The city is blooming and the air is sweet, as spring has surely arrived. Embrace this perfect weather with some outdoor sitting and sipping at a local New Orleans patio bar. Patio bars are fantastic because they’re so versatile — they’re excellent during both day and night in this city, and you’re certain to find a spot to quench whatever kind of thirst you have, whether it’s an obscure draft beer or signature cocktail that you’re looking for. New Orleans has a solid offering of nice patio and courtyard bars, but these are some of our favorites.
At Bacchanal in the Bywater, you’ll find a three way crossroads where wine shop, restaurant and patio converge to make one awesome, multi-layered experience. Pick out a bottle and some cheese in the front section and bring to the counter where the friendly cashiers will give you glasses and take your cheese to the kitchen for assemblage with delicious accouterments. Then head out to the spacious back patio and find a seat to settle in for hours of noshing, sipping and conversation. If you bring your appetite, order more food from their full American, Mediterranean and Latin-inspired menu of small and entree-sized plates that will please both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Bask in the outdoor ambiance surrounded by trees and enjoy local music nightly on this blissful New Orleans patio.