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Finding somewhere to drink in New Orleans is never a problem. This is a drinking town and booze is sold just about everywhere, from the Walgreens to the drive through daiquiri shop This is the city that invented the cocktail, for goodness sake, a place where drinking on the street is the norm and ordering a go cup for your cocktail is as commonplace as over served tourists.
Choosing where to have that drink is another matter altogether. The breadth of the types of bars available here is astounding. New Orleans has everything from throw 'em back saloons to upscale lounges where worshiping at the altar of the craft cocktail is the religion of choice. If you are here with your buddies looking for a place to crush beers until the sun comes up, check out a spot like Tracey's. In New Orleans for a girls' weekend or romantic getaway? Check out Cure, Cane + Table or Bar Tonique for hand-crafted cocktails and snappy noshes. Then there's the true dive bars, which really deserve a list all their own. Sure, your feet stick to the floor and don't expect a clean bathroom, but the conversation you're likely to have with whoever is sitting next to you is priceless.
Is this the definitive list? For a minute...until your mood changes, you start walking in the opposite direction and you notice another little hole in the wall spot just waiting to be discovered.