Of all the cultural contributions bestowed upon the world by the city of New Orleans, perhaps none is as significant as the cocktail (though we’re pretty proud of jazz, po-boys, and the Higgins landing craft, too). With that in mind, we've compiled a list of the greatest & most iconic mixeds the Big Easy has produced, as well as the best places to score them...
The eight essential New Orleans cocktails, and the best places to find them
1. Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel123 Baronne Street,, New Orleans
2. Felipe's Taqueria301 N Peters St (at Bienville), New Orleans
3. Arnaud's French 75 Bar813 Bienville St, New Orleans
4. Tujague's823 Decatur St, New Orleans
5. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard819 Conti St, New Orleans
6. Napoleon House Bar & Cafe500 Chartres St, New Orleans
7. Kingfish337 Chartres, New Orleans
8. St. Lawrence219 N Peters St, New Orleans
9. Booty's Street Food800 Louisa St, New Orleans
10. Bourbon House144 Bourbon St, New Orleans
11. Hotel Monteleone214 Royal St, New Orleans
12. SoBou310 Chartres St, New Orleans
Renowned for teaching northerners how to drink a gin fizz, Sazerac Bar recreates old southern charm with elegant wood and pincushion furniture, and has a knack for hand-crafted cocktails. A favorite of Huey P Long, Sazerac still serves its former charismatic governor's old standby, the Ramos Gin Fizz, along with 20 other creative 'tails.
Serving authentic Mexican fare and Latin American craft cocktails, Felipe's is a favorite among tourists and locals. Their cocktail list keeps expanding; from the Mezcal Flight to the El Presidente, the cocktails are hand-crafted with house-made liquors, bitters, and fresh fruit.
Originally designated as a "gentlemen only area" in NOLA's early days, this cocktail bar located within Arnaud's Restaurant features cocktails like the Pisco Derby (that's pisco, lavender honey syrup, lime, and grapefruit) and bar snacks like Oysters en Brochette (translation: oysters wrapped with bacon and deep fried).
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Tujague's is the second oldest restaurant in NOLA, and their staying power is reflected in their extensive old-school menu that focuses around traditional Creole fare.
This resto plates seafood, a variety of savory meat options, and a number of vegetarian dishes, while offering an extensive wine list in an upscale and picturesque setting. It is also features the Empire Bar, which is run by notable mixologist Paul Gustings, who makes some of the best drinks in the city.
Family-owned and operated since 1914, the Napoleon House Bar & Cafe offers an experience that can only be had in New Orleans. The restaurant serves traditional dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and muffaletta; be sure to stop at the bar and enjoy a refreshing Pimms Cup -- it's the house specialty!
Located on the corner of Chartres and Conti, Kingfish is an upscale Creole kitchen and cocktail establishment that has received accolades for both their food and drinks.
This French Quarter bar and resto is all about fresh and regional produce, serving up local craft beers on tap and frozen cocktails like Pimm's Cup daiquiris and Louisiana Muscadine White Sangria.
Booty's serves up affordable street food from around the globe, concocts a variety of specialty cocktails, and brews Stumptown Coffee in a pleasant ambiance.
Bourbon House serves up fresh seasonal seafood using only local ingredients and offers an oyster bar and a number of single-batch bourbons in a lively but relaxing environment.
The 50-suite Hotel Monteleone's a 19th-century Royal St landmark. The suites are capped with a 24-hour fitness center, spa, and heated rooftop pool, and night-capped by the haunted lobby's historic revolving Carousel Bar.
This spirited restaurant south of Bourbon St (hence the name) is a modern-day Creole saloon, serving up creative riffs on traditional 'tails, bar snacks like crispy pork skin & spicy beer nuts, and 25 cent martinis (limit three per person… 'cause that's definitely enough).