We love many things about New Orleans, including the hopping bar scene. But where to go if what your bachelorette bestie wants is less Purple Drank on Bourbon Street and more, well, actual cocktail? Here are five places that should satisfy even the most refined of palates:
Top 5: Cocktail Bars in New Orleans
By Katie Skrzek of Trazee Travel
New Orleans is known for many things: Mardi Gras, rich Creole cuisine, a vibrant music scene and a thriving bar culture. There are plenty of spots to grab a beer or a frozen alcoholic drink, but you can’t beat a classic New Orleans cocktail. Stop by one, or all, of these iconic cocktail bars on your next trip to New Orleans.
A favorite among locals, Bar Tonique boasts an impressive wine and beer list, craft cocktails and even “temperance drinks” for those not partaking. The bartenders are true pros. Order: popular for their whiskey selection, sample an Old Fashioned or a Sazerac.
Located in the Hotel Monteleone, the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge is a favorite among locals and tourists. The 25-seat carousel bar is the only rotating bar in the city. Order: a Vieux Carré, the classic New Orleans rye drink.
Housed in the building of the famed Arnaud’s restaurant, French 75 is perennially known as one of the best cocktail bars in New Orleans. The lounge and cigar bar is perfect for an intimate evening. Order: the bar’s namesake beverage, the French 75.
This charming restaurant with a beautiful courtyard also happens to serve up some of the French Quarter’s most elegant cocktails with quirky names and unique ingredients. Order: Police and Thieves, made with rum, lime, ginger and herb liqueurs.
Opened in 1856, this historic bar serves classic and new classic cocktails. It was a favorite spot of John D. Rockefeller and Cole Porter. Order: the Rose Tattoo, the flavorful and sweet cocktail inspired by a Hurricane and named after the Tennessee Williams’ play.