Lakeside Mall has been defying the nationwide trend of shoppers abandoning malls. In fact, Lakeside Mall is always teeming with people seeking out the latest fashions. The latest addition to the storied mall is Vine & Tap, a bar serving up adult beverages for thirsty shoppers. Vine & Tap is locally owned by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, which owns eateries (and drinkeries) around the greater New Orleans area including daquiri bars like Daiquiri Paradise and high-end restaurants including Broussard's.
"Vine & Tap offers a unique opportunity for guests to have a relaxing drink while shopping. Today, people are looking for new ways to get together with friends and family, and Vine & Tap provides a fun atmosphere for those connections," Creole Cuisine CEO Marv Ammari stated. "The concept is gaining popularity. Wine bars can be found in every major city from New York, Miami, and Chicago to Austin, San Diego, and Seattle, Washington. We are excited to be the first to offer this right here in Greater New Orleans."
The wine bar situated in the former Godiva Chocolate store sells a variety of wine for off-premise consumption, as well as wine on tap to be enjoyed while perusing the mall. Cocktails can be made if you prefer. The spirits are chosen based on what's popular in the many Creole Cuisine restaurants and bars. "We are bringing in the most popular brands sold in our other restaurants and, of course, following the hottest trends."
It was nice to see that Vine & Tap is keeping with the frozen beverage beginnings of Creole Cuisine! The frozen cocktails for this holiday season are Eggnog, Margarita, and Frose, but you'll want to come back as the flavors are rotated. Marv commented, "Eggnog has been available during the Christmas holidays, and our Bellini and Limoncello will be coming soon."
Vine & Tap is open during regular mall hours.