5 Classic Nola Cocktails to Try!
First time in New Orleans? There's so much to eat and drink, it can be a bit overwhelming... but no worries, we got ya! Here's a list of the Top 5 Classic Nola Cocktails we enjoyed the most and the best spots to have them at...P.S: Did you know street drinking is legal here?!
# 5 -- Cane & Table
Known for their rum based cocktails and Old Habana vibes, this bar is great to visit anytime of year! Enjoy their hidden outdoor patio sitting for brunch or hang inside for happy hour, delicious bites, friendly staff and alluring ambiance! We recommend trying their Haitian Fried Chicken and going for Happy Hour ( Everyday 3-6pm ) or / and for their bottomless brunch-- $45! This bar has a more local scene and is so worth the walk from Bourbon street!
# 4 -- Bar Tonique
This bar reminded us so much of home (NYC), with its rustic brick wall interior look, wide selection of handcrafted cocktails and in-house made ingredients that were combined to perfection. We didn't see a lot of tourists hanging out here despite it being so centrally located -- smack in the middle of the French Quarter! We recommend visiting for Happy Hour ( Weekdays from 12-5pm ) or for a late night hang out as this place is open till 2am! Besides having a great HH selection, they also have a drink of the day for $5 and a whiskey flight for whiskey lovers! We had a few cocktails here and loved all of them. If you want to stick to trying classic Nola cocktails, we recommend ordering a Vieux Carre, a Sazerac or a Vesper-- made famous by James Bond and for being ordered shaken not stirred.
# 3 -- Lafitte's
Have that famous Nola Hurricane drink in one of America's 10 oldest bars-- Seriously this place was established in the early 1770s and has no electricity! Everything is lit by candles at night. Definitely felt a little haunted... I recommend visiting during night time. Check their calendar online for special events. On some nights they have live piano in a candle light setting. I wouldn't call it a romantic setting, with it's eerie feel this spot teletransports you to time where pirates would gather to drink and share ghost stories 😜 definitely deserves a check out... And whatever you do DON'T STIR that drink!
# 2 -- Carousel Bar
Have cocktails inside a spinning, functioning carousel. Touristy? Sure! A must do? Absolutely!! Where else can you feel like a kid and grown up at the same time!?! They make amazing craft cocktails here. This is a great spot to try one of New Orleans signature cocktails -- The Sazerac, handcrafted to perfection! Heads up, this bar is always crowded so if waiting for a seat just keep walking straight and you'll find a second bar that's part of the hotel crowd free! This this the perfect spot to wait while a chair in this carousel opens up...
# 1 -- Napoleon House
This was our first time having a Pimm's Cup and although this is more of a British drink than a classic New Orleans one, we felt it was perfect to enjoy on those hot summer days while strolling through the streets of Nola. We absolutely fell in love with this light and refreshing cocktail, it's the perfect cure for a hot summer day. We went in for 1 and stayed for 3! So yes, our #1 cocktail pick goes to the Pimm's Cup from Napoleon House which is more of a restaurant than a bar. Beyond the Pimm's Cup, this is a great spot to try a Muffuletta at. The Muffuletta is an italian on the go sandwich that's usually picked up at a deli or grocery store and served cold. Invented in 1906, this type of sandwich was first created by an italian immigrant and first made and served at the French Market in New Orleans. Years later Napoleon House adapted this recipe and brought it in to a sit down restaurant, making it a hot dish to enhance the flavors. The Pimm's Cup and Muffuletta are a must try here!
Remember when I said street drinking is legal in New Orleans? Well, another great way of escaping the southern heat is grabbing a to-go frozen drink. Here were our top two frozen drinks that became our signature staple and go to's when navigating the big easy!
The Frozen Irish coffee from Erin Rose-- This was my morning coffee with a kick, Nola style! The perfect way to start my day!
The Hand Grenade from Tropical Isle-- This was too sweet for me, kinda tasted like jolly rancher in my opinion but Fernando loved it and couldn't stop drinking them! Best part, you can keep the cup and refill it at a discount price all through 5 licensed nightclub bars in the French Quarter! We still have the cup at home :) Makes a great souvenir!
Thanks for reading! Have you been to New Orleans? We want to hear from you -- Tell us what your favorite bars were and we'll make sure to visit next time!