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Inside Carousel Bar.
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16 New Orleans Hotel Bars Even Locals Love

Moody lounges, skyline views, and classic cocktail haunts — here are the best among many

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Okay, it’s true that some hotel bars can be ho-hum, blasé spaces without a sense of place. But, remember, this is New Orleans. So many of this city’s hotels are truly one-of-a-kind spaces, with bars that cater to grown-ups seeking conversation and a well-crafted adult beverage. The city’s many rooftop bars are in a category of their own — you can find those here. Below, there are options for a romantic date night, a girl’s happy hour on the town, or simply a solitary sip, with a friendly bartender steering the ship.

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The Elysian Bar

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Church should always be this cool. Situated in the Catholic church that is now Hotel Peter and Paul, the Elysian Bar is a cafe, bar, and restaurant in a jewel box setting. An all-American wine list, storied cocktails, and Mediterranean nibbles add up to something special. And the bar shares a pedigree with Bacchanal.

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Burgundy Bar

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Decorated in early Storyville, the Burgundy Bar is the kind of place where morals tend to slip, even in the middle of a weekday afternoon. Sexy setting, ice cold beer, potent cocktails, occasional burlesque shows — it all adds up to a great reason to duck off Canal Street.

The Sazerac Bar

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Named after what many consider to be the world’s first mixed drink, the Sazerac Bar is (almost) as famous as its potable namesake. The vibe is luxe, from the Paul Ninas murals flanking the African walnut bar to the elegant bar stools and plush banquettes usually spilling over with imbibers. It’s not like any other bar in New Orleans.

The Carousel Bar & Lounge

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Keeping heads (and bodies) spinning for more than 70 years, the slowly rotating bar off the lobby of the Monteleone is beyond classic. There are only 25 seats, with lots of other seating scattered around the Carousel Bar. Nibbles are available and there’s super live music, perfect for date night.

A view of the Carousel Bar, a slowly-rotating bar structure meant to resemble a carousel ride at a carnival, with bulb lights and mirrors.
Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar.
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Observatory Eleven Bar

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It’s not exactly a rooftop bar, because it’s just inside, but the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river sure feel top of the world. Observatory 11 at the Westin manages to be more than a convention hotel bar, thanks to the swank setting and the live music that gives it a true New Orleans sense of place.

Observatory Eleven Bar
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Loa Bar

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Best news ever, Abigail Gullo, bar keep extraordinaire, is done gallivanting (for now) and back home behind the newly renovated bar at Loa, the impossibly chic artsy bar at the boutique International House Hotel. Her list draws from coastal cities that have intersected with New Orleans, from Sicily to Senegal, Venice to Vietnam, Haiti, and Havana.

Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel

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Couvant is a well-loved French brasserie and bar that finally reopened in 2022. Of course, Couvant’s bar in the Eliza Jane Hotel is epic — after all, this was formerly the Peychaud Cocktail Bitters factory, so it’s in the building’s DNA. A lovely setting with exposed brick and chef Ryan Pearson back in his hometown cooking — all is well.

The bar at Couvant.
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Polo Club Lounge

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This suave bar for grown-ups at the Windsor Court Hotel is one of the best spots in town for music, martinis, and conversation. The Polo Club Lounge feels like a private club, but the welcome mat is out for all. Comfy seating, terrific bartenders, and strong drinks add up to an elegant good time.

Commons Club New Orleans

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There’s nothing common about the Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel New Orleans. Virgin Hotel’s bar and restaurant is made up of a handful of themed spaces, including the ultra sexy Shag Room and bar area, a riot of colors and textures and art that spreads across the walls and up the stairs to the second floor. The experience ups the ante with local chef Alex Harrell’s simple menu of elevated seasonal cuisine and a starry rooftop bar.

Commons Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans
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Chandelier Bar

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The brand new Four Seasons brings the revered brand to New Orleans with not one but three bars to explore. The showpiece is the gorgeous lobby level Chandelier Bar, home to a 15,000-piece light and glass installation. Expect $18 drinks that — thankfully — satisfy. For food, head to Miss River for New Orleans cuisine or to Chemin a La Mer on the fifth floor for Parisian-style steak, a raw bar, and copious offerings of local seafood.

The Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons.
Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans

Bar Marilou

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Bar Marilou feels like a literary watering hole in old Shanghai. Everything about this place, accessible through the lobby of the Maison de la Luz, screams over-the-top cool. Try it for happy hour, which runs every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bar Marilou.
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The Gilded Perch

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This newly debuted bar at the Parkview Guest House Uptown is a former parlor turned into a small jewel box of a space for wine, craft cocktails, and classics. Owners Liz and Terry Creel transformed the guest house when they bought it in 2009, and the Gilded Perch is their latest coup — a wonderful neighborhood addition, too.

Bayou Bar

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The Bayou Bar in the restored Pontchartrain Hotel is important for many reasons, top of the list being that it’s where the New Orleans Saints football franchise was christened in 1966. Beyond that, in a hotel with great spaces, including Jack Rose and the Hot Tin rooftop bar, Bayou Bar is a tavern that beckons with a burnished yet approachable interior design. An intimate scene for outstanding music (no cover!) makes this a special spot.

Paradise Lounge

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Impossibly tropical, Paradise Lounge is an extension of San Lorenzo, the Hotel Saint Vincent’s signature, all-day restaurant, named for the patron saint of cooks. Order from the menu at the bar, take a seat on the patio, and enjoy half-off wines on Mondays.

Columns

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After new ownership polished the old girl’s luster to its original sheen back in 2019, the Columns was back in black, with the same warm lobby bar along with a huge expanded patio out front. The Italianate-style mansion was built for a wealthy tobacco merchant in 1883 or 1884, and has been a much-loved meet-up spot for New Orleanians for generations.

The bar at Columns.
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The Chloe

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The Chloe, formerly a bed and breakfast called the Avenue Inn, is set back from the street, a lovely 19th-century mansion at 4125 St. Charles Avenue. Newly redesigned by the LeBlanc + Smith restaurant group, there’s a roomy outdoor space and live music on some weekends (check their Instagram account). There’s a pool and patio bar and a perfectly dark hideaway in the lobby that provides a chill space to unwind after touring the city.

The lobby bar at the Chloe.
The Chloe

The Elysian Bar

The Elysian Bar/Official

Church should always be this cool. Situated in the Catholic church that is now Hotel Peter and Paul, the Elysian Bar is a cafe, bar, and restaurant in a jewel box setting. An all-American wine list, storied cocktails, and Mediterranean nibbles add up to something special. And the bar shares a pedigree with Bacchanal.

The Elysian Bar/Official

Burgundy Bar

Decorated in early Storyville, the Burgundy Bar is the kind of place where morals tend to slip, even in the middle of a weekday afternoon. Sexy setting, ice cold beer, potent cocktails, occasional burlesque shows — it all adds up to a great reason to duck off Canal Street.

The Sazerac Bar

Named after what many consider to be the world’s first mixed drink, the Sazerac Bar is (almost) as famous as its potable namesake. The vibe is luxe, from the Paul Ninas murals flanking the African walnut bar to the elegant bar stools and plush banquettes usually spilling over with imbibers. It’s not like any other bar in New Orleans.

The Carousel Bar & Lounge

A view of the Carousel Bar, a slowly-rotating bar structure meant to resemble a carousel ride at a carnival, with bulb lights and mirrors.
Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar.
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Keeping heads (and bodies) spinning for more than 70 years, the slowly rotating bar off the lobby of the Monteleone is beyond classic. There are only 25 seats, with lots of other seating scattered around the Carousel Bar. Nibbles are available and there’s super live music, perfect for date night.

A view of the Carousel Bar, a slowly-rotating bar structure meant to resemble a carousel ride at a carnival, with bulb lights and mirrors.
Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar.
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Observatory Eleven Bar

Observatory Eleven Bar
The Westin/Official

It’s not exactly a rooftop bar, because it’s just inside, but the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river sure feel top of the world. Observatory 11 at the Westin manages to be more than a convention hotel bar, thanks to the swank setting and the live music that gives it a true New Orleans sense of place.

Observatory Eleven Bar
The Westin/Official

Loa Bar

Best news ever, Abigail Gullo, bar keep extraordinaire, is done gallivanting (for now) and back home behind the newly renovated bar at Loa, the impossibly chic artsy bar at the boutique International House Hotel. Her list draws from coastal cities that have intersected with New Orleans, from Sicily to Senegal, Venice to Vietnam, Haiti, and Havana.

Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel

The bar at Couvant.
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Couvant is a well-loved French brasserie and bar that finally reopened in 2022. Of course, Couvant’s bar in the Eliza Jane Hotel is epic — after all, this was formerly the Peychaud Cocktail Bitters factory, so it’s in the building’s DNA. A lovely setting with exposed brick and chef Ryan Pearson back in his hometown cooking — all is well.

The bar at Couvant.
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Polo Club Lounge

This suave bar for grown-ups at the Windsor Court Hotel is one of the best spots in town for music, martinis, and conversation. The Polo Club Lounge feels like a private club, but the welcome mat is out for all. Comfy seating, terrific bartenders, and strong drinks add up to an elegant good time.

Commons Club New Orleans

Commons Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

There’s nothing common about the Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel New Orleans. Virgin Hotel’s bar and restaurant is made up of a handful of themed spaces, including the ultra sexy Shag Room and bar area, a riot of colors and textures and art that spreads across the walls and up the stairs to the second floor. The experience ups the ante with local chef Alex Harrell’s simple menu of elevated seasonal cuisine and a starry rooftop bar.

Commons Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Chandelier Bar

The Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons.
Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans

The brand new Four Seasons brings the revered brand to New Orleans with not one but three bars to explore. The showpiece is the gorgeous lobby level Chandelier Bar, home to a 15,000-piece light and glass installation. Expect $18 drinks that — thankfully — satisfy. For food, head to Miss River for New Orleans cuisine or to Chemin a La Mer on the fifth floor for Parisian-style steak, a raw bar, and copious offerings of local seafood.

The Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons.
Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans

Bar Marilou

Bar Marilou.
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Bar Marilou feels like a literary watering hole in old Shanghai. Everything about this place, accessible through the lobby of the Maison de la Luz, screams over-the-top cool. Try it for happy hour, which runs every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Bar Marilou.
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The Gilded Perch

This newly debuted bar at the Parkview Guest House Uptown is a former parlor turned into a small jewel box of a space for wine, craft cocktails, and classics. Owners Liz and Terry Creel transformed the guest house when they bought it in 2009, and the Gilded Perch is their latest coup — a wonderful neighborhood addition, too.

Bayou Bar

The Bayou Bar in the restored Pontchartrain Hotel is important for many reasons, top of the list being that it’s where the New Orleans Saints football franchise was christened in 1966. Beyond that, in a hotel with great spaces, including Jack Rose and the Hot Tin rooftop bar, Bayou Bar is a tavern that beckons with a burnished yet approachable interior design. An intimate scene for outstanding music (no cover!) makes this a special spot.

Paradise Lounge

Impossibly tropical, Paradise Lounge is an extension of San Lorenzo, the Hotel Saint Vincent’s signature, all-day restaurant, named for the patron saint of cooks. Order from the menu at the bar, take a seat on the patio, and enjoy half-off wines on Mondays.

Columns

The bar at Columns.
Columns/Official

After new ownership polished the old girl’s luster to its original sheen back in 2019, the Columns was back in black, with the same warm lobby bar along with a huge expanded patio out front. The Italianate-style mansion was built for a wealthy tobacco merchant in 1883 or 1884, and has been a much-loved meet-up spot for New Orleanians for generations.

The bar at Columns.
Columns/Official

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The Chloe

The lobby bar at the Chloe.
The Chloe

The Chloe, formerly a bed and breakfast called the Avenue Inn, is set back from the street, a lovely 19th-century mansion at 4125 St. Charles Avenue. Newly redesigned by the LeBlanc + Smith restaurant group, there’s a roomy outdoor space and live music on some weekends (check their Instagram account). There’s a pool and patio bar and a perfectly dark hideaway in the lobby that provides a chill space to unwind after touring the city.

The lobby bar at the Chloe.
The Chloe

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