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Five NOLA Spots & Bartenders for National Bartender Day

04:00 November 25, 2021
By: Gracie Wise

There are lots of places to drink in the Big Easy, but have you ever tried these gems? If you and your friends plan on going out to drink on December 3 for National Bartender Day, be sure to visit them and acquaint yourselves with the staff--you might learn a thing or two about the establishment you choose!

Revel Café & Bar (Chris McMillian)

Revel Café & Bar is one of New Orleans's best-kept secrets. A hidden gem in Mid-City, Revel offers a variety of crafted cocktails and gourmet sandwiches in a neighborhood-like setting. Enjoy a refreshing Pimm's Cup or a glass of Ramos Gin Fizz as Chris McMillian, an acclaimed mixologist who descended from a family of bartenders, teaches you the story behind every cocktail he knows. Revel is also the best place to try a mint julep as McMillian will recite a 19th century poem about the cocktail that's sure to titillate your taste buds! 133 N Carrollton Ave., 504-309-6122,

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Jewel of the South (Chris Hannah)

Power duo Chris Hannah and Nick Detrich paid homage to a tavern by reopening it to the public. Located in a historic Creole cottage in the French Quarter, Jewel of the South is a rustic space filled with regency furniture and Art Deco design. In addition, it includes an old-fashioned bar room, an arched dining room, and a secluded courtyard. The menu includes signature cocktails such as Jewel Sazerac, Rule of Thirds, and the original Brandy Crusta. This bar is perfect for weddings and birthday celebrations, and it's a must for tourists. 1026 St. Louis St., 504-265-8816,

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 (Jeff "Beachbum" Berry)

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 will have you wishing you were chilling at a beach in Hawaii. After uncovering a collection of historic Tiki recipes, Jeff "Beachbum" Berry decided to bring the tradition back to life and, hence, Latitude 29 was born. The menu is full of historic Tiki cocktails, including Mai Tai, Pontchartrain Pearl Diver, Kea Colada, and Zombie. Foodies can also try a range of Polynesian classics such as pork ribs, loco moco, and pork katsu. At Latitude 29, cocktail enthusiasts can enjoy refreshing drinks while taking in relics from Tiki culture. 321 N. Peteres St., 504-609-3811,

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Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel (Hadi Ktiri)

Located inside the newly built Four Seasons Hotel, the Chandelier Bar whisks guests into a spacious lounge that extends all the way into a garden terrace and welcomes them with live music and a dazzling namesake chandelier. The menu, created by beverage manager Hadi Ktiri, adds a twist to classic New Orleans' cocktails like Sazerac, Hurricane, and French 75, as well as wine and champagne. Guests can also enjoy caviar, small bites, and snacks made by chef Alon Shaya, who also owns the Miss River restaurant that's located in the hotel. Guests can also celebrate the holiday season with special cocktails options, including S'mores and Cognac Milk Punch. 2 Canal St., 504-434-5100,

Mister Mao (William "Wildcat" Greenwell)

If you plan on drinking with friends, be sure to check out Uptown's newest tropical roadhouse Mister Mao, which is run by William "Wildcat" Greenwell and his wife Chef Sophina Uong. This spunky, wood-paneled bistro offers eclectic Southeast Asian, Latin, and Indian cuisine like yucatecan sikil pak, lechon kawali, and panipuri. Savor your meal with handcrafted cocktails, including Uncle Butthead, Miss Peggy, and Billion Dollar Betsy. This is the perfect place to eat and drink if your palate is feeling adventurous. 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-345-2056,

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