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Gambit’s 100-plus bars: Craft cocktails 

Try the finely crafted classic and original drinks at these bars

click to enlarge Abigail Gullo pours a cocktail at Compere Lapin.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Abigail Gullo pours a cocktail at Compere Lapin.

Bar Tonique
820 N. Rampart St., (504) 324-6045; www.bartonique.com
The vibe:
Seats at the U-shaped bar fill up quickly as patrons pore through lists of spirits that highlight a raft of traditional cocktails. The list of rotating daily specials includes Moscow mules, Pimm's Cups, mai tais and more. What you'll drink: Sazerac, Corpse Reviver or Blanche Dubois (gin with curacao, orgeat and fruit).

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29
@Latitude29_NOLA 321 N. Peters St., (504) 609-3811; www.latitude29nola.com
The vibe: Tiki expert Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's tiki oasis features carvings by Bosko and Berry's own collection of tiki art and relics. The kitchen serves its take on Polynesian food. What you'll drink: Berry rolls out a new menu in July featuring the Banshee (a blended drink of Jamaican dark rum, coconut milk, banana and lime), Hell in the Pacific (dark rums, guava puree, pomegranate syrup, lemon and lime) and a couple of virgin tiki drinks.

Bombay Club
@bombayclubnola 830 Conti St., (504) 577-2237; www.bombayclubneworleans.com
The vibe: This British manor-inspired martini bar and restaurant features leather chairs and a grandfather clock for an Old World feel. There is live jazz nightly. What you'll drink: The club has the largest martini menu in New Orleans. Creative concoctions include the NOLA Star, made with Laird's Applejack brandy, Carpano Antica, maraschino liqueur, Peychaud's bitters and a lemon twist.

Compere Lapin
@comperelapin 535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 599-2119; www.comperelapin.com
The vibe: Bartender Abigail Gullo presides over the cocktails at Top Chef runner-up chef Nina Compton's Caribbean-inspired restaurant in the Warehouse District. What you'll drink: Strawberry daiquiris, Sazeracs, original cocktails.

Cure
@cureNOLA 4905 Freret St., (504) 302-2357; www.curenola.com
The vibe: This local pioneer of the craft cocktail movement occupies a renovated firehouse, and features exposed brick behind a sleek, backlit bar. What you'll drink: The Culture Vulture is a hybrid of mai tai and margarita and features notes of roasted agave and pumpkin seed.

Empire Bar
Broussard's, 819 Conti St., (504) 581-3866; www.broussards.com
The vibe:
Veteran bartender Paul Gustings serves classic and original cocktails at the bar at the modern Creole restaurant. What you'll drink: Sazeracs, Ramos gin fizzes, Gusting's version of a Pimm's Cup, punches and English milk punches.

The Franklin
2600 Dauphine St., (504) 267-0640; www.thefranklinnola.com
The vibe: The cozy but sophisticated restaurant and bar hides in plain sight behind a drab grey exterior in the Marigny, and the bar offers a menu of original cocktails and a well-curated selection of spirits. What you'll drink: Try the caipirinha with seasonal fruit such as watermelon.

French 75
@thefrench75 Arnaud's Restaurant, 813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/bars/french-75
The vibe: The elegant bar and cozy lounge is tucked among the dining rooms of the century-old Creole grande dame Arnaud's Restaurant. What you'll drink: The namesake cocktail, a definitive Sazerac or The Contessa (Boodles Gin, Aperol, ruby red grapefruit juice, cranberry cordial, orange bitters).

Loa Bar
@IHHotel 221 Camp St., (504) 553-9550; www.ihhotel.com/loa/seasonal-list
The vibe: This apothecary-inspired bar is named after divine spirits in the Vodou faith. Red satin fur- niture, antique glas- ses and a hand-painted ceiling show the bar's mixture of European, Caribbean and African influences. What you'll drink: Drinks incorporate local ingredients, including honeycomb, herbs, native flora, local citrus, bamboo, clover and even Spanish moss. Bona Dea is named after the Roman goddess of fruitfulness and ecstasy, and includes St. George Terroir gin, Absentroux herbal wine, Suze, thyme liqueur and fresh dill. 

Treo
@TreoNOLA 3835 Tulane Ave., (504) 304-4878; www.treonola.com
The vibe: The cocktail lounge features spare modern decor and work by local artists on the walls. What you'll drink: The Catching Flights cocktail features Bank Note Blended Scotch, Fruitlab ginger liqueur, cardamom powder and angostura. The "beer drinker's" cocktail combines Casoni 1814 Apertivo, Montenaro Bianco Vermouth, Amaras Mezcal and house-made hops tincture.



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