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

Critiki ratings

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

9.2

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by 134 people

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Decor 9
Drink Quality 9.7
Drink Selection 9.8
Food Quality 9
Food Selection 8.7
Mood 8.9
Music 8.6
Service 9.6
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9.3
Vibe 9

Upcoming Visits

  • LitClique
    visiting on
    Wednesday, June 6, 2018
    for the first time
    I'm celebrating my 40th in NOLA, and planning many visits to Lat 29 between June 6 and 9. Let' s meet up!
  • VintageVixen
    visiting on
    Friday, October 26, 2018
    for the first time
    We will be in town Halloween weekend. Looking forward to exploring NOLA and drinking some tasty tiki cocktails ;)

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Humuhumu’s description

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.

Comments

JimNeumayer
JimNeumayer has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
May 16, 2018, 2:21 PM
What a great tiki bar the “Bum” has put together in New Orleans! After many years of research and multiple books
written, it should come as no surprise that the drink quality
is off the charts! We were in town for three days so we stayed at the Bienville Hotel, where Latitude 29 is located,
would highly recommend the hotel. After multiple visits
during our stay, all of the employees we met, were very professional and friendly! If you need to get out of town
for a tiki fix, I would put Latitude 29 on the top of your
list! The Bum was even gracious enough to sign his new
book for me and pose for pictures with our group! We tried
over 8 different drinks while we were there, all were outstanding, the Jet Pilot communal drink was tremendous!
Cheers to the entire crew at Latitude 29!
LuauinVirginia
LuauinVirginia has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
May 14, 2018, 10:10 PM
Stumbled in here after drinking a bunch at the place next door. Drinks were exceptional. Never saw a coffee based tiki drink before so I had to order it. Also got a Navy Grog. Preferred the
Coffee drink overall.

Was too late for the kitchen sadly. Decor was more understated. Loved the map behind the bar.
KevinCrossman
KevinCrossman has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
April 5, 2018, 6:45 PM
Here is the full review for Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 in New Orleans. Let me start with some positives, which start from a position of strength and only exceed expectations with the broad and varied cocktail menu. Our drinks were really great, including the Beachbum Berry originals the Latitude 29 and the Banshee. My wife thought the Mississippi Mermaid was just okay but I thought it was quite good (it’s allspice heavy and may be divisive).

I was hesitant about the Mai Tai, featuring Rhum Agricole which isn’t always my favorite. But I will say this was an EXCELLENT MAI TAI! Really flavorful and layered. Maybe a top 5 Mai Tai for me.

The decor here is quite well done considering the constraints imposed by being attached to a hotel. Lots of tikis everywhere, a display case with all of Bum’s merch, and several display cases with some vintage rum bottles, tiki mugs, and more. So well done. Music was groovy 60s lounge for the most part (which is not terrible but not great either).


Latitude 29 is also a restaurant and as such my rating on Critiki follows that of the similarly excellent cocktail bar Devil’s Reef which like Latitude 29 does not overly impress in the food department. My Mahi Mahi sandwich was good but not great, with side of shoestring fries (which aren’t my favorite and were only ok). My wife though the green curry was okay and my son did not care for the cheeseburger (I tried it and was similarly unimpressed).
I found the service to be slower and less detail oriented than I expected when the bill totals $100 plus. Maybe we got unlucky since the tables assigned to the other waitress seemed to be quite well serviced. And since this was 6 pm on a Thursday the restaurant was definitely in slow mode. Which is a shame because the cocktails here are really excellent.

Latitude 29 is one of the best tiki bars out there, and is well worth seeking out despite the shortcomings with the restaurant. I want to return here later on my trip to New Orleans.
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Upcoming Visits
LitClique
visiting on
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
for the first time
I'm celebrating my 40th in NOLA, and planning many visits to Lat 29 between June 6 and 9. Let' s meet up!
VintageVixen
visiting on
Friday, October 26, 2018
for the first time
We will be in town Halloween weekend. Looking forward to exploring NOLA and drinking some tasty tiki cocktails ;)
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