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Where to get a Sazerac

professor shorthair Apr 26, 2009 07:32 AM

When I visit New Orleans in a couple of days I would like to try my first Sazerac.
Where should I go?

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    rneeno Apr 27, 2009 08:25 PM

    I had a great Sazerac at Bar Hermes of Antoine's; while you are there, make sure to have the Oysters Foch Po' Boy--outstanding!

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      shrike4 Apr 27, 2009 10:46 AM

      If you're willing to go to a less-well-traveled location, Cure at Freret and Upperline features artisanal and vintage cocktails. I think they use a rotating cast of "mixologists" behind the bar (so, for example, a 20th Century made on Thursday tasted better than the over-sweetened one I had on Saturday). But, they'll be able to give you the history and as many variations on the Sazerac as you can stomach. The drinks are a little expensive by New Orleans standards, but entirely reasonable if you're coming from any major metro area.

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        gastrotect Apr 27, 2009 09:25 AM

        I haven't had their Sazerac yet, but based on the quality of their other cocktails I would imagine Cure makes a very solid offering. It might be out of the way for you depending on how your visiting though.

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          savoureux Apr 26, 2009 09:14 AM

          We had Sazaracs at French 75 Bar in Arnaud last Monday and they were excellent.

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          1. re: savoureux
            DavidIB Apr 26, 2009 02:51 PM

            I second the French 75 bar, which is a really nice place anyhow. Herbsaint makes a great one and you should eat there too. Galatoire's bar (upstairs) is quite good for a Sazerac. Also try the Swizzle Stick Bar at the Loews Hotel on Poydras. Oh, and the Carousel Bar in the Monteleone.

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            Debrouillard Apr 26, 2009 07:58 AM

            Napolean House on Chartres St. in the French Quarter. Sit in their couryard or in one of their streetside alcove/doorways. Try the Pimm's Cup too since that is what they are really famous for.

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            1. re: Debrouillard
              Monch Apr 27, 2009 09:17 AM

              Second Napoleon House, but have not been to French 75.

              I will have to try French 75...and the other recommendations here, in June.

              Also, a second for the Pimm's Cup.

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