Who hasn't gone through college without taking at least a couple of shots of vodka (and possibly made some poor decisions afterwards)? While the origin of this distilled alcohol is up for debated (Russians and Poles can argue about it until knives start getting pulled), vodka has gained a reputation as being particularly good in mixed drinks. Well, since October 4 is National Vodka Day, why not go out to these five spots in New Orleans have yourself a sip or two with some friends? Cheers!
Providing some of the French Quarter's finest Louisiana cuisine, Evangeline is an absolute go-to spot in New Orleans. Come out during happy hour from 3-6 p.m. and relax in their beautiful courtyard. While there, ask your waiter for an Evangeline Red. This cocktail is mixed with vodka, cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and garnished with a lemon wheel. 329 Decatur St., 504-373-4852, evangelineneworleans.com
The funky and chill Pal's Lounge is Mid-City's #1 neighborhood bar and for good reason. They offer air hockey, tunes, and delicious craft cocktails. Ask for the Selfish Lover, which is Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Hibiscus Liqueur, and Elderflower Liqueur. This drink is sure to knock your socks off! 949 N. Rendon St., 504-488-7257, instagram.com/palsloungenola
New Orleans Social House
Given the name, the New Orleans Social House is the perfect place to socialize with your closest friends! Not only do they do private events, they also offer Vino Thursdays, a Friday Bubbles Bar, and a $5 Saturday Mule Bar. Grab yourself a Vodka Martini and chill in the cool atmosphere that the Social House provides. You'll be feeling like high class in no time. 752 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-581-7101, nosocialhouse.com
Liuzza's by the Track
Located near the Fairgrounds Race Course and Slots, Liuzza's by the Track is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat either before or after Jazz Fest (hopefully in 2022). Home of the famous BBQ Shrimp Po-boy, their drinks are just as good as their food! For National Vodka Day, how about going for the classic Bloody Mary? Take a sip of your spiked tomato juice, munch on your olives, and have a good time at Liuzza's by the Track. 1518 N. Lopez St., 504-218-7888, liuzzasbythetrack.com
Known best for its traditional Creole-Italian dishes and for being the birthplace of BBQ Shrimp, Pascal's Manale is a true New Orleans classic. Their entrées are huge and some of the best in the city. Come in during happy hour and feel cosmopolitan by ordering a Cosmopolitan. This drink is vodka mixed with cranberry juice, lime juice, and triple sec. 1838 Napoleon Ave., 504-895-4877, facebook.com/PascalsManaleRestaurant