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New Orleans's reputation for colorful, high-octane libations—Hurricanes, Hand Grenades, Screaming Blue Orgasms—often overshadows one of the city's more civilized traditions: a long, leisurely cocktail sipped at a historic barroom. The 25-foot cypress bar at Tujague's is a quick trip back to 1856, when the French Quarter saloon first opened its doors. Order a whiskey-based Sazerac, a classic cousin of the Old Fashioned, and appreciate the towering ceilings and old-world vibe (823 Decatur St.; 504-525-8676; www.tujagues.com). A few blocks away, the Napoleon House serves up its signature highball, the refreshing gin-based Pimm's Cup, in your choice of open-air venue. The intimate front room faces street traffic, for people-watching, while the shaded courtyard provides a suitably gracious alfresco experience (500 Chartres St.; 504-524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com).
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