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Cocktails from Velveteen Lounge.
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Where to Drink Cocktails in New Orleans Right Now

16 new destinations for classic martinis, rare spirits, and tropical concoctions

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Cocktails from Velveteen Lounge.
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Welcome to the cocktail heat map, 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.

Velveteen Lounge & Restaurant

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Opened over Memorial Day weekend, Velveteen Lounge takes over the former Bayou Road Pirogues — and that history, as well as the address’s incarnations prior to Pirogues — are central to the idea behind Velveteen Lounge. The 100 percent worker-owned restaurant and bar is a nod to the neighborhood, a simple spot serving funky wine, beer for cheap, $5 cocktails and $4 wells, and an affordable menu of quality bar food, all in an eclectic, welcoming space. 

Inside Velveteen Lounge, now open in the former Pirogues.
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Breakaway's Restaurant & Bar

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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.

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Olivia Artigues

Anna’s

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Anna’s opened in 2021, 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.

Bijou Restaurant & Bar

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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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Peychaud's

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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.

The Will & The Way

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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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Ginger Roux

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The Herbalist Bar at Ginger Roux in the new Canopy by Hilton Downtown is a swell spot for an Asian-accented libation. Chef Jonathan Hostetler is a wiz marrying Creole style and ingredients with Asian cuisine, and the bar program is equally inspiring. Try the Szechuan Fashioned for starters, rye spiked with five-spice simple syrup and cherry bitters.

Cru Lounge New Orleans

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The largest Black-owned nightlife chain in the United States, Cru Lounge, now has a location in the French Quarter. The Atlanta-born “fast-casual hookah-hemp lounge” (founded by entrepreneur Dennis McKinley, who appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta for a few seasons) serves a full menu of upscale bar food but focuses mostly on “Crutails” — over-the-top, brightly-colored drinks often topped with candy, and eventually, hookah, hemp, and CBD products.

A candy-toppped cocktail from Cru Lounge.
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Odd Birds NOLA at Selina Catahoula

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The new bar taking up residency at the Selina hotel downtown is Odd Birds, an expansion of a St. Augustine, Florida bar. The small, downstairs bar formerly known as Pisco Bar remains, now complemented by an arepa bar, a brilliant idea. The rooftop has a fresh new look, with a rum and mezcal-focused cocktail menu.

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Baroness on Baronne

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The former lauded craft cocktail destination Victory Bar is now a 100 percent woman-owned cocktail lounge, Baroness on Baronne (or the Baroness for short). With WDSU news anchor Camille Whitworth at the helm, there’s new, romantic decor, moody lighting, and a 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.

Observatory Eleven Bar

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It’s not exactly a rooftop bar, because it’s just inside, but the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river sure feel top of the world. Observatory 11 at the Westin manages to be more than a convention hotel bar, thanks to the swank setting and the live music that gives it a true New Orleans sense of place.

The Pool Club

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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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The Chandelier Bar

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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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Le Chat Noir

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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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The Bower Bar

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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.

Saba’s Lounge

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Mosy over to the space adjacent to Alon and Emily Shaya’s flagship restaurant, Saba, for Israeli-inspired cocktails, natural wine, and select items from Saba’s menu, including salatim, hummus, and desserts. They’re calling it Saba’s Lounge, and it’s open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m., and Sunday from 2:30 to 9 p.m.

A spread at Saba’s Lounge.
Emily Ferretti Photography/Saba

Velveteen Lounge & Restaurant

Inside Velveteen Lounge, now open in the former Pirogues.
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Opened over Memorial Day weekend, Velveteen Lounge takes over the former Bayou Road Pirogues — and that history, as well as the address’s incarnations prior to Pirogues — are central to the idea behind Velveteen Lounge. The 100 percent worker-owned restaurant and bar is a nod to the neighborhood, a simple spot serving funky wine, beer for cheap, $5 cocktails and $4 wells, and an affordable menu of quality bar food, all in an eclectic, welcoming space. 

Inside Velveteen Lounge, now open in the former Pirogues.
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Breakaway's Restaurant & Bar

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.

Breakaway’s
Olivia Artigues

Anna’s

Anna’s opened in 2021, 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.

Bijou Restaurant & Bar

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.

The Miss Jackson and Bijou cocktails
Bijou Restaurant and Bar/Facebook

Peychaud's

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.

The Will & The Way

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.

The Will and the Way

Ginger Roux

The Herbalist Bar at Ginger Roux in the new Canopy by Hilton Downtown is a swell spot for an Asian-accented libation. Chef Jonathan Hostetler is a wiz marrying Creole style and ingredients with Asian cuisine, and the bar program is equally inspiring. Try the Szechuan Fashioned for starters, rye spiked with five-spice simple syrup and cherry bitters.

Cru Lounge New Orleans

A candy-toppped cocktail from Cru Lounge.
Cru Lounge/Official

The largest Black-owned nightlife chain in the United States, Cru Lounge, now has a location in the French Quarter. The Atlanta-born “fast-casual hookah-hemp lounge” (founded by entrepreneur Dennis McKinley, who appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta for a few seasons) serves a full menu of upscale bar food but focuses mostly on “Crutails” — over-the-top, brightly-colored drinks often topped with candy, and eventually, hookah, hemp, and CBD products.

A candy-toppped cocktail from Cru Lounge.
Cru Lounge/Official

Odd Birds NOLA at Selina Catahoula

Odd Birds NOLA at Selina Catahoula/Official

The new bar taking up residency at the Selina hotel downtown is Odd Birds, an expansion of a St. Augustine, Florida bar. The small, downstairs bar formerly known as Pisco Bar remains, now complemented by an arepa bar, a brilliant idea. The rooftop has a fresh new look, with a rum and mezcal-focused cocktail menu.

Odd Birds NOLA at Selina Catahoula/Official

Baroness on Baronne

The former lauded craft cocktail destination Victory Bar is now a 100 percent woman-owned cocktail lounge, Baroness on Baronne (or the Baroness for short). With WDSU news anchor Camille Whitworth at the helm, there’s new, romantic decor, moody lighting, and a 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.

Observatory Eleven Bar

It’s not exactly a rooftop bar, because it’s just inside, but the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river sure feel top of the world. Observatory 11 at the Westin manages to be more than a convention hotel bar, thanks to the swank setting and the live music that gives it a true New Orleans sense of place.

The Pool Club

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.

The Pool Club at the new Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Virgin Hotels New Orleans/Official

The Chandelier Bar

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.

The Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons
Four Seasons New Orleans

Le Chat Noir

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.

Cocktails from Le Chat Noir
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

The Bower Bar

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.

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Saba’s Lounge

A spread at Saba’s Lounge.
Emily Ferretti Photography/Saba

Mosy over to the space adjacent to Alon and Emily Shaya’s flagship restaurant, Saba, for Israeli-inspired cocktails, natural wine, and select items from Saba’s menu, including salatim, hummus, and desserts. They’re calling it Saba’s Lounge, and it’s open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m., and Sunday from 2:30 to 9 p.m.

A spread at Saba’s Lounge.
Emily Ferretti Photography/Saba

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