Local bartenders will take full advantage of the last of the season’s harvest for their latest concoctions, so tip well, kick back and imbibe the fruits of their labor.
Located on the corner of Foucher and Magazine streets, Cavan is a laid back kind of place where the cocktails and food are top notch, but you can enjoy it all while wearing jeans and flip-flops. Behind-the-stick guru Isaiah Estell from Sylvain has crafted a cocktail menu that features twists on classics like the espresso milk punch (highly recommended for brunch) and die-hard originals like the Sazerac with rye and Herbsaint. But for summertime sipping, why not set your lips to the Shipyard Crane? Made with fresh peaches, black tea-infused vodka and lemon, this tall, icy beverage tastes like the essence of sunshine. Throw back a few of these, while nibbling on the roast tomato toast with goat cheese and bacon marmalade … you might never want to go home.
3607 Magazine St., (504) 509-7655, cavannola.com
Featuring Colombian-style cuisine, it seems that Mais Arepas would be a no-brainer when seeking to sip the last, fruity rays of summer. Only one block from St. Charles Avenue on Carondelet Street, this casual, Central City eatery offers superb ceviche, over-stuffed arepas and stellar salads … but don’t you dare miss out on their fresh-fruit cocktails! Try the red or white sangria overflowing with strawberry, pineapple and kiwi, a tangy piña colada or a watermelon margarita with a huge wedge of bright, fresh watermelon clinging to the side of the glass. Who needs dessert when you have fresh fruit cocktails?
1200 Carondelet St., (504) 523-6247, facebook.com/maisarepas
Brennan’s New Orleans
Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Brennan’s is one of our city’s most recognizable establishments with its famous pink building located in the heart of the historic French Quarter. After recent renovations, Brennan’s has kicked off a new era not only with decadent decor, but also with a 2016 James Beard Award nomination going to its new Executive Chef, Slade Rushing. To top it off, Brennan’s also has tapped the genius of Lu Brow, formerly of Cafe Adelaide, kicking up the cocktail game at the Roost Bar. Pull up a stool and while away an afternoon sipping Sparkling Strawberries (made with bright, Ponchatoula strawberries, fresh basil and sparkling wine). By the way, don’t forget to visit the turtles!
417 Royal St., (504) 525-9711, brennansneworleans.com
Recently opened in Covington, Bacobar is a new gastropub created by seasoned chefs Carl Shaubhut and Jean-Pierre Guidry. Touting an “international melting pot,” Bacobar features global street fare with a “South Louisiana soul.” The menu offers dishes like yellowfin poke tostada; shrimp and bacon pad Thai; and gumbo ramen. With help from talented mixologist Lu Brow, the duo is also featuring a fabulous array of cocktails — including the Bacobar Bloody Mary with Pinnacle Vodka and pickled farmer’s market vegetables; a Johnsdale Farms blueberry, Thai basil and ginger lemonade; a Washington Parish melon caipirinha; and a peach whiskey smash. Trust us: It’s worth a trip across the lake.
70437 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 893-2450, bacobarnola.com
**Photo courtesy of Cavan