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14 Destinations for Cocktails in New Orleans, January 2022

The best new bars and restaurants for old school cocktails, rare spirits, and reinvented classics

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Welcome to the cocktail heatmap, a running guide to the newest destinations for classic cocktails, frozen drinks, and rare spirits in New Orleans. The pandemic continues to delay or complicate local openings, but watering holes are making a comeback — just be sure to comply with the city’s current COVID guidelines if you plan to belly up to the bar.

Consider this map a guide to the hottest spots for cocktails at the moment, so only places that have opened, undergone a major change, or added something noteworthy recently. Some of these spots are also restaurants, but if they have a strong cocktail menu and a bar where customers can just have drinks, they make the cut. Here are best new spots in New Orleans to find old school martinis, clairin-centric drinks, and twists on the beloved kalimotxo — arranged geographically as always.

Check out the Essential Bar Map for more suggestions on the city's best watering holes, and to sample a New Orleans-born classic, visit 20 Iconic New Orleans Cocktails and Where to Find Them.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Brine

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3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 218-5651
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The team behind longtime vegetarian-friendly favorite Sneaky Pickle now has Bar Brine, their full-service dinner restaurant and bar, as part of a relocation to the corner building at Louisa and Burgundy. While Bar Brine is all about the food, the bar program is also stellar — and the bar itself is an inviting destination. Stop by for a satsuma cocktail and a glass of orange wine before dinner in the neighborhood or stay for a meal.

2. Anna’s

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2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

Anna’s opened in June, taking over the space that formerly held beloved neighborhood dive Mimi’s in the Marigny. As far as replacements go, it’s refreshing — it’s from two vets of the New Orleans bar and restaurant world, who are calling it a “locals’ spot turned destination dive.” Anna Giordano (Jewel of the South, Bar Tonique, and Longway Tavern, among others) serves as bar director, with chef Chris Hamm (Coquette, Cavan, Sylvain) in the kitchen.

3. Fritai

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1535 Basin St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 264-7899
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While Fritai is primarily a hot new destination for its Haitian cuisine, the bar program also offers something special — a number of clairin-centric cocktails; clairin being a Haitian spirit distilled from cane juice that tastes similar to rum but with a mezcal edge, as described by Fritai. There are more than a dozen tropical, herby, and classic cocktails on the drink menu, as well as wine, beer, smoothies, and set ups — a New Orleans-specific bar tradition, served here with a Haitian twist.

4. Bijou Restaurant & Bar

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1014 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 603-0557
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This small new bistro has a modern, sleek aesthetic to contrast with most of the French Quarter’s more antique vibe. A long, glistening marble bar, and a loungey, pretty courtyard both make for excellent cocktail-drinking settings; a vast menu of drinks includes classics like a Paper Plane and fancy versions of a margarita, paloma, and dark and stormy.

The Miss Jackson and Bijou cocktails
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5. Peychaud's

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727 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70112

Peychaud’s is the newest spot from the Cure Co. team — whose portfolio includes acclaimed Freret Street cocktail bar Cure, the French Quarter’s Cane & Table, and the newer Vals, also on Freret Street. Located inside the Hotel Maison de Ville at 727 Toulouse Street, it’s all drinks here — there’s no plan to add food here, so far. It focuses on a concise menu of classic New Orleans cocktails, like the Sazerac, Vieux Carre, and Ramos gin fizz.

6. The Will & The Way

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721 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 354-1139
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The Will and the Way is technically a revamp — the space was previously home to Longway Tavern before the restaurant group behind it, LeBlanc + Smith, decided to rethink the concept amid the pandemic. In addition to shifting the focus to wine and cocktails, the group has redone the inside to expand the centerpiece L-shaped bar, add texture and moody colors, and create additional “nooks and crannies,” for patrons to post up in. The beautiful courtyard remains a draw, and the new food and bar programs are backed by serious talent.

The Will and the Way

7. The Bar at Commons Club

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550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

Part of New Orleans’s summer of major hotel openings, Virgin Hotels New Orleans snagged a top local chef for the hotel and its restaurant, Commons Club. The Bar at Commons Club is equally appealling — cocktails include the Dragon Smoke with Montelobos Mezcal Joven, Cinzano 1757 Rosso, rosemary-infused Campari, and Benedictine; and a Saturn’s Son: Termana Blanco, Grand Marnier, Cabernet Sauvignon, and lime. 

Dragon Smoke from Commons Club
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8. The Chandelier Bar

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2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 434-5100
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The Four Seasons made its grand New Orleans debut in August 2021, at the same time unveiling its primary restaurant, Miss River, from Alon Shaya, and its lobby-level Chandelier Bar. It starts at the hotel’s entrance and flows onto a patio, with 80 seats in total — 17 at the bar, 51 in the lounge, and 12 on the terrace. Run by Hadi Ktiri (an alum of Arnaud’s French 75 Bar), Chandelier Bar focuses on Champagne and sparkling wines by the glass and iconic New Orleans cocktails, with a menu of upscale bar bites from Shaya.

The Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons
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9. Peacock Room

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501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 571-1818
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The elegant restaurant in the new Kimpton Hotel Fontenot downtown has a killer cocktail program, curated with hard-to-find spirits and a cocktail menu that, helpfully, includes a few adjectives for each cocktail to help anticipate the flavors of the drink. The cafe in the hotel, Gospel Coffee and Boozy Treats, also serves fun coffee cocktails and alcohol-infused shakes.

10. The Mill

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1051 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 582-9544
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The Mill is a bright, vibrant Warehouse District bar and restaurant that serves traditional Southern cuisine with an Asian and Caribbean twist and an emphasis on high-quality cocktails — including perfectly-textured slushies, brunch drinks, and a Caribbean-style kalimotxo, made with red wine, spices, vanilla liqueur, and ginger beer.

11. The Bower Bar

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1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

This is Mark Latter and company’s revamp of the short-lived Claret Wine Bar space, an extension of the existing Bower on Magazine Street. While it serves food from the Bower kitchen, the focus here is drinks — the 20-seat bar serves sophisticated cocktails like the Hydrix bourbon, mint-infused contratto, amaro, and aquafaba. The swanky bar shares an outdoor space with both of its sister spots, the Bower and Birdy’s.

12. The Business Bar

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4525 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

The Business Bar on Freret is a bar/restaurant targeted to those who like to mix work and play — here, you don’t have to worry about being a buzzkill by whipping out your laptop, or wrapping up a day of remote work while sipping on a cocktail. Owners ​Jade Newman and Jessica Robinson wanted to combine high-quality food and drinks with such a setting, and the drinks are a highlight indeed: seasonal spritzes, martinis, and frozen drinks, as well as a menu of “rise and grind” cocktails that include caffeinated options.

13. Hot Tin

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2031 St Charles Ave FL 14
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 323-1500
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Hot Tin (the rooftop bar of the Pontchartrain Hotel) is officially back as of fall 2021, and there’s a brand new cocktail program to accompany some of the best views in town. The “throwback” menu includes specialty highballs like a Japanese Highball Proper, classics including the once-again trendy espresso martini, and some favorites from Hot Tin’s original menu. Catch the city skyline with a top-notch drink until late.

A Wolf in Lambs Clothing from Hot Tin
Randy Schmidt/Hot Tin

14. Mister Mao

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4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 345-2056
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The bar at Mister Mao is an ideal pre-show cocktail destination — it sits across the street from legendary music venue Tipitina’s. Walk in the entrance on Jena Street and belly up to the bar a few steps away in the low-ceilinged, tropically-decorated back area of the restaurant. William “Wildcat” Greenwell, partner in life and business to Mister Mao chef Sophina Uong, runs the bar program, offering inventive cocktails using unique spirits that are sure to change often. There are equally thoughtful non-alcoholic concoctions here, refreshingly.

1. Bar Brine

3200 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117

The team behind longtime vegetarian-friendly favorite Sneaky Pickle now has Bar Brine, their full-service dinner restaurant and bar, as part of a relocation to the corner building at Louisa and Burgundy. While Bar Brine is all about the food, the bar program is also stellar — and the bar itself is an inviting destination. Stop by for a satsuma cocktail and a glass of orange wine before dinner in the neighborhood or stay for a meal.

3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

2. Anna’s

2601 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Anna’s opened in June, taking over the space that formerly held beloved neighborhood dive Mimi’s in the Marigny. As far as replacements go, it’s refreshing — it’s from two vets of the New Orleans bar and restaurant world, who are calling it a “locals’ spot turned destination dive.” Anna Giordano (Jewel of the South, Bar Tonique, and Longway Tavern, among others) serves as bar director, with chef Chris Hamm (Coquette, Cavan, Sylvain) in the kitchen.

2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

3. Fritai

1535 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116

While Fritai is primarily a hot new destination for its Haitian cuisine, the bar program also offers something special — a number of clairin-centric cocktails; clairin being a Haitian spirit distilled from cane juice that tastes similar to rum but with a mezcal edge, as described by Fritai. There are more than a dozen tropical, herby, and classic cocktails on the drink menu, as well as wine, beer, smoothies, and set ups — a New Orleans-specific bar tradition, served here with a Haitian twist.

1535 Basin St
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Bijou Restaurant & Bar

1014 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
The Miss Jackson and Bijou cocktails
Bijou Restaurant and Bar/Facebook

This small new bistro has a modern, sleek aesthetic to contrast with most of the French Quarter’s more antique vibe. A long, glistening marble bar, and a loungey, pretty courtyard both make for excellent cocktail-drinking settings; a vast menu of drinks includes classics like a Paper Plane and fancy versions of a margarita, paloma, and dark and stormy.

1014 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Peychaud's

727 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Peychaud’s is the newest spot from the Cure Co. team — whose portfolio includes acclaimed Freret Street cocktail bar Cure, the French Quarter’s Cane & Table, and the newer Vals, also on Freret Street. Located inside the Hotel Maison de Ville at 727 Toulouse Street, it’s all drinks here — there’s no plan to add food here, so far. It focuses on a concise menu of classic New Orleans cocktails, like the Sazerac, Vieux Carre, and Ramos gin fizz.

727 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70112

6. The Will & The Way

721 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Will and the Way

The Will and the Way is technically a revamp — the space was previously home to Longway Tavern before the restaurant group behind it, LeBlanc + Smith, decided to rethink the concept amid the pandemic. In addition to shifting the focus to wine and cocktails, the group has redone the inside to expand the centerpiece L-shaped bar, add texture and moody colors, and create additional “nooks and crannies,” for patrons to post up in. The beautiful courtyard remains a draw, and the new food and bar programs are backed by serious talent.

721 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. The Bar at Commons Club

550 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113
Dragon Smoke from Commons Club
Sam Hanna/Virgin Hotels

Part of New Orleans’s summer of major hotel openings, Virgin Hotels New Orleans snagged a top local chef for the hotel and its restaurant, Commons Club. The Bar at Commons Club is equally appealling — cocktails include the Dragon Smoke with Montelobos Mezcal Joven, Cinzano 1757 Rosso, rosemary-infused Campari, and Benedictine; and a Saturn’s Son: Termana Blanco, Grand Marnier, Cabernet Sauvignon, and lime. 

550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

8. The Chandelier Bar

2 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons
Four Seasons New Orleans

The Four Seasons made its grand New Orleans debut in August 2021, at the same time unveiling its primary restaurant, Miss River, from Alon Shaya, and its lobby-level Chandelier Bar. It starts at the hotel’s entrance and flows onto a patio, with 80 seats in total — 17 at the bar, 51 in the lounge, and 12 on the terrace. Run by Hadi Ktiri (an alum of Arnaud’s French 75 Bar), Chandelier Bar focuses on Champagne and sparkling wines by the glass and iconic New Orleans cocktails, with a menu of upscale bar bites from Shaya.

2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Peacock Room

501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The elegant restaurant in the new Kimpton Hotel Fontenot downtown has a killer cocktail program, curated with hard-to-find spirits and a cocktail menu that, helpfully, includes a few adjectives for each cocktail to help anticipate the flavors of the drink. The cafe in the hotel, Gospel Coffee and Boozy Treats, also serves fun coffee cocktails and alcohol-infused shakes.

501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. The Mill

1051 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Mill is a bright, vibrant Warehouse District bar and restaurant that serves traditional Southern cuisine with an Asian and Caribbean twist and an emphasis on high-quality cocktails — including perfectly-textured slushies, brunch drinks, and a Caribbean-style kalimotxo, made with red wine, spices, vanilla liqueur, and ginger beer.

1051 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. The Bower Bar

1320 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This is Mark Latter and company’s revamp of the short-lived Claret Wine Bar space, an extension of the existing Bower on Magazine Street. While it serves food from the Bower kitchen, the focus here is drinks — the 20-seat bar serves sophisticated cocktails like the Hydrix bourbon, mint-infused contratto, amaro, and aquafaba. The swanky bar shares an outdoor space with both of its sister spots, the Bower and Birdy’s.

1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. The Business Bar

4525 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The Business Bar on Freret is a bar/restaurant targeted to those who like to mix work and play — here, you don’t have to worry about being a buzzkill by whipping out your laptop, or wrapping up a day of remote work while sipping on a cocktail. Owners ​Jade Newman and Jessica Robinson wanted to combine high-quality food and drinks with such a setting, and the drinks are a highlight indeed: seasonal spritzes, martinis, and frozen drinks, as well as a menu of “rise and grind” cocktails that include caffeinated options.

4525 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

13. Hot Tin

2031 St Charles Ave FL 14, New Orleans, LA 70130
A Wolf in Lambs Clothing from Hot Tin
Randy Schmidt/Hot Tin

Hot Tin (the rooftop bar of the Pontchartrain Hotel) is officially back as of fall 2021, and there’s a brand new cocktail program to accompany some of the best views in town. The “throwback” menu includes specialty highballs like a Japanese Highball Proper, classics including the once-again trendy espresso martini, and some favorites from Hot Tin’s original menu. Catch the city skyline with a top-notch drink until late.

2031 St Charles Ave FL 14
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Mister Mao

4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The bar at Mister Mao is an ideal pre-show cocktail destination — it sits across the street from legendary music venue Tipitina’s. Walk in the entrance on Jena Street and belly up to the bar a few steps away in the low-ceilinged, tropically-decorated back area of the restaurant. William “Wildcat” Greenwell, partner in life and business to Mister Mao chef Sophina Uong, runs the bar program, offering inventive cocktails using unique spirits that are sure to change often. There are equally thoughtful non-alcoholic concoctions here, refreshingly.

4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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