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Late Bloomer cocktail at Felipe's downtown
Late Bloomer cocktail at Felipe's downtown
Nora McGunnigle

New Orleans Cheap Cocktails: Where To Drink Up

When you want to get your cocktail on for fewer dollars.

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Late Bloomer cocktail at Felipe's downtown
| Nora McGunnigle

Finding great cocktails that are less than ten bucks can be tricky business. What to do when you want a couple of nice drinks without having to break the bank? Behold, a list of ten places around the city that offer a diverse array of cocktail choices in different atmospheres.

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Ms Mae's The Club

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OK, fair point, you will not get fancy cocktails with more than 2 ingredients at this well loved Uptown dive bar.. But, damn, they're $2 ($3 for a double.) Drink up.

Twelve Mile Limit

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The big daddy of the well crafted but affordable cocktail, Twelve MIle's laid back, dive bar feel belies its creative and high quality libations available between $6-8 (and $1 off specialty cocktail during happy hours - weekdays from 5-7pm and 12-2am, and weekends 2-7pm). Signature cocktail and long time favorite The Baudin is $6 and mixes bourbon, honey, lemon, and Tabasco.

Felipe's Taqueria

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Not only do the vast majority of their pisco and yequila tinged cocktails fall in under $10 cocktail category, Felipe's also has kickass drink specials all week long, like $4 caipirinhas on Mondays and $4 margaritas (frozen or on the rocks) on Wednesdays. Bonus: the food is also very inexpensive and satisfying.

Verret's Lounge

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Six dollar Bulleit bourbon old fashioneds? YES PLEASE.

Port of Call

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The infamous Monsoon is $11, which is over the $10 limit for this list, but since it's huge and has about three drinks worth of liquor in it, an exception has been made in this case. PoC's cocktail list has a old school tropical feel, with lots of juices and sweet liqueurs in the mix. Try the Red Turtle, a tequila-based slightly tart alternative to the other, sweeter concoctions on the menu for $6.

Mid-City Yacht Club

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This unassuming neighborhood bar sells its signature cocktails for $6 or less. Try The Rip, MCYC's monsoon variation (pictured below), or the Undertow, made with Stoli Oranj, cucumber, jalapeño, lemonade and lime juice. Don't overlook their reasonably priced brunch cocktails either, like the Cool Brees, which combines Cool Brew brand coffee, Jameson, and other special ingredients to help that hangover along for $5.50.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

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Looking for a history lesson to go with cheap hurricanes made with real juices? Hit up Lafitte's where the made to order hurricanes and Voodoo Daiquiri aka Purple Drank ring in for $8.

Pal's Lounge

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Pal's specialty cocktails are all $7-8, and include drinks such as::the Panama Sol, made with reposato, agua de Bolivia, Solerno, fresh orange and grapefruit juices, and grapefruit bitters; or Mon Amour Yvette a champagne cocktail with gin, creme Yvette, peach bitters, mint, and lemon, topped with cava.

The Joint

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Specialty cocktails at the bar of this BBQ joint are all $6, except for the Royal Street Gimlet and the Paloma, which are $7. OK, the frozen daiq du jour is usually $9. Belly up to their long wooden bar and enjoy.
The cocktail sitch at this Marigny sandwich shop/pinball arcade is pretty simple but intriguing - add vodka, gin, rum, or whiskey to their signature housemade soda of the day for $5 - but when the sodas are flavors like grapefruit cardamom or pineapple ginger, the deliciousness is pretty much guaranteed. If you're feeling like something clean, different, and delicious, try the young Thai coconut water served in its husk and add a shot of rum to it for $8. Eat some tasty kebab or fries, and play some pinball and you've got yourself a pretty fun, low-key, low-cost night.

Chart Room

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Stepping into this French Quarter bar is like stepping into another universe. Although the craziness of the FQ is all around, this tiny, dark, perfect dive bar provides refuge and $4 mixed drinks. They make a mean Manhattan as well. Cash only.

Ms Mae's The Club

OK, fair point, you will not get fancy cocktails with more than 2 ingredients at this well loved Uptown dive bar.. But, damn, they're $2 ($3 for a double.) Drink up.

Twelve Mile Limit

The big daddy of the well crafted but affordable cocktail, Twelve MIle's laid back, dive bar feel belies its creative and high quality libations available between $6-8 (and $1 off specialty cocktail during happy hours - weekdays from 5-7pm and 12-2am, and weekends 2-7pm). Signature cocktail and long time favorite The Baudin is $6 and mixes bourbon, honey, lemon, and Tabasco.

Felipe's Taqueria

Not only do the vast majority of their pisco and yequila tinged cocktails fall in under $10 cocktail category, Felipe's also has kickass drink specials all week long, like $4 caipirinhas on Mondays and $4 margaritas (frozen or on the rocks) on Wednesdays. Bonus: the food is also very inexpensive and satisfying.

Verret's Lounge

Six dollar Bulleit bourbon old fashioneds? YES PLEASE.

Port of Call

The infamous Monsoon is $11, which is over the $10 limit for this list, but since it's huge and has about three drinks worth of liquor in it, an exception has been made in this case. PoC's cocktail list has a old school tropical feel, with lots of juices and sweet liqueurs in the mix. Try the Red Turtle, a tequila-based slightly tart alternative to the other, sweeter concoctions on the menu for $6.

Mid-City Yacht Club

This unassuming neighborhood bar sells its signature cocktails for $6 or less. Try The Rip, MCYC's monsoon variation (pictured below), or the Undertow, made with Stoli Oranj, cucumber, jalapeño, lemonade and lime juice. Don't overlook their reasonably priced brunch cocktails either, like the Cool Brees, which combines Cool Brew brand coffee, Jameson, and other special ingredients to help that hangover along for $5.50.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

Looking for a history lesson to go with cheap hurricanes made with real juices? Hit up Lafitte's where the made to order hurricanes and Voodoo Daiquiri aka Purple Drank ring in for $8.

Pal's Lounge

Pal's specialty cocktails are all $7-8, and include drinks such as::the Panama Sol, made with reposato, agua de Bolivia, Solerno, fresh orange and grapefruit juices, and grapefruit bitters; or Mon Amour Yvette a champagne cocktail with gin, creme Yvette, peach bitters, mint, and lemon, topped with cava.

The Joint

Specialty cocktails at the bar of this BBQ joint are all $6, except for the Royal Street Gimlet and the Paloma, which are $7. OK, the frozen daiq du jour is usually $9. Belly up to their long wooden bar and enjoy.

Kebab

The cocktail sitch at this Marigny sandwich shop/pinball arcade is pretty simple but intriguing - add vodka, gin, rum, or whiskey to their signature housemade soda of the day for $5 - but when the sodas are flavors like grapefruit cardamom or pineapple ginger, the deliciousness is pretty much guaranteed. If you're feeling like something clean, different, and delicious, try the young Thai coconut water served in its husk and add a shot of rum to it for $8. Eat some tasty kebab or fries, and play some pinball and you've got yourself a pretty fun, low-key, low-cost night.

Chart Room

Stepping into this French Quarter bar is like stepping into another universe. Although the craziness of the FQ is all around, this tiny, dark, perfect dive bar provides refuge and $4 mixed drinks. They make a mean Manhattan as well. Cash only.

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