The first time I went to Capdeville, I got lost. It took me fifteen minutes of circling streets before I finally pulled out my phone and found the bar’s one-block-long namesake street. But once you know where to look, this hidden gem of a bar is worth a stop.

Capdeville is an angel investor’s candy store. It’s located at the base of the IP building, home of the hip co-working space Launch Pad. The Idea Village, a vibrant resource for New Orleans entrepreneurs, is also a tenant. Guess what kind of patron is drinking in the bar? Earnest souls with big ideas, chatting about the city’s latest startup. In the evening, the crowd can thin out, leaving room for the rest of us to enjoy some well-made cocktails in a bar adorned with dozens of Rebel Yell whiskey bottles, my new favorite “decor.” I’m also a fan of their mac and cheese, and the gastropub feel extends to the atmosphere, which is warm and cozy. Capdeville is also one of the city’s best-kept secrets if you are downtown drinking during the wildly popular Wednesdays at the Square, a free concert series that runs during the fall and spring. The concerts are fun, but if you need to get away from the hullabaloo, you can sneak across Camp Street to Capdeville for a pour of whiskey or a well-made Old Fashioned.


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