Bruning’s was a famous/venerable New Orleans establishment/institution that opened in 1859 and sat on Lake Pontchartrain. Teodor Bruning had purchased a beautiful wooden bar that was built almost a decade before. When the Katrina hit in 2005, the restaurant and its bar sank into the lake.
Though the restaurant was gone, the bar was salvaged by the Bruning family, who donated it to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum In 2009, the museum restored the bar, and today visitors to the museum can have a drink at this beauty, which is constructed of numerous types of wood and has faux-marble colonettes.
The museum itself is also home to the Museum of the American Cocktail, an extensive collection of cocktail paraphernalia and collectables which recount the evolution of the cocktail in the United States. What could be more New Orleans than walking around a museum about cocktails while sipping on one of your very own? At press time, the museum was about to welcome a new restaurant tenant, and the name had not been announced, so when you go, the name of the venue may be different, but the experience will be just as delightful.
BRUNING’S BAR AT THE SOUTHERN FOOD AND BEVERAGE MUSEUM NEW ORLEANS Photo Gallery
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