There’s no question that Chris Hannah is the go-to guy for an expertly made cocktail in New Orleans. At Arnaud’s French 75 bar in the French Quarter, this New Orleans bartender can be found behind the bar in his white jacket, welcoming any and all walks of life, whether they know the difference between a Sazerac and a Suissesse or not.
In this episode of GoNOLA Radio, our hosts Lorin Gaudin and George Ingmire sit down with Chris Hannah, who weighs in on his favorite New Orleans cocktails and where he can be found outside of the French 75 Bar enjoying a drink.
The French 75 Bar, with its “French safari” motif, superior mixed drinks and cigar-friendly atmosphere can transport you to a different era, which is one of the reasons Chris Hannah notes that he loves about New Orleans as a whole. The French 75 Bar is a perfect example of the more refined, sophisticated New Orleans nightlife and bar scene, and evident that we have a storied cocktail culture that goes well beyond Hand Grenades on Bourbon Street – not that there’s anything wrong with that.
It’s no wonder that French 75 was named one of the top 25 bars in the country by GQ Magazine, no doubt in large part because of Chris Hannah. So next time you find yourself wandering around the French Quarter, pay him a visit and enjoy an authentic New Orleans experience.
GoNOLA Radio is a free New Orleans podcast hosted by Sunpie Barnes, Lorin Gaudin, George Ingmire and Mikko about the food, music and culture of the Crescent City. Subscribe to GoNOLA Radio on iTunes or download to your mobile device on Stitcher. GoNOLA Radio features music by Cale Pellick.