A new wine and cocktail bar, Claret, coming to Lower Garden District

A new neighborhood wine and cocktail bar will open its doors in the Lower Garden District just in time for summer. Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar is scheduled to open late-May at 1320 Magazine Street.

Photo courtesy: Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar

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

Claret will also have 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.

Photo courtesy: Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar

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Claret will open its doors in the new Framework development between Thalia Street and Melpomeme Street. The 1,250 square-foot interior can seat approximately 45 people, while the patio area offers an additional 62 seats.

Guests will enjoy an intimate, beautifully designed interior space with a central bar, as well as an outdoor patio area with a retractable roof to accommodate patrons regardless of weather conditions.

Photo courtesy: Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar

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.”

Tentative hours for Claret are Monday to Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. –11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The spot also plans for happy hour on Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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