Jazz & Blues
French 75 Bar
May 11, 2018
There’s a reason why so many bars revere the Prohibition-era cocktail. These are proper drinks, stiff and sophisticated, and often deceptive in their simplicity. They have an elegance and a pedigree that fishbowls of fruit-flavoured booze simply can’t match. Chris Hannah’s classic cocktail bar at Arnaud’s is the perfect illustration of this. The drinks are prepared with care and attention by white-suited bar tenders. Their Sazeracs and Ramos Gin Fizzes are particularly popular with a mixed crowd of well off locals and tourists with a taste for the finer things. Arnaud’s itself is a New Orleans institution and the room reflects this, rich and atmospherically decorated, intimate and romantic in an old fashioned way. Cigars are also available if that’s the way you roll and the bar has its own humidor with an extensive collection to choose from.
What their peers say
“French 75 Bar French 75 Bar New Orleans This bar has a truly amazing atmosphere and is like something straight out of an old Humphrey Bogart Movie. It’s an absolutely perfect place to stop and have a cocktail. The cocktails are honest and good and are not overly sweet. The beautiful old decor is perfect and features lots of dark wood, comfy chairs, and adorable old-fashioned lamps – and there is just the right amount of tables so that it’s not overcrowded. It’s a great place for a date, after dinner drink, or anytime you want to be able to sit, relax, and carry on a conversation. The bartenders who work there are the epitome of what bartenders at an old New Orleans establishment should be; fun to talk to, extremely well-mannered and considerate.” Sean Muldoon of The Dead Rabbit, New York City