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 8.5
Mood 9
Music 8.7
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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Tikichuck
Tikichuck has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
November 9, 2018, 2:16 PM
The drinks were outstanding. The decor and overall vibe was a disappointment.
Always An Adventure
Always An Adventure has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
October 28, 2018, 3:29 PM
We visited Latitude 29 on two occasions over our recent trip to New Orleans - once seated in dining area, and once at the bar.

We arrived both times around 5pm. It was still light outside, and the sunlight poured into the space from the front windows. We felt that at least during daylight hours, the place was too bright to evoke a sense of escape. The decor throughout was lovely - lots of bamboo and wood trim, carved items, mosaic tiki lamps, and the bar’s backdrop, designed by Tiki Diablo, was really beautiful.

Unfortunately on both visits, the music was simply off. There was a brief period of surf style music on our second visit, but otherwise, the music was punk, grunge, rock. Just off. It made it harder than we expected to embrace the otherwise tiki atmosphere.

At the bar, the service was outstanding. In the dining room though, the service got slower and slower following our first round. We understand that tiki drinks take time to craft, but the waitress passed our table by multiple times before stopping to see if we wanted to order refills for our long empty glasses.

In terms of sheer drink quality, the drinks were lovely. Everything we ordered was delicious (and we ordered several different drinks over the course of the two nights, both tiki standards and ones we’d never heard of). However, the garnish was lacking and disappointing. One Mai Tai was served with just some mint, a couple of tiki drinks arrived with only straws in them, and horror of horrors, the Cobra’s Fang came with a plastic rattle snake swizzle sticking out of it, rather than the customary coiled orange rind.

The food was honestly really good. Our entree (Tofu Báhn Mì) was delightful. Our two appetizers were also delightful (Steamed Vegetable Dumplings and Bakwan Jagung), but the serving size was rather small on both.

We gave this a solid mid-range ranking. Is it a bad place? No. Would we return? Probably. Could it be better? Absolutely.
tikiwagon
tikiwagon has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
July 19, 2018, 8:28 AM
Our visit was a 3 nights in a row affair, First Night Jeff greeted and served us, Excellent quality drinks and decor
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