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Welcome to the cocktail heat map, a running guide to the newest destinations for classic cocktails, frozen drinks, and rare spirits in New Orleans. Consider this map a guide to the hottest spots for cocktails at the moment, so only places that have opened, undergone a major change, or added something noteworthy recently. Some of these spots are also restaurants, but if they have a strong cocktail menu and a bar where customers can just have drinks, they make the cut.

For weeks, Camille Whitworth has been prepping her craft cocktail bar, Baroness on Baronne, for the Essence Festival of Culture. Anticipating supply chain and staffing issues, she stockpiled go-cups, double-ordered spirits like whiskey and chartreuse and recruited former employees to come back for the four-day New Orleans celebration that’s “the Super Bowl” for her Central Business District hotspot…

Longtime CBD cocktail lounge and restaurant Victory, reopens post-COVID-19 as Baroness On Baronne. What’s different? All new decor, new menu, expanded craft cocktail selections, outdoor seating and a lot of fun activities…