#28 French 75 at Arnaud's (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Once a “gentlemen only area” inside Arnaud Cazenave’s namesake French Quarter restaurant (Arnaud’s began turning out exceptional Creole food in 1918), the space that is now French 75 was opened to the ladies when the New Orleans restaurant switched owners in 1979. In 2003, the latest iteration, French 75, was reincarnated as the quintessential Big Easy cocktail bar. It is vintage through and through; its 19th-century bar was even purchased from a local antique dealer. The seasonally changing cocktail menu offers nine to 12 seasonal cocktails, though far more are available upon request. The signature drink is the French 75 (Courvoisier VS, sugar, lemon juice, and Moët and Chandon Champagne), made by head bartender Christoph Doreman. The food items offered at theLouisiana bar are just as intricately prepared as the cocktails themselves, particularly the oysters en brochette (Gulf oysters wrapped with bacon, deep fried, and served with marchand de vin sauce) and Arnaud’s signature soufflé potatoes.