or to just hang out and enjoy the good weather.

The patio has plenty of tables and chairs, so you can take a load off, enjoy a drink, and people watch.

The rustic wooden fixtures and signage, combined with the country vibe, creates a welcoming and casual atmosphere.

The menu is a mix of American and Southern cuisine, so you’ll find some good options for everyone.

If you’re craving some cheese, unfortunately they’re not serving cheese plates. However, you’ll find awesome casual snacks like egg rolls and cheese fries.

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro
French Quarter

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro boasts a cozy and intimate interior with exposed brick walls and a dimly lit bar space.

This place is perfect for a casual date or a night out with friends, but the ambiance is still upscale.

The wine selection is excellent, and so is the food, which covers an eclectic mix of modern American and New Orleans cuisine.

The cheese plate is a must, but you'll also find a baked brie appetizer that will not disappoint.

A Tavola Restaurant & Wine Bar

A Tavola Restaurant & Wine Bar

A Tavola is not your typical wine bar. It is definitely more of a full-fledged restaurant than many other entries on this list.

The menu is designed to make the most of the ingredients, with thoughtful, modern Italian cuisine.

And yes, they have a great selection of italian wines and a chef's choice charcuterie and cheese board with the works.

The space is inviting and classy, with a modern, upscale look.

This is an excellent place to visit for a romantic dinner, a special occasion or to just hang out with friends and family.

Swirl Wine Bar & Market
Wine BarFairgrounds

Swirl Wine Bar & Market

Swirl Wine Bar & Market is a wine shop and bar that offers a ridiculous wine selection, as well as a limited cheese-and-charcuterie-centric food menu.

They focus on what they do well: cheese, meats, and the pickles and vegetables that go into their unique “veggie boards”.

If you're looking for something else food-wise, they encourage ordering from 1000 figs next door.

The patio is also fantastic, with string lights and swanky wooden furnishings, its a great outdoor wine-and-hangout locale.

Silk Road Restaurant & Wine Bar

Silk Road Restaurant & Wine Bar

Silk Road is a great place to go for a laid-back dinner with a friend or to indulge in a nightcap. They have a wine bar, an extensive cocktail menu, and an impressive selection of wine from around the world. The space is intimate and cozy. It's dimly lit, with a lot of wood paneling and polished wooden fixtures. The walls are adorned with art, or wine racks. The menu is all about fusion, with a lot of Indian and Asian dishes. They offer a 3 and 5 cheese plate with all the fixins, as well as a lot of vegetarian options.

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