After a little over a decade in New Orleans, acclaimed bartender Nick Detrich knows a thing or two about how to enjoy a night out in the Crescent City. Formerly a managing partner and bartender at Cane & Table and Cure, Detrich is now the co-founder and lead bartender at two of New Orleans’ hottest cocktail lounges: Manolito and Jewel of the South.
With experience under his belt at some of the French Quarter’s best bars, a globally-inspired palette from his time spent in Mexico, Iceland and London, and a deep interest in all things rum, if you can’t spend an actual night out with Nick, his itinerary for an ideal night in NOLA is just as good.
Where do you go to get the night started in New Orleans?
To get the night going, Nick takes the Algiers Ferry into the heart of the city and his first stop is New Orleans’ signature tiki bar - Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29. His go-to drink is the “Mr. Curtis,” a rum-based cocktail made with fresh lime juice and chai syrup, and garnished with a pirate’s flag. Take Nick’s suggestion or switch it up. Berry’s even offers shareable cocktails and a host of island-inspired eats.
Where do you get cheap late night eats and drinks in New Orleans?
Verti Marte is a late night must on Nick’s agenda. Described as some as a po-boy paradise, this 24-hour market and eatery serves delicious New Orleans street foods like poboys, muffalettas, and other handcrafted sandwiches. Pair it with a Frozen Irish Coffee from Erin Rose for delicious dining on a dime.
Where do you go for splurge-worthy late night eats and drinks in New Orleans?
If you’re willing to spend a couple of extra bucks, Justine comes highly recommended by Nick. The steak tartare and the 50/50 cocktail is Detrich-approved luxury dining that’s sure to be worth the price. Enjoy craft cocktails and a fine selection of late night bites in Justine’s Instagramable interior.
What’s the most underrated late night hangout in New Orleans?
Buffa’s Bar - the 24/7 establishment nestled along Esplanade Avenue is a diamond in the rough according to Detrich. While he’s partial to their house special fried green beans with a simple scotch + soda, Buffa’s offers a host of other bites perfect for any time of the day. Stop by on just about any given day and enjoy the sounds of live, local music.
What’s your favorite NOLA neighborhood to enjoy an evening out?
If it wasn’t apparent from his answers, Nick is a French Quarter fanatic. After years of working in different bars and lounges, Detrich developed a taste for nightlife in the heart of the city.
What’s your favorite cocktail in New Orleans?
While Nick is typically a martini man, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drop in a shameless plug. His favorite cocktail in the city is the Floridita Daiquiri at none other than Manolito. Named after the historic restaurant + bar in Havana, this Cuban cocktail is made with Bacardi Superior, lime, and maraschino liqueur.
Your occupation may not revolve around nightlife like Nick’s, but at least you can spend a few days indulging. Check out a few of these recommendations from local bartender, restaurateur, and rum connoisseur Nick Detrich, for an unforgettable night out in NOLA.