Some locals prefer bars with vintage appeal. These spots offer large selections of wine by the bottle and glass.
PATRICK'S BAR VIN It is home base for the Krewe of Cork marching group, but all oenophiles should feel at home at Patrick van Hoorebeek's year-old wine bar. Hoorebeek, former maitre d' at several French Quarter restaurants and krewe founder, cultivates a deep wine list and offers affordable options: there is a rotating "best kept secret" option for $5 a glass or $25 a bottle, and the bar offers $4 "shots" of Veuve Clicquot. And all wines here, even pricey labels, are available by the glass. There also are cheese and charcuterie plates and a selection of Belgian beers, a nod to Hoorebeek's homeland. 730 Bienville St., 200-3180; www.patricksbarvin.com
CLEVER Attached to the wine store Cork & Bottle, Clever offers a boutique selection of wines and a small menu of original cocktails. 3700 Orleans Ave., 483-6314; www.cbwines.com
ORLEANS GRAPEVINE Hiding in the shadow of St. Louis Cathedral, this French Quarter gem offers 82 wines by the glass and a menu of French bistro fare with a Southern twist. 720 Orleans St., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com
TOMMY'S WINE BAR The tony restaurant-adjacent lounge features more than 20 wines by the glass and a 150-bottle selection, as well as cheese plates, pates and access to the full Tommy's Cuisine menu. 752 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-4790; www.tommysneworleans.com
VINE & DINE One of Algiers Point's better kept secrets, this wine shop and cafe boasts a wine menu with affordable options, plus a menu of cheese plates, charcuterie and other shareable noshes. 141 Delaronde St., 361-1402; www.vine-dine.com
W.I.N.O. The wine bar, shop and school's innovative self-service system — which allows for sampling or full pours of more than 120 wines — can be educational or dangerous depending on your self-control. 610 Tchoupitoulas St., 324-8000; www.wino- school.com