A new wine and cocktail bar, Claret, opens on Magazine Street

A new neighborhood wine and cocktail bar opens its doors in the Lower Garden District just in time for summer. Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar brings a chic spot with window views and an outdoor patio to 1320 Magazine Street.

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The new wine and cocktail bar features an extensive drink menu created by bar manager Craig Seaman and wine director Lizzie Lenson. Guests can choose from over 25 wines by the glass, 30 domestic and imported craft beers and seasonal craft cocktails.

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Claret also features a wide-ranging charcuterie program planned by executive chef Marcus Woodham. Woodham, executive chef of sister-restaurant Bar Frances, steps in to create an extensive charcuterie and small plates menu featuring house-cured meats and a variety of cheeses.

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Claret is part of the new Framework development between Thalia Street and Melpomeme Street. Guests can enjoy an intimate, beautifully designed interior space with a central bar.

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The 1,250 square-foot interior can seat approximately 45 people, while the patio area offers an additional 62 seats. The outdoor patio area will also soon get a retractable roof with both heating and cooling capabilities, a spokesperson for the bar said.

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The bar is the newest addition for the Latter Hospitality restaurant group who also owns Tujaque’s Restaurant in the French Quarter and Freret Street’s Bar Frances. According to their website, the owners behind Claret like to think they’re “Making Uptown Happy One Glass at a Time.”

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Tentative hours for Claret are Monday to Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The spot also plans for happy hour on Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar website at www.Claretnola.com and the Facebook page.