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100+ Top Bars: Craft Cocktail Bars 

A well-mixed cocktail is a joy forever.

click to enlarge Tiki drinks are the specialty at Tiki Tolteca at Felipe’s.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Tiki drinks are the specialty at Tiki Tolteca at Felipe’s.

Bar Tonique
Right across from Armstrong Park, this is the perfect spot for a well-mixed cocktail either before or after a show at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. 820 N. Rampart St., (504) 324-6045; www.bartonique.com @BarTonique

Bellocq / Tivoli & Lee
Separated by a small smoking patio, these spots make for an easy night of barhopping. Bellocq serves up cobblers and punches in an Anne Rice fever dream room of opulent reds, while Tivoli & Lee has a modern drinks menu — and an amazing make-your-own-bloody mary buffet at Sunday brunch. Tivoli & Lee: 2 Lee Circle, (504) 962-0909; www.tivoliandlee.com @TivoliandLee. Bellocq: 936 St. Charles Ave., (504) 962-0911; www.thehotelmodern.com/bellocq, @Bellocqnola

Cure
The original modern craft-cocktail destination in New Orleans. Partners Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal are teaming up with Nick Detrich for Cane & Table, a rum bar scheduled to open this month in the old Perestroika at Pravda space. 4905 Freret St., (504) 302-2357; www.curenola.com, @cureNOLA

French 75
Some of the city's best cocktails in a room that manages to be both 19th-century elegant but never stuffy (though occasionally cigar-smoke-cloudy). Souffle potatoes and Gruyere puffs are great matches for any of Chris Hannah and Hadi Ktiri's classic daiquiris. 813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com, @TheFrench75

Iris
Scot Mattox crafts original cocktails with ingredients including house-made bitters as a prelude to the cuisine of chef Ian Schnoebelen. 321 N. Peters St., (504) 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
Tiffany Soles, president of the local chapter of the U.S. Bartender's Guild, pours at the bar of this classy jazz spot inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Royal Sonesta Hotel. 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2299; www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans, @IMJazzPlayhouse

Loa
A nice after-work crowd gathers at this destination bar in the lobby of the International House hotel for Alan Walter's excellent drinks, many of which are made with seasonal local ingredients. 221 Camp St., (504) 553-9550; www.ihhotel.com/bar.html @LoaNewOrleans

Sainte Marie
Christine Jeanine Nielsen mixes original and classic cocktails at this urbane CBD bistro. 930 Poydras St., (504) 304-6988; www.saintemarienola.com, @saintemarienola

Serendipity
The drink menu includes cocktails (made with bitters), sours, coolers and punches. There's also a well-curated selection of liquors including aquavits, mescals, bourbon, rye and single malt whiskies as well as fruit liqueurs and alcohol-free sodas. 3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 407-0818; www.serendipitynola.com, @SerendipityNOLA

SoBou
On the weekends, the scene can be kind of Sex and the City, but the drinks and the bar snacks are always top-notch — especially when Abigail Gullo is mixing it up. 310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095; www.sobounola.com, @SoBouNola

Swizzle Stick Bar
Lu Brow was one of the first local craft-cocktail bartenders to garner national renown, and her menu has witty creations like Hillbilly Heroine and the Casserole Cocktail (with sweet potato syrup!). 300 Poydras St. (in Loews Hotel), (504) 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com, @CafeAdelaide

Sylvain
A dark little hideout just off Jackson Square with great food and even better drinks. Get a seat at the bar and watch them use eyedroppers to add tinctures to your drink, or sit outside in the hidden courtyard. 625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com, @sylvainnola

Tiki Tolteca at Felipe's
Rum and tiki bars are coming back, and this Polynesian-themed hangout above Felipe's Taqueria is in the vanguard. It's open Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays, so call before going. 301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406; www.felipesneworleans.com, @tikitolteca

Twelve Mile Limit
This corner bar in a not-yet-gentrified area of Mid-City also offers Debbie Does Doberge's cakes, an ever-changing menu of food and lots of special events, including food truck roundups and Geeks Who Drink trivia night. 500 S. Telemachus St., (504) 488-8114; www.facebook.com/twelve.mile.limit, @twelvemilelimit




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