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Cocktail culture grows in Metairie with revival of Martine’s

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  While it seems like you can't walk two blocks without stumbling upon a craft cocktail bar in New Orleans, the streets of Metairie and Kenner have yet to be hit with a swarm of mixologists and house-made bitters.

  The current overhaul of Martine's Lounge (2347 Metairie Road, 504-831-8637; www.facebook.com/martineslounge), an Old Metairie beer-and-a-shot staple for 30 years, might just change that.

  In August, Suzanne Accorsi, co-owner of Pal's Lounge (949 N. Rendon St., 504-488-7257; www.palslounge.com), bought Martine's from its longtime octogenarian owner and has been transforming the bare-bones bar into a space that's both welcoming and refined.

  "My philosophy is that Martine's should be a neighborhood bar that's comfortable and friendly, but also a place that serves great cocktails that aren't too expensive or over the top," Accorsi says.

  The most popular cocktails thus far? The Pie-Eyed Pig — a whiskey and vermouth concoction with brown sugar-maple bacon simple syrup (say that five times fast) garnished with bacon and a cherry.

  The Paloma Rosa — a blend of tequila, pomegranate liqueur and sparkling wine — is another eye-catching menu item as summer approaches.

  Martine's might be a lone wolf in the Metairie cocktail bar scene now, but before we know it, Veterans Memorial Boulevard could be crawling with mustachioed barkeeps serving up flights of mezcal.

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