Why did you set up Oak?
Shawn and I drank too many French 75s one night at Patois and decided to open a bar. I am a lawyer and she’s a full time mom of four kids, so we juggle responsibilities and make it work.

What makes Oak different in the busy New Orleans bar scene?
I think it’s the only bar designed and run by two women.

What’s the food like?
Small plates that provide good food at reasonable prices.

Will you open any more Oaks?
We opened Ale next door with my brother, Patrick Winters. I have a 13 month old and another baby due in July, so no plans for any more bars. I would like to be able to have a drink at this point!

Who is Oak for?
It’s designed for everyone and anyone to enjoy. I love the nights when I go in and the bar is filled with all ages and races.

What are the most popular drinks/eats?
People love our 8118 Cocktail of vodka, lime juice and basil, and our wine selection. As far as food goes, the shrimp tacos, hanger steaks and fried Brussels sprouts with pancetta are definitely some of the favorites.

How do you choose your musicians?
I book the musicians solely based on the music I like to hear and the musicians I like to deal with. We have worked with a lot of the same musicians since opening. They are family to us.

Is there anything coming up you’d like to tell us about?
We have free wine tastings on Thursday and half-off bottles of wine on Wednesdays.

Oak New Orleans

8118 Oak St.