This landmark, named after the city’s official drink, exhibits qualities that define a classic New Orleans bar: grandeur, quality service and cocktails interlaced with local history. Ease into a seat at the lengthy wooden bar and order the signature sazerac, which legend holds was invented in the early 1800s by Creole apothecary Antoine Peychaud. The white-coat-clad bartenders can also shake up a frothy delicacy: the Ramos Gin Fizz. The drink, favored by storied Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long, is like cake in a glass. It does, however, require some heavy lifting, so be sure to tip your bartender accordingly.
New Orleans is a city for drinking, from revered cocktails to go-cups on Bourbon Street. Neighborhood bars, classy cocktail lounges, and historic watering holes dot the city, and the best bars in New Orleans boast both skillful bartenders and tasty drinks – not surprising from the city that is thought to be where the cocktail was actually invented.
The nightlife scene in New Orleans caters to every kind of crowd. Locals have their favorites, going back generations. Visitors flock to boisterous Bourbon Street, where the quality-to-volume ratio is low (but it’s a spectacle everyone should witness at least once in their life). Those who branch out beyond the French Quarter will be rewarded with a bar scene full of characters, personality, and quality drinks.
Whether you’re looking for classic cocktails synonymous with New Orleans — must-try concoctions include the Sazerac, Ramos Gin Fizz, and brunch fave Brandy Milk Punch — an inventive new cocktail, or just an ice cold beer and a bit of camaraderie, these bars have you covered. If you can’t finish your drink, just ask for a go-cup and take it for a stroll.
Be sure to fuel up for your cocktail explorations by dining on iconic New Orleans dishes or start the next day with one of the best brunches in New Orleans; with so many things to do around the city, you want to feel your best the next day.
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