Barrel Proof

Barrel Proof offers 288 Whiskeys and opens daily at 4pm. It’s great bar to meet people and drink an Old Fashioned. Yes, an Old Fashioned. The classic ‘whiskey cocktail’ has managed to have staying power in the Spirit world for over two centuries. The first documented definition of a ” whiskey cocktail” was in the May 13, 1806 issue, it was described as a potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar; it was also referred to at the time as a, Bittered Sling. By the 1860s, the original concoction, came back into vogue, and was referred to as “old-fashioned”. The most popular “old-fashioned” cocktails were made with whiskey, with rye being more popular than Bourbon.


The first use of the name “Old Fashioned” for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been at the Pendennis Club, in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe was said to have been in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.

Barrel Proof offers their Old Fashioned for half price during their daily Happy Hour. You should get over there ASAP and enjoy their version.


  • 1 scant teaspoon simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters, plus more to taste
  • 1 half dollar–sized slice orange peel, including pith
  • 2 ounces good-quality rye or bourbon
  • 1 maraschino cherry 


In old-fashioned glass, combine simple syrup and bitters. Fill glass halfway with ice, and then stir about a dozen times. Add enough ice to fill glass. Squeeze orange peel over glass to extract oils, add peel to glass, and add whiskey. Stir just until drink is cold and alcoholic bite has softened, about a dozen times. Garnish with cherry, swizzle stick, and straw. 

Barrel Proof Kitchen

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 4pm-Midnight 


Barrel Proof   1201 Magazine Street  New Orleans, LA 70115  Phone: 504 229-188




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