Chris Horner is the general manager at Bombay Club, a New Orleans martini bar with a British Colonial feel. Bombay Club is located in the city’s French Quarter and is featured in the ongoing Bourbon, Bets, and Stories contest presented by America’s Best Racing and NewOrleans.com.
The giveaway offers two VIP tickets to the 2019 Louisiana Derby on March 23, including round-trip travel for the winner and a guest to New Orleans, a VIP experience at the Louisiana Derby for two, and a three-night stay in the Crescent City with numerous additional prizes, including dinner and/or drinks at Bombay Club. The contest opened on Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. ET, and entries will be accepted until Feb. 27, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET. For more information and to enter, click here.
In this Q&A, Horner discusses Bombay Club’s signature drinks, his quintessential New Orleans experiences, and the bar’s unique history in New Orleans.
What are the signature dishes at the Bombay Club?
We serve a Scotch egg with our own Louisiana twist – it’s encased in boudin and served with black eyed peas. The fried Brussels sprouts are very popular. They are served with bacon jam and a tangy Maltese sauce. Our cheeseburger comes with bread and butter pickles, onions, and our not-so-secret sauce, but you’ll have to stop by to learn the secret.
You offer over 50 unique cocktails. Is there a personal favorite you recommend to visitors?
I think the Vieux Carre cocktail is a great obvious choice for out of town folks. It’s made with Old Overholt rye whiskey, Pierre Ferrand cognac, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Benedictine, Angostura Bitters, Peychaud’s Bitters, and a lemon twist.
Which martini is the most consumed at the Bombay Club?
We serve A LOT of martinis at the Bombay Club, every specialty martini you can think of, but our most popular one is Original Dry. I think it speaks volumes about how good we can make a martini.
Can you name three things a visitor to New Orleans should experience over a weekend?
The National WWII Museum is by far one of the best museums in the country, so I highly recommend carving out some time for that. Of course, everyone needs to at least walk down Bourbon Street – it’s a playground for all of your senses. But definitely any time an out-of-towner comes across a Second Line parade they have reach the pinnacle of New Orleans experiences. Many locals have never even taken part in that kind of special tradition.
Have you ever enjoyed a day at the races at the Fair Grounds?
I have not, but it is on my New Orleans bucket list.
Tell us about the history of the Bombay Club.
The Bombay Club, one of the original martini bars in the city that served a quasi-British menu, has evolved into a premier craft cocktail bar with an updated menu chock full of Louisiana twists. The beautiful British Colonial décor has served as the perfect setting for live music each night.
What’s your favorite brunch offering?
Heavenly Hash: house-made boudin, poached egg, red bliss potato hash, and Sriracha hollandaise
If you could name a racehorse, what name would you go with?
Bruised Ego (also the name of a cocktail that can be found at the Bombay Club)