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-11pm
Sun 3pm-11pm
(504) 609-3811

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Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

9.4

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Decor 9.3
Drink Quality 9.9
Drink Selection 9.7
Food Quality 9.6
Food Selection 9.2
Mood 9.3
Music 8.7
Service 9.7
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9.7
Vibe 9.2

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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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Latitude 29 is inside the Bienville House Hotel. You can enter on North Peters St, or through the hotel entrance on Decatur St.

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Thorn.atropa
Thorn.atropa has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
January 15, 2017, 9:45 PM
Ok. I have now revised my rating three times. Last year vs. this year at tables vs. at the bar.
The place has way too much florescent light, things are a little sterile, drunken sports fans wander in yelling, and the service is weirdly slow.
However, sit at the bar and they will take good care of you. I quite literally improved my rating once I managed to arrange a move from the tables. Drinks are interesting and well balanced. Appetizers are way more interesting than the mains, but they're all tasty.
I can now say that you should go check out Lat 29.
gellyfish
gellyfish has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
December 28, 2016, 7:34 PM
Absolutely legit. Beautifully decorated bar, delicious drinks and food, and stellar service. The bum was not there when I went, but his wife was super gracious and lovely. I will definitely be back.
TikiTravis
TikiTravis has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
June 4, 2016, 6:18 AM
Really enjoyed my visit here. Fantastic food, and the drinks were both showy and great to taste. Met a fun couple of tiki enthusiasts who were also visiting, confirming that this was the place to be. Only reason this place wasn't perfect was its inability to remind you that you were in New Orleans, with windows to the outside courtyard, but since this is connected to a hotel, I can't blame them too much. Also, the music didn't start out tiki-friendly, but it quickly became that way. (I think the staff noticed tiki-friendlies were inside, and not normal hotel patrons.)

The staff was extremely friendly- best experience yet in that regard.

If you love tiki, and are in New Orleans, it would be a huge mistake to not visit. Especially since this is Beachbum Berry's own place. are you using his Total Tiki app? You should be. Are you reading his books? You should be.
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