America's Best Wine Bars
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Bacchanal, New Orleans
So, did you really expect a typical wine bar in New Orleans? This retail wine shop in a funky Creole home has an accomplished kitchen and relaxed courtyard, all set at the far edge of the little-visited Bywater neighborhood (a 10-minute cab from the French Quarter). Select a bottle (at retail pricing) or buy by the glass in the pleasingly disheveled main shop, then head for the wire spool tables outside and order some bites to go with it.
Great Match: A trio of braised mushrooms with polenta, sherry, and Ossau-Iraty cheese, paired with a glass of Houchart Côtes de Provence rosé, $13 total.