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T. Cole Newton

Twelve Mile Limit

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Twelve Mile Limit

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Born and raised in Washington, DC, T. Cole Newton graduated from Humboldt State University with honors in 2006, earning a BA in History. From there he moved to New Orleans, enrolling with AmeriCorps to volunteer full-time in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. After his service year, Cole found his first full-time bartending job at Commander’s Palace, culinary alma mater of Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. Cole developed a knack for bartending and hospitality, and in 2008 he developed and implemented the cocktail program as a founding staff member of the newly opened uptown bistro Coquette.

Inspired by that experience, Cole opened his Mid City cocktail dive Twelve Mile Limit in 2010. Among other honors, Twelve Mile Limit has been selected as one of the top ten bars in New Orleans by the Times-Picayune every year that list has been published and was named the best bar in New Orleans by The Manual in 2017. In addition to operating his own bar, Cole has consulted on bar programs at a range of venues including restaurants, theaters, and hotels. He appeared on the Sundance Channel’s Beyond the Bar series and has found success in cocktail competitions, representing the United States at the International Bar Summit competition in Bordeaux, France, in 2014.

Cole’s writing on bar ownership can be found on the Tales of the Cocktail and Neat Pour websites, at his tumblr blog Big Fat Cocktails, and he hosts a podcast with fellow veteran bartender Steve Yamada called A Round With Steve and Cole. Additionally, Cole is the current Vice President (and former President) of the New Orleans chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild and sits on the board of the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter.

Cole recently opened a second bar: the Domino, an approachable neighborhood wine bar, opened in 2019 in St. Claude Avenue in the New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood.

Inspired by that experience, Cole opened his celebrated Mid City cocktail dive Twelve Mile Limit in 2010. Among other honors, Twelve Mile Limit has been named as one of the top ten bars in New Orleans by the New Orleans Times-Picayune every year that list has been published. In addition to operating his own bar, Cole has consulted on bar programs at a range of venues including the restaurant Square Root, the Orpheum Theater, and the Troubadour Hotel. He has also appeared on the Sundance Channel’s Beyond the Bar series and is a fixture of cocktail competitions, having represented the United States at the International Bar Summit competition in Bordeaux, France, in 2014.

Cole’s writing on bar ownership can be found on the Tales of the Cocktail website and at his tumblr blog Big Fat Cocktails, and he hosts a podcast with fellow veteran bartender Steve Yamada called A Round With Steve and Cole. Cole also enjoys skiing and horror movie-themed board games, and he recently beat Super Mario Bros. 3 for the first time without using a warp whistle.