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Monkey Board, on top of the Troubadour
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8 New Orleans Rooftops for Drinks With a View

Where to soak in the best views in the city with a cocktail in hand

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Monkey Board, on top of the Troubadour
| Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

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 and pools have opened up to the public over the last few years, making a staycation easier than ever. There’s even a new rooftop bar and restaurant in the French Quarter, the first on Bourbon Street. While not all of New Orleans’s hotel rooftops are currently open to the public, even through a day pass — NOPSI’s Above the Grid and Vue at the SpringHill Suites downtown are two — those that remain closed due to COVID anticipate opening back up by summer, if not sooner.

Check out these rooftops for dinner and drinks alongside stunning views of the city, and check back for summer updates.

Don’t see a favorite rooftop spot? Let us know by sending a tip or leaving a comment. As usual, this list is grouped by neighborhood, not by ranking.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jack Rose Roof

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2031 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA
(504) 323-1500
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Previously Hot Tin, the bar and restaurant on the roof of the historic Pontchartain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue is now called the Jack Rose Roof, though it still offers the same beautiful and unique view of the city. Chef Brian Landry, who has led the hotel’s acclaimed Jack Rose since its opening, offers a vast, elegant menu, making it one of the best places on the map for an extravagant meal to complement the views. There’s also an impressive selection of cocktails, champagne, and other potables; the refreshing Spritzer Named Desire is a favorite.

2. The Monkey Board

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1111 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA
(504) 518-5800
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Arguably the best rooftop bar in the city, the Monkey Board is on top of the Troubador Hotel, featuring artist Gabe Flores’ bright, graffiti-style artwork and expansive views of the city from the 17th floor. Fresh bar bites like ceviche, crab cakes, and carne asada tacos are on the menu along with a couple of fun frozen drinks and tropical cocktails, with happy hour specials for house wine and classic cocktails running daily from 4 to 6 p.m. Monkey Board is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

3. The Rooftop at Selina Catahoula

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914 Union St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 603-2442
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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.

4. Rooftop at the Roosevelt

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130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA
(504) 648-1200
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The Rooftop at the Roosevelt has frozen concoctions (the signature “Frozevelt”) and classic hot weather cocktails like strawberry daiquiris, piña coladas, and mai tais for poolside lounging, along with a variety of salads and sandwiches to snack on. The rooftop is only accessible to non-guests via a private cabana rental, which allow up to eight people and go for $200-400, so consider this a splurge staycation option.

5. Alto at the Ace Hotel

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600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 900-1180
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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 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. for lunch, dinner, and drinks (with a fee on weekends), serving a menu from Josephine Estelle chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman of burgers, one of the best hot dogs in the city, bites like wings and fish tacos, and a drink menu with excellent frozen craft cocktails.

6. Rosie’s on the Roof

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1000 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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. NOLA hospitality 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 classic bar food, perhaps with the exception of the not-so-classic crab beignets. In an exciting development, the bar just started hosting live music on the rooftop; follow on Facebook for updates.

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7. Mambo’s

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411 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 407-3717
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Mambo’s, opened in the summer of 2019, is a tourist-oriented, Cajun-Creole restaurant on Bourbon Street from the owners of Oceana Grill. It has the distinction of being Bourbon Street’s only rooftop bar, hence the tourist-friendly orientation, and serves standard takes on Louisiana fare and lots of frozen drinks. The rooftop has 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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8. Le Meridien Hotel

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333 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 525-9444
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Usually closed to the public, Le Meridien opens the doors of its rooftop pool and bar to locals in the spring and keeps them open through the summer. While it’s still closed through April, the hotel plans to open the rooftop bar back up in May, with weekday and weekend day passes for locals returning. Note: Only 21 and up.

1. Jack Rose Roof

2031 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA

Previously Hot Tin, the bar and restaurant on the roof of the historic Pontchartain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue is now called the Jack Rose Roof, though it still offers the same beautiful and unique view of the city. Chef Brian Landry, who has led the hotel’s acclaimed Jack Rose since its opening, offers a vast, elegant menu, making it one of the best places on the map for an extravagant meal to complement the views. There’s also an impressive selection of cocktails, champagne, and other potables; the refreshing Spritzer Named Desire is a favorite.

2031 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA

2. The Monkey Board

1111 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA

Arguably the best rooftop bar in the city, the Monkey Board is on top of the Troubador Hotel, featuring artist Gabe Flores’ bright, graffiti-style artwork and expansive views of the city from the 17th floor. Fresh bar bites like ceviche, crab cakes, and carne asada tacos are on the menu along with a couple of fun frozen drinks and tropical cocktails, with happy hour specials for house wine and classic cocktails running daily from 4 to 6 p.m. Monkey Board is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m. and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

1111 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA

3. The Rooftop at Selina Catahoula

914 Union St, New Orleans, LA

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.

914 Union St
New Orleans, LA

4. Rooftop at the Roosevelt

130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA

The Rooftop at the Roosevelt has frozen concoctions (the signature “Frozevelt”) and classic hot weather cocktails like strawberry daiquiris, piña coladas, and mai tais for poolside lounging, along with a variety of salads and sandwiches to snack on. The rooftop is only accessible to non-guests via a private cabana rental, which allow up to eight people and go for $200-400, so consider this a splurge staycation option.

130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA

5. Alto at the Ace Hotel

600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA

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 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. for lunch, dinner, and drinks (with a fee on weekends), serving a menu from Josephine Estelle chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman of burgers, one of the best hot dogs in the city, bites like wings and fish tacos, and a drink menu with excellent frozen craft cocktails.

600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA

6. Rosie’s on the Roof

1000 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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. NOLA hospitality 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 classic bar food, perhaps with the exception of the not-so-classic crab beignets. In an exciting development, the bar just started hosting live music on the rooftop; follow on Facebook for updates.

1000 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Mambo’s

411 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Mambo’s rooftop 
Mambo’s/Official

Mambo’s, opened in the summer of 2019, is a tourist-oriented, Cajun-Creole restaurant on Bourbon Street from the owners of Oceana Grill. It has the distinction of being Bourbon Street’s only rooftop bar, hence the tourist-friendly orientation, and serves standard takes on Louisiana fare and lots of frozen drinks. The rooftop has a front porch feel and seating for 50 people. Check out the Voodoo Room inside on the third floor, featuring work by local artists.

411 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Le Meridien Hotel

333 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA

Usually closed to the public, Le Meridien opens the doors of its rooftop pool and bar to locals in the spring and keeps them open through the summer. While it’s still closed through April, the hotel plans to open the rooftop bar back up in May, with weekday and weekend day passes for locals returning. Note: Only 21 and up.

333 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA

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