For Mardi Gras, 10 new(ish) French Quarter bars to enjoy

By David Lee Simmons, | The Times-Picayune

It should shock no one -- New Orleans natives or visitors -- that the city's bar scene is in a constant state of change, and that sometimes it feels like there's a new bar popping up every month. It's not that dynamic a scene, but certainly for visitors it's easy to skip a new bar (especially in the French Quarter) and head straight toward the tried and true.

It makes sense, but we'd be remiss if we didn't remind everyone that even in the historic French Quarter, where bars are institutions, there's always something new to consider. With Mardi Gras fast approaching, you need to know your options.

We were a bit generous with the definition of "new" with this roundup, which partly plays off our 2014 Bar Guide list of the 5 best new New Orleans bars. We opened it up to others that, at the time we compiled the 2014 list, didn't fit our stringent criteria, or have opened since. (You also should check out our Top 5 classic French Quarter bars, or go wild with our first-ever Top 10 Bars of New Orleans.) [...]

Empire Bar, Broussard's Restaurant, 819 Conti St.

Price writes: "(Head bartender Paul Gustings') original drinks, like the Egyptian Campaign, are built with layers of rich, pungent spirits like Smith & Cross Jamaican rum and Batavia Arrack. For his Pimm's Cup, he infuses Pimm's No. 1 with berries, cucumber and the pulp of limes, lemons and oranges. And for Gustings, the 'classics' are concoctions like milk punch or Nuremberg punch that pre-date the age of the cocktail."

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