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 the Bywater. Hannah built his name reviving classic drinks and his vast knowledge of historic ingredients is on display throughs 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 such as a sterling caviar program and dinosaur-sized bone marrow, as well as a menu of elevated British pub fare like the signature fish and chips. At Jewel, the superb drinks programme and ambiance offer the opportunity to soak in the Crescent City’s past while simultaneously sipping on the future.