With all of the dining, costuming, arts, revelry, drinking, and dancing that make New Orleans world-famous, it can be difficult to imagine that most of the people who live here work for a living. Well, if you have to work, you might as well work making others deliriously happy with baked goods or beautiful parade floats, pitch-perfect classic cocktails, performance, costumes, Sicilian-style taffy, or science fiction fantasies, right? When it comes to cool jobs in one of the coolest cities in America, these folks are workin’ hard for their money (and we wish we could be just like them).
Bartender at Arnaud's French 75: Chris Hannah
In a city that some claim invented the American cocktail, there are more than a handful of cocktail bars where you can wet your whistle in old-school style. But if you’re looking for a great classic tippling environment (monkey lamps!) and one of the best bartenders in the city, look no further than Chris Hannah at French 75.
Invariably outfitted in his white dinner jacket tuxedo, spectacles, and shaved head, Hannah cuts a remarkable figure. More remarkable still are his skills with shaker and spoon, and a noggin of cocktail knowledge that’s nothing short of impressive. He is, literally, one of great current bartenders of the Crescent City. Arnaud’s French 75 may be relatively new -- originally a gentlemen-only area of the Grand Dame restaurant, it became a bar in the late '70s and was renamed to its current incarnation in 2003 -- but the feel is decidedly vintage and is a staple in NOLA.