Copper Vine will open its doors to a new wine pub with a lush, outdoor patio on Sept. 5. The neighborhood wine bar in the Central Business District will replace the spot previously occupied by Happy’s at 1009 Poydras Street.
The historic indoor/outdoor gathering place pairs a menu from chef Mike Brewer with 30 wines on tap to offer a culinary and cultural experience aimed to demystify wine in a fun and relaxed setting.
Hospitality entrepreneur Kyle Brechtel said he wanted to create a space that has “something for everyone.” During his travels, Brechtel found many wine bars were only geared toward a specific audience.
“I wanted to create an approachable neighborhood spot where friends could come drink great wine, eat incredible food and just hang out,” Brechtel said.
For the wine program at Copper Vine, guests can select from 30 wines on tap, available by-the-half-glass, glass, carafe and bottle. Brechtel installed a state-of-the-art wine tap system which helps with faster service and lower costs, while eliminating waste.
Wine flights will also be on offer, allowing guests to explore the many flavors and varietals. An additional 20 glasses poured via Coravin, will reflect greater breadth and introduce lesser-known wines from around the world. Copper Vine will also feature eight local beers on tap, as well as a selection of classic cocktails and premium spirits.
Copper Vine’s menu was developed by Brewer who has worked for notable spots including Brennan’s, Commander’s Palace and The Sammich. Each dish is designed with great consideration for the wine and reflects Brewer’s creative interpretations of gastropub cuisine.
Some of the offerings include shareable snacks like deviled eggs topped with jumbo lump Louisiana crab meat and Murder Point oysters with pineapple-mint gelée, topped with Cajun caviar. Flatbreads run the gamut with options like duck confit with bacon jam, goat cheese and micro arugula.
The menu also includes soup, salad and main entrees like crispy pork belly, chicken fricassee, gnocchi and short rib. Desserts offer a perfect ending to dinner with light but decadent flavors. The entire menu spans from $4 to $22.
The 175-seat, 4,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor space honors the history of the landmarked building with an old New Orleans charm, but with a careful consideration for modern aesthetic. Originally constructed in 1876 as the Maylie’s residence and Maylie’s Restaurant, the two-and-one-half-story Edwardian-style building is at once a tribute to the past and a vision of the future.
Upon entering, guests are surrounded by a lush tropical courtyard, inspired by the wisteria vine that grew throughout Maylie’s. Hanging ivy, ferns, and vines create an intimate feeling and offer respite from the hustle and bustle of Poydras. Relaxed bench seating, throw pillows, blue textured outdoor rugs, and elegant Danish inspired outdoor furniture create a unique space to unwind.
Inside, the vibe shifts to casual lounge gastropub. The original historic oak and marble bar serves as the focal point of the space, where 38 copper and tigerwood taps offer guests an array of wines and local craft beers. Saddle colored leather bar stools and antique mirrors complete the look.
Copper Vine, located at 1009 Poydras Street, in the Central Business District, will start with dinner only open opening, with lunch and weekend brunch to follow.
Hours are Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar opens daily at 3 p.m.
For more information, visit Copper Vine’s Facebook page.