May 11, 2018
Said to have been built as a possible residence for then Elba-exiled Napoleon, the French Quarter building that bears his name is now home to an atmospheric bar and restaurant. The venue is elegant and evocative with plenty of cosy little nooks and alcoves, the refined chime of classical music in the background and walls panelled in rich dark wood. Dapper New Orleans gents sip cocktails alongside guide-book toted tourists seeking out a slice of the Big Easy. The food is good value (they do a decent jambalaya and a tasty po’boy) and the drinks are well made. Open all day, this place comes into its own in the evening when it’s buzzing with life and noise.
What their peers say
“This is a 200 year old landmark that’s as casual and unique as its French Quarter surroundings. The building’s first occupant, Nicholas Girod, was mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815 and he offered his residence to Napoleon in 1821 as a refuge during his exile. Napoleon never made it, but the name stuck, and since then, the Napoleon House has become one of the most famous bars in America, a haunt for artists and writers throughout most of the 20th century. The old-time atmosphere suspends you in time and the bar serves traditional New Orleans dishes like red beans and rice, gumbo, and jambalaya. The courtyard is perfect for dining and is a totally fantastic place for sitting and basking in the atmosphere of New Orleans.” Sean Muldoon of The Dead Rabbit, New York City