The Bower Bar opens in the Lower Garden District

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NEW ORLEANS (press release) – When Mark this one of Latter Hospitality opened Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar in early 2019, its goal was to give residents of the Lower Garden District a place to enjoy great wines, cocktails and charcuterie. A year later, the restaurateur, who also owns Tujague’s and Birdy’s, opened The Bower – a neighborhood bistro in the same Framework Plaza on Magazine Street. Featuring modern, flavorful cuisine using fresh ingredients from partner farm, Sugar roots, The Bower has quickly become a destination for locals and visitors alike to enjoy sumptuous meals in modern, relaxed surroundings. Fast forward another year, when the pandemic has changed the restaurant and bar landscape in New Orleans, and Latter is once again adapting to meet the needs of its clientele. The result? The Bower Bar – an adjacent extension of The Bower located at 1320 Magazine Street in the former Claret Wine Bar space.

Boasting 20 seats around the central bar and an additional 24 seats at the surrounding tables, the Bower Bar is the perfect place to gather with friends for cocktails, conversation and bites. The reimagined Claret space has the same lush look as The Bower, with living green walls and plants from local landscape architects, Luna Botanicals. Accent palettes of gray and marble add an element of sophistication, making the space feel like a chic cocktail bar where polished service takes center stage. New signage, lighting and accents complete the look. Guests can also enjoy covered outdoor seating that is shared by Latter’s three spots, including Birdy’s.

The cocktail program at the Bower Bar is under the direction of Beverage Manager Mickey Mullins and offers field-to-glass libations focused on herbs, flowers and seasonal produce available at sugar roots farm. Cocktails include 51 Problems – mezcal infused with beetroot, passion fruit, lime, Suze, demerara and edge of smoked salt; LGD – reposado, hibiscus, orange blossom, orgeat and mole bitters; and the hydrix – bourbon, mint-infused contratto, amaro and aquafaba. Zero proof drinks are also offered with the Sweet Root Spritz with homemade hibiscus syrup, lime and soda and Pear-Ly There – spiced pear purée and tonic. The wines are equally impressive and include small production winemakers, as well as widely known global collections.

Patrons of the Bower Bar can enjoy the same culinary creations found next door to the Bower, as well as the famous “boards” which has made Claret an essential destination for cheese and charcuterie. Executive Chef Marcus Woodham focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients, homemade pastas and sustainably sourced seafood. Small plates, perfect for snacking with a cocktail, include Grilled broccoli salad with Smoked Chickpeas, Pickled Shallots, Blood Orange and Bacon Chilli Crisp; fried calamari with marinated peppers, lime, smoked sea salt and guajillo chili sauce; and Crispy Cauliflower with Napa Cabbage, Sweet Garlic Chili Oil, Sesame Seeds, Cilantro, and Scallions. Pasta, prepared fresh on site include Bolognese pappardelle with pork, beef, parmesan, aged balsamic and truffle cultured cream, Spaghetti with basil, and more. The large plates feature a 12 oz. Prime New York Strip with dauphinoise of new potatoes and sweet potatoes, leeks, Cabrales blue cheese, NOLA bordelaise, Maggie mushrooms and garlic; and Gulf fish with carrots, marinated squash, celeriac puree, pistachio, satsuma and brown butter sauce.

happy hour at the Bower Bar, which takes place Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., is sure to try with $8 house cocktails and daily house punch; $7 house wine by the glass; and $4 worth of beer. Food offers include discounts ($6-12) charcuterie plates, cheese plates, cacio e pepe, crispy cauliflower, whipped feta and warm Castelvetrano olives.

The Bower Bar is located at 1320 Magazine Street next to sister restaurant, The Bower. The Bower Bar is open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (kitchen closes at 10:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.thebovernola.com or call (504) 582-9738.

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