Whisky Magazine Issue 131
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The bars of New Orleans
Mention New Orleans to someone who's never been there and chances are she'll conjure visions of frat boys and the women who love them drinking technicolour, sugary Hurricanes and riding mechanical bulls until they pass out on the sidewalk. Banish the thought. Yes, it happens, but there's far more to the Crescent City than that seedy strip. Fact is: there are few metropolises on the planet where whiskey and cocktails are as central to its history as they are in this city, founded by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne in 1717. But what else would you expect from a city where the Sazerac – that timeless mix of American whiskey and sugar in an absinthe rinsed glass rounded out with locally-invented, now iconic Peychaud's bitters – is the official cocktail by the state government's decree. Whether you prefer your whiskey in a no-frills haunt or a grand historical establishment, New Orleans is an embarrassment of riches.
936 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
This expansive parlour opened in the Hotel Modern in 2011. With red walls, velvet upholstered chairs, and small lamps with red fringed lampshades on the bar, it has a Victorian air about it that screams bordello-esque sexiness. The owners, the same team behind Cure, were inspired by native son E.J. Bellocq, a 19th Century photographer known for his photos of prostitutes in the city's red-light district. In the spirit of that era, the drink list here is focused on recipes ...