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Three great bars to belly up to

New Orleans’ summer heat can be ferocious, like a sauna and a steam room had a baby. But this is a city prepared for the swelter with plenty of cool ways to hydrate and cure the hangries. Whatever your pleasure—chugging a tall iced tea, slurping some noodles, tossing back a chilly shot of tequila or devouring frites—the newest places to chill are close at hand. Pop into one of these dope bars, grab a seat, eat, quaff and cool your heels. 

The Franklin 

At this Marigny hot spot, pair a Caffe Flip (a boozy riff on an egg cream) with a snazzy snack like Spiced Brussels with garlic mayo and cane syrup, or go full-ham on a fat farmhouse cheddar and roasted tomato-topped Franklin Burger. 

The Franklin New Orleans
The art-filled Franklin is the perfect backdrop for chef Dane Harris’ artful presentations. (©Denny Culbert)

Jewel of the South

Billed as a “tavern,” this charmer, run by two of the best in the local bar biz, rocks cocktail classics (Brandy Crustas, French 75s)—and more—to go with a clever, globe-spanning menu of pâté, bao, gumbo, gnocco fritto and calas. 

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Jewel of the South’s fried-chicken boa with collard kimchi. (©Denny Culbert)

Barrel Proof 

Dark and moody best describes the decor vibe here, though the crowd is fun and the bar team talented. From the kitchen there’s a rotating roster of pop-ups with East Indian and Asian flavors. 

Barrel Proof New Orleans
A mouthwatering margarita from Barrel Proof. (©Gabrielle Geiselman-Milone)