Oh, editors of Esquire, you sure know how to tie one on. Today the magazine issued its annual ranking of the Best Bars in America (a bit of a misnomer, since the subhead says it's "our favorite new places to drink"), along with a "Complete List" of the ultimate Best Bars they've found in six years of best-barring.
New Orleans made the 2011 list for Cure, the Freret Street mixology shop that Esquire's David Wondrich says is "dedicated to pushing the art of mixing drinks past its conventional categories, traditions, and self-imposed limitations."
But it's the cumulative "Complete List", a compendium of the last five years' Best Bars lists, where New Orleans truly shines. On that list are The Spotted Cat, The Chart Room, The Bar at Tujague's, Napoleon House, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, Harry's Corner, Fritzel's, Coop's Place, the Carousel Bar in the Monteleone and Arnaud's French 75.
Next year, can someone take Esquire to Mimi's when DJ Soul Sister is playing?