The Best Bars in New Orleans
Collected by Wayne Curtis , AFAR Local Expert
From classy French Quarter cocktail joints serving Sazeracs and brandy milk punch, to neighborhood dive bars and campy tiki lounges, New Orleans knows how to slake a thirst.
813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Connected to Arnaud's, this cozy bar place makes you feel like you're transported back in time. It's a great place for conversation, even if just with the bartender. They take their cocktails seriously and you MUST try the souffle potatoes. Yum!
1179 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Cake and cocktails. It’s pretty simple, really, and a surprisingly winning combo. Bakery Bar doesn’t offer terrific promise from the outside—it occupies a former corner grocery store in the shadow of a noisy overpass linking to...
718 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a visit to Pat O'Briens for a Hurricane. The story goes that in the 1940s, because it was difficult to import scotch during WWII, bar owners were forced to buy large amounts of rum and the...
321 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Who doesn't love a good tiki bar? A recent addition to the Big Easy's bar scene, Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 is located inside the Bienville House Hotel in the French Quarter, with a direct entrance on North Peters Street. I found the bar to be...
820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Tucked away on Rampart Street on the sliver between the French Quarter and the Treme enclave, this cool bar balances neighborhood dive-iness and of-the-moment popularity. Find yourself a cozy corner and order up an updated version of a Big Easy...
130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
A Sazerac is composed of whiskey and absinthe, and nowhere sports classier digs for this signature cocktail than the Sazerac Bar of the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown New Orleans, where the low lights flow over heavy wood tables and the big leather...
536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
I've only been to NOLA about 4 times so far. Though Bourbon Street is fun, I'm learning that the best places are not on it. Three Muses off Frenchman St. is small but wonderful. Live music. Go for dinner (early since they don't take reservations)...
221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Alan Walter, the creative director at Loa, the bar at the International House, was stamping menus (on vintage game boards) when I wandered in. I was intrigued by his foppish hair and 70s style ensemble – and even more intrigued by his...
1107 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Molly’s is considered a journalists bar. When Andrei Codrescu lived in New Orleans he frequented the place. The owner keeps it open during hurricanes, and in the days after Katrina, the bar kept the neighbors that did not evacuate in warm...
600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Although Bacchanal Wine New Orleans is a wine shop, its backyard hosts an energetic outdoor party each night. The lawn is littered with tables and chairs, and lights are strung throughout the trees, where you can sip wine and listen to local...
921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
It might be a sin to go to New Orleans and not hear jazz. Venues run the gamut from sophisticated hotel lounges, like trumpeter Jeremy Davenport's eponymous salon at the Ritz-Carlton, to dives like the Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street, where swing...
8100 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Celebrate any holiday, birthday, or occasion with an on-the-go daiquiri. This place has got every flavor under the sun. So whether you like the fruity stuff, the chocolatey mess, the liquor-rich taste or the creamy flavas, Fat Tuesday's got it.
634 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
I wanted to escape the French Quarter and see more of the city. The Confederacy of Cruisers took us through the Ninth Ward, showed us where the levies broke, and gave us a local's history of Katrina. In the midst of it all we were suddenly stopped...
3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
The words "free beer" should get the attention of anyone of legal drinking age. I stumbled upon the free brewery tour at NOLA Brewing and highly recommend the experience as both informative and delicious. Free tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays,...
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