The current tiki revolution underway in New Orleans (and the country) is impossible to ignore, and Latitude 29 is at its very epicenter. Operated by tiki scholar and father of the current Mai Tai revival, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, the bar is a tribute to Berry’s decades of experience unearthing long-dormant cocktail recipes from the coffers of Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber and bringing them to the masses. Each drink feels like sipping a bit of beachy history, including the Navy Grog—a Frank Sinatra favorite—and the Lapu Lapu, a “lost,” unpublished 1964 recipe from the Don himself.
The Drink to Drink: The Paniolo, which combines bourbon, Hawaiian macadamia nut liqueur, lime, cranberry syrup and molé bitters for a tart, refreshing drink with a nutty finish. Know Before You Go:Latitude 29 also boasts a fine menu of tiki-appropriate cuisine from chef Chris Shortall, including Hawaiian favorites “macaroni salad” and loco moco, which combines shiitake rice, a hamburger patty and fried egg.