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The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans.
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10 New Orleans Rooftops for Dinner and Drinks With a View

Where to soak in the best views of the city with food and drink in hand

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The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans.
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It’s prime outdoor dining and imbibing season in New Orleans — and that should be shouted from the rooftops, preferably with a cocktail in hand.

With so many new hotels in the Crescent City, a number of rooftop bars have opened over the last few years, from Hot Tin in the Ponchartrain to Monkey Board at the Troubadour to the brand new Pool Club, making a one-day staycation easier than ever. For the purposes of this map, only rooftops open to the public are included (as opposed to guests only). Here are 10 New Orleans rooftops for when dinner and drinks call for a side of stunning views.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Hot Tin

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The bar and restaurant on the roof of the historic Pontchartain Hotel serves up one of the most stunning, unique views of the city alongside an impressive selection of cocktails, champagne, and other potables; the refreshing Spritzer Named Desire is a favorite. The Bayou Bar downstairs serves food for a pre or post-rooftop meal.

Hot Tin rooftop.
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The Monkey Board

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Monkey Board is on top of the Troubador Hotel, and it does one of the best impressions of a Las Vegas rooftop to be found in New Orleans. Featuring artist Gabe Flores’ bright, graffiti-style artwork and expansive views of the city from the 17th floor, it also might be one of the best rooftops in town; food comes from weekend pop-ups, so be sure to check in advance if you’re banking on eating. A couple of fun frozen drinks, tropical and classic cocktails, happy hour deals, and late-night weekend hours round out the offerings.

Monkey Board on top of the Troubador Hotel,
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The Rooftop at Selina Catahoula

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The third floor rooftop terrace of the Catahoula Hotel is less about the panoramic views of the city taller spots around town offer and more about its cozy, hideaway vibe. The tropical oasis includes a tiki-inspired cocktail menu, live music, and elegant wood decor. The rooftop bar is open to the public Friday and Saturday nights, and is available for private events.

Here’s What You’ll Be Drinking At Catahoula, A Pisco Gem in the CBD
The Rooftop at Selina Catahoula.
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The Pool Club New Orleans

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Among the new Virgin Hotel’s amenities is the Pool Club, adding a no-cover rooftop to the city’s limited number of options. It’s also huge, a wrap-around terrace that seats up to 150 including a few cozy, cabana-like seating areas comprised of lush foliage and modern, beach-y furniture. Food and cocktails follow a similar beach-vibe, with highlights like a frozen lemongrass paloma and smoked fish dip. No cover to eat and drink (hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.); poolside chairs and VIP sofas require a reservation and daytime pool passes are available.

The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans
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Above The Grid

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NOPSI’s rooftop bar that once served as a post-work haven for downtown workers is back after a pandemic hiatus, and it’s now open to the public 1 to 8 p.m. daily (weather permitting). Snacks include fairly standard poolside fare — spinach and artichoke dip, flatbread, and the classic, a club sandwich — and good cocktails. Weekend events are a big thing here, so check Instagram for info.

Alto at the Ace Hotel

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There’s almost always something going on at Alto, the Ace Hotel’s rooftop bar and pool, from DJs to special brunches. The summertime favorite is open to the public daily for lunch, dinner, and drinks (with a fee on weekends), serving an Italian-leaning menu of pizza, salad, and wings; and a drink menu with excellent frozen craft cocktails.

Rosie’s on the Roof

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Rosie’s on the Roof is the casual restaurant and Irish bar atop the new Higgins Hotel, which opened on the National WWII Museum’s campus in the Warehouse District in 2019. Localhospitality vet Marc Becker opened Rosie’s last year in the midst of the pandemic, offering top-notch views of the city and a menu of bar snacks. In an exciting development, the bar now hosts live music on the rooftop; follow on Facebook for updates.

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Mambo’s

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Mambo’s is from the owners of nearby Oceana Grill, so it’s similarly tourist-oriented; still, it has the distinction of being Bourbon Street’s only rooftop bar. It serves a mix of cliche Cajun and Creole specialties on all three floors, but the rooftop is the gem, with a front porch feel and seating for 50 people. Check out the Voodoo Room inside on the third floor, featuring work by local artists.

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Midnight Revival

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Midnight Revival is the new cocktail bar in the newly revamped Frenchmen Hotel is, bringing a classy live music venue to the street famously littered with them. Sure to draw Frenchmen revelers and locals alike, the ground floor bar hosts nightly music and serves a menu of tropical-leaning cocktails, which extends to a rooftop bar, open to the public just in time for spring.

Capulet

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Capulet is a bar and restaurant during the week and event space and popular wedding venue on weekends, and oh yeah did we mention the rooftop? The spot recently got a new food and drinks menu, launching a great happy hour at the same time and live entertainment, whether a drag show or live music, Monday through Thursday. Customers that head up to the rooftop can order from a QR code at their table and staff brings up food and drinks.

Hot Tin

Hot Tin rooftop.
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The bar and restaurant on the roof of the historic Pontchartain Hotel serves up one of the most stunning, unique views of the city alongside an impressive selection of cocktails, champagne, and other potables; the refreshing Spritzer Named Desire is a favorite. The Bayou Bar downstairs serves food for a pre or post-rooftop meal.

Hot Tin rooftop.
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The Monkey Board

Monkey Board on top of the Troubador Hotel,
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Monkey Board is on top of the Troubador Hotel, and it does one of the best impressions of a Las Vegas rooftop to be found in New Orleans. Featuring artist Gabe Flores’ bright, graffiti-style artwork and expansive views of the city from the 17th floor, it also might be one of the best rooftops in town; food comes from weekend pop-ups, so be sure to check in advance if you’re banking on eating. A couple of fun frozen drinks, tropical and classic cocktails, happy hour deals, and late-night weekend hours round out the offerings.

Monkey Board on top of the Troubador Hotel,
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The Rooftop at Selina Catahoula

Here’s What You’ll Be Drinking At Catahoula, A Pisco Gem in the CBD
The Rooftop at Selina Catahoula.
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The third floor rooftop terrace of the Catahoula Hotel is less about the panoramic views of the city taller spots around town offer and more about its cozy, hideaway vibe. The tropical oasis includes a tiki-inspired cocktail menu, live music, and elegant wood decor. The rooftop bar is open to the public Friday and Saturday nights, and is available for private events.

Here’s What You’ll Be Drinking At Catahoula, A Pisco Gem in the CBD
The Rooftop at Selina Catahoula.
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The Pool Club New Orleans

The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Virgin Hotels New Orleans/Official

Among the new Virgin Hotel’s amenities is the Pool Club, adding a no-cover rooftop to the city’s limited number of options. It’s also huge, a wrap-around terrace that seats up to 150 including a few cozy, cabana-like seating areas comprised of lush foliage and modern, beach-y furniture. Food and cocktails follow a similar beach-vibe, with highlights like a frozen lemongrass paloma and smoked fish dip. No cover to eat and drink (hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.); poolside chairs and VIP sofas require a reservation and daytime pool passes are available.

The Pool Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans
Virgin Hotels New Orleans/Official

Above The Grid

NOPSI’s rooftop bar that once served as a post-work haven for downtown workers is back after a pandemic hiatus, and it’s now open to the public 1 to 8 p.m. daily (weather permitting). Snacks include fairly standard poolside fare — spinach and artichoke dip, flatbread, and the classic, a club sandwich — and good cocktails. Weekend events are a big thing here, so check Instagram for info.

Alto at the Ace Hotel

There’s almost always something going on at Alto, the Ace Hotel’s rooftop bar and pool, from DJs to special brunches. The summertime favorite is open to the public daily for lunch, dinner, and drinks (with a fee on weekends), serving an Italian-leaning menu of pizza, salad, and wings; and a drink menu with excellent frozen craft cocktails.

Rosie’s on the Roof

Rosie’s on the Roof/Official

Rosie’s on the Roof is the casual restaurant and Irish bar atop the new Higgins Hotel, which opened on the National WWII Museum’s campus in the Warehouse District in 2019. Localhospitality vet Marc Becker opened Rosie’s last year in the midst of the pandemic, offering top-notch views of the city and a menu of bar snacks. In an exciting development, the bar now hosts live music on the rooftop; follow on Facebook for updates.

Rosie’s on the Roof/Official

Mambo’s

Mambo’s rooftop 
Mambo’s/Official

Mambo’s is from the owners of nearby Oceana Grill, so it’s similarly tourist-oriented; still, it has the distinction of being Bourbon Street’s only rooftop bar. It serves a mix of cliche Cajun and Creole specialties on all three floors, but the rooftop is the gem, with a front porch feel and seating for 50 people. Check out the Voodoo Room inside on the third floor, featuring work by local artists.

Mambo’s rooftop 
Mambo’s/Official

Midnight Revival

Midnight Revival is the new cocktail bar in the newly revamped Frenchmen Hotel is, bringing a classy live music venue to the street famously littered with them. Sure to draw Frenchmen revelers and locals alike, the ground floor bar hosts nightly music and serves a menu of tropical-leaning cocktails, which extends to a rooftop bar, open to the public just in time for spring.

Capulet

Capulet is a bar and restaurant during the week and event space and popular wedding venue on weekends, and oh yeah did we mention the rooftop? The spot recently got a new food and drinks menu, launching a great happy hour at the same time and live entertainment, whether a drag show or live music, Monday through Thursday. Customers that head up to the rooftop can order from a QR code at their table and staff brings up food and drinks.

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