Jewel of the South is a temple to New Orleans culture and the exquisite cocktail skills of her co-founder, Southern cocktail pioneer Chris Hannah. Located in a renovated 1830 ‘Creole Cottage’, Jewel’s courtyard and wood-framed parlour rooms provide a true oasis within the bustling French Quarter. Throughout the cosy rooms, one finds nods to NOLA’s storied history, like vintage musical fliers and portraits of Louisiana luminaries. But the greatest nod to NOLA is behind Hannah’s zinc-plated bar.
The award-winning modern classics pay tribute to local legends via Manhattan riffs such as the Night Tripper and his French 75. Hannah built his name reviving classic drinks and his vast knowledge of historic ingredients is on display through his twists on local drinks, like a Sazerac that includes Rancio Sec and Madeira along with the standard whiskey and bitters. Providing a natural complement, the kitchen offers indulgences through its Wednesday night ‘Casual Caviar’ happy hour and roast wagyu tri-tip, as well as a menu of elevated British pub fare including a full Sunday roast with all the trimmings and deeper cuts like the lesser-spotted Eccles cake. At Jewel, the superb drinks programme and ambience offer the opportunity to soak in the Crescent City’s past while simultaneously sipping on the future.
Jewel of the South is named The Best Bar in South USA 2023, sponsored by Torres Brandy.