Whether it's a first date, the 50th, or a celebration for your spouse's new promotion, these date night bars all have a few things in common that go beyond carefully crafted drink selections. They all have a great design to set the mood, delicious small plate options that won't interfere with your ability to catch a buzz, and intimate seating options that allow you to hear each other without competing over loud music. Revel in the romantic beauty of some of these staples-both classic and new.
Bolden Bar at People's Health Marketplace
1436 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard |️ 504-371-5849
This department store turned prestigious performing arts venue by Irvin Mayfield hosts the perfect place for an evening cocktail. Contemporary aesthetics, live music from Thursday to Saturday, open mic nights, and plenty more give you much to talk about as you unwind over drinks, coffee, pineapple juice, or whatever else floats your boat.
2600 Dauphine Street |️ 504-267-0640 thefranklinnola.com
With drink ingredients like whole egg, chicory, and vodka, you can guess the kind of thought and presentation that goes into these menu items. Get there early though, because they've got relatively early closing hours: 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
1179 Annunciation Street |️ 504-210-8519
Cake with specially paired cocktails, anyone? Because it's located right off the interstate, parking can be a little tricky for this ultra-cozy dessert bar. If you're a whiskey and Diet Coke type of couple, try this place when you're up for a little more experimentation. Items such as the Crawfish Boil Margarita deserve your full attention.
1036 N. Rampart Street |️ 504-509-7644
Nearly everyone can appreciate a good bubbly bar, especially one complete with sleek columns, marble tables, and a candlelit courtyard. This gorgeous space offers small plates and champagne tasters of six sample selections. A visit here would be an all-around experience for a date night.
2031 St. Charles Avenue |️ 504-323-1500
Overlooking the city from St. Charles Avenue, atop of the Pontchartrain Hotel, is this indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge. The eclectic space is open till 2 a.m. on weekends, but it can get pretty crowded, too. Come with a buzz from another place on this list, and you're sure not to mind the crowd at all-it may even be welcomed.
Second Wine Vine
1027 Touro Street |️ 504-304-4453
A great staff, tons of wine bottles to sort through, a secluded bar ducked off in the back, TVs, and couches make this neighborhood gem a definite spot to check out. It's easy to miss, as it's labeled a wine store on Google, but that makes the bar all the more exclusive once you're there. It's one of the more laid-back places on this list and is located in the heart of the Marigny.
600 Poland Ave |️ 504-948-9111
Further down off St. Claude, right at the bend of the river, is the masterpiece that is Bacchanal. Enter through the small wine store with selections you've never heard of pouring out of the walls-but wait; there's more. Walk through a little nook and grab a bucket of ice and some glasses for the wine you just bought. Grab a table out on the lush patio where there's typically live music going on. There's even a kitchen to order a small plate and a beautiful bar upstairs with a balcony overlooking the patio. Despite the crowd, this place is truly a romantic experience.
Whisky & Sticks
2513 Bayou Road |️ 504-444-8454
Great whisky, chill vibe, and generous pours make this bar and lounge a great spot. There's a large patio area where you may find people smoking premium cigars. If you're not a smoker, the romantic atmosphere inside definitely takes the cake.