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If dancing to the tunes of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has left you with a dry mouth and sore feet, 55 Fahrenheit bartender and Museum of the American Cocktail founder Laura McMillian knows just where you need to go to revive your spirits with a Big Easy beverage.

Cure: The city’s first stand-alone craft-cocktail bar, Cure invokes the aura of an old-time saloon and boasts custom beverages with roots in historic home remedies. Here’s where to fill your prescription for The Sazerac — a New Orleans standard made with cognac, syrup, bitters and a dash of absinthe.
4905 Freret St.
(504) 302-2357

French 75: Order the brandy-and-champagne cocktail that this bygone-era bar is named for from legendary barman Chris Hannah. “He is the ultimate bartender,” McMillian says. “Engage with him in the history of cocktails and you won’t regret it.”
813 Rue Bienville
(504) 523-5433

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SoBou: McMillian describes this bar south of Bourbon Street as “a spirited restaurant with small plates and big cocktails.” Order the Okefenokee, a mixture of jenever and vermouth topped with maraschino cherries.
310 Rue Chartres
(504) 552-4095

Cocktail Bar at Windsor Court: McMillian reports spotting both Harrison Ford and Michael Caine in a single sitting at the bar of this Central Business District hotel. But celebrity sightings aren’t the only reason to hang out here — its house-made syrups and seasonal beverage menu are one of a kind.
300 Gravier St.
(504) 523-6000

Twelve Mile Limit: Situated smack-dab in the center of an up-and-coming Mid-City neighborhood, this bar offers delicious custom cocktails sans French Quarter prices. McMillian swears by its pomegranate-lime cocktail — made with rum — served with a side of barbecue.
500 S. Telemachus St.
(504) 488-8114