New Orleans is known for its decadent food, craft cocktails and wild celebrations, but we also have plenty of healthy options to get your body ready for the fun. What’s a better New Years resolution than to spend January detoxing before Mardi Gras and festival season takes over in full force? Or if healthy living is part of your regimen year-round, you can still have a good time in New Orleans. Almost any bartender can create some without booze, low ABV or healthy for you, but we've rounded up a few of our top options here.
Low ABV Drinks
You can easily enjoy a cocktail without getting wasted. Several places around the city offer low ABV beverages so you can enjoy one or a few without loosing control of yourself. Swing by Piscobar Kitchen in the Catahoula Hotel for vegan Chinese comfort food and seasonal cocktails made with Pisco. The Elysian Bar offers "Aperitivo Hour" every afternoon with specials on spritzes and vermouth and tonic drinks. Bar Marilou values apéritif culture as well. Cure, James Beard award-winner for outstanding bar program, understands the importance of low ABV drinks. They offer several low proof libations.
Sofia's "Make Your Own Spritzer" menu has become extremely popular. Choose from house-infused cellos and have it mixed with water and Prosecco. They have a great selection of small plates and vegetable dishes to accompany the cocktails. Avo and Gianna are other Italian restaurants with wonderful spritzes and aperitif based cocktails as well.
Go out with your friends to Bar Tonique - No reason to have FOMO. They have a page on their menu full of “mocktails.” The non-alcoholic drinks are just as fun and flavorful as their alcoholic specials. Tip: Tell the bartender you’re the designated driver and your drinks will be free!
SoBou, just south of Bourbon, has a “hold the booze” section on their cocktail menu. Choose from various home-made syrups to create your perfect soda such as cherry jalapeño, pink peppercorn or seasonal orgeat.
Compére Lapin, a James Beard award-winning restaurant, has gained buzz regarding their fine selection of craft dry cocktails. Or enjoy a mocktail at Kingfish - which is known for their upscale bar, but their craft mocktails are just as good as the strong stuff. Enjoy a delicious meal while sipping on the bartender’s alcohol-free creations. For a low ABV option, order a Pimm's Cup.
Enjoy a healthy meal and flavorful mocktails at Seed. The restaurant offers a variety of vegan dishes as well as clever drinks. Two great mocktails include the Chameleon Cooler, which is butterfly pea tea, lemongrass and passionfruit sidecar, and the Cool Like That, which consist of seedlip spice 94, cool kids coffee cold brew and coconut cream.
Live the island life at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29. Although this bar in known for their rum-infused tiki tipples, the owner spent just as much time creating non-alcoholic tropical drinks. Enjoy an exotic drink without hurting your liver. Or you can go to Three Muses on Frenchmen Street, where you can dance the night away on a sugar high from their blueberry limeade or one of their other delicious alcohol-free drinks.
Sip Some NOLA-Made Kombucha
Breweries don’t have to involve alcohol. Sip on some fermented sweet tea at New Orleans’ own kombucha brewery in Mid-City, Big Easy Bucha. This increasingly popular drink not only tastes good, but is packed with health benefits. It’s good for your liver!
Grab a Juice on the Go
In a hurry? Swing by one of the locations of Raw Republic or Satsuma for a healthy juice already made for you. Both spots use organic ingredients to create a variety of juices and smoothies. Tip: the retail space above Raw specializes is completely dedicated to wellness and sells everything from CBD oils to organic beauty products, supplements and more. If you have a few extra minutes, create your own healthy concoction at D’juice or Daily Beet.
Sweat It Out
If exercise is an important part of your day, worry not! There are plenty of drop-in exercise classes offered in the city to keep you on track. Traveling with a group? Check out Footprints to Fitness and The Sweat Social. Both specialize in customizable fitness programs with visitors in mind. Otherwise, take a stroll in Audubon Park or City Park or ride bikes along Lafitte Greenway.
For more restaurants and activities for healthy living, see our full healthy living section. Some of our favorite vegan and vegetarian spots include Carmo, Bearcat Cafe, Max Well and True Food Kitchen. A trip to New Orleans doesn't have to be overindulgent! Explore the outdoors, try something tasty and get to know the bartenders at various local hotspots.