During the holidays and in the winter months, bars with cozy and intimate settings seem a little more desirable. With couches, fireplaces, or dim lighting, there are many bars in various New Orleans neighborhoods that give off that aesthetic. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite spots to tuck away with a hand crafted cocktail...

Our List of the Coziest Bars in New Orleans

Justen Williams

Located inside Hotel Peter and Paul, the Elysian Bar is a work of art. Imaginative patterns, tiled floors, and a large, carved bar make this place dreamy. Various rooms include fireplaces and comfy seating. You will feel right at home.

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A vibrant and spirited craft cocktail lounge, Bar Marilou is one of the many stunning and unique spaces 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 exclusively to hotel guests–perfect for private gatherings.

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A locals favorite, Bouligny Tavern is a chic, yet cozy Uptown hotspot. From the outside, it appears as a house, but inside, you will find banquette seating, Mid-Century Modern decor, and delicious cocktails.

Justen Williams, NOTMC

Sit back and relax with a cigar and a drink on Bayou Road. Their small and casual ambiance will take all your worries away.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

Located off the beaten path at the edge of the French Quarter, Bar Tonique is the perfect hideaway is a bustling neighborhood. The dim lighting, friendly service, hot toddies, relaxing atmosphere will warm you right up.

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What once was a family dining room now holds the Victorian Lounge Bar in the Columns Hotel, and it exudes Southern charm. The bar was once named the coziest restaurant in Louisiana by Food and Wine Magazine. 

Paul Broussard, NOTMC

Tucked away off Bourbon Street, French 75 is the award-winning bar at Arnaud’s Restaurant. The small setting is alluring, yet intimate.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

Cure those sweet cravings at Bakery Bar. Off the beaten path in the Lower Garden District, you will find a bar that serves doberge cake and other treats alongside their unique cocktails. It’s the perfect spot for a nightcap.

Justen Williams

This French wine bar is known for their natural wine selection and innovative menu, however they offer a few creative cocktails as well. The 16-seat dining room is reserved for diners Thursday through Saturday, but their bar is cozy as well. It gives a neighborhood feel and a soft ambiance. 

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 jazz. You'll feel tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Zack Smith, NOTMC

Winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for best bar program, Cure’s craft cocktails pair nicely with their leather seating and candle lit tables.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

Jump off the Saint Charles Avenue Streetcar and into The Delachaise. Their long bar and twinkling string lights will make you want to stay inside all night long.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

Venture to the Ninth Ward to find this establishment, which is unlike any other in the city. Hidden behind a wooden fence door, you will find an enchanting restaurant with a cozy, yet inviting, bar area.