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.
Editor’s Note: Due to Covid-19, New Orleans is currently in a Phase Reopening Plan. This may include some restrictions on bars, live music and other business interruptions, including reduced hours. To learn more about current restrictions, see here.
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 small plates and specialty drinks, or cozy up near the lounge's library with a glass of wine and your favorite book. The innovative cocktail list pleases everyone's palette. The space even includes a 12-person speakeasy available to hotel guests–perfect for private gatherings.
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 jazz. You'll feel tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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. When the weather is nice, you can also always check out Alto, their rooftop pool bar, which offers sweeping views of the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bar at this stately New Orleans mansion-turned-hotel has always been a favorite watering hole of locals and tourists alike. But following their immensely chic recent renovation, it’s become even more of a sought-after destination for drinks. The lush courtyard and substantial front porch provide a front row seat to charming St. Charles Avenue–you can enjoy classic New Orleans cocktails with light bites while watching streetcars roll by.
As the official hotel of the National World War II Museum, you can expect a number of historical touches and 1940s flair in every aspect of the decor at the Higgins Hotel. The rooftop bar is particularly inviting, with sweeping views of the city, stellar cocktail offerings and top-notch menu full of elevated bar bites.
When it comes to French Quarter hotels, it doesn’t get much more classically New Orleans than the Monteleone. And one of the most beloved corners of the hotel belongs to the impressive Carousel Bar–an intricate circular work of art that rotates slowly while you sip. Getting a seat at the bar can take patience, but luckily there are ample tables perfect for perching at while you wait to take a spin.