Cocktails and bars
One has to do something to fill those long hours between meals in New Orleans, and my usual pastime of choice is drinking. :)
We're heading down for a few days for NYE, so what are the bars and cocktails we shouldn't miss? (Note: first person to suggest a Hand Grenade has to chug three of them.)
Some favorites of mine, from memory:
Sazerac at the Carousel Bar--We're staying at the Monteleone, so I'm sure we'll be hitting the Carousel pretty hard. The Sazerac was wonderful, but is there anything in particular I should order there?
Monsoon at Port of Call--not for the meek. A tastier, pink-colored take on the Hurricane, and a great choice if you want to get your swerve on early in the evening.
Hurricane at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop--Nothing remarkable about the Hurricane itself, but the location is great.
Anything at dba--Incredible selection of beers and liquors on Frenchman Street.
Just off the top of my head I'd add Napoleon House - Saz there and a Pimm's Cup.
For late-evening wind-down away from the throng, you might try Bombay Club behind the Prince Conti Hotel. On Conti, one-half block off Bourbon. Laid back. Nice.
I was definitely goingt to suggest dba. Try a Lindeman's Belgium beer...Kreik or Frambroise. They are YUMMY!
St. Joe's on Magazine
Dos Jeffes Cigar Bar on Tchopitoulas
***Napoleon House - order the Pimm's cup
The Goldmine (more of a club)! - ORDER A FLAMING DR. PEPPER!!!!!
Helix Restaurant & Wine Bar in Hotel Le Cirque
Get a Vieux Carre (prounounced "view cah-ray") at the Monteleone - it is their house specialty. Go to the French 75 bar next to Arnaud's and get a Sazerac or French 75. Go to the bar at the Renaissance Pere Marquette when Chris McMillian is working and get a Mint Julep, Sazerac, Manhattan, or whatever you want.
Yo Mama's has a great tequila selection.
go to Lafitte's Blacksmith and get an Obituary Cocktail. or, get the book and visit the bars in it. cheers!