Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

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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 8.9
Drink Quality 9.7
Drink Selection 9.8
Food Quality 8.9
Food Selection 8.4
Mood 9
Music 8.6
Service 9.6
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 9.1

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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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x52x58
x52x58 has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
March 10, 2019, 5:12 PM
So this was my second the here at Latitude. First time I had a great experience. Friendly bartenders and was able to "talk tiki". Second trip was a little less desirable. Yes i completely get that we were in a large party, so that made things a bit more difficult. However it wasn't crowded at the time so we were not putting anyone out. The waitress that came to help us just make me feel like we weren't welcome. She didn't like that there was a crowd of us and gave us a attitude the entire time. I did get a chance to walk up to the other bartender and talked with him for a bit. He knew the Tiki scene and was even asking me about the recent opening of Zombie Village. (I'm from SF Bay area). So it wasn't a total downer. Picked up a new mug and they threw in a few swizzles and some other stuff. So all in all I'd still recommend it, just don't do a larger group.
rumlocker
rumlocker has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
March 5, 2019, 10:43 AM
I was so disappointed in my Latitude 29 experience, not in the looks of the place nor the decor, but the service and atmosphere were simply sterile.

No one that works there seems to enjoy being on the job. Beginning with our hostess, who told us the "rules" for waiting for a seat at the bar. First of all you MUST have a seat at the bar. Although there is plenty of room to allow one partner to sit and the other to stand, that is NOT allowed. While I understand the intent behind that, it just didnt' fit here.

Our bartender fought off any attempt at conversation and were it not for a friendly couple sitting next to us, we may as well have been sitting home. Did I say that the atmosphere was utterly sterile?

Our drinks were great, but overall the place reminded me of my grandmother's living room, complete with the plastic slip-covers over the nice furniture. I'm glad I went, but I doubt I'll go back, there are just too many other fun places in New Orleans to enjoy.
Monster A GoGo
Monster A GoGo has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
February 1, 2019, 10:04 AM
I know this place has a high rating and is well regarded. The facility is nice--a sort of cleaned up tiki bar with a just enough kitsch to delight the classic tiki lover, but modern and sleek to attract the general tourist or millennial, The drinks are hit or miss. And the service, at times, is ice age s-l-o-w (at least in my experience).

I got to visit this place twice---one time included dinner. But was underwhelmed. Perhaps I was expecting too much from all of the hype, the high rating and the fact it was created/owned by tiki legend Beachbum Berry, but it certainly did not meet my expectations.

Still I am glad I got to experience the place. For a more complete idea of the experience (complete with photos and a look at other new Orleans-area tiki locations), feel free to view my blog here:

https://monsterago-go.blogspot.com/2017/11/im-freaky-for-tiki-7-tiki-in-new-orleans.html

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