New Orleans is known for many things and enjoying life is paramount. Going in hand with that belief is the love a classic cocktail.
The popularity of crack cocktails has exploded in recent years in New Orleans, thanks in part, to a weeklong appreciation of alcoholic libations called Tales of the Cocktail. Launched as a small walking tour in 2002, the educational and networking focused event is now held annually in July. Tales of the Cocktail has an estimated economic impact of over $20 million to the city of New Orleans, has expanded to other international destinations and offers a Tales of the Toddy event during the holiday season.
If Tales of the Cocktail isn’t in the travel plans, there are a plethora of craft cocktail bars and mixology talent to experience. Arguably one of the original craft cocktail establishments, Loa, can be found at the International House Hotel and offers a candlelit ambience and a seasonably changing menu. Uptown on Freret St, Cure is credited with kicking off the mixology bar movements and its purveyors have launched additional concepts such as Cane and Table in the French Quarter and Café Henri in the Bywater area. Each location presents a different experience but all feature creative cocktails with fresh squeezed juices and handmade syrups.
Additional notable cocktail institutions by neighborhood include:
French Quarter/CBD Marigny/Bywater
- The Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone – Bacchanal
- Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel
- Bar Tonique
- Beach Bum Larry’s Latitude 29
- French 75 Bar
- El Libre
- The Empire Bar at Broussard’s
- 21st Amendment Bar
- The Pisco Bar at the Catahoula Hotel
- Compere Lapin
Lower Garden District/Uptown
- Barrel Proof
- Bakery Bar
- Joe’s Bar
- Dos Jefes
- Twelve Mile Limit