10 Best Cocktail Bars in Louisiana

Cocktail bars are perfect for meeting up with friends to enjoy specialty drinks. Offering traditional drinks, distinct flavors of the South, and unique twists on well-worn recipes, the cocktail bars of Louisiana are a notch above the rest. Here are our favorites. 

Mirror Room, Alexandria, LA

Looking for an experience, not just another bar with great drinks? You’ll find both at Mirror Room in Alexandria. Located inside Hotel Bentley, this place has the best bartenders in the city ready to whip up an Old Fashioned, some Spanish Lemonade, or one of their other signature cocktails. Hungry? No problem. They have some awesome small plated menu items that are perfect with your drink of choice. 

Tiki Tolteca, New Orleans, LA

You might be surprised to see a tropical tiki bar in downtown New Orleans, but you’re in for a special treat. They serve up some dazzling drinks like old classics and Latin American cocktails with a Mayan flare. From the old to the new, you’ll find it here. Happy Hour is from opening to 7 p.m. and cocktails are only $3.

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Colby’s Cocktails, Metairie, LA

You haven’t had a great cocktail experience until you’ve tried Colby’s Cocktails. Located in Metairie, this neighborhood bar counts everyone as friends after your first visit. This is a really fun bar with live music on the weekends, and drink specials every day that will make your wallet happy. It’s a great place to bring friends or make new ones.

The Radio Bar, Baton Rouge, LA

Whatever frequency you’re tuned in for, the Radio Bar makes sweet sense when it comes to friendly bars. Casual and diverse, they have a great selection of beer and specialty cocktails prepared by top notch bartenders. Good vibes. Good drinks. Great people.

The Bar Chord, Shreveport, LA

Striking just the right note, the Bar Chord in Shreveport is a symphony of blended parts: one-part craft cocktails, one-part perfect music. If you’re looking for a great place to relax with friends after a tiring day, this is the place. Great drinks at reasonable prices and great music make a winning combination every time. 

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Warehouse 535, Lafayette, LA

Don’t let the outside fool you into thinking this isn’t a great place for drinks and bar food. The warehouse look and feel are part of the atmosphere and are perfect for large groups and those who love to get down and boogie on nights when they have live music. This is a place that can easily transform into whatever you want it to be—from wedding venue to foot stomping celebrations. 

The French 75, New Orleans, LA

Named after a favorite drink created in Paris during World War I, the French 75 is the epitome of Creole cuisine and jazz. A true New Orleans cocktail bar, it’s been called one of the top five bars in the country by Esquire Magazine. The only way to prove that is to stop by and sample their house crafted drinks and amazing bar food. Favorites include the Black-eyed Pea & Tasso Beignets with a Lychee Cobbler.

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Fred’s Lounge, Mamou, LA

This isn’t a fancy highbrow place, but that’s what makes it so unique. Full of good Cajun influence, this is a rowdy place full of laughter and fun. Good food and great drinks are included at no extra charge. Try the boudin here if you’ve never tasted it before. They make the best Bloody Marys around, too. 

Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar, Baton Rouge, LA

Baton Rouge is home to Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar, one of the great neighborhood bistros that feature Louisiana cocktails and cuisine. Daily happy hours during the week make this even more fun with drink specials and more. They have a great brunch on the weekend and you can get house wines and liquors, domestic beer, and your favorite cocktail. 

Cane & Table, New Orleans, LA

If you ever wondered where you could get authentic Caribbean-inspired food and house made cocktails, you need to visit Cane & Table in New Orleans. Frequented by locals and lucky out-of-towners who find it, Cane & Table is right in the heart of the French Quarter and in the heart of those who come here. Serving classic cocktails and great food.

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