1. SoBou310 Chartres St, New Orleans
2. Oxalis3162 Dauphine St, New Orleans
3. Arnaud's Restaurant813 Bienville St, New Orleans
4. Tivoli & Lee2 Lee Circle, New Orleans
5. Lucky Rooster515 Baronne, New Orleans
6. Kingfish337 Chartres, New Orleans
7. Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar300 Poydras St, New Orleans
8. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard819 Conti St, New Orleans
9. Dominique's on Magazine4213 Magazine, New Orleans
Located inside the W Hotel, SoBou is a spirited restaurant south of Bourbon St (hence the name) feels like a modern-day Creole saloon. The restaurant and lounge is known for its hand-crafted cocktails, and serves creative spins on traditional bar snacks like crispy pork skin and spicy beer nuts, as well as some heartier dishes. SoBou also has a beer garden with beer taps in the tables and self-serve wine machines.
Oxalis is a can't-miss when it comes to drinking in Bywater. This trendy and lively bar/eatery features a brown alcohol-focused selection of spirits with over 30 bourbons on reserve, and a myriad of classic, well-prepared cocktails. The food at Oxalis, which ranges from small plates to burgers and wings, is the kind of solid fare you'll want after knocking back a few.
Arnaud’s is a decades-old French Quarter staple that embodies the French Creole style in architecture, décor, and, of course, food. Inside the red building lined with innumerable French windows and mint green balconies is a dining room straight out of a Southern novel with potted palm fronds, mosaic tile floors, and opulent chandeliers. Come for dinner or for the jazz brunch, where a jazz trio will serenade you while you decide between gumbo and shrimp remoulade.
This sleek neighborhood bistro focuses on Southern favorites like fried oysters, andouille tater tots, and pork belly. If you're into American whiskey, check out their flights of the day and cocktail specials.
Best known for their dumplings, soups, and noodles, The Lucky Rooster ALSO has a terrific selection of bold cocktails to pair with your food, as well as an extensive wine list.
Thibodaux native, Chef Nathan Richard, created a menu at the casual Kingfish restaurant that combines the Cajun reverence for honoring ingredients and culinary history with a sophisticated, often playful take on modern trends that excite visitors and natives alike. The plateau de fruits des mer is this spots take on a traditional meat charcuterie board, using local seafood to create all manner of fresh and cured sausages, terrines, and smoked items.
This Central Business District resto & bar serves a variety of delectable food and drink options, like signature cocktail-paired brunches (concocted by Executive Chef Carl Schaubhut and Bar Chef Lu Brow), and they also dole out 25 cent martinis. Yeah, that’s a quarter of a buck, friend. The relaxed vibe of this cocktail bar makes you feel comfortable to chat with your friends, and the friendly atmosphere will make you want to stay for hours.
Broussard’s offers a slightly different interpretation of French-Creole cuisine than other illustrious New Orleans fine dining establishments: contemporary interpretations give traditional dishes a new lease on life. Sweet potatoes are whipped with ginger, fried chicken is glazed with red chili and perched on a sweet potato biscuit, and the chicken fricassee is flavored with truffle and artichokes. Broussard’s is also home to the Empire Bar, where mixologist Paul Gustings pours up his signature Ramos Gin Fizz.
Ian Julian is doing masterful things at the bar of this Uptown haunt, like crafting a "pho Cajun sour" using pho broth to make a sour syrup, then combining it with vodka and lime, as well as cilantro, green onions, ginger, lime, and habanero salt. Dominique's also gets bonus points for naming cocktails after dark movie moments, including the "What’s in the Box", and the "Why So Serious".