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Where to Drink Cocktails in New Orleans Right Now

The best new bars and restaurants for old school cocktails, rare spirits, and tropical shrubs

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The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans.
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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. 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.

Check out Eater’s guide to New Orleans’s essential bars for more suggestions on the city's best watering holes, and to sample a New Orleans-born classic, here’s where to find 20 iconic New Orleans cocktails.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Breakaway's Restaurant & Bar

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2529 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

The owners of French Quarter’s former Exchange Alley destination the Green Goddess have opened a new restaurant and bar in the Marigny, and while it’s early days for the new spot, it’s great to have a new bar in the home of former dive bar Lost Love Lounge. Run by two New Orleans natives, Paul and Olivia Artigues, the restaurant is serving New Orleans staples like gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and fried shrimp (as well as some vegan versions), and a small menu of sno-ball cocktails: the Green Goblin, made with absinthe, orange liqueur, and lime over shaved ice; the Pretty Baby with nectar cream and vodka; a mint julep; and a sno-ball version of Cafe Brulot.

Breakaway’s
Olivia Artigues

2. 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.

3. 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.

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. Midnight Revival

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417 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 688-2900
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The cocktail bar and live music venue in the revived Frenchmen Hotel is, fittingly, called Midnight Revival. The hotel is the first for Punch Bowl Social founder and restaurateur Robert Thompson, who bought the property and embarked on an extensive renovation in Spring 2021. The hotel is hoping to draw in Frenchmen Street revelers with two bar spaces — the ground floor bar that will host nightly music and serve a menu of tropical-leaning cocktails, and the rooftop bar, now open to the public.

6. 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.

7. 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.

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8. Baroness on Baronne

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339 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 522-8664
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Victory Bar, Daniel Victory’s lauded craft cocktail bar in the CBD, is now the Baroness on Baronne, or the Baroness for short. Luckily, Victory is still involved, helping ensure the cocktail mastery remains — the menu is stacked with fresh, creative house cocktails, well-done classics, and even a specialty shot, the Gas Masque, with Chartreuse and Stroh rum and lit on fire.

9. The Pool 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, Alex Harrell, for the hotel and its restaurant. Harrell also made the bar menu, now served at the hotel’s rooftop, the Pool Club. Beyond food there’s the cocktails, a setting-appropriate menu of light, refreshing, spritzy, and frozen drinks, including two options that come in pitchers. Helpful, as you’ll likely want to stay for awhile once you settle in.

The Pool Club at the new Virgin Hotels New Orleans
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10. 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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11. 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.

12. Le Chat Noir

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715 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 381-0045
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The food may be the primary draw at Le Chat Noir, the new upscale-casual restaurant from the owner of Bearcat Cafe, with enticing small plates and vegetable dishes from chef Seth Temple. But, with its downtown Warehouse District location and a very strong bar and wine program, it’s also a great new destination for cocktails. In addition to having a wine list curated by Sonoma sommelier Kevin Wardell, there are a dozen specialty cocktails on the drinks menu, many made with housemade syrups and bitters, ranging from tropical to herby.

Cocktails from Le Chat Noir
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13. 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.

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. Breakaway's Restaurant & Bar

2529 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Breakaway’s
Olivia Artigues

The owners of French Quarter’s former Exchange Alley destination the Green Goddess have opened a new restaurant and bar in the Marigny, and while it’s early days for the new spot, it’s great to have a new bar in the home of former dive bar Lost Love Lounge. Run by two New Orleans natives, Paul and Olivia Artigues, the restaurant is serving New Orleans staples like gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and fried shrimp (as well as some vegan versions), and a small menu of sno-ball cocktails: the Green Goblin, made with absinthe, orange liqueur, and lime over shaved ice; the Pretty Baby with nectar cream and vodka; a mint julep; and a sno-ball version of Cafe Brulot.

2529 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

2. 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

3. 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

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. Midnight Revival

417 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The cocktail bar and live music venue in the revived Frenchmen Hotel is, fittingly, called Midnight Revival. The hotel is the first for Punch Bowl Social founder and restaurateur Robert Thompson, who bought the property and embarked on an extensive renovation in Spring 2021. The hotel is hoping to draw in Frenchmen Street revelers with two bar spaces — the ground floor bar that will host nightly music and serve a menu of tropical-leaning cocktails, and the rooftop bar, now open to the public.

417 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. 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

7. 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

8. Baroness on Baronne

339 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Victory Bar, Daniel Victory’s lauded craft cocktail bar in the CBD, is now the Baroness on Baronne, or the Baroness for short. Luckily, Victory is still involved, helping ensure the cocktail mastery remains — the menu is stacked with fresh, creative house cocktails, well-done classics, and even a specialty shot, the Gas Masque, with Chartreuse and Stroh rum and lit on fire.

339 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70112

9. The Pool Club

550 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113
The Pool Club at the new Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Virgin Hotels New Orleans/Official

Part of New Orleans’s summer of major hotel openings, Virgin Hotels New Orleans snagged a top local chef, Alex Harrell, for the hotel and its restaurant. Harrell also made the bar menu, now served at the hotel’s rooftop, the Pool Club. Beyond food there’s the cocktails, a setting-appropriate menu of light, refreshing, spritzy, and frozen drinks, including two options that come in pitchers. Helpful, as you’ll likely want to stay for awhile once you settle in.

550 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113

10. 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

11. 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

12. Le Chat Noir

715 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Cocktails from Le Chat Noir
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

The food may be the primary draw at Le Chat Noir, the new upscale-casual restaurant from the owner of Bearcat Cafe, with enticing small plates and vegetable dishes from chef Seth Temple. But, with its downtown Warehouse District location and a very strong bar and wine program, it’s also a great new destination for cocktails. In addition to having a wine list curated by Sonoma sommelier Kevin Wardell, there are a dozen specialty cocktails on the drinks menu, many made with housemade syrups and bitters, ranging from tropical to herby.

715 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. 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

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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