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May 12, 2010 09:49 AM

oh and let us not forget the cocktails

here's my list so far... please feel free to add any. a special thanks to "yammers" from whom i pirated most of this list. :) btw this has some of my notes... please ignore or correct me at will...

old absinthe house not sure if anyone it up for trying this stuff, but apparently they have a tour, perhaps a "when in rome"? thing???

French 75/Arnaud's (french 75 is a cocktail, gin, simple syrup, champagne & lemon juice... supposed to be quite refreshing
lafitte's blacksmith shop (also known for their hurricane's
pat o'brien's hurricane's and piano bar - is this just terrible tourist trap? or kind of a touristy but worth a stop anyway? I have never really had a good hurricane... if not here, where is the best place? and a hand grenade just sounds kind of nasty (but I don't like melon liquer). worth trying? I'll try anything once. :
Tujagues (known for ramos gin fizzes, pimm's cup and sazerac... sazerac is apparently cognac & bitters), they also apparently brine their own olives... make good bloody mary's... and la louisane, which is some kind of absitch and rye whiskey? not for the timid... ? but i am game... heard food is not so good, but bar is great.

napoleon house - heard has good food *and* drinks

bourbon milk punch... where is a good place? when is this typically consumed? brunch?

anything else? we aren't planning on tying one on every day, but a few drinks before dinner, etc. is always nice.

also, any great places for music and drinks?

thanks in advance!

823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

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  1. oh and forgot to include the carousel bar... at monthelena right?

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    1. You will want the Pimm's Cup at Napoleon House. Green Goddess has a great drink menu. My favorite is the blood orange mimosa. I don't do hurricanes.

      Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
      500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Green Goddess
      307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: mrsfury

        I'm with Mrs. Fury — I don't do Hurricanes. If you want to try a Hurricane, they're better at Lafitte's. Visit Pat O's courtyard for the ambiance, but stick to simple, foolproof drinks.

        It's true that the original nineteenth-century Sazerac was made with Cognac. Sazzes are almost always made with rye nowadays (except at Galatoire's, which uses bourbon). I've had all three versions, and agree with the bartender at Tujaque's who insisted that the best balanced Sazerac is made with rye.

        Chris McMillian at Bar Uncommon is a great bartender. Have him make you any New Orleans classic (a Sazerac, a Vieux Carre, a Ramos Gin Fizz), or his incomparable Mint Julep. Mr. McMillian's hours are odd, so don't stop in without phoning ahead.

        My favorite bartender at Arnaud's French 75 is Chris Hannah, who made the best Sazerac I've ever had. Again, you may want to phone ahead to find out when he's on duty.

        Although Brennan's is known for its milk punch, it's such a simple drink that any good bar should be able to make it.

        Sadly, the Old Absinthe House has turned into an overpriced, fratty mob scene. I'd skip it. If you want to try absinthe, the Quarter's best selection of absinthes is probably at Pravda!, at 1113 Decatur (btw. Ursulines and Gov. Nicholls). Ask for Marteau, Pacifique, any of the Jade absinthes (I like Edouard), or Kubler. None of these absinthes need sweetening, but if you want to try a classic sugar drip, tell the bartender NOT to light the sugar cube on fire. (It changes the flavor of the absinthe, and not in a good way.)

        I had a fine Ramos Gin Fizz at the Carousel Bar last time I was down.

        Napoleon House's Pimm's Cup is light and refreshing on a hot afternoon, and the atmosphere is unbeatable. Go between 3:00 and 5:00 to avoid crowds.

        Have a great time!

        Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
        500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Galatoire's Restaurant
        209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Old Absinthe House
        240 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Carousel Bar
        214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

        823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

        Pat O'brien's Bar
        718 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        Vieux Carre Restaurant
        201 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. re: BrooksNYC

          You know, there was a not, not that long ago, that you had to look far & wide for rye in a Sazerac...simply couldn't find it. You got either Old Overholt or , if at the Sazerac bar, Wild Turkey (which does make a 101 proof, before anyone protests that it is a bourbon). Virtually all the Sazeracs were bourbon based..although it is true that, MANY years ago, the drink came to its fame in the rye version. it is just that Rye fell out of vogue and no one stocked it. The cognac version had vanished from sight, so far as I can tell, by WWII buit I knew a man wh, in his 80's in the 1970's, would only have it that way. Fun stuff to play with

          1. re: hazelhurst

            Asking me to remember my first "bar" Sazerac in N.O. is asking a lot of my ancient, creaking brain cells, Hazelhurst, but you're right! Sazzes were made with bourbon for a long time.

            I prefer rye Sazeracs, but don't dislike the bourbon version by any means. The Cognac version, interestingly, is my least favorite of the three.

            1. re: BrooksNYC

              I agree about rye versus anything else...cognac was used in the original French 75, too. But times change and I suspect Prohibition had a lot to do with changing tastes. BUt those old Sazeracs with Wild Turkey were demanding of caution...yow!

            2. re: hazelhurst

              The Napoleon House has always used Old Overholt in their sazeracs, unless otherwise instructed, and that brand and Wild Turkey's Rye were the only 2 ryes consistently sold in New Orleans since the 60's. Owen Brennan gets credit for switching to bourbon at his Old Absinthe House and at his eponymous restaurant.

              Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
              500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Old Absinthe House
              240 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

            3. re: BrooksNYC

              >>> My favorite bartender at Arnaud's French 75 is Chris Hannah, who made the best Sazerac I've ever had. Again, you may want to phone ahead to find out when he's on duty. <<<

              +1 (ever since Bobby left)

          2. Go to Port o Call and get a Humma Humma (not sure on the spelling) or Monsoon or any of the drinks there in a big cup.

            I prefer a brandy milk punch over a bourbon milk punch and yes, that is typically a brunch drink for me.
            A Sazerac at the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt is very nice

            Two Humma Hummas and a hand grenade later and it was lights out for me a while back.

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            1. re: roro1831

              speaking of Huma Humas and Hand Grenades.. some years back i devised a French Quarter Trifecta which is bound to induce much pain, suffering, and head trauma (you wont feel so great, either):

              - Monsoon (or HH) - Port of Call
              - Hurricane - Pat O'briens *
              - Hand Grenade

              ...alternatively i call this "Diabetes in a Cup". i completed it only one time...but i dont really remember much.

              * not because it is the best, far from it. rather, because it is a giant sugary mess.

            2. We're going in about a year, and I've already started my "to visit" list. In addition to the already mentioned Napoleon House, I also have at the top of my list:


              Followed by:

              Bar UnCommon (manned by bartending legend, Chris McMillan

              Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
              500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. I 2nd and 3rd Bar Uncommon, The Carousel Bar in the Monteleone

                Hermes Bar in Antoine's

                The Rib Room Bar in the Royal Orleans

                Loa in the International House Hotel

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                1. re: Suzy Wong

                  I do love Loa, and Rambla is right next door which is a plus in my opinion.

                  217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130