BACKSPACE BAR & KITCHEN • NEW ORLEANS

THE STORY

Pairing a cocktail with the creative process is like uncorking bottled poetry. Luckily, New Orleans is like a good page-turner, filled to the foamy rim with a smorgasbord of inspiration. Backspace Bar & Kitchen is a novel destination for wordsmiths and epicureans alike.

 

Both barflies and book clubs find solace in the cozy civility of Backspace Bar where liquor bottles line the bookshelves and the patrons are equally obsessed with literature and libations.

Serving comfort food and classic cocktails, Backspace offers a literary feast for the senses with the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese, Hemingway Cuban Sandwich, and Grandma's Meatloaf with Housemade Chips.

 

Smack dab in the heart of the French Quarter, Backspace Bar pays homage to New Orleans wordslingers such as Faulkner, Twain, Tennessee Williams, and every infamous author whose clattering typewriters still echo. Come get well-oiled on witty repartee in the Vieux Carré!

DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON

Straight from the pages of Hemingway, this recipe of champagne and absinthe shares its name with his book.

 

MARY PICKFORD

Prohibition era cocktail made with white rum, pineapple juice, grenadine and Maraschino liqueur. Sweet but with a real kick, just like its namesake.

 

VESPER MARTINI

Pay tribute to 007 with his signature cocktail made with gin, vodka and Lillet. Ordered only once by James Bond in the classic Ian Fleming novel Casino Royal.

 

SAZERAC

Created by apothecary Antoine Peychaud in 1838, the Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans. Absinthe, rye and three dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters.

 

MOSCOW MULE

Invented in 1941, a classic cocktail combining vodka, mint and spicy ginger beer. Served in a traditional copper mug.

SIDECAR

Considered by some the best cocktail from the Prohibition era. Made with Cognac and orange liquor.

 

FRENCH 75

With a kick as powerful as the French 75mm field gun, this sparkling cocktail is an effervescent combination of champagne, lemon and gin.

 

DARK AND STORMY

A Bermudan classic, this highball cocktail uses dark rum, ginger beer and a splash of lime juice. Sounds like the beginning of an adventure.

 

PIMM'S CUP

Gin-based potation created in London in 1840 by James Pimm. Filled with herb-based liqueur, lemon juice, fresh cucumber and fresh fruit. A Nola favorite.

 

OLD FASHIONED

Muddled sugar, bitters, whiskey and a twist of rind. The original cocktail.

VESPER MARTINI

DEATH IN THE

AFTERNOON

OLD FASHIONED

MARY PICKFORD

PIMM'S CUP

DARK N' STORMY

MOSCOW MULE

FRENCH 75

SAZERAC

SIDECAR

PORK SLIDER

Piedmont BBQ sauce, brioche, and pickle

 

KOREAN BBQ CHICKEN SKEWER

Served with ginger apple compote

 

BAYOU SUMMER ROLL

Spiced boiled shrimp, shredded mirliton, and remoulade sauce

 

CAJUN POUTINE

Housemade chips, debris gravy, cheddar, and green onions

SHRIMP REMOULADE WRAP

Spiced boiled shrimp, romaine lettuce, tomato, mirliton, and remoulade sauce

 

ROASTED VEGETABLE

Squash, zucchini, mirliton, roasted red pepper, feta, and pesto on croissant

 

GROWN UP GRILLED CHEESE

Cheddar, Swiss, tomato, and grilled onion on sourdough

 

BACKSPACE BLT

Applewood smoked bacon, Romaine lettuce, tomato, and house spicy mayo

 

FREE VERSE: BUILD A BURGER

Choice of one cheese and toppings.

 

NEW RELEASE: Weekly Special Feature

Ask your server for this week's newly released special feature!

HEMINGWAY CUBAN

Pulled pork, prosciutto, Swiss pickle, and grain mustard on French bread

 

WHITMAN ROAST BEEF

Debris gravy, fried oysters, Swiss, lettuce, and tomato on French bread

 

BACKSPACE BURGER

Angus beef, Applewood smoked bacon, Brie cheese, and caramelized onions on brioche

 

GRANDMA’S MEATLOAF

Applewood smoked bacon, grilled onions, tomato, and homemade meatloaf on brioche

 

CHICKEN CAPRESE

Chicken, tomato, mozzarella, and pesto on ciabatta roll

Seared Chicken Breast

 

Housemade Chips

 

Roasted Veggies

White Chocolate Bread Pudding

 

Cookies & Milk

VERONIKA THE MUSE

Backspace Bar’s saucy muse is both a spitfire and a scholar. She adores reading and discussing the classics, and she has a particular affinity for the authors that hail from her beloved Crescent City. She defies typical domestic stereotypes, opting instead to read and enjoy cocktails, all while looking absolutely fabulous.

 

Veronika attended an all-girls school in her youth, but she quickly grew bored with the lack of men and entertainment and dropped out to pursue a life abroad. She lived in Paris for three years, keeping company with destitute writers and poets before moving back to New Orleans and marrying into society. Vi loves the finer things, and she strives be the perfect wife, but she is easily distracted by arts and culture, which is why her passion is cooking and entertaining. Her extravagant dinner parties are notorious amongst the movers and shakers of New Orleans, and everyone who is anyone is sure to be in attendance.

 

As the former mistress of a prominent New Orleanian author, she always yearns to be near creative types. Her friendship with Dorothy Parker encouraged her to begin writing her own screenplays, which have lit up several local stages in New Orleans. Vi is famous for her ability to smooth out any disagreement with her wit and charm, but she’s also known and respected for her razor-sharp intellect. Although she has no current plans to write a book herself, people are constantly clamoring for her to write a tell-all memoir about her scandalous, glamorous life-and you never know what the future holds. 

“Thus we swallow politics with every meal.”

“A compensation is something which does not quite compensate...”

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON CABLE

FRANCES PARKINSON-KEYES

MARK TWAIN

“I don’t want realism; 
I want magic!”

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”

“Don't be ‘a writer’. 
Be writing.”

WILLIAM FAULKNER

ERNEST HEMINGWAY

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

139 CHARTRES STREET

Located on the corner of Chartres Street and Iberville Street in the French Quarter.

HOURS:

Monday – Sunday

11:30 a.m. until (way past) 2 a.m.

139 CHARTRES ST.
504.322.2245​

THE STORY

Pairing a cocktail with the creative process is like uncorking bottled poetry. Luckily, New Orleans is like a good page-turner, filled to the foamy rim with a smorgasbord of inspiration. Backspace Bar & Kitchen is a novel destination for wordsmiths and epicureans alike.

 

Both barflies and book clubs find solace in the cozy civility of Backspace Bar where liquor bottles line the bookshelves and the patrons are equally obsessed with literature and libations.

 

Serving comfort food and classic cocktails, Backspace offers a literary feast for the senses with the Grown-Up Grilled Cheese, Hemingway Cuban Sandwich, and Grandma's Meatloaf with Housemade Chips.

 

Smack dab in the heart of the French Quarter, Backspace Bar pays homage to New Orleans wordslingers such as Faulkner, Twain, Tennessee Williams, and every infamous author whose clattering typewriters still echo. Come get well-oiled on witty repartee in the Vieux Carré!

Old Fashioned

Death in the

Afternoon

Vesper Martini

Dark N Stormy

Moscow Mule

French 75

Mary Pickford

Pimm's Cup

Sazerac

Sidecar

139 CHARTRES STREET

Located on the corner of Chartres Street

and Iberville Street in the French Quarter

 

HOURS:

Monday – Sunday

11:30 a.m. until (way past) 2:00 a.m.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

“I don’t want realism; 
I want magic!”​

ERNEST HEMINGAY

“I drink to make other people

more interesting.”​

WILLIAM FAULKNER

“Don't be ‘a writer’. 
Be writing.”​

GEORGE WASHINGTON

CABLE

“Thus we swallow politics

with every meal.”​

FRANCES PARKINSON-KEYES

“A compensation is something which does not quite compensate...”​

MARK TWAIN

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”​

VERONIKA THE MUSE


Backspace Bar’s saucy muse is both a spitfire and a scholar. She adores reading and discussing the classics, and she has a particular affinity for the authors that hail from her beloved Crescent City. She defies typical domestic stereotypes, opting instead to read and enjoy cocktails, all while looking absolutely fabulous.
 
Veronika attended an all-girls school in her youth, but she quickly grew bored with the lack of men and entertainment and dropped out to pursue a life abroad. She lived in Paris for three years, keeping company with destitute writers and poets before moving back to New Orleans and marrying into society. Vi loves the finer things, and she strives be the perfect wife, but she is easily distracted by arts and culture, which is why her passion is cooking and entertaining. Her extravagant dinner parties are notorious amongst the movers and shakers of New Orleans, and everyone who is anyone is sure to be in attendance.
 
As the former mistress of a prominent New Orleanian author, she always yearns to be near creative types. Her friendship with Dorothy Parker encouraged her to begin writing her own screenplays, which have lit up several local stages in New Orleans. Vi is famous for her ability to smooth out any disagreement with her wit and charm, but she’s also known and respected for her razor-sharp intellect. Although she has no current plans to write a book herself, people are constantly clamoring for her to write a tell-all memoir about her scandalous, glamorous life-and you never know what the future holds.​

Cooking Creativity & Pouring Inspiration:
Cuisine & Cocktails with a Literary Twist​

139 CHARTRES STREET
NEW ORLEANS, LA
504.322.2245​

Cooking Creativity & Pouring Inspiration • Cuisine & Cocktails with a Literary Twist

139 CHARTRES STREET
NEW ORLEANS, LA
504.322.2245

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Located at the intersection of drinking and writing.

139 CHARTRES ST.

504.322.2245