The Best Cocktail Bars In New Orleans

Photo of Robert Wilder
9 February 2017

The city of New Orleans attracts millions of visitors yearly with its unique culture and beautiful scenery, and this special city’s spirit is exemplified by its numerous, creative cocktail bars. Read further to find out the best cocktail bars in New Orleans.

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Bar Tonique

Bar, Pub Grub, American, French, $$$
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The ambiance in Bar Tonique is comfortable and intimate, with beautiful exposed brick fireplaces. In addition to its stellar intimate settings, Bar Tonique also offer signature cocktails with names like Czech Mate. Drinks specials are offered every day, as well as weekday happy hours, plus, Bar Tonique is located in New Orleans’ world famous French Quarter.

French 75

Bar, Restaurant, French, $$$
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French 75, New Orleans
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Located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, French 75 is sure to impress. This cocktail bar also serves a dual role as a cigar bar, offering premium and affordable options for both. The decor of French 75 is retro, with the setting reminiscent of a sleek 1940s speakeasy. The cocktails range in flavors and prices, with the popular choices being the St. Martin and Lillet Cobbler. Be sure to try the small plates along with the cocktails.


The small intimate setting of Bellocq is what sets it apart from other cocktail bars in New Orleans. Bellocq is ideal for a romantic night out while remaining isolated from the more crowded spots in New Orleans. The cocktail list is extensive, and includes signature cocktails such as the ‘October Sky’ and the ‘Bitter Old Maid’. Bellocq is located in the Hotel Modern and offers beer, wine, and champagne in addition to their cocktails.

Bellocq, 936 St Charles Ave New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 962-0911


Bar, Cafe, Cocktail Bar, Cajun, $$$
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The cocktail list alone at SoBou is sure to attract patrons of all kinds, with creations such as the ‘Paris Between the Wars’ and the ‘Michael Collins’. In addition to amazing cocktails, SoBou also offers beer on tap, by bottle, and can. Happy Hour is from 3pm to 6pm, and the option for private parties is also available. SoBou is also located in the French Quarter section of New Orleans.


Happy Hour at Cure is offered seven days a week, and the atmosphere at Cure is relaxed and casual with enough space for larger groups. The architecture of Cure is unique, as it’s converted from an old firehouse. Cure offers wine and beer in addition to cocktails, with one of the more popular cocktails being the ‘St. Rose Sour.’ Be sure to pair any cocktail with one of the various French inspired dishes on offer.

Cure, 4905 Freret St New Orleans, LA 70115, (504) 302-2357

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