This year, New Orleans’ own Compère Lapin has made it to the finals of Playboy Magazine’s annual Best New Bars in America list. As of now, Compère Lapin is among fifty different bars across the nation that will compete for the coveted Top 10 list to be announced in Playboy’s November issue. For now, the New Orleans bar will be up for voting by the Playboy public as it awaits the final list.
Playboy describes Compère Lapin as Caribbean and Creole-influenced spot in contrast with the French Quarter setting. Located inside the Arts District’s Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, the bar boasts “classy brass accents with brick and the bar, clad in blue tiles, pops against a mosaic floor.” Based on chef Nina Compton’s birthplace of St. Lucia, Playboy Magazine compliments the bright, refreshing atmosphere topped off with bartender Abigail Gullo’s special Harvey Jones, a blend of coffee, Galliano, and genever. Among the drinks of Compère Lapin, the writer recommends the Andromeda, a mix of Pisco, green chile vodka, lime, grapefruit, and rose.
Other local bars that made the list of Best New Bars include Bar Frances, New Orleans’ premiere Freret Street bar, and the Revel Cafe & Bar, the latest Mid-City spot for fourth-generation bartender Chris McMillan. Although New Orleans takes only three spots for final fifty, the city boasts the most bars for a single city located in the South, beating out Houston and Nashville. Fans of the bars can go online to Playboy Magazine’s site to personally vote for their favorite spots to make the Top 10.
Compère Lapin recently opened about one year ago. It is located at 535 Tchoupitoulas St. where it is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch reservations. Owner Nina Compton previously appeared on “Top Chef: New Orleans” where she placed second among a fan-favorite status. Its name is French for “brother rabbit” and derives from Caribbean and Creole tales about a rabbit with the same name.