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The Eater Cocktail Heatmap, Updated for Summer 2013

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It's time for a healthy freshening up of the Eater New Orleans Cocktail Heatmap. Below, you'll find out where to sip the city's finest libations for your imbibing pleasure. About half of the selections are holdovers from the previous edition, while the rest are more recent additions to the city's ever-growing cocktail scene. All are perfect answers to the question, "Where should I drink tonight?"

Have a favorite cocktail bar or restaurant with a great cocktail program that you think needs to be on here? Think one or more of these just isn't as hot as we say and needs to be removed? Let us know.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cure

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4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 302-2357
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Cure is no longer a new bar, but it remains the central figure in New Orleans' cocktail scene. It effectively redefined the cocktail bar in New Orleans, pushing drinkers in this city to expand their tastes, and is still a central figure in our (ever-expanding) cocktail scene.

2. French 75 Bar

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813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-5433
The French 75 has been named one of the best bars in the country by Esquire and GQ. Why? It's swanky, hospitable, and Chris Hannah happens to be one of the best bartenders the city's ever seen. Driven by a passion for the cocktails of the past, both the classics and the forgotten ones, Hannah continues to impress.

3. 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.

4. Tiki Tolteca

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Felipe's upstairs tiki pop-up is heating up the cocktail scene with tropical drinks set aflame, served in souvenir tiki mugs, or keeping it old school like the Hemingway Daiq. Nathan Dalton and team are cocktail-obsessed, and with the addition of exotica lounge dance nights, it all makes for a great escape. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays from 5pm-Midnight.

5. Bar Tonique

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820 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 324-6045
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Nestled along the outer limit of the French Quarter on Rampart, Tonique isn't your average Quarter bar. It's small and seating is limited (as is standing space, if you come at the wrong time). But like Cure, it's an example of the 21st Century cocktail bar in a city that clings to tradition.

6. Bellocq

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936 St. Charles
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 962-0900
This Cure Co. bar inside the Hotel Modern goes way back in time with cobblers and punches that were popular at the turn of the last century, serving them up with minimal pretension. The name and design pay homage to New Orleans photographer E.J. Bellocq, who clandestinely documented the working women of the old Storyville.

7. SoBou

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310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 552-4095
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Abigail Gullo, a transplant from The Beagle and Fort Defiance in New York City, shows her talent for creating inspired craft cocktails at this whimsical street food restaurant from the Commander's family in the Quarter.

8. Sylvain

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625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 265-8123
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The bar, led by Liam Deegan, executes both classic and original cocktails very well. Sylvain's sazerac is great, but the house-made cola is off the charts. Add Chef Alex Harrell's antipasti plate and you're on your way to a great night.

9. Twelve Mile Limit

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500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-8114
Opened by T. Cole Newton in October 2010, Twelve Mile Limit brings people from all across town to a nondescript bar in a nondescript stretch of Mid City for expertly-crafted cocktails, barbecue, and doberge cake. Try the Baudin, probably the best cocktail made with hot sauce. Ever.

10. Dash & Pony

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This pop-up speakeasy is almost like a secret society of New Orleans best bartenders. Created by Ali Mills, the monthly-or-so speakeasy features guest bartenders and chefs of worthy buzz, and takes over homes, backyards, and cool spaces, turning them into a dreamy cocktail party with proceeds going to charity.

11. Tivoli and Lee

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Kimberly Patton Bragg and Steve Yamada turn out both wild new drinks, whiskey-based cocktails and classics at the Hotel Modern's restaurant. There are about 50 different American whiskeys to choose from here, so come on, get happy.

12. Booty's Street Food

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800 Louisa St.
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 266-2887
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The frozen drinks shine here, like the Snow Globe (think boozy strawberry sno ball) and specials like a Hurricane Float made with rum and passion fruit sorbet, but well-crafted cocktails on trend also abound. Housemade ingredients from bitters to smoked velvet cream soda and Interesting flavor elements (salted watermelon? sweet peppers? Yes.) make it difficult to choose a drink, though the Bywater Bomber daiquiri is a staple.

13. Lucky Rooster

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515 Baronne
New Orleans, LA
(504) 529-5825
Christine Jeanine Nielson created the cocktail list for the Asian street food newbie Lucky Rooster. A wealth of exotic housemade sodas, classic cocktails with Asian twists, and even a new secret drink menu (revealed here by Anne Berry) you must ask for by name, chances are you'll feel lucky, boozter.

14. Maurepas Foods

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3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-0072
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Brad Smith and team has developed a robust, seasonal cocktail list (including a draft cocktail ) at this favorite Bywater joint. Drinks delve into the herbacious, floral, and smoky side with interesting spirit pairings, and an intriguing air that also accompanies Michael Doyle's food.

15. La Fin du Monde

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2917 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
Opened by Bar Tonique's Justice Jagger, this brunch hotspot in the Irish Channel is also home to a polished cocktail program of classic, adapted, and original drinks. Perfect for evening/day drinking in the courtyard, accompanied by Jonathan Lestingi's kimchi-tastic cuisine.

1. Cure

4905 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Cure is no longer a new bar, but it remains the central figure in New Orleans' cocktail scene. It effectively redefined the cocktail bar in New Orleans, pushing drinkers in this city to expand their tastes, and is still a central figure in our (ever-expanding) cocktail scene.
4905 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. French 75 Bar

813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112
The French 75 has been named one of the best bars in the country by Esquire and GQ. Why? It's swanky, hospitable, and Chris Hannah happens to be one of the best bartenders the city's ever seen. Driven by a passion for the cocktails of the past, both the classics and the forgotten ones, Hannah continues to impress.
813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

3. 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

4. Tiki Tolteca

New Orleans, LA
Felipe's upstairs tiki pop-up is heating up the cocktail scene with tropical drinks set aflame, served in souvenir tiki mugs, or keeping it old school like the Hemingway Daiq. Nathan Dalton and team are cocktail-obsessed, and with the addition of exotica lounge dance nights, it all makes for a great escape. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays from 5pm-Midnight.

5. Bar Tonique

820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Nestled along the outer limit of the French Quarter on Rampart, Tonique isn't your average Quarter bar. It's small and seating is limited (as is standing space, if you come at the wrong time). But like Cure, it's an example of the 21st Century cocktail bar in a city that clings to tradition.
820 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Bellocq

936 St. Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130
This Cure Co. bar inside the Hotel Modern goes way back in time with cobblers and punches that were popular at the turn of the last century, serving them up with minimal pretension. The name and design pay homage to New Orleans photographer E.J. Bellocq, who clandestinely documented the working women of the old Storyville.
936 St. Charles
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. SoBou

310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Abigail Gullo, a transplant from The Beagle and Fort Defiance in New York City, shows her talent for creating inspired craft cocktails at this whimsical street food restaurant from the Commander's family in the Quarter.
310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Sylvain

625 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The bar, led by Liam Deegan, executes both classic and original cocktails very well. Sylvain's sazerac is great, but the house-made cola is off the charts. Add Chef Alex Harrell's antipasti plate and you're on your way to a great night.
625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Twelve Mile Limit

500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Opened by T. Cole Newton in October 2010, Twelve Mile Limit brings people from all across town to a nondescript bar in a nondescript stretch of Mid City for expertly-crafted cocktails, barbecue, and doberge cake. Try the Baudin, probably the best cocktail made with hot sauce. Ever.
500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119

10. Dash & Pony

New Orleans, LA 70130
This pop-up speakeasy is almost like a secret society of New Orleans best bartenders. Created by Ali Mills, the monthly-or-so speakeasy features guest bartenders and chefs of worthy buzz, and takes over homes, backyards, and cool spaces, turning them into a dreamy cocktail party with proceeds going to charity.

11. Tivoli and Lee

New Orleans, LA 70130
Kimberly Patton Bragg and Steve Yamada turn out both wild new drinks, whiskey-based cocktails and classics at the Hotel Modern's restaurant. There are about 50 different American whiskeys to choose from here, so come on, get happy.

12. Booty's Street Food

800 Louisa St., New Orleans, LA 70117
The frozen drinks shine here, like the Snow Globe (think boozy strawberry sno ball) and specials like a Hurricane Float made with rum and passion fruit sorbet, but well-crafted cocktails on trend also abound. Housemade ingredients from bitters to smoked velvet cream soda and Interesting flavor elements (salted watermelon? sweet peppers? Yes.) make it difficult to choose a drink, though the Bywater Bomber daiquiri is a staple.
800 Louisa St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

13. Lucky Rooster

515 Baronne, New Orleans, LA
Christine Jeanine Nielson created the cocktail list for the Asian street food newbie Lucky Rooster. A wealth of exotic housemade sodas, classic cocktails with Asian twists, and even a new secret drink menu (revealed here by Anne Berry) you must ask for by name, chances are you'll feel lucky, boozter.
515 Baronne
New Orleans, LA

14. Maurepas Foods

3200 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Brad Smith and team has developed a robust, seasonal cocktail list (including a draft cocktail ) at this favorite Bywater joint. Drinks delve into the herbacious, floral, and smoky side with interesting spirit pairings, and an intriguing air that also accompanies Michael Doyle's food.
3200 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

15. La Fin du Monde

2917 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Opened by Bar Tonique's Justice Jagger, this brunch hotspot in the Irish Channel is also home to a polished cocktail program of classic, adapted, and original drinks. Perfect for evening/day drinking in the courtyard, accompanied by Jonathan Lestingi's kimchi-tastic cuisine.
2917 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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