"We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.” These words from Eduardo Galeano seem to reverberate like a fine mist creating a tangible atmosphere within the newest Lake Charles harbor for wine lovers. From the moment you step through the door of Bodega Wine Dive, the black-and-white-tiled walls and the Charlie Chaplin dance numbers floating across the television screen make you feel as if you have entered some magical world where Zelda Fitzgerald or Alice in Wonderland might suddenly appear and share a glass of Dom Perignon (which is sold by the glass) with you.
The inspiration, co-owner Lance Thomas says, stems from wine bars in Houston, Austin, and Dallas, with a bit of New Orleans French Garden thrown in for good measure. They currently house ninety-five wines, but expect to offer near two hundred by April; however it isn’t just their selection that makes this whimsical jewel of Lake Charles absolutely matchless.
David Foley, co-owner and certified sommelier, can take your palette on an unforgettable journey with his expertise. The staff at Bodega is undergoing sommelier training as well, so every staff member has a broad knowledge of wine, which makes Bodega Wine Dive the ideal spot for wine connoisseurs and novices alike.
With co-owner Robert Hardesty’s extensive management experience, you can expect to feel like the only customer in the room, whether you are seated alone at the bar enjoying selections from the large charcuterie or cheese tray prepared by their in-house cheese monger, or in the special events room that can entertain up to fifty guests.
Lance, David, and Robert say Bodega Wine Dive lies somewhere between a fancy bar and a low-key restaurant where you should feel comfortable in a three piece suit, or jeans and a t-shirt. "We love the idea of serving a couple a fancy bottle of champagne followed by a 16 ounce wine in a can,” Lance says. "From our electro-swing curated music playlist, the on staff sommelier, the wild and wacky wine pairings and tasting events, and the individual wine locker rental system, we are truly a unique social experience!” Become immortal, just for one night, with the perfect glass of wine to compliment your proclivities at Bodega Wine Dive.