Drink Local Craft Cocktail Bars in New Orleans

By Colleen Rush / Photography By Matthew Noel | Last Updated September 23, 2015
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Finding an alcoholic beverage in this town is not difficult. But finding a very good alcoholic beverage in this town was not so easy not too long ago, unless it involved a high-end hotel bar. The craft cocktail movement is full-steam in New Orleans now – you’d be hard pressed to find a reputable drinking establishment that doesn’t have a downright decent cocktail menu these days. These are a just few of the local cocktail aficionado’s favorites.  



Bee's Knees cocktail at Cure, a craft cocktail bar in New Orleans on Freret Street
Why We Love It: Because Kirk Estopinal & Co. shook up the craft cocktail movement in New Orleans. In a city of 24/7 dive bars and go-cups, Cure sets itself apart with a menu of classic and modern cocktails for people...
|4905 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA, us


Spirit handler Alan Walter's craft cocktail oasis, Loa, in the International House Hotel
Why We Love It: Alan Walter is a cocktail geek of the coolest order. When he’s not holding court behind the bar, perfectly coiffed and pouring gorgeous drinks into a curated collection of vintage glassware, you...
|221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA, us


Bellocq's seasonal craft cocktail menu is created by Cure owner/mixologist Kirk Estopinal
Why We Love It: Spot-on cobblers and ingredient-driven cocktails are served in a moody, plush lounge inspired by Storyville photographer E.J. Belloq’s images of New Orleans’ infamous red light district. The...
|936 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, us

Swizzle Stick Bar

Swizzle Stick Bar at the Loew's Hotel in New Orleans
Why We Love It: The proprietors of Commander’s Palace know how to pass a good time. Opened in 2005 inside the Loew’s Hotel alongside Cafe Adelaide, this bright, swanky space defies every cliche of dull and...
|300 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA, us

Sazerac Bar

Tucked inside the historic Roosevelt Hotel, the Sazerac Bar is a New Orleans classic
Why We Love It: It’s posh, it’s timeless, and it is steeped in the history of New Orleans. Named for the city’s official cocktail, the bar is located inside the lovingly restored Roosevelt Hotel and the menu...
|130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans , LA, us
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