New Orleans summons such strong associations. And for anyone who has visited personally, they’re generally overwhelmingly positive. The culture, the music, the dance, the food, the drink: Only in NoLa could such specific examples in each of these categories exist. Thankfully, they also all travel well. Sit down to a plate of hush puppies and you’re immediately transported…hopefully.

Sassafras’ bar program offers a refined approach to Southern classics. Order The Saint, with bourbon, Pamplemousse Rose, Lillet, ginger, and lemon juice. Or the Storyville Shandy, with St. George Terroir Gin, pear cider, cinnamon, and lemon juice (both $12). You’re likely to catch some live jazz at this joint, so hunker down and take it slow. Also, get a good long look at the menu of small plates. Take yourself to NoLa with crawfish mac and cheese or beef short ribs. It’s all nearly as good as being in Louisiana yourself.

1233 North Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA

Everyday: 5 pm to 2 am