These bars have a mysterious charisma that makes them worth checking out.
Yes, we know speakeasies don’t exist in New Orleans. According to Eater, NOLA is one of the cities with the most bars per household, with 8.6 per 10,00o households. However, it is an immensely historic city. Even if there is no bathtub gin brewing, there are many bars with a long history and an old New Orleans vibe you shouldn’t miss out on.
Here’s our list of New Orleans speakeasies:
1. The 21st Amendment
Where:📍725 Iberville St
The building of the 21st Amendment dates back to 1800; it has so much history! And that is not it… In the 50s, it was owned by two of NOLA’s most notorious mobsters: Jim Moran and Carlos Marcello. The decor is a tribute to the 1920s, so take in the vintage roaring ambiance.
2. Bar Tonique
Where: 📍820 N Rampart St
Hidden off the main streets of the French Quarter, Bar Tonique is a favorite spot for locals, and visitors mostly know it due to word of mouth (making it kind of like a Speakeasy). The cocktails are delicious, and there is a different special every day.
3. Sazerac Bar
Where: 📍130 Roosevelt Way
Sazerac Bar is inside the historic Roosevelt Hotel in NOLA. Its atmosphere and decoration will take you back to the grandeur of old New Orleans. Are you ready to toast?
4. Cellar Door
Where: 📍916 Lafayette St
The speakeasy vibe of this bar comes from how hidden it from the main NOLA touristic streets. It’s a great place to find cocktails, beer, and flavorsome southern food.
5. Hot Tin
Where: 📍2031 St Charles Ave
The Hot Tin is within the walls of the Pontchartrain hotel. It’s a 1940 artist-inspired space with one of the best views of the city. There is no bathtub gin on the menu, but we’re sure you’ll love sipping on any of their cocktails.
Featured image by Hot Tin.