First up: loa in the International Hotel. Pretty swank, but actually also very comfy. I'd never been for some reason, so we enjoyed several cocktails, including: the Delilah (with London dry gin, st. germain, pineapple-balsamic– thai basil), the Park n' Fly (with anejo, sparkling rose, blood orange, and galangal) and something called a Haitian Sazerac made with rum and also of awesome? Great music and bar snacks as well. (very important!!)
Next up: Belloq. We took advantage of the complimentary valet parking and sat at the bar. It was quiet so we had the opportunity to talk to the bartender, which is always fun. Tom had the rum cobbler, Amanda had the whiskey cobbler, and I had the "Bartender's choice" and he made up an awesome bitter cocktail with Fernet, Punt y Mas, and... other stuff. It was freaking delicious.
So it was a very chill but very New Orleans night of drinking, making friends, and having an awesome time. Can't wait to see what's in store next Saturday night!