New Orleans media workers share their favorite drinking spots | Food and drink | Gambit Weekly

New Orleans journalists have long relied on bars. Sometimes these storied establishments serve as the backdrop for a meeting promising a hot scoop; sometimes they’re a place to unwind with colleagues and friends after a long day of hounding sources while simultaneously being hounded by editors.

Local bars are where we celebrate and commiserate, and where we meet new people and get ideas. They are places that literally power us up after hurricanes when the rest of the city’s power is out, and where we’ve hit the “publish” button on many a story at weird hours — or flocked to immediately after doing so.

Here, some local media types share their favorite spots.

Chris Granger

Staff Photographer at The Times-Picayune

Favorite bar and why: The bar at Clancy’s Restaurant

First of all, I can walk or ride my bike to it, which is a big plus. And while I don’t go to bars to watch TV, they have one above the wall of bottles, typically with the volume down, so you can keep having conversations with friends while, out of the corner of your eye, you can keep up with whatever big game is on. Just the other night, when LSU beat Alabama in overtime, almost the entire kitchen staff, including waiters in their suits and ties, packed into the small bar to watch the final seconds of the epic game. It was like being in a small living room with about 50 of your friends. Then, I walked home.

Drink of choice: Old fashioned

Malik Mingo

Morning Host at WWL-TV

Favorite local bar and why: American Townhouse

Not only is it located near where I work on N. Rampart Street, the music is always perfect and the food and drinks are outstanding.

Drink of choice: Frozen Pimm’s Cup

Chelsea Shannon

Chelsea Shannon

Digital Content Editor at The Times-Picayune

Favorite bar and why: My favorite place for a cocktail has been Mister Mao. My favorite place to chill and get a drink, though, is Carrollton Station.

Mister Mao makes pretty drinks that make me happy. Carrollton Station always has Lagunitas.

Drink of choice: A lemon drop martini, or a beer from California — and water.


AJ “Boudin Man” Rodrigue

Host at WWOZ

Favorite bar and why: dba and BJ’S Lounge.

Both places treat the local musicians right. And I can’t forget Tipitina’s or Poor Boy’s.

Drink of choice: A cold, cold fatty

Melanie Spencer

Melanie WarnerSpencer

Editor at New Orleans Homes and New Orleans Bride; Managing Editor at Louisiana Life and Acadiana Profile

Favorite local bar and why: Rabbit’s Foot

It is technically a modern bodega and coffee bar, but it now has a zero-proof happy hour in the afternoon. I love the vibe, friendly staff and the food, plus — since I retired from the drinking arts a couple of years ago — my alcohol-free self can enjoy either a coffee beverage or zero proof cocktail alone or with friends who drink without feeling left out of the festivities.

Drink of choice: I’m torn because their take on a Moscow mule made with the zero-proof spirit Seedlip is amazing, but the Murphy’s Michelada, crafted with Athletic Brewing non-alcoholic beer and a house made, no-tomato mix and a Tajín-rimmed glass , is straight fire.

Joey Cranney

Joey Cranney

Investigative Reporter at The Times-Picayune

Favorite bar and why: Markey’s

There’s no better place to watch a game, play darts and surround yourself with locals. Also, he has the friendliest bartenders in the city.

Drink of choice: A PBR draft

David Baker

David Thaddeus Baker

Editor, Louisiana Weekly

Favorite bar and why: Barrel Proof

It has such a feel of community. It’s always a stop on my birthday tour. The team there is fantastic and the bartenders make amazing cocktails. It’s one of my favorite places to catch up with friends, especially during Miracle, their upcoming holiday-themed bar activation. I think everyone should stop by at least once.

Drink of choice: Old fashioned

Katelyn Umholtz

Katelyn Umholtz

Digital Editor at WWNO and WRKF

Favorite bar and why: The Delachaise

I mostly work from home and am glued to my laptop — that’s why I prefer this neighborhood bar, located only a few blocks from my apartment. It also serves wine — my preferred beverage — and plenty of it.

Drink of choice: Pour me a glass of bright and fizzy Txakolina from Spain (or any other refreshing white wine)

Orlando Flores

Orlando Flores

Digital Editor at Gulf States Newsroom

Favorite bar and why: Sea Cave Arcade

It has a ton of retro arcade games, really great food and drinks and wrestling watch parties on Wednesdays — it’s basically the greatest place on Earth. Ask for Oliver if you’re there!

Drink of choice: Everything on the specialty drink menu is great, but my favorite is their Old Fashioned.

Michael Isaac Stein

Michael Isaac Stein

Investigative reporter at The Lens

Favorite bar and why: Bar Redux. Never once have I had a bad time at Bar Redux.

Drink of choice: Beer

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