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Best bars for New Orleans Mardi Gras

Published November 9th, 2015

Mardi Gras will be back in February. You might say the festival comes around every year like clockwork. You might be right, if your clockwork allows for the same party to fall on a different day depending on that old devil moon.

To help guide you through the madness of it all with your dignity intact, here are our favourite bars in New Orleans. (PS We don't care what you do with your dignity if you don't.)

Bar Tonique

Teetering on the edge of the French Quarter (on a nondescript street behind a nondescript door) is a fine drinking establishment for modern cocktail enthusiasts. Drinks are made with more than TLC: Fresh juices, homemade tinctures, and rare liquors go into every concoction.

Crawfish be cray.

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Carousel Bar & Lounge

There is a carousel – complete with carnival lights on the cresting – rotating ever so slowly in a counter-clockwise fashion around two bartenders and their top-shelf liquors. Stools act as chariots. Sidle up and take a spin. Things really get interesting after a few gin cocktails.


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Cure

Familiarise yourself with the house rules (no baseball caps or shorts, boys) before heading over to this schmancy cocktail bar on a happening little strip Uptown. The space, a reclaimed firehouse, is spacious and sharp. Small plates are carefully prepared and served late.

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Erin Rose

A classic dive bar and headquarters of awesome sandwich operation Killer Poboys. French bread is stuffed with meat and veggies and other stuff that can soak up all the booze. Superbowl Sunday brings turducken smoked sausage with pickled green beans.

The Spotted Cat

Tiny and old-timey. There's a piano in the ladies room. Catch the New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings – a motley crew playing classic, lo-fi swing. They do a great medley of spirituals and really get the crowd moving.


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