The Best of New Orleans: Drinks

By Justin Barisich, July 24, 2017

Where to find the best New Orleans drinks depends on how often you’ve imbibed in this hot spot. Whether you’re a first timer or a repeat visitor, we hope you’re thirsty.

First-Timer

The Old Absinthe House

This 200-year-old establishment still has the original copper-topped bar that survived Prohibition and was around for Jean Lafitte to drink at. Soak in some history as you sip on dripped Kubler Absinthe or an absinthe house frappe and imagine an older New Orleans run by noble pirates.

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Nestled inside The Roosevelt New Orleans hotel awaits the gem known as The Sazerac Bar, where the world’s first mixed drink was invented. The drink itself and the bar have both since become New Orleans institutions, thanks to former Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long’s affinity for both.

Bacchanal

Touting itself as NOLA’s backyard party, Bacchanal carries the torch for the city’s outdoor drinking. With live music seven days a week in the courtyard and hundreds of wines for your evening of revelry, come here expecting one of the most incredible evenings you’ll ever experience in New Orleans.

Old New Orleans Rum Distillery

Back when Old NOLA started distilling in 1995, no one else in the continental U.S. was making rum. Today, it produces the highest-rated rum in America, using only locally sourced Louisiana sugar cane. Swing by the distillery for a tasting and a tour, and make sure you try the Cajun Spice Rum.

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Bourbon Street is a rite of passage for locals and a necessity for visitors. The delicious and potent melon-flavored cocktail at Tropical Isle known as the Hand Grenade makes wading through the crowds absolutely worth it.

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