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Loa Bar

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221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
504.553.9550
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Description: In the Voodoo faith tradition, "Loa" are divine spirits with roughly a one...
In the Voodoo faith tradition, "Loa" are divine spirits with roughly a one to one correlation to the pantheon Christian saints. The name suits the bar at International House because in it the city's contemporary spirit is evident. In the flickering glow of candlelight which someone playfully noted “softens not only the features but the defenses”.. In the opulent mix of texture and pattern selected by designer LM Pagano, the intangible exotic mix of Haitian French- Caribbean ways, with refined European sensibilities and in a sort of Sistine Chapel-esque religiosity found in heavily Catholic New Orleans. It’s clear in the devoted patrons too, an effortless blend of visitors coupled with a nightly mix of young artists and entrepreneurs who fuel an impressive creative culture of invention in this long-admired city. Says Walter, “In this setting, the cup is literally replete with "spirits" possessed of the power to sharpen the tongue and dull the sword.”
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Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 29
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Sazerac

Dark lighting, moody atmosphere, and lots of unique drinks on the menu. Best Sazerac I had in NOLA. Not a ton of seating, though.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
ajeancompton
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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78 reviews 78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Dark lighting, moody atmosphere, and lots of unique drinks on the menu. Best Sazerac I had in NOLA. Not a ton of seating, though.

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AmyReimer, General Manager at Loa Bar, responded to this review

We are honored to be called the best Sazerac that you have had. We will see you again very soon !! More 

Arab, Alabama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I love this bar. Love the copper bar, the divans, the lighting, even the smell (eucalyptus mint). Careful - fall for these pinnacles of cocktails, and fine drinks at other places will bore you. Ask for Steve - great barkeeper. Say hi to Alan and meet a genius....

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AmyReimer, General Manager at Loa Bar, responded to this review

We love the word Sanctuary as a description for loa. Steve and Alan say hello and will see you again very soon. More 

Helsingborg, Sweden
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This was my second time in New Orleans and I loved going back to Loa Bar for the amazing Delilah drink. If you are in New Orleans and looking for a place to loung in, enjoying a good conversation with friends this is definitely the place.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Nice handcrafted cocktails. Wine list a bit limited in the by-the-glass selection. Could use more cognac, etc. and after-dinner liqueurs.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I was very excited to try this lounge after reading about it. Before we left our hotel, we looked up the drink menu on-line and picked out our favorites to try, only to find out they only make a select few drinks from the list on the website. The bar is beautiful, but it took way too long to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Stopped by for a drink before dinner and ended up sampling almost all cocktails on the specials' list. Very interesting taste combinations, ambient candle lights, intriguing bottles with no labels. Bartenders do their job with pride and very well.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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96 reviews 96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We had a very nice experience here. LOA is an interesting bar/lounge tucked into a boutique hotel. It was not crowded, and we received helpful and attentive service. Alan took time to discuss ingredients and obviously took a lot of pride in his liquors and recipes. I enjoyed the La La Louiseane and my wife loved her Honeycomb Old Fashioned.... More 

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Mississauga
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76 reviews 76 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Slow, poor service, under staffed and the cocktails are more expensive than other high end cocktail bars. There are better places to go.

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Flomaton
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

I only wish we would have discovered this bar on our first day in NO instead of our last. When I walked in, I immediately recognized the place from an article I read in Southern Living some time ago. Fresh herbs on the bar, beautiful lighting, retro cocktail glasses, and most importantly, delicious cocktails! I had the French 75 and... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This is a lovely little bar in the International House Hotel. Drink prices are typical and good the service could be a little quicker but overall I love hanging out here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans
  • Phone Number: 504.553.9550

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 150
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

In the Voodoo faith tradition, "Loa" are divine spirits with roughly a one to one correlation to the pantheon Christian saints. The name suits the bar at International House because in it the city's contemporary spirit is evident. In the flickering glow of candlelight which someone playfully noted “softens not only the features but the defenses”.. In the opulent mix of texture and pattern selected by designer LM Pagano, the intangible exotic mix of Haitian French- Caribbean ways, with refined European sensibilities and in a sort of Sistine Chapel-esque religiosity found in heavily Catholic New Orleans. It’s clear in the devoted patrons too, an effortless blend of visitors coupled with a nightly mix of young artists and entrepreneurs who fuel an impressive creative culture of invention in this long-admired city. Says Walter, “In this setting, the cup is literally replete with "spirits" possessed of the power to sharpen the tongue and dull the sword.”
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?