There are many reasons to visit New Orleans: the food, the history, the music—and of course the ghosts. But for me, the main draw has always been the drinking. The standard night out is a continuous bar crawl—one where you're never without a drink, even on the streets. Here, New Orleans chefs, restaurant owners and bartenders share why they think their city is the best place for drinking.
“When it comes to drinks, New Orleans has it all. As far as cocktails go, so many famous and lasting recipes were created here—the Sazerac, the Ramos Gin Fizz, the Hurricane. But just as the rich culture of New Orleans is so diverse, so are our drinks. We have everything from the best wine lists in the region and top craft cocktail bars to frozen daiquiris and hurricanes in go-cups.”—Emeril Lagasse, Emeril’s
“New Orleans is the best city for drinking because our culture of well-made cocktails has been revived and elevated in the last fifteen years. There are so many places to get a good cocktail that it is hard to go wrong.”—Ti Martin, Commander’s Palace