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A Whiskey Lover's Guide to New Orleans

New Orleans is home to multiple distilleries and even a Bourbon society. We've curated our top picks for your next visit.

To celebrate National Whiskey Day, we’re rounding up several distilleries and eateries where you can get your whiskey fix.

Celebrate National Whiskey Day NOLA Style

From tasting flights, tours, and even a Bourbon club, you’re sure to find something to meet your whiskey needs in New Orleans.

Bourbon House

Home of the New Orleans Bourbon Society, Bourbon House really does know all about Bourbon. Hosting one of the largest collections of Bourbon in America, you can even find Bourbon on their dessert menu with sweet treats such as the Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch and Bourbon Chocolate Sno-Ball. Join the New Orleans Bourbon Society online (it’s complimentary), and you can get a free pour of their Bourbon of the month, every month. Their dining menu offers Cajun and Creole classics with lots of seafood options, including oysters from their oyster bar. Bourbon House will be hosting the Ragged Branch Bourbon & Beef Dinner on March 31; tickets can be purchased online.

Whiskey Display at Bourbon House New Orleans, Louisiana | WhereTraveler
Whiskey Display at Bourbon House (©Sara Essex Bradley)

Seven Three Distilling Company

Owned and operated by Eileen and Sas Bivalacqua, Seven Three Distilling Company was named for the 73 diverse neighborhoods of New Orleans. Currently offering vodka, gin, whiskey, and hand sanitizer, the distillery will be introducing the new Bywater Bourbon this year, made with Louisiana-grown ingredients. Seven Three Distilling Company offers tours for $15, which include a tour of the distillery, spirit tasting, and a welcome cocktail. The distillery ships nationwide (and international through certain retail partners). Enjoy the To-Go Happy Hour at home via pick-up (hand sanitizer is available for pick-up as well). 

Lounge at Seven Three Distilling Co. New Orleans, Louisiana | WhereTraveler
Lounge at Seven Three Distilling Co. (Courtesy Seven Three Distilling Company)

Barrel Proof

Located in the Lower Garden District, Barrel Proof is the perfect spot if you want to explore your spirit options. With over 300 whiskeys, including international selections from countries such as Japan, France, and India, you’ll find something to your whiskey taste. Barrel Proof offers food selections from local restaurants Matchbook Kitchen (Saturday through Monday) and QuePasta (Tuesday through Friday). Stop by for Happy Hour from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. for a $5 Old Fashioned. 

Barrel Proof Exterior New Orleans, Louisiana | WhereTraveler
Whiskey Display at Bourbon House (©Rush Jagoe)

NOLA Distillery

This award-winning distillery specializes in handcrafted spirits perfect for cocktails. Producing vodka, rye, and whiskey, NOLA Distillery draws inspiration from the history of New Orleans. The newly remodeled tasting room and distillery host various events and daily tours that start at $15 and operate from noon-6 p.m. 

The Stills at NOLA Distillery New Orleans, Louisiana | WhereTraveler
The Stills at NOLA Distillery (©Joshua Hauptman)

St. Ann Wine & Whiskey Bar

This Mandeville bar offers a lively atmosphere with an open outdoor patio and live music on select nights. St. Ann Wine & Whiskey Bar is home to over 60 types of whiskey and Bourbon, including a selection of international imports. Enjoy your whiskey with their imaginative tapas menu featuring menu items like the Mini Angus Meatballs or the Crabmeat Queso. St. Ann has installed UV Air Scrubbers for additional health and safety measures for their diners.

Bar at St. Ann Wine & Whiskey Bar Mandeville, Louisiana | WhereTraveler
Bar at St. Ann Wine & Whiskey Bar (©Guece/Focus Solutions)