I love this place. While sitting at the Napoleon House you can get lost in time – maybe the present, maybe centuries ago. With all the history in this one location, Time deserves a few minutes of yours for reflection in a place like this.
The Napoleon House is a unique 200-year-old landmark. The first occupant of the building was Nicholas Girod, the mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815. In 1821, Girod offered this residence to Napoleon in 1821 as a refuge during his exile from France.
Although Napoleon never made it here, he is celebrated throughout the building. From famous recognizable reproductions to the modern day whimsical, art lines the walls. The music of Mozart written for the Emperor can be heard. Small trinkets and relics are on display that bear his likeness. It is as if he lived here and never left.
Now, what does one order at one of the world’s greatest bars?
A Pimm’s Cup.
Pimm’s is a British liquor.
It is dark-brown/reddish in color and has a subtle spice and citrus taste. In a Pimm’s Cup, Pimm’s is mixed with lemonade and a splash of lemon-lime soda with a thin slice of cucumber. They make a seasonal Pimm’s Cup, so the one I ordered also had watermelon water in it.
Fresh tasting and not too sweet, I really like this drink. Cold on the tongue but warm going down, if you have a couple of these you might get more than you bargained for in the slightly tipsy department.
Not just a bar, The Napoleon House also serves up some food. It is owned and operated by Ralph Brennan since May 2015. The Brennan Family of New Orleans are culinary connoisseurs, so whatever you order you can trust it is going to be good. The Muffuletta is one of their signature dishes and you can order a little (1/4) or a lot (1 whole).
If you happen to be here during beautiful weather, try to sit in the outside courtyard.