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Hilton New Orleans Riverside Opens Public Belt, a Piano Cocktail Bar
Inspired by the Prohibition-Era Railroad, Intimate Lounge Offers Live Jazz Music and Classic Handcrafted Cocktails

NEW ORLEANS- Hilton New Orleans Riverside is proud to announce the opening of Public Belt, a cocktail lounge inspired by the iconic railroad brought to the city in the early 1900s. Located on the second floor of the 1,622-room hotel, the piano bar will serve hand-crafted cocktails while alluding to the mystique of the prohibition era with intimate nooks and live jazz music.

"Public Belt celebrates all that the rail brought to the city of New Orleans at the turn of the century," said Paul Scott, general manager, Hilton New Orleans Riverside. "Similar to the prohibition era when Public Belt brought people and places together, we hope that the new bar will allow our guests to connect."

Featuring a speakeasy meets piano bar atmosphere, Public Belt is a cozy 61-seat bar in which visitors are drawn in by the twinkle of candle light and the sound of eclectic jazz. Inside, guests lounge among the traditional yet masculine design featuring dark wood tones, leather furnishings and a baby grand piano. From Thursday - Saturday, bar-goers can enjoy award-winning jazz notes played by the locally renowned piano player Joe Krown.

Featuring top-of-the line glasswares, single malts, high-quality vodkas and customized ice cubes, the bar offers classic New Orleans cocktails like Sazerac, Brandy Crusta and Absinthe Frappe as well as libations inspired by the madams of Storyville, New Orleans - the legendary red-light district. Patrons can try signature drinks such as Lulu's Clever Hands with citrus vodka, lime juice, Peychaud's bitters and ginger beer and Ella's Secret with gin, elderflower liqueur, dry vermouth and celery bitters.

On the banks of the Mississippi River and a short walk to the French Quarter, Hilton New Orleans Riverside offers countless amenities, such as on-site Drago's Seafood Restaurant and a 90,000 square foot health and fitness center. With over 130,000 square feet of event space offering a French-influenced design, the hotel is also an ideal location for groups and events of various sizes.

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