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Monteleone Hotel Carousel Bar Photo courtesy of Hotel Monteleone
  • 214 Royal St

    New Orleans, LA 70130

  • Phone: 504-523-3341


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The Carousel Bar is an infamous stopping point in the revered Monteleone Hotel on Royal Street in the French Quarter. Built in 1949 and renovated in 2011, the 25 seat bar gently spins its patrons around as they sip a drink from the endless cocktail menu. Non revolving seating is available for those drinkers who'd rather stay stationary when they take down libations. The Carousel Bar has a vintage feel, taking its guests back to a more formal time. Live music is featured most Wednesdays through Saturdays, with spotlights on local entertainers like Robin Barnes, Lena Prima and Luther Kent. The cocktail list includes drinks favored by past famous guests including Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.

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Beth D'Addono

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"There's usually a wait for one of the 25 revolving seats at this iconic bar, so avoid peak hours for a better chance of climbing aboard. "


Best Because: The 25-seat rotating novelty is the only bar of its kind in the city, with a history that dates back to 1949.