New Orleans is known for its cocktail culture and happy hours. Don’t miss the:
Roosevelt Hotel and Sazerac Bar: For a fun cocktail spot, make sure to visit the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The bar has an old-world feel and is perfect for a view of the past grandeur of New Orleans. It is named after the famed New Orleans cocktail, the Sazerac, which is made with rye whiskey, absinthe, Angostura bitters and simple syrup.
Equally famous is the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter that opened in 1949. 214 Royal Street.
Kenton’s: Located at 5757 Magazine St., this is a restaurant and whiskey bar that features American and Southern cooking with a raw bar. It has an extensive bourbon list. The Old Fashion was excellent and the bartenders fun to talk to.
Its website states that ‘the restaurant’s namesake is Simon Kenton, a founder of the town of Maysville, the Kentucky port town from which whiskey was first shipped out of state on flatboats. The primary downriver destination was New Orleans where the whiskey gained popularity and perhaps even acquired its name from Bourbon Street.”
For local beers, check out the brewery/tap room of Nola Brewing Co. at 3001 Tchoupitoulas St. There is also Second Line Brewing near New Orleans Art Museum complete with Beer Garden. 433 N. Bernadotte St. Just opened in March, 2016 is the Urban South Brewery at 1625 Tchoupitoulas St. Here you can taste from Thursday to Sunday and experience local food trucks
Old Absinthe House: The Old Absinthe House has been a staple in the French Quarter for 200 years. 240 Bourbon St.
I had a wonderful cocktail at Emeril’s, the Buffalo Trace Bourbon Mash, with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Grand Marnier, Cherry Heering, housemade Falernum, Orange, Peychaud’s Bitters. 800 Tchoupitoulas St.
Other spots getting great recent press include Bar Tonique at 820 N. Rampart St., Cane & Table at 1113 Decatur St., Barrel Proof at 1201 Magazine St. and Compere Lapin at 535 Tchoupitoulas St. at the recently opened The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. French 75 Bar at Arnaud’s, 814 Bienville, was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2016 for Best Bar Program.