Feelings cafe is a traditional New Orleans restaurant in a very old, Creole-style house with many rooms. Now, one of those rooms is a new wine bar called Sentiments (2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.com), which is open Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. Those hours may be expanded in the future. The menu lists a dozen or so wines and a varying selection of cheese, charcuterie and small plates. The bar itself is as snug as possible, with room for just two. There also are a few tables inside, but the best seats in the house, at least in nice weather, are on the slim, catwalk balcony overlooking the lush courtyard. This is a romantic, charmingly homespun spot, practically hidden inside one of the Marigny's great old buildings.
Local French teacher Nikki Heathcock and her partner David Lee opened Sentiments this summer in cooperation with the Feelings Cafe owners. Heathcock says they're interested in opening on other weeknights in the future and perhaps screening French movies outside in the courtyard on nights when Feelings is normally closed.