New Orleans’ Top 100+ Bars: New and Notable


Whether just opened or refreshed, these bars are getting buzz.

Broussard's Empire Bar
New ownership has ushered in changes at the elegant Creole restaurant. Besides renovations, bartender Paul Gustings is showcasing a new approach at the Empire Bar and has revived drinks inspired by the British Empire; look for Navy-strength rum (gin, too), a potent and tea-touched English milk punch, and Batavia arrack (a smoky Javanese rum). 819 Conti St., (504) 581-3866;, @NOLAbroussards

Cane & Table
Managing partner Nick Detrich's island-inspired bar offers a proto-tiki list drawing on centuries of Caribbean culture. While it's focused on rum (the Boss Colada is a signature drink), wines like Madeira and sherry get play in cocktails as well. 1113 Decatur St., (504) 581-1112;, @CaneandTable

Doris Metropolitan
An open kitchen and dry-aged beef on display add an approachable air to this chic steakhouse. Many drinks tweak the classics (a smoky Bee's Knees uses single-malt Scotch); more flashy molecularly manipulated offerings include ever-changing ice balls — in July, the Decadence ball drops, based on coconut rum, fruit juices, Pop Rocks and glitter. 620 Chartres St., (504) 267-3500;, @DorisMetNOLA

Fountain Lounge
The sparkling club has deco touches, in a nod to its 1930s origins, but it's decidedly modern in style. So, too, is the drinks list crafted by Matthew White and Hadi Ktiri. You'll find fruity smashes and ginger-fueled mules, and a retro cocktail that seems fresh again: a tiki-flavored rum, citrus and falernum swizzle. Roosevelt Hotel, 130 Roosevelt Way, (504) 648-1200;, @TheRoosevelt_NO

Fulton Alley
These luxe lanes combine highbrow bowling (leather sofas, gleaming floors, chandelier lighting) with quality cocktails — no surprise, given business partners' Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal (both of Cure) hands in the menu. Happy hour is one of the city's best (a nearly all-day affair on Fridays) and a great chance to try well-made daiquiris and Pimm's Cups, as well as the Howitzer, a bourbon-peach sparkler revived from Cure's opening menu. 600 Fulton St., (504) 208-5569;, @FultonAlley

This genteel tavern feels like it's been open for years, with an inviting entrance, warm decor and cocktail master Chris McMillian behind the stick. McMillian can recall the history of most any drink, as well as craft something special based on a customer's mood. His knowing, approachable style works with chef Greg Sonnier's menu of Creole dishes. 337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005;, @kingfishnola

Martine's Lounge
Pal's co-owner Suzanne Accorsi and partner David Porretto changed this former comedy club into a straight-up pub, with pool tables and free bar food. It stands apart with its specialty cocktails: the house-made peach-rosemary shrub goes in a gin sparkler, a berry julep calls for strawberry-balsamic shrub, and the Irish whiskey Manhattan is sweetened with maple-bacon simple syrup. 2347 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-8637;, @MartinesLounge

Well-made classic cocktails support chef Kristen Essig's French plates at this just-reopened bistro. Popular sips include pastis (an anise liqueur), vermouth and the bubbly Genepy 75, based on the herbal liqueur — all light, refreshing, and meant to go with dinner. Hardy drinkers may want to try the blazing Herbsaint bone luge. 942 N. Rampart St., (504) 569-9979;, @Meauxbar

Chef Michael Gulotta's Mid-City restaurant serves flavorful, shareable plates and Asian-inspired cocktails, mixed with house-made ingredients (tamarind-honey syrup, pickled citrus, dragonfruit-infused tequila). Specialty bubble teas can be stepped up with various spirits, and there's a potent frozen Old-Fashioned. 514 City Park Ave., (504) 482-6845;, @MOPHONOLA

The latest in Dickie Brennan's string of restaurants has a theatrical bent, given its shared space (including an airy courtyard) with Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. Cocktails are named for historic productions at the theater and mixologist Amber Peterson keeps the cocktails simple and fresh. 616 St. Peter St., (504) 934-3463;, @TableauNOLA

Three Muses
New bar manager Kimberly Patton-Bragg has rebooted the drinks list at this restaurant and music joint, where diners nosh on chef Dan Esses' global small plates during live jazz sets. Patton-Bragg crafts fun, elegant sips, including the popular Spaghetti Western (bourbon, Campari-soaked orange) and a daiquiri made with her own pineapple-lemongrass syrup. 536 Frenchmen St., (504) 252-4801;, @ThreeMusesNola

Artsy Treo is different than Pauline and Stephen Patterson's other pub, Finn McCool's. The sleek bar and homegrown restaurant (helmed by chef James Cullen, who offers Louisiana tapas) has an art gallery upstairs. One legacy from Finn's, though, is bar manager Tyler Chauvin, an up-and-comer refining specialty cocktails with fresh-made syrups and small-batch booze. 3835 Tulane Ave., (504) 304-4878;, @TreoNOLA

New and Notable | Farm to Glass | Bars with Wine-Based Cocktails | Bourbon Street | Whiskey Bars
Neighborhood Bars | Arcade Drinking | Walk of Shame Bars | Craft Cocktails
Courtyard Drinking | Frozen Drinks | Wine Bars | Bars for Beer Nerds | French Quarter Bars
Bars with Music | Sports Bars | Not-Just-A-Restaurant Bars

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