Erik Simpkins, an alum of New York’s famously pioneering cocktail bar Pegu Club, is an expert bartender who never takes himself or his drinks too seriously. The rollicking late-night spot he opened with Crawfish Shack’s Hieu Pham in 2017 in a lavender brick building off Ponce reflects that ethos. The drink menu at Bon Ton includes both impeccable takes on New Orleans classics (like their French 75, served “Hannah-style” with Cognac to honor the former head barkeep at the French Quarter establishment where the drink was invented) and more Bourbon Street-reminiscent party fare like Hurricanes, plus whimsical riffs on tropical and tiki staples like the smoked bourbon mai tai. This is a bar with an energetic vibe that carries on into the wee hours—to that end, should you need a late-night pick-me-up, their frozen Vietnamese Irish coffee made with condensed milk will do the trick.
674 Myrtle Street