Tivoli & Lee’s is a modern take on Southern cuisine, whose neighborhood-feeling atmosphere is perfect for a quaint dinner or a place to meet friends for drinks.
The New Orleans Eater page mentions that Tivoli & Lee’s eclectic mixologist, Kimberly Patton Bragg, serves up the signature Cereal Killer Cocktail, a glass of milk infused with Honey Smacks breakfast cereal. Other creative cocktails like the Earl Grey Gardens (a mix of Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Earl Grey syrup, lemon, soda, and thyme) and “an impressive list of American whiskeys” make Tivoli & Lee more than just a delicious restaurant, but also a place to grab drinks. In fact, weekend brunch at the spot in the Hotel Modern includes a Bloody Mary bar, offering different seasonings, pickles, meats and cheese, and more.
Pull up a bar stool at Tivoli & Lee to watch Patton Bragg develop unique cocktails, and maybe even stay around after your cup is dry for a delicious meal inspired by the South.
Top 5 bars in… New Orleans
BarChick selects the top five best bars in New Orleans
Sipping on a proto-tiki cocktail while tucking into what can only be described as a rich man’s Ropa Vieja, it’s hard to decide which is more impressive: the succulent meat stew or the crafted rum cocktail. Like so many hotspots in New Orleans, Cane & Table could be restaurant-bar or bar-restaurant: either way, it’s winning. Food and alcohol have always gone hand in hand, but some of the most innovative drinks programmes in the city are now found behind the bars of restaurants, and some of the city’s best kitchens are housed in cocktail bars.
Throughout its history, New Orleans has championed these natural bedfellows. In 1949, Breakfast at Brennan’s arguably invented the boozy brunch, and Count Arnaud Cazenave of legendary restaurant Arnaud’s was exonerated for drinking during Prohibition after an eloquent speech on the importance of serving alcohol with food. As a port city, boats would appear from far-flung places bringing exotic fruits, herbs and spices, which influenced both the unique Creole-Cajun cuisine and the cocktails just look at the Hurricane or Gumbo.
But after years of holding the flame for cocktail culture in the US, standards began to slip. While cities such as San Francisco and New York were reinventing the wheel, by the noughties the scene in New Orleans veered from tired to tawdry, with Bourbon Street morphing into a stag-party strip, home to neon green hand grenades and too-sweet frozen Daiquiris. “Cocktail culture in New Orleans wasn’t resting on its laurels,” says Lu Brow, bar chef of Swizzle Stick Bar in Café Adelaide, “it was dead. It wasn’t until after Katrina that things really started to change.”
In the mass rebuilding after the tragic events of 2005, the city had an influx of Yurps (young urban rebuilding professionals), increasing the number of households with incomes above US$75,000 (although the median is still below the national average). The number of restaurants increased by an estimated 70%, with restaurateurs attracted to the rich history, food culture and opportunities for development, which has done much to invigorate the bar scene.
Two events had already started to turn the tide: Tales of the Cocktail started with some enthusiasts sitting around the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone in 2003, and the “Cocktail Chicks” Lally Brennan and Ti Martin opened The Swizzle Stick Bar at Café Adelaide in 2005. “These two hotel bars quickly became hotbeds of a new cocktail movement incorporating both the fresh, local ingredients that are synonymous with the kitchens of New Orleans and the history of the great cocktails of the past 200 years,” explains Abigail Deirdre Gullo, bar chef at SoBou, where the excellent cocktails are inspired by the equally impressive menu of modern Creole and street-food-style cuisine.
But the most recent cocktail innovation has come on the back of the restaurant boom, and now most new venues swing both ways. As Nick Detrich, managing partner of Cane & Table, explains: “With the development of the cocktail culture over the past several years, more places are realising their cocktail programme can’t be an afterthought if they are to be considered a serious restaurant.”
Take Sylvain: this bistro-bar has attracted as much attention for its kitchen as for the creativity of the cocktails, best imbibed in its charming courtyard. You can have a civilised date night drinking Tea Punch, or get on it after hours with whiskey at the copper bar.
“Whatever produce or herbs the kitchen is playing with at any given time of the year directly influences what goes into our cocktails,” says Tony DiMunno of Maurepas Foods, a fantastic locavore restaurant. “Now it’s curry herb and mint other times it’s a fresh harvest of Arkansas apples.”
The Spirited Dinners at Tales of the Cocktail have this year introduced A Taste of New Orleans, offering fixed-price menus with a corresponding cocktail. The venues involved – notably SoBou, Kingfish, Cane & Table, Tivoli & Lee and Café Adelaide – highlight how strong the crossover scene is right now, and the constant move further in the dining direction. As SoBou’s Gullo says: “I look forward to the time when craft bartenders get the same respect and recognition that sommeliers and chefs receive.” Our sentiment exactly.
Flick through the next few pages to discover the best bars in New Orleans.
How to Drink the NOLA Way
It's no secret that New Orleans is a town awash in booze, or that it's home to some of the world's most classic cocktails, including the Sazerac (left) and the Ramos Gin Fizz. But it wasn't always that one could find these stalwarts at the drop of a hat there &mdash sometimes Sazeracs come shaken when they should be stirred, and Hurricanes in Styrofoam cups prevail (hey, there's a time and a place). But with the revival of cocktail culture proper, the city has never been on a higher end of the learning curve. This is how to make the most of it.
One of the city's first cocktail bars to push the boundaries of the classics, Cure plopped itself down in the middle of nowhere, and patrons have been beating the doors down since. With a soaring ceiling, a long, shiny bar, and a backyard to boot, Cure employs some of the town's finest tenders and, arguably, turns out its finest drinks, too. Ask Rhiannon Enlil for her dark and bitter Start and Finish or Kirk Estopinal's Pimm's Up.
Almost everyone knows Arnaud's, but not everyone is aware of its gemstone of a bar hiding out back. Around the corner from the restaurant, or through the grand dining room, one will find Chris Hannah quietly making some of the best drinks in New Orleans &mdash mostly classics like the bar's namesake or an obscure, historical punch. If you stick around long enough and strike up conversation, he may suggest you take a walk up the back stairwell to the restaurant's creepy museum. Have another drink to summon the courage.
Named for the photographer who immortalized Storyville's brothel madams, Bellocq is one of the city's newest cocktail bars, tucked inside the Modern Hotel. Its menu, curated by the team behind Cure, is built on cobbler drinks, with many offerings in the aperitif and digestif categories. While at the Modern, be sure to pop into Tamarind for a chile-spiced tipple, or a glass full of things like salt-preserved plums and duck-fat cognac. Tell the wily Kimberly Patton-Bragg hello. Bet she'll send a high-five and a toast your way.
Sure, it'd be easy to get chubby on drippy po' boys and seafood-smothered etouffee, and there's no better place to get those things, but the city has also developed some serious Southern and American cuisines. With booze to go alongside, of course.
I hesitate to even mention it, because it's such a comfortable and hidden haven, but if you're willing to make the trek, you're probably in okay company. Bacchanal is at the edge of the Bywater and operates most days as a wine shop, but on Sundays, the backyard becomes a barbecue pit with a guest chef doling out paper plates of food. Grab a couple bottles of rose up front or bring your own, and sit in the shady garden listening to live music. Bourbon Street it is not.
Relatively new to the French Quarter, Sylvain is exactly the kind of pub that locals adore and eager tourists welcome. The decor (an old American flag and green, leather barstools) and lush courtyard grove are lovingly worn as in any genuine New York haunt, and the farmer's-market food could be from San Francisco or Brooklyn. But this place is firmly rooted in New Orleans culture &mdash so much so that there's the requisite rumor of a ghost residing upstairs. Sunday brunch is particularly soothing for a hangover (speaking from experience), especially when consuming the burger-bloody-beer trifecta. It heals like magic.
You shouldn't need much more than the promise of Krispy Kreme bread pudding to get you over to Boucherie, but it's nice to know that the preceding dinner, laden with duck confit, pork, and Gulf shrimp, will also be solid. A French-heavy wine list and cocktail menu of classics peppered with originals will accompany you until dessert. Then give that doughnut pudding your full attention.
New Orleans will never be quiet. You may even find yourself joining a second line of people in the French Quarter waving handkerchiefs and belting jazz for a wedding party or funeral. Feel free to follow along with your own crinkled Kleenex. But if it's an establishment you seek, look no further than the quirky and crowd-tolerant Saturn Bar, a fantastic spot to see and be seen by NOLA locals. Mod night is classic, but on any given evening, punk or rock is probably blowing down these walls. Whether you're a native or not, it's a known fact that you should be at the Maple Leaf on Tuesday nights to drink Abitas and see the Rebirth Brass Band. If you're looking for some scat sounds, head to Frenchman Street and follow your ears to whatever's Jim-dandy &mdash the Spotted Cat is a mainstay, as is Snug Harbor. And it's essential to head out to Vaughan's to hear famed trumpeter Kermit Ruffins blow some of the most beautiful air you've ever heard.
New Orleans is weird. Weird in the it's-hot-let's-justify-a-three-o'clock-happy-hour way. Weird in the Ignatius J. Reilly, Confederacy of Dunces way. Delightfully weird. The city's dive bars are some of the best ways to get into the spirit. Sidle up, order an Abita and a shot, and wait for the eccentrics to come out of the woodwork. Snake and Jake's is the best for all-nighters, while the Saint is a slightly grungier party, and the Chart Room is for breezy afternoon beers in the Quarter. There are a million more, but it's best to wander.
Not every city is lucky enough to have bars so ingrained in its cultural fabric that they've survived Prohibition and still draw international imbibers as well as locals. Hopefully this will always be so. All in the Quarter, my favorites include the Napoleon House, Tujague's, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, and the Carousel Bar. Frankly, the drinks are sometimes uninspiring, but this is not why they attract &mdash greatness is in their solid bones.
When you've woken up with cotton mouth and a tête de bois, or when you're coming down from some game-day afternoon drinking, head to Cochon Butcher for a sandwich the size of your head and a cold beer, or Camellia Grill's winding diner counter for a chocolate soda and a burger. And if you're really hurting, it's best you get yourself straight to Willie Mae's Scotch House for a plate of fried chicken, cornbread, and collard greens. You'll be feeling ready for 3 p.m. happy hour in no time.
Should you be stuck in your own city (which probably now seems to pale in comparison to New Orleans's rich and liquor-drenched culture) for the culminating games, sit it down on the couch with a proper Sazerac, Ramos Gin Fizz, or a Pimm's Cup, and hold your own second line for your winning or losing team.
Morning Drinking Preserves an Old NOLA Tradition
We New Orleanians rarely appreciate our flexible drinking laws until we try to drink in other cities. We chafe at early closing times, and balk at locales that ban drinking on Sundays. And don’t get us started on dry counties.
But there’s another perk to living and drinking in New Orleans we take for granted: drinking in a bar in the morning.
Morning drinking is not to be confused with having a little hair of the dog to cure a hangover. For most folks, morning drinking often follows a night of the same, but some of the best morning drinking commences from a place of stone cold sobriety with no intention of getting drunk.
Until the 20th century, most mornings began with a mug of ale or cider. Water supplies were often tainted, while beer and hard cider were sources of safe, tasty calories. When the agrarian pace of the Western world was replaced by the frenetic tempo of the industrial revolution, workers abandoned their morning beer in favor of the caffeinated jolt of coffee. Here in New Orleans, it is easy to return to the 18th-century mode of greeting the day, ignoring the insistent tug of email and the screech of news channels while instead sipping leisurely on a morning pint.
Polly Watts, the owner of the Avenue Pub, favors fruit lambics or Berliner Weisse to greet the day. She finds them “refreshing, well carbonated, with a bit of fruity (but not sweet) niceness that fits breakfast.” They’re low enough in alcohol that you don’t get drunk early in the day. The Avenue Pub also offers a variety of hard ciders, another popular 18th-century choice. If you can’t give up your morning joe, they carry two very intense coffee stouts by Mikkeller, called, appropriately enough, Beer Geek Brunch and Beer Geek Breakfast.
If beer isn’t your tipple, the iconic Brandy Milk Punch is a solid choice. Tivoli and Lee’s Kimberly Patton Bragg created its apotheosis, The Cereal Killer, in which she replaces regular milk with the tasty goodness at the bottom of a cereal bowl before pairing it with bourbon. The hardest part of creating the drink, Bragg says, was finding the right cereal to create the sugary flavor (Honey Smacks filled the bill). The blend of childhood nostalgia and grown-up booze makes for a conquering salute to the day.
For imbibers looking for something beyond the ubiquitous Mimosa, Bragg recommends the Seelbach and the Black Velvet. Both champagne-based libations go down easy—and the inky color of a Black Velvet makes it a spiritous stand-in for java.
Bragg starts her own morning drinking with either champagne or a Mexican michelada beer cocktail and appreciates that “there’s no stigma in New Orleans to drinking at any time of the day.” She cautions, however, that no one should be doing shots first thing in the morning “unless you are a bartender.” Then, it’s just part of the job.
Many of those enjoying an early drink are those are vacationing in New Orleans. For those who work the night shift, or weekends, or any schedule beyond the customary 9-to-5, “happy hour” may start at 9am and “Saturdays” may fall on Tuesdays. If that’s the case, the best morning drink deal any day of the week is at the Erin Rose.
The Rose opens daily at 10am, and patrons who stop there on Thursday and Friday mornings are welcomed by the winning smile of Rhiannon Enlil. “When you visit a bar that’s been open since the night before, you are apt to be drinking with people wasted from the night before. But when the Rose opens at 10am, it’s a fresh start for everyone.”
“We can have an off-the-clock bartender, a retired judge, and a visitor all drinking together. Everyone is saying good morning.” One great appeal to Enlil about the morning crowd is that “neighborhood bars can play the role of the town square, where people network, share news and gossip. In the daytime, the Rose is just like that.”
Wake Up and Live specials at the Rose, available daily from 10am to 2pm, are available for under $5. They include basics like the Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Screwdriver, and Irish Coffee, either hot and frozen. The Pancake Shot is also a popular order.
The biggest misconception most folks have about day drinking is that it only happens on your day off or that the goal is to get drunk. But all three bartenders stress that this shouldn’t be the case. In New Orleans we don’t blink when people order a drink during a working lunch, because we know they will still be able to do their job. Who’s to say that drinking with breakfast is any different?
A morning tot may be just what is needed to jumpstart your day and get your creative juices flowing. Perhaps you can even do a bit of work in the bar, as authors have done for centuries. At that hour, a saloon is likely to be less boisterous than your local coffee shop.
With a nod to history, the tranquil pace of our city, and New Orleans’ easy relationship with imbibing, go ahead and order that morning drink.
Best bars in New Orleans
1. Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt
This landmark, named after the city&rsquos official drink, exhibits qualities that define a classic New Orleans bar: grandeur, service and cocktails interlaced with local history. Ease into a seat at the lengthy wooden bar and order the signature sazerac, which legend holds was invented in the early 1800s by Creole apothecary Antoine Peychaud. The white-coat-clad bartenders can also shake up a frothy delicacy: the Ramos Gin Fizz. The drink, favored by storied Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long, is like cake in a glass. It does, however, require some heavy lifting, so be sure to tip your bartender accordingly.
2. Jewel of the South
Opened by Chris Hannah, one of the city&rsquos most esteemed bartenders (formerly of the French 75 bar), this modern cocktail destination is tucked into a Creole cottage that dates back to the 1830s. It&rsquos named for a restaurant that was opened by Joseph Santini, inventor of the Brandy Crusta. Hannah has revived this largely forgotten but influential drink &mdashit was the first cocktail to incorporate fresh citrus juice&mdashand has made it the bar&rsquos signature offering, alongside skillful interpretations of the classics.
Offering house-made ingredients and masterful mixology, Sylvain serves tasty classic cocktails but truly shines when crafting its own inventions. If you&rsquore looking for a complex drink to sip and savor, Sylvain is a must. Though at the forefront of drinking culture, the bar and restaurant exude a historic ambiance given the location in a former carriage house in the heart of the French Quarter.
4. The Avenue Pub
This Uptown beer mecca is worth a pilgrimage, especially if you&rsquore a beer geek or whiskey devotee. The two-story pub on busy St. Charles Avenue houses a world-renowned collection of brews stacked with Belgian-style beers and rarities from around the world, along with specialty ales from Louisiana craft breweries. Connoisseurs will appreciate the bar&rsquos whiskey list, especially the bourbons. The pub&rsquos balcony offers a scenic view of New Orleans&rsquo downtown until late at night, and the first floor remains open 24/7.
5. The Elysian Bar at Hotel Peter and Paul
The Elysian Bar, another venture by the Bacchanal team, opened in the fall of 2018 inside Hotel Peter and Paul and has swiftly drawn acclaim for its lush and original design coupled with a drink menu that features French, Spanish and Italian vermouths, amaros and other aperitif wines, many mixed into cocktails. The space radiates a warm pink glow and forms part of the restoration of a historic church complex in the artsy Marigny neighborhood.
6. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
Lafitte&rsquos Blacksmith Shop is a treasure. It&rsquos one of the oldest structures in the city (it survived two major fires!) and is said to be the New Orleans base for privateer brothers Jean and Pierre Lafitte. Is it touristy? Yes. Is it haunted? Maybe. And if the outlaw tales aren&rsquot enough to capture your interest, it&rsquos worth visiting to see the building&rsquos French Creole architectural style, briquette-entre-poteaux (brick-between-posts), and enjoy the romantic setting.
Best Oyster Bars in New Orleans
To those who won&rsquot even try raw oysters we say, &ldquoMore for us!&rdquo Oysters from the Gulf of Mexico are the best in the world. Cold and salty. Fresh, fresh, fresh. We&rsquore talking heaven on the half shell. And you&rsquoll find the best of the best oyster bars in New Orleans right here.
Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar
They say that, back in the 1940s, Felix&rsquos put the New Orleans&rsquo oyster bar on the map. All we know is if you love you some fresh oysters and a talkative shucker, this French Quarter establishment is the place to go. You get a free story with every dozen.
Acme Oyster House
Since 1910, folks have been heading to Acme for rawsome oysters. They also offer a mean Oyster Rockefeller soup, fried oyster platters, po-boys, and some of the best chargrilled oysters around. If you leave New Orleans without eating oysters at Acme, the angels will weep for you.
Everyone talks about their BBQ Shrimp but have you ever bellied up to the oyster bar at Pascal&rsquos Manale? Their raw oysters never disappoint. They also serve Oysters Bienville and Oysters Rockefeller. You can have a whole lot of fun on the half shell at Pascal&rsquos Manale.
Crescent City Brewhouse
Know what goes great with beer? Oysters! Crescent City Brewhouse on Decatur Street offers them ice cold and shucked to order. If someone in your group just can&rsquot do raw, we suggest Baked Oysters Three Ways &ndash crab & saffron, spinach and andouille gratin. Plus, this oyster bar gets our vote for the coolest sign.
Olde NOLA Cookery
Looking for oysters on Bourbon Street? Olde NOLA Cookery is the place to be. They are always super fresh and they have a great selection of beers to make them go down even easier. Duck in and get you some!
French Market Restaurant and Bar
The menu at the French Market Restaurant and Bar reads, &ldquoEat Oysters, Love Longer.&rdquo While oysters may or may not have anything to do with virility, they are delicious and that&rsquos good enough for us. This 80-ish year-old restaurant offers Oysters on the Half Shell, Garlic and Herb Char-Grilled Oysters and Creole Char-Grilled Oysters. They only purchase from people they know and trust.
Grand Isle Restaurant
If you enjoy comfortable booths and long, wide marble counters to eat your oysters on, you&rsquoll love Grand Isle Restaurant on Convention Center Boulevard. On Mondays through Fridays they offer 75¢ oysters on the half shell, boiled shrimp with corn, potatoes, mushrooms, garlic for sausage at just $7 for a half pound. On select days, they also offer Redfish on the Half Shell.
Rizzuto’s Ristorante & Chop House
Yes, Rizzuto&rsquos in Lakeview serves raw oyster and they&rsquore delicious but don&rsquot leave without ordering the Oysters Rizzuto as well. These babies are baked with lemon, bread crumps, pecorino Romano and oregano and served on the half shell. Magnifico!
Along with freshy shucked Louisiana oysters on the half shell, Oceana&rsquos menu features Oysters Rockefeller (done their way) and Oceana&rsquos Famous Oysters on the half-shell, chargrilled over and open flame, smothered with a zesty garlic and cream herb Cajun sauce, and finished with a fresh blend of parmesan and Romano cheeses. We can&rsquot lie: You&rsquore going to waddling on out of there.
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A Girls Night Out Guide in New Orleans
Whether it’s for a bachelorette party, a birthday celebration of quality time with Mom, where to go and what to do in New Orleans for a Girls Night Out!
Let’s face it: our girlfriends are our backbone from time to time. It’s a relationship we can’t formulate an explanation for, and yet we find it necessary for our mental state to indulge in so-called “Girls Nights” at least once a month. Here in New Orleans, the idea of an estrogen-fueled day or night can mean many different things. Girls time can take on the role of a group mani pedi at the newest, chicest beauty salon, or cocktails at one of our many mixologist-friendly bars to a full-on bachelorette party complete with a visit to Bourbon Street for Chris Owens’ midnight show. There’s so much fun to be had in New Orleans, why not enjoy it with your music loving, good food-eating, dance-queen best friends? Here ,I’ve helped create a few different options for a ladies night out.
Grab a cocktail at SoBou (Photo: Justen Williams)
For the Bachelorette
Start with dinner at Sylvain. This raucous restaurant is the great place to put a bunch of women who just want to have fun. Make a reservation ahead of time and be sure you sit in the restaurant (or on the dreamy back patio). This puts you right in the middle of the Quarter for the rest of your night. After dinner, move on to a cocktail at the bar in SoBou. It’s a stunning ambiance and full of good-looking people. Then you’re ready for some entertainment, head on to a show at Chris Owens’ Club & Balcony on Bourbon Street you won’t be disappointed.
For the Birthday Girl
Birthdays are important to celebrate and making each one a bit different for your best friend can be tricky from year to year. I’ve always dreamed of a streetcar party and making this happen as adults is more fun than ever! Start with cocktails at Delachaise, it’s right on Saint Charles and it’s got an amazing vibe. Hop on the streetcar downtown get off at Lee Circle and have dinner at the new Tivoli & Lee in the Hotel Modern. From here, you can simply pop into Bellocq or head to Canal Street for a night cap at the Davenport Lounge at the Ritz. Jeremy Davenport’s set is from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The New Orleans Museum of Art (Photo: Kelsey Campion)
For quality time with Mom
Mothers are perhaps the most important women in our lives. Sharing quality time with them is extremely important. I find that a spa experience is always best for time with my mom because there’s no loud music or crowds that you’re trying to talk over. It’s relaxing, recharging and engaging. Buff Beauty just opened a location on Carondelet Street in the CBD and it promises to be the ultimate spa experience. Then head to NOMA for an art exhibit or to walk the grounds – the sculpture garden grows each time I visit! And while you’re in Mid-City, enjoy an early dinner at dreamy, French-inspired Café Degas.
For an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood hang
Some of the best dives in New Orleans are waiting to be discovered well off the beaten path. Pete’s Out in the Cold has been slinging stiff drinks to thirsty customers since 1931. Though they’ve recently upgraded with the addition of an exterior sign, you still need to be buzzed in before entering the old-school neighborhood hang.
Meanwhile, in the Bywater, the dark and decadent BJ’s is the stuff of your dive bar dreams where good times will be had and no BS will be tolerated.
In the historic Tremé neighborhood, the Candlelight Lounge dishes up authentic local fare for a cast of charismatic characters while live brass bands keep the communal scene upbeat and lively.
In the Seventh Ward, Bullet’s Sports Bar is a neighborhood favorite where you can order a “setup” (a 1/2 pint of booze served with a mixer and ice) while you take in some of the finest live jazz in the city.
Bar manager of The Franklin
Favorite dive bar: Parasol’s Bar and Restaurant (2533 Constance St 504-302-1543, facebook.com/ParasolsNewOrleans)
Bruist says: 𠇏or a city like NOLA, which embraces dive bars, choosing a favorite is difficult.tors include the mood of the day, whether you’re solo or with your posse, and your current location. So I’ll keep it within my neighborhood and nominate Parasol’s. It’s perfectly intimate and real. It’s a professional drinking bar and each visit there has its own vintage date. There’s never a dull moment, and you have a wide range of characters. If Billy is ‘tending when I walk in, I fasten my seatbelt and put on a safety helmet!” (Photo: Yelp/Junelle L.)