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Six Places to Grab a Cocktail on National Bartender Day

10:00 December 07, 2020
By: Abbey Hebert

December 8 marks an important day for New Orleanians: National Bartender Day. Not only do we love our drinks here, but with the service industry having suffered significantly during the pandemic, this is also the perfect opportunity to get a cocktail while supporting a local business—and a local bartender. So mask up and mosey on over to these places to indulge in delicious cocktails. Don't forget to tip your bartender.

Junior's on Harrison

Junior's on Harrison not only serves delicious appetizers, such as a mouthwatering Thai peanut salad and classic rigatoni mac-n-cheese, but they also serve delicious specialty cocktails. Order any one, and you won't be disappointed. The Oaxaca Sunset features Vida Mezcal, lemon, and sparkling rosé; the Best Seat on the Plane includes Sazerac Rye, Aperol, lemon, and honey; and the Fountain of Youth provides a unique combination of Three Olives Vodka, prickly pear, and aquafaba. Junior's will certainly satisfy your needs on National Bartender Day; click here to view the rest of their cocktail menu. 789 Harrison Ave, (504) 766-6902, juniorsonharrison.com

Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar

Claret offers more than 25 wines by the glass, over a dozen cocktail options, and approximately 30 local and regional brews, including domestic beers. Order the Flip Side with Lillet Blanc, New Amsterdam Gin, Cocchi Americano, mint, lime, cucumber, and chartreuse. The Eye of the Hare presents a unique twist on cocktails by mixing cold brew coffee with mezcal, pink peppercorn, cardamom, and Tempranillo. The Mood Ring masterfully combines TLC Vodka, vanilla bean lemonade, and butterfly pea flower. Click here to read the rest of the must-have cocktails offered at Claret. 1320 Magazine St, (504) 766-9425, claretnola.com

Palm & Pine

Palm & Pine's Happy Hour lasts from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday, featuring specials on three specific cocktails: the Ranch, the Paloma, and the Royal Scam. The Ranch combines Cimarron Blanco tequila with lime and Topo Chico, a sparkling mineral water. The Paloma also features Cimarron Blanco tequila but includes grapefruit in place of lime, with Squirt soda. The Royal Scam blends Plantation five-year rum, Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal, PX Sherry wine, and Cuban bitters. Click here to view the rest of Palm & Pine's offered cocktails. 308 N. Rampart St., (504) 814-6200, palmandpinenola.com

Napoleon House Café & Bar

Napoleon House's first owner was Nicholas Girod, who was mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815 and who offered his house to Napoleon in 1821 during his exile. Once this house became a bar, it became extremely popular among artists and writers in the 20th century. Come to Napoleon House to indulge in tasty cocktails, such as the Sazerac with Sazerac Whiskey, simply syrup, Peychaud and Angostura bitters, and Herbsaint; the Dark & Stormy cocktail with Kraken Black Spiced Rum, Gosling's ginger beer, and fresh lime juice; and the Bourbon Milk Punch with Benchmark Bourbon, sugar, vanilla, half and half, and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Click here to view the rest of the cocktail menu. 500 Chartres St., (504) 524-9752, napoleonhouse.com


Cure is a renowned bar and was even the recipient of the James Beard Foundation's "Outstanding Bar Program" in 2018. Cure offers an extensive and delectable list of cocktails, ranging from the Champagne Cocktail with sparkling wine and sugar to the Tom Collins with Old Tom Gin and lemon to Tommy's Margarita with blanco tequila and lime. These are only few of Cure's offered specialty cocktails; click here to view the rest of their cocktail menu. 4905 Freret St, (504) 302-2357, curenola.com


Felipe's has announced that on National Bartender Day, all of the New Orleans locations will match guest tips. To support your local bartenders, head over to a Felipe's, indulge in some delicious and authentic Mexican dishes made by hand, and order some of this restaurant's specialty margaritas. The house on the rocks version combines Pueblo Viejo tequila, key lime juice, and triple sec; the frozen combines tequila, fresh-squeezed orange and lime juices, and triple sec; and the Felipe's premium margarita expertly features Camarena Reposado, key lime juice, and Patron Citronge. You will surely want more of these margaritas and will be satisfied with the fact that your bartender is getting paid double your tip! Multiple Locations, felipestaqueria.com

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