Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

New Orleans, LA
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321 North Peters St.
New Orleans, LA
Opened in 2014
Mon-Thu 3pm-11pm
Fri-Sat noon-1am
Sun 3pm-11pm
(504) 609-3811

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Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

9.2

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Decor 8.9
Drink Quality 9.7
Drink Selection 9.8
Food Quality 8.9
Food Selection 8.4
Mood 9
Music 8.6
Service 9.6
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 9.1

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Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 is the much anticipated venture of Jeff "Beachbum" Berry and his wife Annene Kaye. Berry has worked tirelessly for the past two decades (who am I kidding? he's a bum, he got tired now and then), researching the long-lost recipes for classic exotic cocktails from the heyday of Tiki. We all have the Bum (and his publishers!) to thank for the revival of the well-crafted exotic cocktail, via his books The Grog Log, Intoxica!, Taboo Table, Beachbum Berry Remixed, and Potions of the Caribbean.
Latitude 29 opened in November 2014, inside the Bienville House Hotel. The drink menu is a mix of Tiki classics (some of them the Bum has been keeping in his back pocket for just this occasion), and modern inventions by the Bum himself. Latitude 29 follows through on drink presentation, with custom swizzles and just-so garnish and ice touches. The bar team is led by Brad Smith; the Bum himself won't be found behind the bar, but rather playing host, like a Beachbum should.
The food menu, originated by chef Chris Shortall and now under the care of executive chef James Rivard, leaves the sticky-sweet Chinese-meets-pineapple history of Polynesian restaurants behind, and instead has more modern, fresh takes on the ethnic blend of flavors available in Polynesia today.
The decor is not quite the dark, encrusted enclave one might expect from a dyed-in-the-barkcloth tikiphile like Berry, but the windows and hotel location have dictated a brighter approach. There's no mistaking this space for anything but Tiki, though, thanks largely to the work of artisans Bosko and Tiki Diablo. There are large tiki carvings throughout, and behind the bar is a beautiful map depicting the carving styles found throughout the islands of the Pacific. There are many vintage beachcomber lamps and other items from Berry's long-lived Tiki collection.

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KillDevilJones
KillDevilJones has visited Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
June 4, 2019, 4:16 PM
Finally made it! What a blast. We got there just after they opened, so it wasn’t too full. Got a great server, Nasthia, who truly helped us enjoy the tiki- ness and led us in the right direction with food and drink choices. I was with my wife and sons (12, 16) and they loved it! Very kid appropriate, especially if your kids are willing to try interesting flavors. They had 3 virgin drinks to choose from- riffs on a colada, a Missionary’s Downfall, and a Zombie. All great!

As for the adult beverages... we’ll, theta re what you would expect from the world’s #1 tiki drink archaeologist. The Zombie was the best I’ve ever tasted. Hands down. And the food was fantastic, too. Banh Mi with coconut shrimp. Even the cheeseburger was amazing. And this is New Orleans: a very unforgiving food town. It HAS to be good!

Yes, it’s a little brighter than some tiki bars. And some of the tunes (while fun!) weren’t strictly Tiki/ Exotica- although there was plenty of that too. It’s a great space and totally worth a trip. Wished the Bum had been in the house, but you roll the dice. Thanks, everyone at Latitude 29!
Gormanghast1
Gormanghast1 is a semi-regular at Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29.
June 2, 2019, 9:52 AM
I love this place...the food is good too!!!
May 22, 2019, 4:11 PM
I loved my experience. The staff was attentive, very friendly and detail to the cocktails showed. We stayed at the Bienville so we visited Lat. 29 almost everyday of our trip.
We sat at the bar all but once. I like sitting belly up best, the vibe is exactly what we were looking for! The tables were nice but we wanted to interact with other patrons. Great spot on!
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