This renovated bi-level 19th century bank building has been recently retrofitted with a bar on each floor, a pool table, and a killer jukebox to boot. Backing a perfect neighborhood bar with drinks as delicious as they are strong, Anna herself has been crafting cocktails in the Crescent City for almost a decade and wants to keep this cool corner of the Marigny as welcoming and exciting as it's always been. Pop in every night of the week for endless good vibes until the wee hours of the morning.
The James Beard Award-winning bar attached to Arnaud’s, the century-old Creole restaurant, is a step back in time. The space is classy, dark, and intimate, with vintage decor that evokes an upscale private club, but the vibe is decidedly welcoming. Expert bartenders can prepare classics like an Old Fashioned, Sidecar, or the famed French 75. Snack on some souffle potatoes, an Arnaud’s specialty, and make time for a visit to the eclectic Mardi Gras museum located upstairs.
This is simply the weirdest and most wonderful wine bar in the world. Enter the unassuming spot through what looks like a perfectly normal wine shop. But once you’re in, it's like stepping into an entirely different dimension. Pick up a hearty Cab or crispy Pilsner—at retail, not restaurant prices—and tote it outside into the courtyard where live music plays every night of the year. It bills itself as the city’s “backyard party,” and definitely lives up to that hype.
The Bakery Bar serves up doberge alongside creative cocktails and a standout beer and wine selection. (For the uninitiated, doberge is a classic New Orleans cake involving many layers slapped together with custard then covered in icing.) Over the years, it’s also developed a solid bar menu that’s equally worth a try—the Biscuit Board and Trash Fries look mighty tempting.
One of the city’s premier date spots is known for its over-the-top boudoir decor and exceptionally creative cocktails. There's a noted speakeasy vibe (it’s separated from the adjoining Maison de la Luz hotel by a false bookcase door) and everywhere you look is lush, sultry, and downright seductive. The menu features fancy small plates and thoughtful cocktails, and the bar regularly hosts live music—called “listening affairs”—to complete the swanky vibe.
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Open since 2014, Latitude 29 swaps traditional New Orleans tipples (Sazeracs, Brandy Milk Punch, Grasshoppers) for ornately festive and fruity concoctions rife with island vibes. Owner Jeff “Beachbum” Berry wanted to augment the city’s proximity to the tropics and opened this bar to cement that connection—and serve crazy-cool (and crazy strong) mixed wonders like the Navy Grog and the Suffering Bastard.