New Orleans is home to many classics, but ironically it’s not a city that always makes them well. And that’s part of the reason Jewel of the South is so cherished – this is where you come for flawless renditions of the city’s much-loved classics, all in one place. Though a relative newcomer, everything about John Stubbs, Victoria Espinel and Chris Hannah’s French Quarter bar has its roots in New Orleans’ past. The Creole cottage it inhabits is more than 200 years old, while the name itself is an homage to Joseph Santini’s 1850s Nola bar. Recognise his name? He was the inventor of the Brandy Crusta. And that’s just one of the classics given the Chris Hannah treatment here at Jewel. The Sazerac, with rye, Madeira, Rancio sec, demerara, herbsaint and bitters, is the famed bartender’s own interpretation, while the French 75, with cognac, is more classically assembled, taking its cues from Hannah’s time at the cocktail bar of the same name. But be it the classics, or Hannah’s seasonal mixes, time spent in this tavern or its courtyard, is time well spent.