New Orleans-French Quarter
May 11, 2018
If a touch of Tiki is what you’re craving, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 will whisk you away to somewhere more exotic. Housed within the Bienville House Hotel in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, Latitude 29 was the creation of Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, a cocktail writer who has spent more than twenty years of his life unearthing and re-publishing ‘lost’ exotic drinks created by the likes of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic. Several of those recipes now appear on the menu at Latitude 29, a Tiki bar filled with carved wooden totems, exotic printed fabrics and ambient torch lighting. Interestingly, the drinks menu here is composed of more than half of Berry’s original creations, meaning that you’re unlikely to find these taste combinations elsewhere. Quirky names match the list of exciting ingredients in cocktails such as the Missionary’s Downfall – a concoction of mint, pineapple, peach brandy, rum, honey and lime, originally created in 1948 – and the Navy Grog – Frank Sinatra’s favorite Tiki drink blended with two rums, allspice, lime and grapefruit. A selection of “communal drinks” (for two people to share) includes some rum-infused large cocktails that would make any South Seas pirate proud and several Tiki staples – think Mai Tais and Zombies – grace the menu for those looking for something a little more traditional. The food at Latitude 29 is just as impressive as the drinks menu, offering Polynesian-style cuisine with an Asian influence. Try the dumpling burger, bahn mi sandwiches, Chinese chicken or chocolate wontons and you won’t leave disappointed.