PINHOOK MAGAZINE 2022.07.14
AUTHOR: Pinhook

Pinhook's New Orleans

Pinhook's New Orleans

AUTHOR: Pinhook

2022.07.14

Pinhook's New Orleans

Between the wrought iron balconies and the brass bands and the unbridled commitment to opulence, New Orleans could never be mistaken for anywhere else.

This is an American city that can seem happily adrift in an alternate world, buoyed by history and cocktails and a cuisine all its own. We at Pinhook are particularly charmed by NOLA’s bourbon whiskey connection—one of its many supposed origin stories holds that the whiskey got its name from Bourbon Street, where it became a popular tipple in the 19th century. Today, Pinhook has its own special connection to New Orleans: It's where Master Blender Sean Josephs hangs his hat.

Among our favorite spots in New Orleans, you’ll find century-old standbys and boundary-pushing new restaurants. You’ll find holes in the wall serving award-winning food and lavish bars famed for their cocktails. You’ll even find a whiskey bar or two. (In fact, an asterisk next to a listing below indicates that Pinhook bourbon or rye is available at the establishment.)

L to R: Brennan's, Clancy's, Galatoire's

Classic New Orleans

Galatoire's
Come to this formal 1905 restaurant in the French Quarter for its famed Friday lunch, when the local business crowd eases itself into the weekend. Pro tip: get a seat in the downstairs room.
209 Bourbon Street  galatoires.com
 

Brennan's*
There’s no more sumptuous setting in the city in which to dine on fine classic Creole dishes, plus the restaurant’s signature Bananas Foster dessert. (The Kenton cocktail is made with Pinhook Rye, Peychaud’s Bitters, and Herbsaint Rinse.)
417 Royal Street  brennansneworleans.com
 

Clancy's
This few-frills spot serves straightforward, expertly prepared Creole dishes on white tablecloths in an Uptown location that keeps the vibe distinctly local.
6100 Annunciation Street  clancysneworleans.com
 

L to R: The Chloe, Pêche, Saint-Germain

The New Guard

Pêche
Seafood takes center stage in this sprawling Warehouse District space helmed by boundary-pushing chef Donald Link. It’s served up in a grand fashion that’s great for group sharing.
800 Magazine Street  pecherestaurant.com
 

Saint-Germain
This is a well-curated wine bar first, but in a small Bywater space with outsized culinary ambitions, and the accolades to show for it.
3054 St. Claude Avenue  saintgermainnola.com
 

Bywater American Bistro*
This neighborhood, and neighborhood-transforming, restaurant in a former rice mill has gained acclaim on a national scale. (Check out their Gandalf the Grey cocktail, made with Pinhook Bourbon, lime, Creme de Violet, and simple syrup.)
2900 Chartres Street  bywateramericanbistro.com
 

Mosquito Supper Club*
Chef Melissa Martin cooks the Cajun seafood dishes she grew up loving in her hometown of Chauvin, Louisiana, out of an unassuming Uptown house. (The Jerbis Scherbis cocktail here combines Pinhook Rye, Fred Jerbis Amaro, strawberry, and lemon.)
3824 Dryades Street  mosquitosupperclub.com
 

Coquette*
There’s not much this restaurant in the Irish Channel neighborhood can’t do with aplomb—endlessly inventive dinners, lunches, brunches, and cocktails served under chandeliers at the dramatic wooden bar.
2800 Magazine Street  coquettenola.com
 

The Chloe*
This restaurant in the ravishing boutique hotel of the same name has become a hot ticket with the locals, as well, with its updated takes on classic New Orleans fare and meticulous cocktails.
4125 St. Charles Avenue  thechloenola.com
 

Compère Lapin*
The Carribean food at this spot in the Old NO. 77 Hotel provides a great reason to change things up in a city where Cajun and Creole cuisines dominate. Don’t sleep on the fantastic cocktails, including the I'm Not Dead Yet, made with Pinhook Bourbon, Moscatel, Amaro, and Cocchi Bianco.
535 Tchoupitoulas Street  comperelapin.com
 

Cochon
The industrial vibe of the dining room here is a departure from your standard New Orleans atmosphere, but the modern Cajun dishes could hardly exist anywhere else. The wood-fired oysters are not to be missed.
930 Tchoupitoulas Street  cochonrestaurant.com
 

L to R: Turkey & The Wolf, Cochon Butcher, High Hat Cafe

Sandwiches Etc.

Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar
This delightful Uptown hole in the wall has been serving up unrivaled po’ boys in generous portions for a century. You can’t go wrong with the Half & Half—equal parts shrimp and oyster.
5250 Annunciation Street  domilisespoboys.com
 

Cochon Butcher
This offshoot of the restaurant Cochon specializes in house-made cured meats and sausages, many of which form the basis of epic sandwiches. Their muffaletta, a classic New Orleans sandwich, is one of the better ones around.
930 Tchoupitoulas Street  cochonbutcher.com
 

Turkey & The Wolf
Few restaurants, let alone sandwich shops, gain the kind of national acclaim bestowed on this Lower Garden District spot. The fried bologna sandwich and collard green melt in particular have earned cult followings.
739 Jackson Avenue  turkeyandthewolf.com
 

High Hat Cafe
The catfish steals the show at this casual Uptown soul food spot, where the cocktail program is surprisingly astute. (The Space Cowboy is a favorite).
4500 Freret Street  highhatcafe.com
 

L to R: Arnaud's, Cure, Bar Marilou

Bars and Cocktails

Cure
At arguably the most visionary cocktail bar in the city, patrons are destined to sip on something unprecedented. The reimagined historic firehouse supplies an appropriately dramatic backdrop.
4905 Freret Street  curenola.com
 

Bar Marilou
Even given New Orleans’ typically sultry interior design tendencies, the lavishness of this cocktail bar in the Maison de la Luz Hotel stands out. The francophile vibe extends to the French pop music backing the hum of conversation.
544 Carondelet Street  barmarilou.com
 

Sylvain*
This pleasantly worn-in space in a former carriage house features food that’s better than it needs to be and a cocktail menu that doesn’t shy away from complexity.
625 Chartres Street  sylvainnola.com
 

French 75 Bar
The cocktail expertise on display at this French Quarter classic is unparalleled. The original home of the eponymous French 75 cocktail, the bar also serves innovative new creations.
813 Bienville Street  arnaudsrestaurant.com/bars/french-75
 

Manolito
Locals love this snug bi-level Cuban spot that also serves up a mean frozen cocktail. It’s named after a legendary bartender at Havana’s La Floridita, where Hemingway used to drink.
508 Dumaine Street  manolitonola.com
 

The Avenue Pub
With sprawling selections of both beer and whiskey, this two-story bar attracts die-hards and casual drinkers alike. Head out to the balcony and watch life on St. Charles Avenue passing by. Bonus: The kitchen is open 24 hours a day.
1732 St. Charles Avenue  avenuepub.com
 

Barrel Proof*
This bar is after our hearts, with literally hundreds of whiskeys on offer. The wood-paneled room and long bar provide the ideal atmosphere for sipping and sampling.
1201 Magazine Street  barrelproofnola.com
 

Jewel of the South
No surprise that the cocktails steal the show here, given that they’re created by Chris Hannah and Nick Detrich, two of New Orleans' most renowned bartenders. But the food more than holds its own, as well.
1026 St. Louis Street  jewelnola.com
 

Pluck Wine Bar
Sommelier Skye LaTorre opened this cheery, sophisticated wine bar to help customers explore the vast world of wine without pretention. Her particular passion for champagne and burgundy come through on the list.
722 Girod Street  pluckwines.com
 

Bacchanal
Where better to wrap up the list than with this must-visit establishment that defies categorization. A combination live music venue, wine bar, al fresco scene, restaurant, and bar—it’s a bacchanal, indeed.
600 Poland Avenue  bacchanalwine.com