With a location within a stones throw of the honky tonks and across the street from Bridgeston Arena, Wild Bill’s Beignets and Bikes couldn’t be suited with a better location unless it was on Broadway itself. But it is for that reason this gem of a bar gets overlooked when people head downtown. If you fancy yourself a wine, there aren’t many better places around.
Starting with the menu, nothing soaks up the booze better than a beignet. If this is the choice for dinner, expect a menu featuring spice and lots of it. Chicken sausage, alligator, catfish, muffalatta, and a host of Cajun dishes highlight the menu that’s relatively easy on the wallet. And at a reasonable price to quell any sweet tooth. What is a great draw to this place is the layout. With four layers set out as individual rooms, it creates the atmosphere of being at a friend’s house. The bottom floor is the bar and kitchen, second floor resembles a living/dining combo with the wine contraption, the third floor is a den complete with fireplace and big screen TV, and the fourth floor is an open rooftop with another bar. If one doesn’t mind climbing stairs, this layout is great. Plus, the stairs could help burning off those beignets.
If high gravity beers are the choice, this place serves some of the best. Chimay, Stone, and Abita are featured on a decent list of higher powered beers. As of late, only the Abita Jockamo is the draft offering of the high octane brews. These beers will run you upwards of $7, but if someone prefers quality over quantity this may not be an issue. Customers can expect the usual domestics, but that’s what the rest of Broadway is for. Where this place earns its charm is on the second floor, with the wine dispenser.
The second floor allows patrons to grab a glass off the hutch, obtain a wine card from a server, and select his or her wine by the glass and straight from the bottle. Customers can ask their server, or simply drink as they please. Over forty wines are featured here, ranging in price from medium low-end up to the top shelf.
- It’s inexpensive. Two can dine and get a mixed drink here for under $30 with ease.
- It can get crowded at times, and the small kitchen can get a bit backed up. Just like any other smaller place downtown, expect to wait a bit during peak times.
- It’s very hockey friendly. Expect a fairly full building on game days.
- The crowd differs depending on the day. Patrons can expect hockey fans to wine nerds to couples dining downtown.
- Dress is casual, but the place has an upscale feel on the second and third floors.
- The coffee is a nice change. Wild Bill’s is one of the few places that serve coffee around lower Broadway.
- Servers are good about product knowledge. Customers can expect to see a few things on the menu they may not recognize, so this is paramount.
This bar is all about timing. If someone wants to be alone and enjoy a glass of wine with a friend, this place is good for that with a low key setting in the middle floors. If a patron wants to get a group together to pre-game an event at the arena, this place is a good option with the big roof top area and individual rooms. Partying after an event is a good idea for this place as well with hours that suit the downtown crowd. Also this place would be a deceptively nice choice to bring a significant other to for someone on a budget, as long as he or she checks the calendar.