1. New Orleans
One of the first cities to introduce the very concept of cocktails to the world, New Orleans is also one of the only places in the US where you can carry your drink in a to-go cup to the next bar down the block. Let’s not even get into the drive through daiquiri places, how is that legal?
The Big Easy invented the Sazerac, one of America’s first cocktails. Try one at the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel or have a bubbly French 75 at Arnaud’s classic bar, French 75. For craft cocktails Oxalis in the hipster Bywater area, and check out Bar Tonique in the Quarter, and the Cure uptown.