Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

New Orleans, LA
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321 North Peters St.
New Orleans, LA
Opened in 2014
Mon-Thu 3pm-11pm
Fri-Sat noon-1am
Sun 3pm-11pm
(504) 609-3811

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Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

9.2

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Decor 9.1
Drink Quality 9.7
Drink Selection 9.8
Food Quality 9.1
Food Selection 8.8
Mood 9
Music 8.6
Service 9.6
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 9

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Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 is the much anticipated venture of Jeff "Beachbum" Berry and his wife Annene Kaye. Berry has worked tirelessly for the past two decades (who am I kidding? he's a bum, he got tired now and then), researching the long-lost recipes for classic exotic cocktails from the heyday of Tiki. We all have the Bum (and his publishers!) to thank for the revival of the well-crafted exotic cocktail, via his books The Grog Log, Intoxica!, Taboo Table, Beachbum Berry Remixed, and Potions of the Caribbean.
Latitude 29 opened in November 2014, inside the Bienville House Hotel. The drink menu is a mix of Tiki classics (some of them the Bum has been keeping in his back pocket for just this occasion), and modern inventions by the Bum himself. Latitude 29 follows through on drink presentation, with custom swizzles and just-so garnish and ice touches. The bar team is led by Brad Smith; the Bum himself won't be found behind the bar, but rather playing host, like a Beachbum should.
The food menu, originated by chef Chris Shortall and now under the care of executive chef James Rivard, leaves the sticky-sweet Chinese-meets-pineapple history of Polynesian restaurants behind, and instead has more modern, fresh takes on the ethnic blend of flavors available in Polynesia today.
The decor is not quite the dark, encrusted enclave one might expect from a dyed-in-the-barkcloth tikiphile like Berry, but the windows and hotel location have dictated a brighter approach. There's no mistaking this space for anything but Tiki, though, thanks largely to the work of artisans Bosko and Tiki Diablo. There are large tiki carvings throughout, and behind the bar is a beautiful map depicting the carving styles found throughout the islands of the Pacific. There are many vintage beachcomber lamps and other items from Berry's long-lived Tiki collection.

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Johnny Junior
Johnny Junior is a regular at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
December 7, 2017, 5:41 PM
I spent three months in New Orleans this year for work and became a regular at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 as it was within walking distance of my hotel. I usually ended up in there several times a week and got to know the staff over time. Truly a stellar crew of bartenders. There is so much TLC put into this spot and it is a lovely alternative to so many of the dive bars in the French Quarter. The drink selection is epic. The Mai Tai is perfection and the Kea Colada is one of the most delicious tiki drinks I’ve ever tasted as well as being an A+ Pina Colada variation. Brad and Sam behind the bar always took great care of me and Beachbum Berry himself was often in attendance. I got to meet him once and he was super kind. Hang out there long enough and you’ll rub elbows with the heavies of the local cocktail scene including famed local bartender Paul Gustings who is a regular himself. An inventive and authentic menu offers up Polynesian delights. My two favorites were the octopus and the egg rolls. The presentation of the cocktails is an absolute homerun. This is one of my favorite bars in the country and most likely the best tiki bar I have ever been to.
AzMexFuji
AzMexFuji has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
November 14, 2017, 5:19 PM
Finally visited New Orleans and got here as soon as I could. Bar had one stool available, needed 2.No standing policy. Waiter was attentive, polite, friendly. I feel like tiki places should have a weird, dark funk to them. This place was a little more tourist friendly. Some dressy folks to my right had one lady who dominated the conversation whole time. 3-some of semi-yuppies behind me having weird conversation. Actual drinks were nice. I think the mai tai is supposed to be more sour and less sweet than the one i got, but fresh orchid and super fresh mint was involved. It was ok. I wanted to be blown away with rays coming out if the bamboo. Didn't have food. Also had zombie. Nice, still sweet-ish, but i don't agree with taming the booziness of zombie.
JP
JP has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
November 11, 2017, 2:09 PM
I had my first two visits this past week (Nov. 3 & Nov. 6 2017) - Blown away by the quality of the drinks, the food, the service, the whole thing. Got to meet Jeff "Beachbum" Berry himself, which was a special treat.

Highly recommended, especially if you aren't into the whole NOLA / Bourbon St. vibe!

(Convince your friends that you know where better drinks are!)
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