Summer is our favorite season for many reasons. One being that we love the way everything seems to slow down in the summer. It’s our favorite time to spend a little extra quality time with family, catch up with friends, and do some of the things we enjoy most. (Like catch up on our summer reading list.) Summer also means that we’re searching for every way possible to stay cool. One of our favorite ways to do that is with a fresh cocktail. So, we rounded up a list of some special summer happy hours so we can do just that.
Toups South’s new extended Happy Hour is now available throughout the week except on Tuesday and Sunday from 3PM–7PM. Guests can enjoy creative seasonal cocktails for $6, wines-by-the-glass for $5 and, while they snack on Chef Isaac Toups’ signature small plates. Beverage Director Bryson Downham’s Happy Hour selection includes specials such as the Seersucker – vodka, elderflower liqueur, citrus, rose syrup, mint. Campfire – whiskey, scotch, tobacco bitters, spiced syrup and lemon; French 75; and Tequila’s T – tequila, ginger, lemon and house made tea. Bubbles & Crack ($10) features a glass of sparkling wine with half a bowl of Cracklins – Toups’ wildly popular crispy and chewy pork-belly bites. Toups South is located at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB).
The urban food hall opened in May in the historic Pythian Temple in New Orleans’ Central Business District. The hall features 14 vendors ranging from established local brands to up-and-coming new concepts. Guests can enjoy fast craft cocktails, local beers and seasonal frozen libations at Bar 1908, which offers Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4p.m.–7p.m. Specials include $5 wines (Red, White, Rosè & Sparkling); $4 draft beer; $6 small frozen concoctions like the Watermelon Paloma; $6 Grand Temple Old Fashioned and G&T&T – with gin, fresh lime juice and house made raspberry-hibiscus tea syrup, topped with Fevertree Mediterranean Tonic. Look out for the $1 Oyster Happy Hour at Cru – the new oyster and bubbles bar. From 3p.m. – 6p.m., guests can enjoy $2 street tacos at La Cocinita. Happy Hour is available Monday–Friday 4p.m–7p.m. Pythian Market is located at 2002, 234 Loyola Avenue.
Bywater American Bistro
James Beard “Best Chef: South” Nina Compton and Chef/Partner Levi Raines have introduced a daily Happy Hour. Belly up to the bar for $5 gin and vodka martinis, classic hand-shaken daiquiris, old fashioneds and a daily selection of wines. Indulge in signature summer cocktails like pineapple pineapple and a champagne cocktail with black tea and blood orange. Snacks and light bites are also offered including cheese plates and house made charcuterie like oxtail presse, foie torchon, and country pâté. Bywater American Bistro is located in the Rice Mill Lofts at 2900 Chartres Street. Happy Hour is available at the bar, Wednesday–Sunday, 5p.m-6p.m.
Sac-a-Lait is introducing a brand-new Food Happy Hour offered exclusively to bar guests. Menu offerings include a Venison Burger – wild boar bacon, southern greens, and creole aioli paired with hand-cut fries; char-grilled oysters; tuna tartare; deviled crab; alligator & mirliton and a $55 special that includes two-dozen oysters and a bottle of Forty Ounce Rosé or Remy Pannier Muscadet. Happy Hour drink specials include half priced select flights featuring three different pours served side by side; pours will rotate weekly. Select specialty cocktails will be available for $6 and include specials like the Ooops I Did it Again – Cana Brava, blackstrap rum, coffee bean, charred pecan, soda, and charred citrus, and select wine and beer will be available for $5-$10. Sac-a-Lait will open its doors to bar guests at 5p.m. for an extended summer happy hour. Sac-a-lait is located at 1051 Annunciation Street. Happy Hour is Tuesday–Friday from 5p.m.–7p.m.
With a variety of all day specials, guests will find one of the best Happy Hour deals in town at this boutique bowling alley. Toki Tuesdays features affordable Japanese Suntory Whisky Toki specials including the $8 Toki Old Fashioned; $8 Red Lily; and $7 Toki Highball. Beat the hump day blues with Warehouse Wednesdays – ½ off all wines-by-the-glass; $5 Old Fashioneds; and $5 Absolut flavors. Toki Tuesdays and Warehouse Wednesdays are available open-to-close. Fulton Alley is located at 600 Fulton Street.