The most popular drink at this French Quarter wine bar is the Le Bon Mot, made with Nolet's Gin, St. Germain, fresh oranges and Champagne. The upscale bar opens onto a front patio that offers a lush place to sip wine or cocktails and nibble on a cheese plate. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Familiar as both a sommelier and maître d’, Patrick Van Hoorebeek opened his wine bar in the Hotel Mazarin. The focus is on wine — and the list of offerings is long — and there’s a small selection of cheese and charcuterie plates and olives. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$