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dentonfoodie Jan 24, 2010 09:08 AM

I will be in NOLA soon and am hoping to find a bar that serves handcrafted classic cocktails; ideally one that serves real Absinthe. I'm looking for a reserved, grown-up atmosphere, not a party spot. Ideas? I'm staying in the Quarter and won't have a car.

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    eat3bites Jan 27, 2010 11:01 AM

    I say definitely go to Pravda! It's in the Lower Quarter on Decatur Street. They are right when they say the atmosphere is a little more hipster than swanky, but I promise but there won't be frat boys throwing up on your shoes or some bimbo lifting her shirt and you will get very good absinthe, served with proper ceremony.

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      kibbles Jan 26, 2010 08:20 AM

      Bar Tonique is what you want, 800 block of N. Rampart. same owners as delachaise, mixologists, nice menu of hand-crafted cocktails, good selection of bourbons and tequillas. classy place.

      stop by Meauxbar Bistro down the block for dinner afterward

      1. Niki in Dayton Jan 26, 2010 05:46 AM

        For hand-crafted classic cocktails, I recommend Bar Uncommon. It' s on Common, next to MiLa, just a couple of blocks from the quarter in the CBD. Chris McMillian is the bartender (he's off on Sundays and Mondays, though). I didn't order absinthe; I was drinking the very best Sazerac I had in NOLA instead (and I think it had herbsaint verses absinthe); but I'd be very surprised if he didn't stock absinthe.

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          Demi Monde Jan 25, 2010 10:53 AM

          Pirate's Alley has sadly decided to become a full-fledged pirate theme bar, and all the best bartenders are leaving in protest. Sad -- it's such a great location.
          Pravda is pretty inside, but more hipster than swanky, and will be inventive with your absinthe drink. If absinthe is behind the bar at French 75, I would leave the choice of concoction in the bartender's hands.

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            CheeburgerCheeburger Jan 25, 2010 07:02 AM


            1. thew Jan 24, 2010 10:51 AM

              pirates alley cafe specialized in absinthe and rum.....


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                Frolic Jan 24, 2010 10:37 AM

                What you want is Cure, but that's Uptown.

                The bartender at restaurant Iris is top notch. That's in the quarter. I would guess he has absinthe. In fact, I'd be surprised if he didn't.

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