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Monteleone Hotel Carousel Bar
Type: Hotel Bar, Late Night / After Hours, Live Music, Lounge
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... Read More
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 every night, with spotlights on local entertainers like Robin Barnes, Lena Prima and Antoine Diehl. The cocktail list includes drinks favored by past famous guests including Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Light bites are available.
- Daily 11am-2am
- No cover charge
- 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."
- Jazz Clubs: "This music venue offers a more sedate alternative to the nutty Frenchmen Street scene."
- Bars: "This is a super spot to catch early music, with performances during happy hour most days."
- 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 Jazz Clubs Because: Located on Royal Street, this iconic bar has been drawing celebrities and visitors since 1949.
- Best for Bars Because: This is a storied meeting spot for locals and a swell grown ups bar for anybody.