"A fine bottle of wine turns strangers into friends and friends into family..."
This is as apt a phrase as any that could be mustered to describe the ambience of lauded New Orleans haunt wine Patrick's Bar Vin. Located at Hotel Mazarin, this upscale wine bar is perfectly described as ‘a sip of pleasure in the heart of the French Quarter.’
Although its entrance is steps away from Bourbon Street's debaucherous atmosphere, Patrick's offers a low-key, intimate setting. Set off the street, the babbling of a fountain in the private courtyard soothingly drowns out the ambient noise of the exciting city.
A professional and entertaining staff also provides a discerning guide to the bar's extensive wine list. If, however, the tastes of the wine connoisseur exceed the offerings available, Patrick's offers a few personalized, temperature-controlled wine lockers.
Although it focusses on the grape, Patrick’s bar has something to offer lovers of the grain as well. Owner, Belgian-born Patrick van Hoorbeek, also serves his own brand of craft beer.
"The Maestro" as he is known in some circles, van Hoorbeek garnered several "Maître D' of the Year" awards--along with plenty of ink in local and national publications--before the doors of his little slice of French Quarter heaven opened.
Since its inception, Patrick's has become a beacon of self-effacing sophistication for locals and wine tourists alike. Named one of the Top 10 Wine Bars in the United States by Gayot’s and Fox News, Patrick’s Bar Vin is definitely a must-stop location for those looking for a great place to grab a drink in New Orleans.
For more information, visit www.patricksbarvin.com.