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17 Grand Destinations for Cocktails in New Orleans, October 2021

The new spots in New Orleans 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 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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Anna’s

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2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

Anna’s opened in early June, taking over the space that formerly held beloved neighborhood dive Mimi’s in the Marigny. As far as replacements go, it sure is promising — 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. It’s open seven days a week for pool, drinks, and food, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and noon to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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 for about a year before the restaurant group behind it, LeBlanc + Smith, decided to rethink the concept during 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 — Mississippi native Josh Williams, who’s cooked at Brennan’s, August, Compère Lapin, and most recently the Chloe; and Tommy Linville as beverage director, who comes from D.C. after leading the popular Founding Farmers bar.

The Will and the Way

5. French 75 Bar

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813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-5433
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Ok, so Arnaud’s French 75 Bar is one of New Orleans’s oldest, most essential watering holes, but there’s a fresh new summer cocktail menu that makes it worthy of a revisit ASAP. These are not the drinks you’re accustomed to at the French 75, with drinks combining rum, pisco, passionfruit, honey, orgeat, elderflower, and dry curacao (called a Kooga Munga); a Beso Violetta with tequila, mezcal, Lillet, and blueberry-pineapple shrub; and a Watermelon Cobbler with Pineau des Charentes, Amontillado sherry, watermelon Juice, Luxardo Genepy, Campari, and lime juice. 

Arnaud’s summer cocktail lineup
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6. Double Dealer

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129 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 274-4871
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Located under the Orpheum Theater, The Double Dealer is intended to be a “one-of-a-kind speakeasy” celebrating Dixie Bohemia, a term describing the writers, artists, and hangers-on in the New Orleans art scene of the 1920s. With designers Farouki Farouki behind the interior (they also did worked with Saffron and Justine), it is vibey indeed, and the cocktail menu is unique — and affordable.

7. Del Sur

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914 Union St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 603-2442
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The new restaurant in the hip and serene Catahoula Hotel, Del Sur, is serving up excellent food and drink from Byron Bradley and David Hargrove. There are piscos to sip on as well as a menu of refreshing drinks combining Caribbean, Latin, and African flavors, and with options to imbibe in the beautiful downstairs bar, in the secluded courtyard, or on the gorgeous rooftop, it makes for a great new downtown destination.

The bar at Del Sur
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8. 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 opened in August 2021, with an exciting restaurant to boot — Alex Harrell, who’s previously led the kitchens at Sylvian, Angeline, and the Elysian Bar, runs the food program 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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9. 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 on August 17, 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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10. 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, thanks to Paula Echevarria, a longtime NOLA cocktail creator and writer. The beautiful bar is curated with hard-to-come-by spirits and serves cocktails like the Primp and Preen, made with mezcal, white rum, orgeat, fresh citrus and blue curaçao; a Ruby Bridges made with gin, Cynar, citrus, strawberry, and basil; and the Sackcloth and Ashes, with Toki Japanese whisky and Amaro Montenegro (and intriguingly, “umami”). Helpfully, each specialty cocktail includes a few adjectives 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.

11. Auction House Market

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801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 372-4321
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The team at Warehouse District food hall Auction House has an on-trend new cocktail menu for summer, offering a Kalimotxo that marries the traditional Basque punch and a Whiskey Sour; a Barcelona style G&T with gin, El Guapo tonic, thyme, clove, house tincture, and grapefruit; and the cloudy Pau Hana, made with rum, manzanilla sherry, lime, banana and pimento dram. The bright, plant-filled space makes for a nice setting to sip drinks, and there’s are new happy hour specials weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. 

The Salty Iguana, Pau Hana, and Thyme with Pablo
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12. The Mill NOLA

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1051 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 582-9544
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The Mill is a bright, vibrant new 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.

13. The Bower

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1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 582-9738
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The Bower is from the owners of French Quarter institution Tujague’s Restaurant, who also previously opened Claret wine and cocktail bar, right next to the Bower, in 2019. The Bower is the newer establishment, and offers spacious outdoor dining (including a heated portion) and cocktails like the LGD with reposado, hibiscus and orange flower, orgeat, and mole bitters; or a few seasonal drinks.

14. The Business Bar

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4525 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

The new 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.

15. 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 October, 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 (Suntori Toki and Louisiana Sparkling), classics including the once-again trendy espresso martini, and some favorites from Hot Tin’s original menu, like a Wolf in Lamb’s Clothing (gin, lemon, basil, honey and Lambrusco). Catch the city skyline with a top-notch drink until midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

A Wolf in Lambs Clothing from Hot Tin
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16. The Chloe

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4125 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 541-5500
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This St. Charles Avenue newcomer is from local restaurant group LeBlanc + Smith (Sylvain, Barrel Proof, and Cavan) a boutique hotel and restaurant that offers a lovely setting for cocktails — whether in the front courtyard, at the long mahogany bar inside, or by the pool in the back. The contemporary New Orleans menu from chef Todd Pulsinelli is set off by expert martinis and an extensive wine list, including orange and pet nat options. Expect there to be guest bartender night and other special cocktail events as COVID-19 restrictions continue to loosen.

17. 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, as 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 — for now, try the John’s Secret Dragon Lady, a tiki-style cocktail with Malort, Benedictine, velvet falernum, orange, and saline. There are also equally thoughtful non-alcoholic concoctions here, refreshingly.

1. Anna’s

2601 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Anna’s opened in early June, taking over the space that formerly held beloved neighborhood dive Mimi’s in the Marigny. As far as replacements go, it sure is promising — 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. It’s open seven days a week for pool, drinks, and food, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and noon to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

2601 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70117

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 for about a year before the restaurant group behind it, LeBlanc + Smith, decided to rethink the concept during 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 — Mississippi native Josh Williams, who’s cooked at Brennan’s, August, Compère Lapin, and most recently the Chloe; and Tommy Linville as beverage director, who comes from D.C. after leading the popular Founding Farmers bar.

721 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. French 75 Bar

813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Arnaud’s summer cocktail lineup
Arnaud’s/Facebook

Ok, so Arnaud’s French 75 Bar is one of New Orleans’s oldest, most essential watering holes, but there’s a fresh new summer cocktail menu that makes it worthy of a revisit ASAP. These are not the drinks you’re accustomed to at the French 75, with drinks combining rum, pisco, passionfruit, honey, orgeat, elderflower, and dry curacao (called a Kooga Munga); a Beso Violetta with tequila, mezcal, Lillet, and blueberry-pineapple shrub; and a Watermelon Cobbler with Pineau des Charentes, Amontillado sherry, watermelon Juice, Luxardo Genepy, Campari, and lime juice. 

813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

6. Double Dealer

129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112

Located under the Orpheum Theater, The Double Dealer is intended to be a “one-of-a-kind speakeasy” celebrating Dixie Bohemia, a term describing the writers, artists, and hangers-on in the New Orleans art scene of the 1920s. With designers Farouki Farouki behind the interior (they also did worked with Saffron and Justine), it is vibey indeed, and the cocktail menu is unique — and affordable.

129 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. Del Sur

914 Union St, New Orleans, LA 70112
The bar at Del Sur
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

The new restaurant in the hip and serene Catahoula Hotel, Del Sur, is serving up excellent food and drink from Byron Bradley and David Hargrove. There are piscos to sip on as well as a menu of refreshing drinks combining Caribbean, Latin, and African flavors, and with options to imbibe in the beautiful downstairs bar, in the secluded courtyard, or on the gorgeous rooftop, it makes for a great new downtown destination.

914 Union St
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. 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 opened in August 2021, with an exciting restaurant to boot — Alex Harrell, who’s previously led the kitchens at Sylvian, Angeline, and the Elysian Bar, runs the food program 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

9. 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 on August 17, 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

10. Peacock Room

501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The elegant restaurant in the new Kimpton Hotel Fontenot downtown has a killer cocktail program, thanks to Paula Echevarria, a longtime NOLA cocktail creator and writer. The beautiful bar is curated with hard-to-come-by spirits and serves cocktails like the Primp and Preen, made with mezcal, white rum, orgeat, fresh citrus and blue curaçao; a Ruby Bridges made with gin, Cynar, citrus, strawberry, and basil; and the Sackcloth and Ashes, with Toki Japanese whisky and Amaro Montenegro (and intriguingly, “umami”). Helpfully, each specialty cocktail includes a few adjectives 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

11. Auction House Market

801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Salty Iguana, Pau Hana, and Thyme with Pablo
Auction House Market

The team at Warehouse District food hall Auction House has an on-trend new cocktail menu for summer, offering a Kalimotxo that marries the traditional Basque punch and a Whiskey Sour; a Barcelona style G&T with gin, El Guapo tonic, thyme, clove, house tincture, and grapefruit; and the cloudy Pau Hana, made with rum, manzanilla sherry, lime, banana and pimento dram. The bright, plant-filled space makes for a nice setting to sip drinks, and there’s are new happy hour specials weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. 

801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. The Mill NOLA

1051 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Mill is a bright, vibrant new 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

13. The Bower

1320 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Bower is from the owners of French Quarter institution Tujague’s Restaurant, who also previously opened Claret wine and cocktail bar, right next to the Bower, in 2019. The Bower is the newer establishment, and offers spacious outdoor dining (including a heated portion) and cocktails like the LGD with reposado, hibiscus and orange flower, orgeat, and mole bitters; or a few seasonal drinks.

1320 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. The Business Bar

4525 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The new 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

15. 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 October, 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 (Suntori Toki and Louisiana Sparkling), classics including the once-again trendy espresso martini, and some favorites from Hot Tin’s original menu, like a Wolf in Lamb’s Clothing (gin, lemon, basil, honey and Lambrusco). Catch the city skyline with a top-notch drink until midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

2031 St Charles Ave FL 14
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. The Chloe

4125 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

This St. Charles Avenue newcomer is from local restaurant group LeBlanc + Smith (Sylvain, Barrel Proof, and Cavan) a boutique hotel and restaurant that offers a lovely setting for cocktails — whether in the front courtyard, at the long mahogany bar inside, or by the pool in the back. The contemporary New Orleans menu from chef Todd Pulsinelli is set off by expert martinis and an extensive wine list, including orange and pet nat options. Expect there to be guest bartender night and other special cocktail events as COVID-19 restrictions continue to loosen.

4125 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

17. Mister Mao

4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The bar at Mister Mao is an ideal pre-show cocktail destination, as 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 — for now, try the John’s Secret Dragon Lady, a tiki-style cocktail with Malort, Benedictine, velvet falernum, orange, and saline. There are also equally thoughtful non-alcoholic concoctions here, refreshingly.

4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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