#76 Napoleon House Bar and Grill (New Orleans, Louisiana)
New Orleans’ greatest Colonial-era saloon, Napoleon House Bar & Cafe, has been charming locals and tourists for 200 years. It captures the essence of the Big Easy. The building’s first occupant was the mayor of New Orleans, who lived there from 1812 to 1815; he offered his residence to Napoleon Bonaparte in 1821 as a refuge during his exile. Napoleon didn’t make it, but the name stuck. The bar has been a haven for artists and writers ever since. Walking through the Louisiana bar’s doors and sipping the signature Pimm’s Cup (Pimm’s No. 1 and lemonade topped off with 7-Up and garnished with a cucumber) quickly evokes a bygone era. Pair it with the Muffuletta sandwich, a quintessential New Orleans sandwich of cured meats, cheese, and tangy olive salad dressing on a sesame-crusted Italian loaf that is a nod to the Italian immigrants who opened grocery and deli stores along the riverfront of the French Market in New Orleans.