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-11pm
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 9.8
Drink Selection 9.8
Food Quality 9.2
Food Selection 8.9
Mood 9
Music 8.5
Service 9.6
Tikiness 9.4
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 8.9

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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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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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bohemiann
bohemiann has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
March 31, 2017, 3:31 PM
A welcome escape from the beer swilling puke-fest of Bourbon Street !

Jeff has done an awesome job creating an instant classic in the heart of New Orleans. Everything is up to the highest standards and exactly what you would expect from the Bum.

Our service was engaging and interactive the atmosphere was inspired with original pieces from all the greats. The food was... "roll your eyes into the back of your head for five seconds and witness heaven" good.

There was too much to take in for one visit as we quickly became engaged with other friendly natives, a testimony to the awesome atmosphere and vibe Jeff has created. I will return !
H.P. Hovercraft
H.P. Hovercraft has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
March 31, 2017, 1:37 PM
Ah, Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29! I never knew I needed it in my life until I was there.

It is what I expected from "The Bum". The cocktails are amazing, well-crafted and presented beautifully. The place has the feel, the look, the vibe, everything. There's not much to say about it except that if you like tiki, come here!

I was a little disappointed in the speed of service - I was there on a Thursday around 4pm (hello, early weekend) and the place wasn't full, but the service was relatively slow. While this was sort of par for the course during my stay in New Orleans, perhaps I shouldn't hold it against them.

You can also pick up a Latitude 29 mug, Pearl Diver glass, bar spoon, etc, just ask your server.

Right next to Tiki Tolteca, Latitude 29 shines as being the food-serving tiki bar in the area (or rather, in the city). The menu seemed classic, filled with Polynesian tried-and-trues, but still approachable for those without a Tiki Tooth. I didn't eat here, but my plan is to make a special trip back to New Orleans with some friends and waste away eating and drinking tiki for a while.
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.
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