Spirits Guide 2020
Nov 03 2020

Spirits Guide 2020

By: Staff


Bar Marilou, housed in the Maison de la Luz hotel, is a luxury bar that drips with French elegance and an otherworldly red ambiance. Their new Deux Fois Deux deal gives you a perfect experience, with two featured cocktails, such as the Brave Margot or Sans Souci, and two small plates, all for $45. 544 Carondelet St., 504-814-7711, barmarilou.com

Briquette is a contemporary restaurant that features an inviting bar and open kitchen. Not only are their cocktails famous among diners, but Briquette was also awarded the Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" in 2020. Make a reservation for the Jackson Family Wine Dinner on November 12 for an evening to remember. 701 S. Peters St., 504-302-7496, briquette-nola.com

Carmo has launched a brand-new cocktail menu with amazingly inventive options. Don't miss their new Happy Hour from 3 - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, featuring a $3 specialty imported beer, $4 well drinks, and $5 glasses of house wine. Also ask about their $5 daily featured cocktail every Tuesday through Thursday night. 527 Julia St., 504-875-4132, cafecarmo.com

Craft Tavern proudly serves distinguished takes on American dishes, with their cocktails given just as much attention as their steaks. Their original cocktails include the Legacy Smash, with bourbon, strawberries, and fresh mint, and the Watermelon Crawl, highlighting vodka, watermelon juice, and lemon. 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-613-2350,legacykitchen.com

Josephine Estelle is a restaurant that offers a casual experience with great food. They have two beautiful bars and a fabulous drink menu, and you're guaranteed great service for your before-dinner (or anytime) drink. Their Balcony View cocktail is a citrus and hibiscus wine spritzer that pairs perfectly with their brunch menu. 600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070,josephineestelle.com

NOLA Caye is a Caribbean-inspired restaurant with imaginative cocktails. One of their signature drinks, the "Climate Change," is a hibiscus-infused margarita with a hot three-chili ice ball in the drink, making it hotter the longer you wait. Their Bloody Jerk cocktail is a necessity on every visit. 898 Baronne St., 504-302-1302, nolacaye.com

The Sazerac House features a collection of merchandise from local partners, such as coffee from PJ's Coffee, stationery by Alexa Pulitzer, and pralines from Aunt Sally's. During the month of December, they are offering free shipping on purchases on their website (certain restrictions apply). The Shop at the Sazerac House is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 101 Magazine St., 504-910-0100, sazerachouse.com

Seaworthy is the perfect place to enjoy spirits and seafood. One of their house cocktails, the Sherman's Cup, is a mix of blackberries, citrus, and rosé. During their Happy Hour, house punch, wine, and beers are all reduced in price, giving you more reasons to sing shanties with your friends. 630 Carondelet St., 504-930-3071, seaworthynola.com

Stumpy's Hatchet House is a great place to visit with friends and family. If you have ever wanted to tap into your primitive instincts and try hatchet- and axe-throwing in a safe environment, this is for you. Make an advance reservation for the Grand Opening weekend or for your holiday office party. 1200 Poydras St., Ste. C, 504-577-2937, stumpyshh.com

Tsunami is known for its sushi and diverse Asian dishes. They have a selection of premium Asian beers, specialty cocktails, and sake that truly make every visit special. The Sake Flight allows you to choose between four different sakes, offering a variety of options, such as sparkling, creamy, and fragrant premium sakes. 601 Poydras St., 504-608-3474, servingsushi.com


Orleans Grapevine is a wine bar and bistro that has one of the largest selections of wines by the glass and one of the best wine lists in the city. Try a glass of chardonnay or merlot with one of their cheese boards or some saffron mussels. Bring a date to this hidden French Quarter gem for an evening to remember. 720 Orleans Ave., 504-523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com

The Creole Cookery is known for its Hurricane cocktails, which range in strength from Category One to Category Five and pair perfectly with their delicious chargrilled oysters and New Orleans cuisine. And Poppy's Voodoo Juice, mixed with three different rums (including Bacardi 151) and pineapple juice, is sure to put you under a spell. 508 Toulouse St., 504-524-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com

Tropical Isle is the home of the Hand Grenade, one of the most popular drinks on Bourbon Street. They have several locations, and the larger locales feature live music by some of Bourbon Street's top musicians. Boasting over 60 percent alcohol in every one, the Hand Grenade is sure to kill all the germs! Multiple locations, tropicalisle.com


Rivershack Tavern is lovingly referred to as the "Shack." The mixed-and-matched barstools might confuse you after you've tried some of the dozens of beers by the bottle and on draft, including local craft brews and imports, that they have to offer. Don't miss their daily specials for lunch or dinner. 3449 River Rd., 504-834-4938, rivershacktavern.com


Lakeview Harbor is a neighborhood bar and grill that offers great food and drinks. One of their signature drinks, the Typhoon Rum Punch, is a tasty addition to your meal that shouldn't be passed up. This is a perfect place to grab a beer or cocktail and dinner with your family and sit back and enjoy the view. 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-486-4887, lakeviewharbor.us

Sala Nola is a restaurant and bar that focuses on great cocktails and wine to go with their small plates and entrees. Their Happy Hour runs Tuesday through Friday evenings, with specials on glasses of their house wines, classic cocktails, mixed drinks, and house frozen Palomas. 124 Lake Marina Ave., 504-513-2670, salanola.com


Carnaval Lounge is the way to go to pick up a good drink and watch some football. Whether you're a Saints fan or not, the Honeysuckle Rose cocktail is sure to make you happy enough to cheer on your favorite team. Their signature Bywater Manhattan is another great choice. 2227 St. Claude Ave., 504-265-8855, carnavallounge.com

Royal Frenchmen Hotel & Bar is a boutique hotel that features a charming bar. They've been one of the few venues to offer live music performances on their balcony, with Jay Anderson and the St. Claude Social Club performing on Friday nights. They've also received high praise for their $4-martini Happy Hour. 700 Frenchmen St., 504-619-9660, royalfrenchmenhotel.com


5216 Table & Tap is a great spot that offers a wide drink menu to choose from. Their Ruston Smash is a whiskey cocktail, made with mint, brown sugar, and peach, that helps make them one of the top craft cocktail bars in Metairie. Happy Hour is from 3 p.m to 7 p.m. daily. 5216 Veterans Blvd., 504-766-1477, 5216tableandtap.com

Andrea's Restaurant features an upscale piano bar called the Capri Blu Bar. Known as one of the finest Italian restaurants in town, Andrea's offers a large selection of wine by the glass and bottomless drinks with their Sunday brunch menu. And Capri Blu features speciality cocktails that are one of a kind. 3100 19th St., 504-834-8583, andreasrestaurant.com

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop is the ideal locale to grab some gumbo and a drink. They are home to one of Metairie's best lemon drop martinis, even if you wouldn't know it. They serve beers, wines, and mixed drinks (including their famous margaritas) that are as good as the rest of the menu. N. Causeway Blvd., 504-835-2022, gumbostop.com

The Duke is a hidden gem that serves great beer and burgers. They have a comfortable section for outdoor dining, and their full bar ensures that you'll get all of your favorite mixed drinks and local beers. It is an excellent place to watch a Saints game with your friends, while sipping on your drink of choice. 2740 Severn Ave., 504-353-4227, thedukemetairie.com

The Galley is a casual restaurant with top-notch food and drinks. Although they're especially known for their great seafood, their delicious Bloody Marys are loved by all. If you're missing live music, The Galley is airing concerts on their multiple TVs, with performers such as The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and Duran Duran. 2535 Metairie Rd., 504-832-0955,thegalleyseafood.net

Martine's Lounge is a neighborhood bar that serves cocktails, wines, and beers. Their patio is the perfect place to take advantage of the fall weather and one of their daiquiris. Their Happy Hour runs from 4 p.m to 7 p.m, giving you plenty of time to enjoy their frozen sangria. 2347 Metairie Rd., 504-831-8637, facebook.com/martineslounge

Nor-Joe Import Co. is a small, Italian-inspired deli that is famous for their muffalettas and wines and cheeses. The wines they sell are specially imported, and most are not available at restaurants. They also offer grappa and signature premixed cocktails. This is a great place to grab a bite and a drink while you explore the city. 505 Frisco Ave., 504-833-9240,facebook.com/norjoeimport

Tacos Del Cartel is Metairie's newest Mexican restaurant, with a focus on traditional street food. They've designed a beautiful bar and have put a lot of time into building their new drink menu. The menu has it all: shots, on-the-rocks drinks, and frozen cocktails, from mezcal to margaritas. 2901 David Dr., 504-381-5063, tacosdelcartel.com


Mandina's is a restaurant with both excellent food and fabulous bar offerings. Their Happy Hour runs throughout the week, with $1 off beer and $2 off cocktails and wine. Don't miss the legendary Miss Hilda Old Fashioned with a Bacardi Rum topper, for a delicious cocktail before your meal. 3800 Canal St., 504-482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com

Neyow's Creole Cafe is an authentic Creole restaurant that boasts excellent food, a full bar, and great service. Their famous signature cocktail "The Bow Wow," made with house punch, tastes almost as good as it'll make you feel. They also offer a full bar for all of your favorite traditional drinks. 3332 Bienville St., 504-827-5474, neyows.com

Pal's Lounge was voted the Best Dive Bar this year, making it a priority on any list. They have weekly pop-ups with different specials each day, such as Whiskey Wednesdays, when they offer $4 whiskey drinks. The cocktail Vivian Ward, made with wildberry puree, is the highlight of their menu. 949 N. Rendon St., 504-488-7257, palslounge.com


Bearcat Cafe is a café that puts an emphasis on high-quality options. Their Downtown location offers a full bar with special cocktail menus to go with each of their brunch and dinner menus. Their Mahonista, with Spanish gin, lemon, and mint, and their Apple Sidecar, with house apple brandy, are just two of their many delicious signature drinks. Multiple locations, bearcatcafe.com

Felix's is a classic New Orleans-cuisine restaurant that has every seafood lover's favorite Happy Hour: Monday thru Friday, get $3 well drinks, $3 domestic draft beers, and $1 raw oysters, for an outing to remember. The sunset at their Lakefront location is a perfect finish to a night, or visit the original location in the French Quarter. Multiple locations, 504-304-4125, felixs.com


Dixie Brewery is the place to visit on the weekends. Enjoy a specialty brew on their great lawn while listening to live music on the outdoor stage. Grab a bite at their Fete au Fete strEATery to enjoy such dishes as Filthy Fries, with cheese curds and pork debris, which go great with a cold one. If you've never taken a tour of the brewery, book yours today. 3501 Jourdan Rd., 504-867-4000, dixiebeer.com


Jazzy Pete's is a Cajun restaurant based in Slidell that just opened a new Uptown location. Their Brown-Buttered Old Fashioned pairs house-made brown-butter-infused bourbon with brown sugar syrup and Luxardo cherries to create a drink that takes the classic cocktail to a new level. 8201 Oak St., 504-766-0420,facebook.com/jazzypetesnola

Misa is a new restaurant and bar that serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Grab a table on their charming outdoor patio while the weather is pleasant. Their house cocktails include creative drinks such as The Porch, which includes peach tea, vodka, and lemon, and their version of Jungle Juice. 4734 Magazine St., 504-510-2791, misanola.com

Pascal's Manale is a classic Italian restaurant that is great for holiday parties, with a number of private rooms that truly fit the bill. Home to the city's best BBQ shrimp, Pascal's features "Wine Down Wednesdays," with half-off bottles of your new favorite wine, while Thursday means $5 Hanson Vodka martinis. 1838 Napoleon St., 504-895-4877, pascalsmanale.com

Red Gravy is an Italian café that provides dishes and drinks made with love. Their Italian margarita is an experience that should be enjoyed every visit. They also have a brunch menu that they've been serving for 10 years, with cocktails that make you want to get up early. 4206 Magazine St., 504-561-8844, redgravycafe.com

St. Joe's Bar is an Uptown hidden gem across the street from Whole Foods that offers outdoor seating on their patio. They have weekly cocktail specials as well as a Happy Hour from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Their George's Spicy Tequila Cucumber Margarita or famous Blueberry Mojito is the best way to end a night with friends. 5535 Magazine St., 504-899-3744,stjoesbar.com

Tito's Ceviche & Piscoallows you to bring bits of Peru straight to New Orleans. If you're looking for something refreshing, their Cucumber Mule is a cooling spin on a classic. Their drinks are bright and lively, making them great to enjoy on their patio or at a table inside. Don't forget to check out their unique Pisco drink menu. 5015 Magazine St., 504-267-7612, titoscevichepisco.com

The Vintage is an Uptown spot that has already captured the hearts of many. Their signature The Vintage Cocktail is a coffee moonshine favorite that pairs well with their delicious beignets and brunch menu. In addition to cocktails, their selection of wines and champagnes is perfect for dates on their patio. 3121 Magazine St., 504-324-7144, thevintagenola.com


Gattuso's is an amazing neighborhood bar that's newly renovated, making it an excellent place to watch college football. Whether you like LSU or Alabama, if you're looking for a new fall favorite, their Pumpkin Spice White Russian and The Falling Apple are great drinks to try out. 435 Huey P. Long Ave., 504-368-1114, gattusos.net

Tavolino is arguably the most underrated craft cocktail spot on the Westbank. They have an incredibly affordable beer list and a laid-back atmosphere that makes it ideal for a date night or just a casual meal out with friends. Their Drunk Roy is a good drink to enjoy with one of their pizzas. 141 Delaronde St., 504-605-3365

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