T. Cole Newton

T. Cole Newton, Owner / Bartender, Twelve Mile Limit

Owner / Bartender, Twelve Mile Limit. Frame by Oliver Peoples. Photo by Zack Smith Photography.

Make no mistake, T. Cole Newton is a mixologist on the cutting edge of the modern craft cocktail movement. He created the cocktail list at the recently restored and reopened Orpheum and shaped the bar program at both the Lower Garden District’s Root Squared and the CBD’s Rebellion Urban Kitchen. His own place, Mid-City gem Twelve Mile Limit offers the kind of fancy drinks you’d expect from a bar owned by a guy who literally wrote a book on fancy drinks.

But it also offers cheap beers and excellent BBQ and comfortable couches and weekly trivia nights. It was the home of great pizza and the best doberge in the city until both businesses outgrew the unexpectedly effective start-up incubator that is the unused corners of a small kitchen in an unassuming neighborhood bar. So maybe his stated goal of creating a space that is all things to all people isn’t as quixotic as it seems.