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Seasonal Sipping in New Orleans

Where to get into the holiday spirits

Not that New Orleanians need a reason to imbibe, but…the holidays provide so many additional opportunities and a wider range of beverages unbound to the constant of “cold and refreshing.” In these chillier, “winter” months, out come rich, decadent, warm, spiced, boozy concoctions full of seasonal spirit. Raise a glass and offer a toast with tremendous tipples from top tenders of the bar at these terrific taverns. 

Jewel of the South

Barkeeps Chris Hannah and Nick Detrich’s petite French Quarter spot has Old World vibes and perfectly handcrafted beverages. Elegant without being fussy, this might become your new favorite place. Fancy a hot toddy? Get one here. 

Jewel of the South
Jewel of the South’s classic French 75. (©Jewel of the South)


Lively, spacious and gracious, the bar at chef Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurant is a stellar place to meet, people-watch and toss back some cheer for Happy Hour and beyond. The specialty cocktail menu is always packed with holiday-inspired drinks. 

Emeril's New Orleans
An espresso martini from Emeril’s. (©Gabrielle Geiselman-Malone)

Bar Marilou

Sexy Parisian ambiance, New Orleans flair and cocktails that straddle the divide. Here, there is a stunning sherry service with serious nibbles, fine wine, beer and clever cocktails for quaffing. Art and artist references inform the always-intriguing menu.

Bar Marilou New Orleans
In addition to low-alcohol aperitifs, Bar Marilou also offers large-format drinks for sharing. (©Bar Marilou)

Belle Époque

This new kid on the block has watermarked walls evoking a beloved bygone era. Intimate, historic and tucked inside the Old Absinthe House, where the green fairy (absinthe) is sipped and savored. 

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Belle Époque serves more than a dozen varieties of absinthe. (©Belle Époque)