The authentic tiki drinks that were the stock in trade of Bali Ha'i and the sort catalogued in Beachbum Berry Remixed are now found in high-end bars and restaurants, where craft bartenders are resurrecting the complex cocktails. Here are some places to try them today:
Arnaud's French 75
813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnauds.com
Look for homemade syrups and historic tiki recreations whenever bartender Chris Hannah is on duty.
4905 Freret St., 302-2357; www.curenola.com
Tiki drinks occasionally make the menu, though the crew here can do any classic by the book.
321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com
Beachbum Berry's personal pick for tasting tiki in New Orleans, the restaurant Iris is home base for bartender Alan Walter, whose tiki-inspired concoctions include a modern tiki bowl to share.
718 St. Peter St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.com
Beachbum Berry calls the iconic hurricane "the one tiki drink born and bred in New Orleans," while other rum classics like the zombie and blue Hawaiian anchor the cocktail menu.
Swizzle Stick Bar at Café Adelaide
300 Poydras St., 595-3305
Owners Lally Brennan and Ti Martin (niece and daughter of Ella Brennan, respectively), grew up going to the Bali Ha'i, and their bar pays homage with Polynesian-style rum drinks.
The upcoming Tales of the Cocktail event (July 21-25) features tiki-related seminars and cocktail dinners, and the gathering's official cocktail this year is a tiki drink called Death in the South Pacific. For details, visit www.talesofthecocktail.com.