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The Rusty Nail

Bars full of polo shirts and sports gear aren’t usually promising places to drink, but there’s more to The Rusty Nail—a little wood-sided bar tucked almost directly under the interstate…

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Bar Tonique

Bar Tonique is the kind of secret, golden spot that teeters along the edge of neighborhood bar and craft cocktail paradise. The tiny space on the outer edge of the…

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Cane & Table

Located on what just might become New Orleans’ first tiki Main Street, Cane & Table is the kind of Hemingway-approved bar that feels simultaneously English colonial and exotic. The menu focuses…

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French 75

People journey to French 75 for one reason—to see celebrated bartender Chris Hannah work his magic. (The lounging, 1940s vibe and animal print seating doesn’t hurt, either.) Part of the…

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Cure

The bar that’s largely credited with sparking New Orleans’ craft cocktail renaissance, Cure has turned its Freret Street home into a hot bed of food and drink options. The ivy-lined…

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Bellocq

Bellocq isn’t outwardly historic. Named after a famed photographer who secretly snapped shots of Storyville madams, it opened in 2011 and sits across a small courtyard from the lobby of…

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Root Squared

Located above the high-concept tasting menu spot Square Root, Root Squared is refined—yet relaxed—with plenty of leather couches for sipping and lounging. The cocktails are experimental and electric, with everything…

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Bouligny Tavern

Yes, the crowd can get a little pretentious sometimes, but the stable roster of solid cocktails and swanky, mid-century ambiance quickly allows the high-and-mighty to fade into the woodwork. A…

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Loa

With enough paisley-embossed velvet floor pillows and drippy, sensual lighting to make even the least romantic person swoon, Loa was a cocktail bar before New Orleans had a solid modern…