In the far reaches of Bywater, Bacchanal is part wine shop, part bar, part music club—and one hundred percent neighborhood hangout. Among the wine racks in the old New Orleans building are two big round tables, as well as seating in the courtyard and a spacious new bar upstairs that serves beer and liquor. You can have a bottle uncorked on the premises or order by the glass. The kitchen supplies gourmet cheeses plates and small, tasty dishes that go well with the wine
selections–osso buco, mussels, and confit chicken leg are among the best. Local bands play seven nights a week.