This dark, boozy hideaway is close enough to the French Quarter that you can dip in and out of the parade. With literally hundreds of whiskies (288, to be exact—mainly American-made) on the menu, Barrel Proof is essential drinking for any fans of the golden dram. If straight whiskey isn’t your thing, there are a number of great beers and cocktails—try the Topo Chino with bourbon, cold brew coffee, vanilla, walnut bitters and soda water. Just be careful. “It’s is easy to rack up a giant tab if you're not paying attention to what you're buying—I always get into trouble,” Webb says.
1201 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA
A funky little local bar located in the Bayou St. John area, Pal’s features both craft cocktails and Boilermakers, vintage porn-themed bathrooms (if that’s your thing), and an air hockey table in the back—you can also find a variety of vintage board games if the table is taken. Pro tip: Order the Gingerita and make it a double—you’ll get an 16-oz to-go cup made of hard plastic (instead of those clear, soft plastic cups).
949 N Rendon St., New Orleans, LA
According to Norton Christopher, the head bartender at Sac-a-Lait, Markey’s is the perfect starting point for the Society of Saint Anne parade on Fat Tuesday itself. “Everyone lines up along the parade route here to kick off the trek through the Quarter,” he says. With a great beer selection, lots of cheap booze, exuberant, friendly bartenders, and a shuffleboard table (one of the best in the city), this gloriously divey spot is a destination worth seeking out. After a few rounds, “definitely get the nachos,” Christopher says.
640 Louisa St., New Orleans, LA
Located in Mid-City, this Irish bar is the real deal. While you’re likely to find more locals than tourists here, you’re more than welcome to join the party. More like a living room with a bar (and possibly a live band) The Holy Ground has a great selection of beers, lots of whiskey, and bartenders that keep people coming back (Christopher wants to personally give a shout out to bartenders Dave and Cheryl). And, with a permanent food pop-up in the back, you can get yourself a snack if you have one too many at the bar. Christopher adamantly recommends their shrimp snack (fried shrimp and fries with a house sauce for $6) as well as the PB&J. “Pabst Blue Ribbon and a pour of Jameson,” he adds.
106 S Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans, LA