Alon and Emily Shaya’s Pomegranate Hospitality has opened Saba’s Lounge, an all-new lounge space adjacent to the group’s flagship restaurant, Saba. Enjoy Israeli-inspired cocktails and a curated list of unique and natural wines. Of course, you can also order Saba’s signature salatim, hummus, wood-fired pita and desserts. Be sure to order the special large-format classic cocktails (such as Negroni, Old Fashioned and Sazerac), which are served in beautiful, hand-selected decanters and are meant to be shared. The gorgeous space features architecture by OFFICE La, design by Michelle Smith Interiors and a mural by RJ Raizk. 5757 Magazine St., Ste. B, 324-7770, eatwithsaba.com
All Hail Happy Hour
Saint John, the newest restaurant from Chef Eric Cook (of Gris-Gris), is now offering new happy hour specials every Wednesday through Sunday from 3-6 p.m. The happy hour includes a variety of $7 bites (try the deviled eggs du jour) and cocktails (we like the watermelon Paloma), $6 boilermakers (a beer and a shot), $5 wine and beer on tap plus a $5 Who Dat Bourbon Old Fashioned. 1117 Decatur St., 581-8120, saintjohnnola.com
Bring on the Brewpub
The former Cowbell restaurant, housed in a former gas station and auto garage in the Riverbend, soon will be home to Calliope Beer Works. Owner Richard Szydlo plans to offer house-crafted beer (two mainstays will likely include a Belgian witbier and a golden rye ale). Bar snacks, sandwiches and entrees also will be available. 8801 Oak St.
Birds of a Feather
The Selina Catahoula New Orleans hotel welcomes the new Odd Birds Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen. Odd Birds at Selina features two Insta-worthy areas: the downstairs Arepa Bar—complete with an indoor area and outdoor patio, string lights, exposed brick and a three-story-tall mural—and the rooftop bar, focusing on rum and mezcal cocktails. 914 Union St., 603-2442, selina.com
Brennan’s New Orleans has been awarded with Wine Spectator’s highest honor—the Grand Award—for the second year in a row. In recent years, Brennan’s has spent nearly $1 million on wine, increasing its total selection by 50 percent. The cellar’s greatest strength is its exceptional Burgundies, and its Champagnes approaching 100 varied offerings. Meanwhile, The Grill Room at Windsor Court has been awarded Wine Spectator’s 2022 Best of Award of Excellence. Recipients of this award display depth across multiple wine-growing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation. 417 Royal St., 525-9711, brennansneworleans.com, 300 Gravier St., 522-1994, windsorcourthotel.com