By Scott Gold | Thrillist

Some bars end up having a little more punch than others. And while there’s some dispute about whether or not the cocktail was actually invented in the Big Easy, there’s no denying that we mastered and perfected it, and some of the places in which that happened are still around today... which makes these bars important not just to New Orleans, but to the world at large. So from dives to martini bars, here are the drinkeries that have had the most impact on the Crescent City.


Empire Bar

French Quarter

This gorgeous, marble-topped bar inside Broussard’s -- one of the old Grand Dame restaurants of the French Quarter -- has been masterfully rebuilt, but the atmosphere is only a piece of what you’ll want to experience here. Mostly, it’s all about the work of Paul Gustings, a local bartending legend. Basically, the man is cocktail Gandalf. Even if it’s notoriously difficult to get him to to crack a smile, he’ll never serve a Ramos Fizz until properly shaken to perfect fluffy, frothy goodness. It’s truly magical.

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