Bask in the first rays of summer at these bars. Each establishment gives patrons optional indoor or outdoor seating, while offering some of the best patios for alfresco wining and dining in New Orleans.
The Rusty Nail
This is not your father’s scotch. Owners Ivan Burgess and David Brown have done the dirty work by vetting almost each of the 70 scotches on offer, demanding an even share of smoke, peat and sweetness throughout all of their blends. Don’t worry if you’re not a whisky lover. This local’s favorite bar also serves up lighter concoctions, like Disco Lemonade (a sake, vodka and lemon mix) to enjoy on the lush patio. Patrons at The Rusty Nail also find the location, tucked away in the Warehouse District, a pleasant and welcoming retreat. 1100 Constance St., (504) 525-5515, therustynail.biz
This spacious and well-stocked sports bar boasts 24 beers from the Southeast and 16 beers from Louisiana on tap, ready to go seven days a week. Bartender Will Fox points out that the bar’s specialty is Southern craft brewing, with tastes that represent a departure from the Big Three brewing companies. These crafted beers go exceptionally well with the well-rounded menu. Dining services are inside and out, and The Warehouse Grille’s patio setting is one of the most appealing in the city. 869 Magazine St., (504) 322-2188
Capdeville New Orleans
Enjoy the new drink menu created specifically to complement a new brunch menu. The nearby Farmer’s Market not only provides the ingredients for the new brunch dishes, but it also puts the zest in two new handcrafted drinks. Try the Jalapoma, a tequila- and Campari-based drink that’s served with fresh grapefruit and jalapeño syrup, or The Guava Pusher, which features special guava berry, Montmartre sparkling wine and fresh lemon juice. Both drinks are Capdeville originals, and both give a fresh and zesty accent to the new brunch dishes. 520 Capdeville St., (504) 371-5161, capdevillenola.com
Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar (& Restaurant)
The bar that Esquire magazine once stated had the best po-boys in the world is located in the heart of the Irish Channel. The historic building that houses this most Irish of Irish bars, was refurbished from the ground up by owner and manager Jeff Carreras when he purchased it in 2010. Each bartender at Tracey’s has been there from the beginning, and each takes pride in knowing their regulars by name. Carreras stresses that Tracey’s is above all a neighborhood bar. As you would expect, Tracey’s takes its whiskey seriously and carries over 20 brands, every one of which, Carreras says, is worth sipping. Most of their whiskey is served straight up, without much fanfare. The customers, he says, like it this way. 2604 Magazine St., (504) 897-5413, traceysnola.com