Author: Bayou Wine Garden

Bayou Wine Garden is a neighborhood wine bar and kitchen in Mid City, New Orleans, LA. Just like our adjoining sister bar, Bayou Beer Garden, we seek to provide a casual atmosphere and a large selection at a price point that welcomes and excites both experts and novices. Whether you know a lot about wine and cheese and charcuterie, or not much at all, we hope that the relaxed ambiance, approachable menus, and friendly staff will provide everyone with an easy and enjoyable experience.

Bayou Wine Garden slated for mid-January opening

Many thanks to MidCity Messenger for writing this article. We are very excited to be opening our doors in January 2016!

More than a year after owners announced the new venture, the highly anticipated Bayou Wine Garden, a Mid-City neighborhood wine bar and restaurant, is slated to open adjacent to its adjoining sister Bayou Beer Garden in mid-January.

After earning the support of neighbors and getting a quick thumbs up from New Orleans City Council last December, the original opening date was set for Fall 2015. It’s taken longer than anticipated, however, to get the wine bar’s liquor license, said owning partner David Demarest.

“Our issue right now is our state liquor license comes through tomorrow and so we can order alcohol, but the city liquor license that allows us to sell alcohol, they don’t give you a time date on that,” Demarest said.

Demarest said that the city will issue its liquor license within two to six weeks. Other than that, he added, Bayou Wine Garden is ready for customers.

“That’s it, we’re completely finished,” he said. “All the staff is hired, and we have been training our staff as well.”

The restaurant and wine bar will feature 30 to 40 house-made charcuterie items, around forty cheeses, with a variety of flatbreads, sandwiches, and salads. It will also have 24 wines on tap and over 100 bottles of wine to choose from.

Demarest said the ambiance of Bayou Wine Garden will change between day and night.

“It will be setup almost like an “old-world deli” during the day, where you can come in and buy charcuterie or Coppa or Prosciutto and stuff like that,” Demarest said, adding that at night, it will transition into a traditional wine bar.

Demarest said cocktails will be created with the help of the former bar chef from Maurepas Foods, a Bywater restaurant that closed back in October.

“Paige Chauvin will be doing our cocktail program over there and Brian Bonner, who is a (former) manager at Root. will be doing all our wine over there as well, along with myself,” Demarest said.

Although Bayou Wine Garden will have an adjoining bridge to Bayou Beer Garden, and both will have patios outside, the two restaurants and bars will be different, Demarest noted. He said the wine garden has “rustic industrial” features that set it apart from the beer garden’s more sporty nature.

“The floors were pulled out of the port of New Orleans. The bar top is like a 300 year old cypress tree,” he said about the wine garden. “So it’s set up to mirror itself in that way but architecturally speaking it will capture more of a classic New Orleans older feel.”

Demarest said that he hopes Bayou Wine Garden will attract customers for lunch to try some of the European-inspired food items on the menu, such as sandwiches that are “more reminiscent of Italy or Spain,” to go with the restaurant’s airy “patio feel.”

“You can come in and pick your wine off the shelf and buy it at the bar and get glasses and order your food and go sit outside and we’ll bring it all to you,” Demarest said.

To visit Bayou Wine Garden’s website, click here.

New Orleans Most Anticipated New Restaurants, Fall 2015

Many thanks to NOLA Eater for adding Bayou Wine Garden to their New Orleans Most Anticipated New Restaurants, Fall 2015!


Location: 315 N. Rendon

Key Players: owners Fiona Delargy, Dean DiSalvo, David Demarest, owner/chef Virginia Demarest

Projected Opening: November

The masterminds behind beer and debris fry favorite Bayou Beer Garden will up the wine bar and charcuterie game in Mid City with this new upscale spot that’s currently under some serious construction. The kitchen’s emphasis will be on quality house-cured meats—from porchetta to bresaola—and gourmet sandwiches to pair with the extensive wine list, including 16 wines on tap. A covered deck and courtyard in the fashion of the Vieux Carre’s finest will make this one of fall’s hottest outdoor dining debuts as well.

Bayou Wine Garden slated to open by end of summer

Bayou Wine Garden, an old-world-style wine bar and restaurant, is slated to open adjacent to Bayou Beer Garden in Mid-City by the end of summer, according to owning partner David Demarest.

Demarest said a construction crew ground broke Monday on the new venture, and the official opening is slated for Sep. 10 — although owners may push that date up even sooner. The restaurant and wine bar, which will connect by courtyard to the beer hall and eatery Bayou Beer Garden, was approved by New Orleans City Planning Commission in November and then by New Orleans City Council in December.

“We’re really excited,” Demarest said. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback. And we’re trying to do more of what we know how to do, which is patio setting dining.”

Architectural plans call for an arched bridge to connect the two bars outdoors. Although owners want to replicate the casual atmosphere of Bayou Beer Garden, the new bar will also be slightly more polished, offering “French Quarter-style” dining and wine sipping complete with in-house cured meats, cheeses and more than 150 different types of wine.

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Quick thumbs up from the City Council

Less than two months after Mid-City neighbors gave blessing to an expansion of the Bayou Beer Garden called the Bayou Wine Garden, the New Orleans City Council has voted to approve the project with comments echoing their enthusiasm.

“I believe the new Bayou Wine Garden will be a benefit to both the neighborhood and the district,” said City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell at the Thursday, Dec. 4, meeting of the City Council. “They are great neighbors and have created a well-liked establishment in this part of the city, and I do believe the Bayou Wine Garden will also be a success.”

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Yeas of Wine & Roses: Council OK’s New MidCity Lounge

City Council Meeting was dominated by enough code debates to make an onlooker want to drink. Fortunately, the meeting also included the news that residents will have one more place to imbibe. After a five month process, the Bayou Wine Garden received a final okay.

Councilmembers approved the request for a Conditional Use to permit the cocktail lounge on the corner of North Rendon Street and Bienville Street adjacent to the back patio of Bayou Beer Garden (BBG).

It’s a very casual wine atmosphere, very approachable,” David Demarest, current Manager at BBG and new owner of Bayou Wine Garden, told NoDef over the phone after the City Council meeting adjourned. They’ve partnered with Dean and Fiona, owners of BBG to bring this new business venture to fruition.

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Bayou Beer Garden owners plan new venture, Bayou Wine Garden

Mid-City wine lovers may soon rejoice.

The owners of the Mid-City bar and restaurant Bayou Beer Garden are planning a new venture, Bayou Wine Garden, slated to open adjacent to the ever-popular beer hall and restaurant in spring 2015.

Architectural plans call for an arched bridge to connect the two bars by courtyard. Although owners want to replicate the casual atmosphere of Bayou Beer Garden, the new bar will also be slightly more polished, offering “French Quarter-style” dining and wine sipping complete with in-house cured meats, cheeses and more than 150 different types of wine, according to David Demarest, general manager of Bayou Beer Garden and owning partner of Bayou Wine Garden.

Read entire article at MidCity Messenger