Jazz Clubs: All dressed up and ready for some cheek to cheek? This revolving bar in the elegant Monteleone Hotel fits the bill. With live music by talented vocalists like Robin Barnes and Lena Prima, the Carousel Bar makes anybody feel like a sophisti-cat. The working carousel is just too much fun, first installed in 1949 and a draw for celebrities including Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Generally the crowd varies from traveling business professionals to die hard regulars and date nighters. Happy hour is always busy, so busy sometimes that the music can The decor is exquisite and the mood elegant.
Best Nightlife: 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.
Bars: If you think the room is spinning after a few cocktails at the Carousel Bar, you're onto something. Actually it's the working carousel bar that revolves at this stylish spot on Royal, one of three lounges in the elegant Monteleone Hotel. The ambiance is classic piano bar and the crowd varies from traveling business professionals to die hard regulars. The Monteleone Carousel Bar Chas long been a favorite meeting place for locals and celebrities alike. Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams were among its famous patrons. The decor is exquisite and the mood elegant. Local songbirds Robin Barnes and Lena Prima are two regular performers.
Lounges: This revolving bar is one of three lounges in the elegant Monteleone Hotel. The bar features a working carousel. The ambiance is classic piano bar and the crowd varies from traveling business professionals to die hard regulars. The Monteleone Carousel Bar Café has been a favorite meeting place for locals and celebrities alike. Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams were among its famous patrons. The decor is exquisite and the mood elegant.
Local Expert Beth D'Addono Says:
Jazz Clubs: "This music venue offers a grown up alternative to the nutty Frenchmen Street scene."
Best Nightlife: "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."
Bars: "This is a super spot to catch early music, with performances during happy hour most days."
Best for Jazz Clubs Because: Located on Royal Street, this iconic bar has been drawing celebrities and visitors since 1949.
Recommended as Best Nightlife Because: The 25-seat rotating novelty is the only bar of its kind in the city, with a history that dates back to 1949.
Best for Bars Because: This is a storied meeting spot for locals and a swell grown ups bar for anybody.
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