Cocktails are of the Essence


For the next few days thousands of people will converge on New Orleans for the festival some refer to as the party with a purpose. Essence Festival is celebrating 25 years and pulling out all the stops with its unbeatable talent, music and fun. So where can you go to grab a great cocktail while taking in all the sights and sounds? Many places are creating great happy hours. Here are just a few.

Arnaud’s French 75 Bar (813 Bienville St.) is a longstanding iconic spot with plenty to offer. Happy hour at the French 75 Bar is only on Fridays from 3 – 5:30 p.m. You can enjoy half off the Old Fashioned, select wine and different spritzers.

Johnny Sanchez (930 Poydras St.) has happy hour from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. During this time, you can enjoy half off some signature margaritas, draft beer and select wine. And, if you need a reason to celebrate the middle of the week, every Wednesday, bartenders offer $2 margarita’s on the rocks. No need to rush, the hump day special runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. This is perfect when going to and from the dome, remember you can always order it to go.

Tsunami Sushi (601 Poydras St.) Happy hour here if from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. The deals are spectacular. you can sip on $5 house martini’s, lemon drops are the best. Also for $5, you can get vodka or gin cosmopolitans and apple martinis. They offer $4 draft beer, which is a mix of local and non local beers, and house wine is also $4. If you love Sake, the house version is $3 hot or cold. Well drinks are $3 and bottled domestic beer is $3. And if this wasn’t enough, Tuesday is like magic…the happy hour is all day long from 3-10 p.m. and offers all of the above. This is a great downtown stop.

Don’t forget all of the amazing rooftop bars, as well. They are sure to be packed for the festival and upcoming Tales of the Cocktail, but hop in for great cocktails and amazing views of our city.

These are of course, just a few ideas. If you know of a great happy hour, let us know so we can check it out and tell cocktail lovers everywhere.


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