I recently had the chance to visit a bar I’ve been wanting to get to for a while.
The 21st Amendment Bar is a block or so off Bourbon on Iberville St. in the French Quarter. It has three arched doorways leading directly into a small, cozy space. At one end is a copper topped bar with about a dozen seats. The bar is decorated in the gangster era style in fitting with the bar’s prohibition era theme.
In front of the bar is a scattering of tables and chairs. On the other side of the room, opposite the bar, there is a upright piano against the wall centered on a small performance space.
The overall atmosphere is dark and quiet, a great space to enjoy a drink and actually hold a conversation. Which we did.
The other side of the 21st Amendment comes out later in the evening when the the music starts. The bar has music most every night and features some of the best jazz musicians currently playing around New Orleans.
The night we were there, we got a chance to see The New Orleans Ragweeds Jazz Band, with trumpet player Jack Pritchett. This space was great as the band is right on top of the audience (or is it the other way around?) and plays well to the bands style. Mr. Pritchett wanders about the tables, playing and singing and a gravely voice reminiscent of the great Satchmo himself. This makes this all a very intimate experience and a lot of fun.
Was there any downside? Well, when I ordered a drink that would be made with Southern Comfort, I was told there didn’t have any left. Really? A bar in the birth place of Southern Comfort runs out of this signature spirit? Disappointing.
In balance, except for the above mixology faux pas, I would recommend the 21st Amendment Bar and plan to add it to my regular stops.
Been to the 21st Amendment? What’s your take?