Food & Drink

An Insider's Guide to Tales of the Cocktail

Published On 07/12/2013 Published On 07/12/2013
Abigail Gullo mixologist SoBou
Scott Gold
Scott Gold
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Scott Gold
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Hotel Monteleone
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1. SoBou 310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

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.

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2. Fort Defiance 365 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Red Hook)

With a 13-star flag hanging in front, Red Hook's Fort Defiance nods to American history in more ways than one. The menu is rooted in American cookbook classics but sprinkled with European flavors: deviled eggs are topped with fried capers and roasted chicken is served with creamy polenta and braised Tuscan kale. Regular specials like burger nights, oyster happy hours, and the weekly Sunken Harbor Club, a celebration of Tiki food and drink, keep this neighborhood spot lively. That said, you can always count on weekend brunch.

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3. Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

The 50-suite Hotel Monteleone's a 19th-century Royal St landmark. The suites are capped with a 24-hour fitness center, spa, and heated rooftop pool, and night-capped by the haunted lobby's historic revolving Carousel Bar.

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4. Meyer the Hatter 120 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)

One of the largest hat stores in all of the South, Meyer the Hatter has been crafting quality lids of all shapes and sizes since 1894.