Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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.

Tiki Tolteca is located right next door (although they closed on September 27th, 2021 except for private parties).

Bar & Restaurant
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Permanently Closed?


  1. Jamerson - Unknown

    Good drinks but I haven’t tried the food yet.

  2. BrokenBoatAnchor - Unknown

    About 6 years ago, prefered Tiki Tolteca, but would go back and tap this again.

  3. DeltaTikiphile - Unknown

    We visited Latitude 29 twice on the weekend of January 28, 2023. Had a great time and even better drinks both times. The bar is smallish, seating about 50 total. The decor is well done, especially on the half that includes the bar; sit at or near the bar if you can. The opposite side could use a little TLC, but I'm nitpicking there. We ate dinner on one of the days, and the food was excellent; up to the level of the competition in a very competitive food town. The menu is a tad short, but what we had was excellent. The only real complaint from us is the amount of natural light flooding the space. There are windows and/or doors on three of the four walls that make up the space, and during the day at least, this hurts the overall atmosphere. Curtains or some other light filtering would really help the feel of the place. We picked up the one mug they had for sale, along with a few of their swizzles. It's awesome, and pictured above, along with our friendly bartender. We look forward to our next visit!

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