New Orleans Craft Cocktail Self Guided Tour
Unveiling the Coolest Craft Cocktail Joints in NOLA, Off the Beaten Path and One Right on Bourbon Street!
The vibrant New Orleans French Quarter isn’t just about gumbo and jazz; it’s a haven for cocktail enthusiasts. Venture beyond the bustling Bourbon Street Corridor to discover hidden gems serving up extraordinary craft concoctions. Embark on this wallet-friendly, DIY, self-guided tour curated by a local, ensuring you don’t miss the city’s top-shelf tipples.
Buckle up for a whirlwind tour of New Orleans’ craft cocktail scene, where each sip tells a story.
Let’s Kick Off This Boozy Adventure!
1. Bar Marilou (In Maison de la Luz)
First stop: Bar Marilou at Maison de la Luz Boutique Hotel. It’s not just about the drinks; the ambiance and cuisine here are showstoppers. Try the Sunstrike – a fresh, tropical delight. Pro tip: Secure a reservation for the weekends!
2. Peacock Room (In Kimpton Hotel Fontenot)
Nestled in Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, the Peacock Room is a visual feast. Sip on the “Flock to Me” cocktail and indulge in sumptuous bites. Open Wednesday to Saturday evenings and Sundays for brunch.
3. Double Dealer
Double Dealer Lounge, a speakeasy beneath the historic Orpheum Theater, takes you back to the Vaudeville era. Try “The Last Word” cocktail. Open only Thursday to Saturday, so plan accordingly!
4. Burgundy Bar (Saint Hotel)
A short stroll across Canal St. leads you to Burgundy Bar inside The Saint Hotel. Marvel at the unique decor and don’t miss the “Halo” cocktail. Perfect for an early evening rendezvous.
5. Carousel Bar & Lounge (Hotel Monteleone)
Step into the classic Carousel Bar & Lounge at Hotel Monteleone. While it might be crowded, the experience is unparalleled. Savor a Sazerac or Ramos Gin Fizz and indulge in duck confit wontons.
6. May Baily’s Place (Dauphine Orleans Hotel)
A few blocks away is May Baily’s Place, tucked inside the haunted Dauphine Orleans Hotel. Enjoy the lush ambiance and great drinks in this off-the-beaten-track haunt.
7. Bombay Club (Prince Conti Hotel)
Around the corner, discover Bombay Club at Prince Conti Hotel. With fresh cocktails like the Pimm’s Cup, plush decor, and live music, it’s a hidden gem for sure. Happy Hour from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Thursdays to Sundays.
Head over to Dumaine Street for Manolito, a Cuban gem with quality drinks and food. Try the Daiquiri de Santiago and enjoy the quaint atmosphere upstairs.
9. New Orleans Vampire Cafe
Indulge your senses at the New Orleans Vampire Cafe. Unique drinks, great food (try the fried deviled eggs!), and a captivating atmosphere. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
10. Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Cafe
A short stroll takes you to Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Cafe. Immerse yourself in the lush courtyard, enjoy the cocktails, and don’t miss the fantastic cheese board. Open Thursday to Sunday evenings.
11. Bourbon “O” Jazz Bar (Bourbon Orleans Hotel)
Our final destination is the Bourbon “O” Bar. Technically on Bourbon Street, it’s accessible through a hidden hallway. The Pimm’s Cup is a must-try. Live Jazz, fantastic drinks, and a haunting atmosphere await.
Cheers to an Unforgettable DIY Cocktail Tour!
As you wrap up this self-guided adventure, whether you’re sipping a Pimm’s Cup or relishing a unique Vampire Cafe concoction, remember, it’s not just a tour; it’s a journey into the heart of New Orleans’ craft cocktail culture. Enjoy responsibly!