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 back in full force — 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; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More