Out in the far reaches of the Bywater, you're not going to stumble across this one accidentally – we strongly suggest you seek it out. Bacchanal is a local favourite for good reason. It has serious character. From the front it doesn't look like much, with just a plain wooden exterior on a ramshackle street, but it gets better and better the further in you venture.
The first room is the bottle shop where it all begins. Rustic, no-nonsense, like a home wine cellar of someone with impeccable taste. A dude is on hand to help you choose, but it’s a DIY affair after that. Pay at the till, pick up two glasses from the dishwasher rack and fill your bucket with ice, then into the massive backyard. Lit by strings of lanterns between the trees, happy groups of people nestle around tables listening to the nightly jazz on an unlit stage at the far end. Food is ordered at a window, and it is so far above what you would expect from somewhere this seemingly ad hoc. It’s exceptional.
Tip. You can buy a bottle to-go, and take it into the new riverfront Crescent Park to watch the sun set.