Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in French Quarter

Bar Tonique

'Providing shelter from sobriety since 08/08/08', Tonique is a bartender’s bar. Seriously, on a Sunday night, when the weekend rush is over, we’ve seen no fewer than three of the city’s top bartenders arrive here...

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Mimi's in the Marigny

The name of this bar could justifiably change to ‘Mimi’s is the Marigny’ – it's impossible to imagine the neighborhood without this institution. It's an attractively disheveled place, with comfy furniture, pool...

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Twelve Mile Limit

Twelve Mile is simply a great bar. It’s staffed by people who have the skill, both behind the bar and in the kitchen, to work in four-star spots, but who chose to set up shop in a neighborhood, for a...

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Buffa’s

Buffa’s wears a lot of hats. First and foremost, it’s a neighborhood bar with a backroom stage that hosts the occasional band, quiz night, open-mic night and TV/movie screening. Second, it’s a 24-hour spot that...

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Cure

This stylish purveyor of cocktails and spirits flickers like an ultramodern apothecary shop, a place where mysterious elixirs are expertly mixed to soothe whatever ails you. A smooth and polished space of modern...

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Tiki Tolteca

Though this great tiki bar shares the block with another tiki-themed powerhouse, Latitude 29, they're as different as Tahiti and Hawaii. Here you'll find an intimate bar, where it's easy to chat and make friends,...

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Pal’s

This great neighborhood bar is a little more convivial for the older generation, although it’s definitely an all-ages crowd. The men’s bathroom, wallpapered with vintage pinups, is like a walk through Playboy’s...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in French Quarter

Patrick's Bar Vin

With its carpets, plush chairs, nooks and shelves upon shelves of wine, you'll feel like you're visiting a rich friend's house when you have a glass or two here. Along with its own extensive collection, Patrick's...

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French 75

This spot is all wood and patrician accents, but the staff is friendly and down to earth. They'll mix high-quality drinks that will make you feel (a) like the star of your own Tennessee Williams play about...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in French Quarter

Cane & Table

One of the classier venues in this part of the Quarter, the Cane & Table – with its romantically faded interior and Mediterranean-style outdoor courtyard – is so stunning it's hard to knock. The drinks are...

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Carousel Bar

At this smart-looking spot inside the historic Hotel Monteleone, you'll find a revolving circular bar, canopied by the top hat of the 1904 World’s Fair carousel, adorned with running lights, hand-painted figures...

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Passions

First, you have to have the password, which you can only get (if you're among the 'chosen') by visiting Boutique du Vampyre, a few blocks away. Use that phrase for entrance to a lush, sensual, dimly lit bar with...

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Bouligny Tavern

Sexy lighting, Mad Men decor, inventive cocktails and an extensive wine list – it all comes together in a lively, flattering tableau. A fashionable addition to the Magazine St bar scene, Bouligny draws after-work...

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Pat O’Brien’s

Yes, it's a campy tourist trap, but Pat O’Brien’s has genuine atmosphere and history, and where else can you see copper-clad steampunk-esque dueling pianos playing different versions of '80s Billy Joel hits? The...

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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

This gutted brick cottage claims to be the country's oldest operating bar – it certainly is the oldest in the South, and one of the most atmospheric in the Quarter. Rumors suggest it was once the workshop of...

Bar in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Bud Rip's

One of the oldest bars in Bywater (and Bywater has a lot of old bars), Bud Rip's clientele is at the junction of the old Bywater working class crowd and the new hipster kids who are moving in around them. Drinks...

Irish Pub in French Quarter

Molly’s at the Market

A cop, a reporter and a tourist walk into a bar. That's not a joke, just a good description of the eclectic clientele you get at this excellent neighborhood bar. It's also the home of a fat cat (Mr Wu), some...

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Napoleon House

By all appearances, the Napoleon House's stuccoed walls haven’t received so much as a dab of paint since the place opened in 1805. The diffused glow pouring through open doors and windows in the afternoon draws...

Cafe in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Station

There are plenty of cafes in Mid-City, but Station is a significant caffeinated cut above the rest. The coffee is simply thoughtfully curated and brewed well; there's no need for crazy espresso concoctions here....

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Black Penny

Run by the folks from nearby Bar Tonique, this spot focuses on great brews, though you can get a fine cocktail if you so desire. Even folks without much taste for traditional beer can find a tipple they might...