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The Cocktail Heatmap: Updated For Summer 2014

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With the help of the Eater 38 and the Eater Heatmap, it's a breeze to find out where to eat right now, whether it's a hot newcomer or an old neighborhood standby. Now it's just as easy to find out where to get a good, stiff drink in New Orleans.

Eater's Cocktail Heatmap is a guide to the hottest bars of the moment. Rather than feature the perennial favorites—we will assume the readership already knows how to get their Cure, French 75, and Twelve Mile Limit on—this guide focuses on operations that have opened in the last year, or recently undergone a major revamp. Happy drinking, and as always, feel free to write in with new suggestions.

Also note: Tiki Tolteca is off the map until their reopening in mid-July, so do stay tuned for pictures and coverage of their upcoming revamp.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cane & Table

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1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 581-1112
Nick Detrich's proto-tiki bar is a must-visit for serious imbibers down on Decatur Street, with island-themed food menu from Adam Biderman, a swanky new renovation of the Pravda space, and lots of industry cred. It's another impeccable bar from the Cure Co., with an emphasis on rum drinks from pre-tiki times.

2. Oxalis

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Sonali Fernando, formerly of Bar Tonique and La Fin Du Monde, holds down the bar at this newly opened Bywater gastropub, with specialty cocktails and eccentric small plates from chef Jonathan Lestingi.

3. Fulton Alley

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600 Fulton Street
New Orleans, LA
This boutique bowling alley in the CBD is modeled after Brooklyn Bowl and LA's Lucky Strike, and features an approachable cocktail menu with some low-proof drinks, and shandies by the pitcher, created by Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal of Cure Co. Plus, a small plates menu from former Tivoli & Lee chef Mike Nirenberg.

4. MoPho

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514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6845
Asian-inspired cocktails are the name of the game, with exotic flavors and bubble teas on the list. Michael and Jeff Gulotta and the team have also just added a weekday happy hour to the mix, from 2 to 5 p.m. with daily specials.

5. Treo

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3835 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
This is a new upscale cocktail bar in Mid City from the owners of Finn McCools, Stephen and Pauline Patterson. Craft drinks and wine are accompanied by small plates from chef James Cullen, and an upstairs art gallery lends itself to lounging.

6. Sarsaparilla at Dante's Kitchen

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736 Dante St
New Orleans, LA 70118
Sarsaparilla is a newly launched Tuesday night cocktail bar (7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.) with late night food options too, operating in Dante's Kitchen. Dante's GM Craig Seaman and bartender Jordan Deis started Sarsaparilla, which features $7 specialty cocktails featuring an array of housemade tinctures, and bar snacks from pretzels to sesame beef jerky.

7. Barrel Proof

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1201 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Barrel Proof's Liam Deeson wants his customers to know that he is happy to make any cocktail you can think of, even though the bourbon and beer bar doesn't have an official cocktail menu.

8. CellarDoor

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916 Lafayette Street
New Orleans, LA 70113
Cellardoor bartender Michael Yusko offers classic cocktails like Old Fashioneds and Rum Daiquiris, as well as creative concoctions like "The Summer of Sling," which combines rye, rum, and hopped grapefruit bitters.

9. Three Muses

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536 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 298-8746
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Kimberly Patton Bragg has brought her cocktail mojo to Three Muses, focusing on tequila and American whiskey. Live music, excellent food by Dan Esses, and the cocktail program make up the three muses of the name.

10. Root Squared

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1800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 390-7800
The upstairs bar of Philip Lopez's Square Root contains the cocktail wizardry of Max Messier. Messier's cocktail menu is as wildly creative as Lopez's food, and you can also order upscale bar snacks like charcuterie and deviled eggs.

1. Cane & Table

1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Nick Detrich's proto-tiki bar is a must-visit for serious imbibers down on Decatur Street, with island-themed food menu from Adam Biderman, a swanky new renovation of the Pravda space, and lots of industry cred. It's another impeccable bar from the Cure Co., with an emphasis on rum drinks from pre-tiki times.
1113 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

2. Oxalis

New Orleans, LA
Sonali Fernando, formerly of Bar Tonique and La Fin Du Monde, holds down the bar at this newly opened Bywater gastropub, with specialty cocktails and eccentric small plates from chef Jonathan Lestingi.

3. Fulton Alley

600 Fulton Street, New Orleans, LA
This boutique bowling alley in the CBD is modeled after Brooklyn Bowl and LA's Lucky Strike, and features an approachable cocktail menu with some low-proof drinks, and shandies by the pitcher, created by Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal of Cure Co. Plus, a small plates menu from former Tivoli & Lee chef Mike Nirenberg.
600 Fulton Street
New Orleans, LA

4. MoPho

514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Asian-inspired cocktails are the name of the game, with exotic flavors and bubble teas on the list. Michael and Jeff Gulotta and the team have also just added a weekday happy hour to the mix, from 2 to 5 p.m. with daily specials.
514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Treo

3835 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
This is a new upscale cocktail bar in Mid City from the owners of Finn McCools, Stephen and Pauline Patterson. Craft drinks and wine are accompanied by small plates from chef James Cullen, and an upstairs art gallery lends itself to lounging.
3835 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Sarsaparilla at Dante's Kitchen

736 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Sarsaparilla is a newly launched Tuesday night cocktail bar (7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.) with late night food options too, operating in Dante's Kitchen. Dante's GM Craig Seaman and bartender Jordan Deis started Sarsaparilla, which features $7 specialty cocktails featuring an array of housemade tinctures, and bar snacks from pretzels to sesame beef jerky.
736 Dante St
New Orleans, LA 70118

7. Barrel Proof

1201 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Barrel Proof's Liam Deeson wants his customers to know that he is happy to make any cocktail you can think of, even though the bourbon and beer bar doesn't have an official cocktail menu.
1201 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. CellarDoor

916 Lafayette Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
Cellardoor bartender Michael Yusko offers classic cocktails like Old Fashioneds and Rum Daiquiris, as well as creative concoctions like "The Summer of Sling," which combines rye, rum, and hopped grapefruit bitters.
916 Lafayette Street
New Orleans, LA 70113

9. Three Muses

536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Kimberly Patton Bragg has brought her cocktail mojo to Three Muses, focusing on tequila and American whiskey. Live music, excellent food by Dan Esses, and the cocktail program make up the three muses of the name.
536 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

10. Root Squared

1800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The upstairs bar of Philip Lopez's Square Root contains the cocktail wizardry of Max Messier. Messier's cocktail menu is as wildly creative as Lopez's food, and you can also order upscale bar snacks like charcuterie and deviled eggs.
1800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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