The South’s first food-and-beverage museum reopened in late 2014 in its new home in an offbeat part of town that’s in the midst of a renaissance. The large room features clusters of alimental artifacts from each Southern state. On the whole, it’s a jumbled but informative historic assemblage, showcasing farms, tables, and everything in between, and illustrating how different ethnic groups, geography, and time have contributed to the varying regional cuisines of the American South. A Creole cooking class with tastes in the gorgeous demo kitchen runs $40 (including museum admission). Rotating exhibits—always their forte—detail obscure but fascinating food topics from absinthe drips to Appalachian soups.

The Museum of the American Cocktail (MoTAC), a stumble through 200 years of cocktail history and New Orleans’s vital role in same, is also here. Founder Dale “King Cocktail” Degroff and curator Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh’s mind-blowing collection offers an original and lively glimpse into the colorful history of everyone’s favorite poison. The booze obsessed will lose it over the extensive historical artifacts here, including defunct product packaging, glassware, and Prohibition-era photos. (We love the bottles of commercially sold gin, rye, and bourbon flavoring that would go into whatever rotgut you made at home to make it palatable.)