Yes, this bar is built into an actual moving carousel inside the Hotel Monteleone and also yes, it’s a little gimmicky. That said, it’s still a fun place to grab a drink. At all hours of the day, you’ll find a mix of tourists draped in beads and hotel guests pre and post-gaming weddings, all of whom are enamored with the bar that spins slowly enough to barely notice until you’re actually seated on one of the stools.
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The Best Classic Bars And Restaurants In New Orleans
Our guide to the 21 places that made eating and drinking in New Orleans what it is today.
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Central Grocery Co.
You should have a muffuletta when you’re in New Orleans, and since the sandwich was invented here, get one from Central Grocery in the Quarter.
Cafe Du Monde
Cafe Du Monde never closes - except for Christmas - so regardless if it’s 2am or 2pm, their famous beignets are always available.
Cafe Sbisa serves classic creole food, but really you come here for the great second floor patio, or to grab drinks at their restored bar.
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Tipitina’s is one of the best spots to see live music in New Orleans, and it regularly hosts some of the biggest brass shows in the city.
Apple Barrel Bar
Apple Barrel Bar on Frenchmen is one of the smallest bars on the street, and one of the best spots around for live music.
Maple Leaf Bar
The Maple Leaf in Uptown is a great bar to see some live music, often until 4am, and it hosts the Rebirth Brass Band every Tuesday.
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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
There are 257 terrible bars on Bourbon Street, but Lafitte’s isn’t one of them. Grab a voodoo juice, enjoy the patio, and be glad you ended up here.
Bacchanal in the Bywater is a wine-fueled utopia, with nightly live music, a huge backyard, and an atmosphere that could never be duplicated.
Next door to the restaurant is Cochon Butcher, which is way more casual than its neighbor, but still serves great sandwiches and drinks.
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