The 5 best cocktail bars in New Orleans

The 5 best cocktail bars in New Orleans
Commander's Palace. | Photo: Todd R./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on January 16, 2020.

Looking to try the best cocktail bars in town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top cocktail bars in New Orleans, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.

Winter is the top season of the year for consumer spending at bars and lounges across the New Orleans area, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a software provider that helps small businesses get more customers. Daily spending at New Orleans-area bars and lounges surged to $7,217 for the metro area in the winter of last year, 11% higher than the average for the rest of the year.

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1. Commander's Palace

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First on the list is Commander's Palace. Located at 1403 Washington Ave. in the Garden District, the Cajun/Creole restaurant is the most popular cocktail bar in New Orleans, boasting 4.5 stars out of 4,508 reviews on Yelp.

2. Red Dog Diner

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Next up is the Garden District's Red Dog Diner, situated at 3122 Magazine St. With 4.5 stars out of 775 reviews on Yelp, the New American restaurant and cocktail bar has proven to be a local favorite.

3. Pat O'Brien’s

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Pat O'Brien’s, located in the French Quarter at 718 St. Peter St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the traditional American cocktail bar four stars out of 2,285 reviews.

4. Turkey and the Wolf

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Turkey and the Wolf, a cocktail bar that offers sandwiches and more in the Lower Garden District, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 551 Yelp reviews. Head over to 739 Jackson Ave. to see for yourself.

5. SoBou

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Over in the French Quarter, check out SoBou, which has earned four stars out of 1,558 reviews on Yelp. You can find the cocktail bar at 310 Chartres St.

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