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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 named to Esquire's list of top bars

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM

click to enlarge Jeff "Beachbum" Berry at his tiki bar Latitude 29. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Jeff "Beachbum" Berry at his tiki bar Latitude 29.

Esquire issues a couple of annual lists naming the nation's top bars and new restaurants. Drinks expert David Wondrich compiled the magazine's "2015 Best Bars in America" list, and it features Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29, (321 N. Peters St., 504-609-3811), the French Quarter lounge and restaurant featuring tiki drinks Jeff Berry has spent his career collecting and refining, including relics from tiki founders Trader Vic and Donn the Beachcomber. 

Wondrich credits Berry with launching the current tiki revival in 1998 and says, "Latitude 29 isn't the fanciest or most eye-popping Tiki bar out there, but damned if the drinks aren't the best of their kind."

Wondrich says that the craft cocktail movement is calming down (not as many bow ties and lectures) and craft beer is on the  rise. The list is heavy on New England and New York establishments and there is one from the mid-west and three from the West Coast. Philadelphia's Khyber Pass Pub made the list and Wondrich recommends its Sazerac and New Orleans fare.

Berry spoke with Gambit about his bar last week, and about his cocktail books here.

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