Chic Bars in New Orleans

The birthplace of some of America's most celebrated libations—the Sazerac, Ramos Gin Fizz—New Orleans has long been an epicenter of cocktail culture. Skip Bourbon Street and its ubiquitous KoolAid-colored hurricane cocktails for the abundance of historic and classy options NOLA has to offer. 

Courtesy of Napoleon House
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Emperor’s Hideaway: Napoleon House

Family owned since 1914, this classic corner bar is set in a 1797 Creole building that was offered as a refuge to Napoleon in 1821 during his exile. He never arrived, but his marble bust sits under the antique mirrors behind the counter among the liquor bottles. Famous for its Pimm’s Cup and hushed, timeless ambiance, the bar lures tourists and locals with its low-slung lanterns, haphazardly hung oil paintings and bow-tied waiters who seem to have come straight out of 19th-century Paris. 500 Chartres St.; 504-522-4152; napoelonhouse.com.