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Goin to NOLA for the weekned- thurs through sunday- just seein if there was any recommendations for bars in the area- especially around the french quarter.
As a change of pace from the rowdiness of the French Quarter, we enjoy ducking into Arnaud's French 75 Bar for a quiet cocktail in an elegant environment.
Nice, i heard of that one.
In no particular order:
Bar Tonique (820 N. Rampart St.) craft cocktails, dark room
Polo Lounge in the Windsor Court (300 Gravier St.) high rent district, great Sazeracs
Swizzle Stick @ The Lowe's (300 Poydras St.) another craft place
Napoleon House (500 Chartres St.) gotta go & have one just for the historical importance of this place.
Now, if you want to drink and EAT, I'd suggest:
Cuvee 322 Magazine Street
August 301 Tchoupitoulas St.,
Parisole 1041 Dumaine Street
Cochon 930 Tchoupitoulas St
Sorry, typed in "Parasole" when I meant PERISTYLE
Will be down there myself in a few weeks. Can't wait!
Unfortunately Cuvee and Peristyle are no more.
In addition to the places suggested by mrviognier I'd suggest the following.
Galatoire's for the quintessential New Orleans experience. Wait in line and sit downstairs.
Commander's Palace for brunch.
Parkway or Casamento's for lunch.
Bar Uncommon in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel where you can get one of these (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEr7ym4-r5I) from bartender Chris McMillan.
The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel
d.b.a on Frenchman Street
The Maple Leaf or Tipitina's for some live music.
I haven't been yet but Bourbon House is supposed to have a decent bourbon selection.
My tourist tastes are distinctly blue-collar: Coop's Place (http://www.coopsplace.net/) on Decatur. Ignore the grunge, enjoy the food and drink.
How noone has mentioned the Carousel Bar is completely beyond me...that is THE quintessential bar for cocktails in NOLA...they claim to be the birthplace of the Vieux Carre, and also one of the first bars to make the Ramos Gin Fizz.......and when was the last time you got to sit at a bar that rotates a full 360 in 40 minutes or so?
I also will second Bar Tonique, I knew that place was special when I waltzed in there unexpectedly and their WELL rye was Rittenhous 100 BIB. A truly special bar.
Enjoy NOLA, and definitely eat at Commander's Palace, land of turtle soup and 25 CENT MARTINIS AT LUNCH!!!!!!!!
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