5 to Try: Classic Cocktails

Forget the low-carb beer and go retro instead. From a classic martini to a timeless Manhattan, find the best 1950s-era cocktails in New Orleans.

Updated: March 19, 2004

5 to Try

Mandina's Restaurant

3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

The whiskey-based old-fashioned-- sweet and strong--is the signature cocktail at this Mid-City institution.

The Bombay Club Restaurant & Martini Bistro

830 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Neat, dirty or double: hit this French Quarter favorite for your choice of martini.

Galatoire's Restaurant Inc

209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

A four-hour lunch at this Bourbon Street culinary landmark isn't complete without a stout Manhattan.

Antoine's Restaurant

713-717 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Try a well-made sidecar--cognac, Cointreau and lemon--at this elder statesman of New Orleans restaurants.


701 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Sazerac, New Orleans' own anise-scented version of the old-fashioned, is a specialty of this Central Business District destination.