French Quarter Festival can get crowded, sweaty, crowded, difficult to navigate — and did we mention crowded? When you need a break, check out one of these watering holes near (but not in) the action.
Just pick your favorite: a beer and a shot, a Pimm's Cup or an exotic tiki drink.
The French Quarter streets facing the Mississippi River are New Orleans' new tiki row, with specialty tropical cocktails being served at three destinations.
Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29
321 N. Peters St., (504) 609-3811; www.latitude29nola.com
Tiki authority Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's restaurant/bar serves playful but sophisticated drinks like the "Hawaii 504" and the "Pontchartrain Pearl Diver."
Cane & Table
1113 Decatur St., (504) 581-1112; www.caneandtablenola.com
More "proto-tiki" than South Pacific tiki (think Cuban and Caribbean influences), Cane & Table's exotic drinks list is augmented with wines and sherries.
301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406; www.felipestaqueria.com
This hidden tiki loft above Felipe's features plenty of rum-based tiki favorites like Hurricanes and Zombies, along with "gummy tikis" (think gummy bears soaked in liquor).
A shot will wake you up and a beer will keep you going for a while after you've left one of these French Quarter haunts.
700 N. Rampart St.
The newly opened neighborhood bar offers nearly 50 canned craft beers.
1201 Burgundy St., (504) 522-9715; www.facebook.com/cosimosbar
While you're stopping by, take a break from the heat to throw darts and shoot pool.
811 Iberville St., (504) 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com
The dive bar has a wide-ranging list of international beers, not to mention po-boys and burgers to compliment your drink special.
A spring and summertime staple made with Pimm's liqueur, lemonade and soda, a Pimm's cup is perfect for cooling down between music marathons.
337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005; www.kingfishneworleans.com
This tall drink of Pimm's is a colorful, sangria-like wine glass with lemon, berries, slivers of apple, mint and, of course, cucumber.
500 Chartres St., (504) 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com
The signature drink at this longtime watering hole (now in the Brennan family) is a classic fix of Pimm's topped with lemonade and lemon-lime soda.
219 N. Peters St., (504) 525-4111; www.saintlawrencenola.com
Among the seasonal house-made daiquiri mixes served here is a frozen Pimm's cup, a peach-colored treat with a telltale cucumber wedge around the rim.