The crew behind Bayou Beer Garden opened Bayou Wine Garden (315 N. Rendon St., 504-826-2925) Jan. 23.
The spacious indoor-outdoor project swaps brews for wines — 24 of which are served on tap. Owner/partner David Demarest says the selection focuses on new world wines, and there's a full bar with a creative cocktail menu.
The 1,500-square-foot space has a rustic wine country feel, outfitted with sinker cypress wood, pressed tin accents, exposed brick walls and tabletops resting on wine barrels. Outside, an open-air patio connects to the adjoining beer garden and features a separate, standalone bar and ample patio seating.
The kitchen at the beer hall turns out pub grub, and Bayou Wine Garden serves a selection of shared plates (including mix-and-match cheese and house-made charcuterie plates) from an open kitchen with a wraparound bar. Eventually the spot will function as a take-out store offering bottled wine, roughly 25 types of cured meats and sandwiches.
Small plates and salads include chorizo and cheese wontons served with sofrito vinaigrette, bread sticks with vodka sauce and smoked chicken thigh Caesar salad. The menu includes six sandwiches with combinations such as a cane syrup bacon and brie medley on brioche with basil, blueberry and black pepper compote; tempura-battered smoked shrimp on a pistolette; and a duck Cubano with duck ham and duck confit.
Beginning Feb. 15, the team behind Two Girls One Shuck will offer oysters during happy hour from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday through Sunday, the beer hall will host crawfish boils through the end of the season.
Bayou Wine Garden is open daily from 11 a.m. until closing.