There's a very good reason our city is the perfect place to play host to thousands beverage professionals during Tales of the Cocktail each summer: New Orleans cocktail culture is deeply ingrained in our daily life, after all, and visitors have so many relevant opportunities to explore (with a cocktail in hand, no less -- open container laws simply don't plague our city).
As Tales founder Ann Tuennerman says, "Our cocktail scene is really a representation of the city itself: unique, diverse... maybe a little weirdness thrown in there. We really have it all, from high-end craft cocktail bars to 100-year-old restaurants, Tiki bars, and divey neighborhood joints that serve incredible drinks. It’s all in play in New Orleans."
We've previously written about everything you need to eat here, but to help our booze-minded visitors explore cocktail culture here in New Orleans (and find a good place for beer when y'all inevitably get cocktailed out), we developed a little guide to help you navigate the city's best, booziest offerings.