If you're in search for innovative and delicious libations, New Orleans has it all. As a huge fan of touring a city through its drinks, I honestly believe New Orleans has some of the best stuff out there. While there are plenty of locations that offer new concoctions daily, here are some of the classics the city is known for:
Bourbon Milk Punch
Arnaud's French 75
Here are some of my favorite places for a refreshing sip in the French Quarter that we tried:
Hermes Bar at Antoine's Restaurant
Antoine's is a work of art in itself and has been family-run since 1840. Its rooms are loaded with history, with private rooms filled with memorabilia, many being homages to Mardi Gras krewes. I recommend touring the dining room, then grabbing a drink at Hermes Bar. This quickly became a repeat bar for us- it is so inviting and the sazeracs are incredibly addicting! I loved sitting in the bar, doors open, hearing the sounds of Mardis Gras in the street and taking in the dark wood and classic fixtures. It really felt like a classic New Orleans moment.
Another location steeped in history is The Court of the Two Sisters. The entrance actually has gates from Spain blessed by Queen Isabella. It boasts a gorgeous courtyard with a wishing well at the center. We first came here for drinks only (their Bayou Bash and Mint Juleps are delicious), but ended up back for a very charming dinner a few nights later. I also hear their live jazz brunch buffet is amazing!
We were lucky that SoBou was connected to our hotel! We also met one of its talented chefs at the Zulu Mardi Gras parade. SoBou is all about small bites and fun cocktails. I had a King Cake Old Fashioned, which was one of the more delicious (and strong) drinks I've enjoyed. The baby frozen in the ice cube was the best part.
941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116
The hurricanes here are my favorite... the juices are fresh and not too sweet. Located on bourbon street, this joint seems to be the life of the party. Loud music, happy people, and good drinks mixed with an old world charm. We grabbed a drink to go and took it all in from the street- there is a lot happening here! Like many other structures in New Orleans, Lafitte's is full of history. It is one of the few buildings to have survived the 18th century and some say it is the oldest bar in the US.
Pirate's Alley Cafe is an absinthe house located in (you guessed it) Pirate's Alley. The location is one of my favorite streets in New Orleans, right behind Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral. William Faulkner once lived on this street, and its easy to see why!
It is pretty much required that you try a hurricane at Pat O'Brien's bar in the French Quarter. Be warned that they are quite sweet and very strong! Their courtyard is open and beautiful, so since it gets slightly crazier at night, I'd recommend coming here for lunch and sipping a hurricane.
Here are some other great bars I have my eye on: