It’s no secret that food and booze go hand in hand, and New Orleans is hands-down one of the masters of this artful combination. Restaurants and bars across the city find unique ways to pair assorted beverages with their foodie fare, from “happier” happy hours to brunches featuring the booze as much as the breakfast. Here are a few choice booze-friendly restaurant offerings you’ll find around the city.
When you can enjoy a crisp martini for half the price of a candy bar, you know you’re in for a treat. Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide, and SoBou all offer 25-cent martini specials during lunch served Monday through Friday. Whether you’re enjoying a bowl of Commander’s turtle soup, Café Adelaide’s New Orleans East Style BBQ Shrimp, or SoBou’s Yellowfin Tuna Cones, a one-quarter martini can be the perfect complement to any dish. Just remember not to get too rich with the cheap martinis if you’re expected to be back at work after lunch hour.
After a long day at work, many New Orleanians are on the hunt for an afternoon aperitif, and Café Adelaide and SoBou offer not just any old happy hour, but Happier Hour with great prices on food and drinks. From 3 to 6 p.m., you can sip on $3 to $6 specials on beer, wine, and cocktails while noshing on elevated bar snacks in the same tasty price range. It’s a happy hour so good, you may just forget your dinner plans.
Brunch with Hat-itude
Who doesn’t love being fancy while they wine and dine? On Saturdays and Sundays, Café Adelaide offers its Brunch with Hat-itude where diners can don a hat of their choice (nix the baseball cap) and receive complimentary Hat-tinis, the restaurant’s play on a classic martini. It’s all part of Café Adelaide’s “Hats on you, drinks on us” mantra where fedora and derby-clad revelers can enjoy Shrimp and Tasso “Corndogs” with five pepper jelly and pickled okra while looking their Sunday best.
Prefer brunching it up in the French Quarter? SoBou offers its own Boozy Brunch just steps away from all the Quarter action. If you’re looking for cocktails served in giant flasks left on your table and complemented by boozy dishes like pancakes topped with Cointreau and honey macerated strawberries and amaretto whipped cream, you’ve come to the right place. It’s SoBou-zy, you won’t want to miss it.
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