Sometimes, the best nights out are actually spent indoors, and the coolest hangout is closer than you might think. Luckily, New Orleans is filled with a number of hotels that double as hot spots for craft cocktails, live music and dancing all night long. Check out some of our favorite hotel bars to book an accommodation that offers the best of both worlds.  

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A vibrant and spirited craft cocktail lounge, Bar Marilou is one of the many stunning and unique features offered at the boutique hotel Maison de la Luz. Grab a group of friends for dinner and specialty drinks, or cozy up near the lounge's library with a glass of wine and your favorite book. The space even includes a 12-person speakeasy available to hotel guests–perfect for private gatherings.

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Rebecca Todd

Ritz-Carlton Hotels are located all around the globe, but none have anything quite like the Davenport Lounge. Unique to New Orleans, the Davenport Lounge is a swinging jazz club and cocktail bar named after the lounge’s headliner, Jeremy Davenport. Enjoy modern spins on New Orleans’ classic cocktails like the Lavender Fizz and Triple Crown Sazerac, while enjoying the smooth stylings of the evening’s featured performers.

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Four-times Cool Cousin-approved, the Ace Lobby Bar is a hip-hotel hangout open to guests of the Ace and visitors alike. Their eye-catching cocktails and savory bar snacks are the perfect way to start or end any night on in New Orleans. Swing by during any major event in the city, their lobby is sure to be bustling.

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The Windsor Court’s Polo Club Lounge was made for a sophisticated crowd. Soft furnishings, dark woods and live music set a tone comparable to private English pubs. The bar, headed by veteran bartender Roger Blais, offers a selection of over 600 wines, classic cocktails, and fine bar bites such as caviar, short rib on a French Baguette, charcuterie and cheese plates and more.

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Housed inside of the widely talked about Hotel Peter & Paul, the Elysian Bar is best-known for its daily Aperitivo Hour, which features a selection of vibrant and fruity European cocktails. Join them near the barside or outdoors to their stunning courtyard for before dinner cocktails and spirits.

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You can always find something new and refreshing and the International House’s Loa Bar. With the help of their nationally recognized “spirit handler,” Alan Walter, Loa Bar’s cocktail menu is specially curated with seasonal touches, fresh ingredients and New Orleans inspiration in mind. Its convenient CBD location places you in the heart of New Orleans nightlife.

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Bayou Bar and Hot Tin

The perfect parade route hangout is inside the Pontchartrain Hotel at Bayou Bar. Nestled on historic St. Charles Avenue, the Bayou Bar ideal for grabbing a drink and getting back to the beads during Mardi Gras season. Their menu features an extensive whiskey list, house cocktails and tempting bar bites. If you’re looking to linger for a little while longer, head upstairs to the Hot Tin Rooftop Bar for sips with stunning skyline views of the city.

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Andrew Thomas Lee, photo courtesy of Eliza Jane

Bisous Wine Garden

Weather permitting, the Bisous Wine Garden at the Eliza Jane Hotel is open every Thursday - Saturday. Held in the hotel’s stunning courtyard this wine experience is like no other. Bisous highlights small batch wine producers who keep biodynamic, organic and/or natural methods at the forefront of their work. Support their work by the glass or bottle! If the weather doesn’t permit, don’t fret. The Eliza Jane’s Press Room Bar and Couvant’s bar are open seven days a week.