The French Quarter is undoubtedly New Orleans’ most iconic neighborhood—and it also happens to be the most walkable as well. Dozens of bars, restaurants and watering holes exist within the district, making for an easy cocktail crawl. Enjoy classics like the Hurricane, Sazerac and French 75, or try craft cocktail creations at a newer spot. Please remember to drink responsibly–we recommend splitting these cocktails between friends so that you can try more while keeping your composure.
Though located right outside the Quarter, the Sazerac Bar inside the Roosevelt Hotel had to make our list. Enjoy a classic New Orleans whiskey cocktail, the Sazerac, in a classy setting.
Next, strut on over to Pat O’Brien’s on St. Peter Street. Anyone visiting New Orleans has to try the hurricane, a tropical cocktail made with rum and grenadine that certainly packs a punch.
Turn the corner onto Bourbon for a walk to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop just down the way. This dimly-lit bar has been serving libations since the 1700s (some regard it as the oldest bar in the U.S.) and is definitely worth a visit. Their frozen slushie concoction–the Voodoo Daiquiri (affectionately known by locals as “purple drink”) is sweet, but delicious. It’s a must-try.
Next up is the Carousel Bar, and it’s just what it sounds like: a (slowly) revolving circular bar designed to look like a carousel. Try a Carousel favorite, like the 20th Century gin and cacao cocktail or the Handshaken Piña Colada.
Just around the corner you’ll find a new kind on the block in Justine, a French brasserie with craft cocktails galore. Try one of their many rum, gin or whiskey-based drinks.
Continuing down Chartres Street is Napoleon House. You might want to plan to take a rest at this spot, and order a Muffuletta sandwich in addition to your Pimm’s Cup, the English gin-based cocktail of choice.
Walk off that sandwich with a stroll to Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, where you can sample all of New Orleans’ classic cocktails. If you’re having trouble choosing just one, try the bar’s namesake, a cocktail made with gin and champagne.
Palm&Pine brings us to the edge of the Quarter, where the crowds thin out but the cocktails are just as tasty. Opt for an aromatic, fruity sip, or perhaps a more boozy and robust concoction.
Jewel of the South is your spot for artisan cocktails on an ever-changing menu. Stop in for Cocktail Hour, a series of limited engagements each offering a unique theme and cocktail menu.
Bubbly, anyone? Stop by Effervescence, located on the northern edge of the Quarter, for flights of champagne and small bites.
Take a stroll down picturesque Esplanade Avenue to reach Molly’s at the Market for their famous Frozen Irish Coffee.
Our final stop is Manolito, bringing us one block from the foot of Jackson Square. Indulge in a tropical daiquiri here, or take your drinks to go and enjoy on the banks of the Mississippi River.