Fathom Favorites : New Orleans Bars + Cafes

1. Tipitina's


A timeless local music institution who's famously hosted The Goo Goo Dolls, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson and many other unforgettable musicians on tour throughout the Big Easy. 

501 Napoleon Ave.
East Riverside
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. Effervescence


Bubbles and bites. An elegant champagne bar in the French Quarter to get the day or night started. 

1036 North Rampart St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70116

3. Whiskey and Sticks

Whiskey and Sticks

A speakeasy living-room style bar in the 7th ward who's mission is to serve the best whiskey and cigars in the city. Simple as that. 

2513 Bayou Rd.
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Mimi's In the Marigny

Mimi's In the Marigny

Local Funky split level bar for different moods: The relaxed downstairs with pool tables and an upstairs for dancing and jazz. Live music seven nights a week plus incredible late-night Spanish tapas to keep you going all night. 

2601 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Arnaud's French 75

Arnaud's French 75

A required stop for serious cocktail enthusiasts. Every detail in their cocktail crafting process is a work of art and you'll know from the very first sip of their classic French 75, made with cognac instead of gin.

813 Rue Bienville
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70112

6. Elysian Bar

Elysian Bar

Inside the newly opened Peter and Paul Hotel is the talk-of-the-town bar (from the same people behind wine-hang Bacchanal) serving part French, part Southern small plates with an antique decor that you'll want to extend your aperitif-o-clock to all day. 

2317 Burgundy St.
Faubourg Marigny
New Orleans, LA 70117

7. ​Bacchanal


The mantra: Rosé all day. And this little wine and cheese shop has an extensive selection. Take yours out back to the private courtyard and enjoy live music (seven nights a week).

600 Poland Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. ​Carousel Bar & Lounge

​Carousel Bar & Lounge

There is a carousel — complete with carnival lights on the cresting — rotating ever so slowly in a counter-clockwise fashion around two bartenders and their top-shelf liquors. Stools act as chariots. Sidle up and take a spin. Things really get interesting after a few gin cocktails.  

Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Bar Tonique

Bar Tonique

Teetering on the edge of the French Quarter (on a nondescript street behind a nondescript door) is a fine drinking establishment for modern cocktail enthusiasts. Drinks are made with more than TLC: Fresh juices, homemade tinctures, and rare liquors go into every concoction.

820 N. Rampart St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 

10. DBA


A divey, boozy spot for live music (jazz, Dixieland, zydeco) and real good beer.

618 Frenchmen St.
Faubourg Marigny
New Orleans, LA 70116

11. Bouligny Tavern

Bouligny Tavern

A very classy, Mad Men-style living room setting for polished cocktails and conversation. What's not to love about a snack menu divided into Fried, Sliced Meats, and Sweets?

3641 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Cane and Table

Cane and Table

The "proto tiki" bar is all about classy daquiris, gin with coconut water, and the Boss Colada. An excellent Caribbean-inspired menu (peas and rice, grilled yardbird) can be served to you at the rustic bar or at tables in the airy courtyard out back.

1113 Decatur St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70116

13. Erin Rose Bar

Erin Rose Bar

A classic dive bar and headquarters of awesome sandwich operation Killer Poboys. French bread is stuffed with meat and veggies and other stuff that can soak up all the booze.

811 Conti St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70112

14. Cure


Familiarize yourself with the house rules (no baseball caps or shorts, boys) before heading over to this schmancy cocktail bar on a happening little strip Uptown. The space, a reclaimed firehouse, is spacious and sharp. Small plates are carefully prepared and served late.

4905 Freret St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

15. Willa Jean Bakery

Willa Jean Bakery

The offerings in the bakery up front give king cakes around the city a run for their money. The other baked goods put a modern spin on Southern delicacies: housemade biscuits and Hawaiian rolls, sweet potato casserole, pot pies, buttermilk panna cotta, monkey bread, and more.  A full restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be found in the back.

611 O'Keefe Ave.
Central Business District
New Orleans, LA 70113

16. La Boulangerie

La Boulangerie

Pick up a croissant or an iced latte and marvel at the delicious treats on display. Those dessert cases were shipped over straight from France. The lunch menu offers sophisticated bistro classics. The space is bright and white, with pretty French blue chairs that summon the Riviera.

4600 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

17. The Station

The Station

Look out for a strange-looking building with a blue roof. Mosey inside for French Press, V60, Chemex, or any other fancy coffee drinks you can muster, and do not sleep on the range of beautiful pastries and baked goods (coffee cakes, breakfast kolaches, biscuits, and sausage rolls).

4400 Bienville Ave.
Mid City
New Orleans, LA 70119

18. Spitfire Coffee

Spitfire Coffee

A teenie-weenie Third Wave espresso joint perfect for to-go lattes and post-drinking, pour-over perfection.

627 St. Peter St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70116

19. The Orange Couch

The Orange Couch

This corner shop, quietly residing on a residential street, feels like a real find. A diverse crowd settles into the morning with Vietnamese coffees, chai teas, and Japanese mochi sweets. A bright orange couch punctuates the bright white room.

 2339 Royal St. 
Faubourg Marigny
New Orleans, LA 70117

20. SnoWizard SnoBall Shoppe

SnoWizard SnoBall Shoppe

Beat the heat with the local treat of choice, an icy snoball drenched in sweet fruit-flavored syrup. Open April through September.

4001 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

21. HiVolt


Step a few feet off Magazine St. for a frothy chai tea latte, vegan muffins, and plenty of seating to spread out with a newspaper or computer.

1829 Sophie Wright Pl.
Lower Garden
New Orleans, LA 70130

22. Café du Monde

Café du Monde

It's a tourist trap, but there's fried dough covered with mounds of powdered sugar, and you are only human. Best bet: Buy a can of chicory coffee and a souvenir box of beignet mix to recreate your own Du Monde at home.

800 Decatur St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70116

23. Blue Dot Donuts

Blue Dot Donuts

It's a marketer's dream-come-true: The city's most buzzed about doughnut shop is run by a couple of police officers. It's one big pastry case of delights: red velvet, maple bacon, pb&j, and orange frosted doughnuts are glazed, filled, twisted, and also made into ice cream sandwiches.

4301 Canal St.
Mid City
New Orleans, LA 70119