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The Carousel Bar & Lounge

Hotel Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
  • Has a stamp of approval from Serious Eats and Food & Wine
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  • Priya T.
    "Try any of the amazing cocktails at the rotating bar!"(14 Tips)
    Jonathan W.
    "perfect Ramos Gin Fizz and Pimms Cup....with style and panache."(12 Tips)
    "Sazerac or Vieux Carre and sit at the rotating bar."(13 Tips)
    Mick M.
    "Vieux Carré is a must."(5 Tips)
234 Tips and reviews
  • fancy cocktails
  • rotating bar
  • lively
  • good for dates
  • vieux carre
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  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WJuly 14
    Always packed! You have to wait for people to leave the bar (but you need to time it just right to get a seat).
  • Ariana V.
    Fleur de lis and French 007 cocktails. People constantly coming and going so there's a decent chance of getting a seat!
  • Caitlin C.
    Tennessee Williams haunt
  • Elizabeth B.
    Awesome place for live jazz and on the fancier side...the bar actually rotates!
  • Connie C.
    Pretty cool concept but crowded and hard to get a seat at the carousel. It actually turns! But super slowly.
  • Jackie G.
    Jackie GApril 19
    If you can get a seat - it is a lot of fun! Definitely a must do in NOLA. Great cocktails. Stay for one drink
  • Michelle G.
    Unique bar and awesome service 👏🏼
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨March 11
    Beautiful bar & great cocktails
  • Wejdan
    WejdanJanuary 5
    The rotating bar is one wonderful experience. Nice crowd.
  • Jarrod K.
    Jarrod KlawinskyDecember 15, 2016
    Great ambiance at the Hotel Monteome. Usually always packed with tourists so grab a seat the revolving bar. Jazz music is usually played live at night.
  • Jackie T.
    Jackie ToddDecember 5, 2016
    Fun novelty experience. Not a bourbon fan, so I had to skip the vieux carre, but the Pimm's cup was great!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneNovember 24, 2016
    Start your night here with a nicer cocktail and crowd before you devolve into a Bourbon Street Monster.
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)November 21, 2016
    It's a bar that looks like a carousel. Move along.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WebberNovember 20, 2016
    Travis the bartender is a real professional. Made a perfect Ramos Gin Fizz and Pimms Cup....with style and panache. Recommended.
  • Mary Joan C.
    Mary Joan CranstounNovember 15, 2016
    Excellent drinks, but not as good as Roosevelt Hotel!
  • Vansi
    VansiOctober 22, 2016
    Good luck playing musical chairs!!
  • Lina T.
    Lina TrifonOctober 17, 2016
    The cocktails were nice but the service was bad.
  • Nelson V. G.
    Nelson V. GuevaraAugust 15, 2016
    Sazerac is outstanding
  • Marisa M.
    Marisa MoranAugust 1, 2016
    Pimms cup is a must do! Oh so good!
  • Victor L.
    Victor LowJune 29, 2016
    Gets packed leading up to the weekend but drinking on a bar that slowly rotates is always fun to say to friends.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.June 25, 2016
    As seen on the Booze Traveler, this place has strong and incredible cocktails. Classier than Anything next door on Bourbon street. Come take a spin on the ride!
  • James D.
    James DiotteJune 23, 2016
    Grab a vieux carre, fleur-de-lis or any of their other classic cocktails, you really can't go wrong here.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda ThauJune 6, 2016
    Get one of the 25 seats at the rotating carousel bar and order the Fleur de Lis. Be patient, or chat up a person at the end of their cocktail and ask politely to take the seat once they're finished!
  • Nicolas M.
    Try their signature drink, the vieux carre.
  • Paul
    PaulApril 19, 2016
    We enjoyed the Fleur de Lis and Pimm's Cup No. 1. The bartender, Neil, is an absolute pleasure and quickly becoming a celebrity as he was recently featured on Travel Channel's Booze Traveler TV show.
  • Tobias R.
    Tobias ReiperApril 6, 2016
    Great bar due to the novelty of the carousel and the drinks are well made, though it can hard to find a seat early evening depending on the day.
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezApril 2, 2016
    Great place for drinks and meet people. Live jazz starting at 9.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 25, 2016
    There is seating in other places, but let's be honest: you're here for the Carousel. Order a cocktail (I suggest a Sazerac, you're in NOLA) and chat with the bartenders.
  • Lindsay H.
    Lindsay HerndonMarch 24, 2016
    Really cool place, ordered a drink at the other bar and waited until a seat was available at the revolving one to become available, great time!
  • a b.
    a bMarch 9, 2016
    Awesome lounge! Get a vieux carre
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchexnayderFebruary 22, 2016
    Always a place I tell people to visit if they've never been to NOLA.
  • Ashley
    AshleyFebruary 21, 2016
    Rotating bar is more grand at night
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJanuary 28, 2016
    he Carousel Bar specializes in a rye whiskey Sazerac or an antebellum version made with Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac and absinthe. Read more
    Upvoted Jun 22
  • Eric O.
    Eric OJanuary 28, 2016
    If you're with a group and have more people than seats at the revolving bar, be sure to keep up!
  • Zach T.
    Zach ThomasJanuary 2, 2016
    Unique bar, good luck at happy hour though getting a seat
  • Oscar A.
    Oscar AparicioDecember 30, 2015
    Spinning on a carousel is cool for about 15 seconds. Then it's just a nice hotel bar.
  • ⚜ Nimesh P.
    ⚜ Nimesh Patel ⚜December 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The atmosphere is very cheerful with live music EVERYNIGHT. And beautiful martinis selection. Do plan to spend a few bucks at this hotel bar. Did I mention that the bar is an actual rotating Carousel.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchulerDecember 12, 2015
    Try a Vieux Carré cocktail, it was invented here.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezNovember 19, 2015
    Bar makes a full rotation in about 15 minutes. Sit on for a spin and check out their liquor collection! They can make just about anything! Ps they have Pisco!
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.November 13, 2015
    Ramos gin fizz or bust.
  • Susan A.
    Susan AdamsOctober 18, 2015
    French 007!
  • Marigny9
    Marigny9October 16, 2015
    You don't have to sit in one of the seats at the revolving bar but you should try a French 75 and their invention, the Vieux Carre cocktail.
  • anomalily
    anomalilySeptember 29, 2015
    Don't be scared off by the fact it is a hotel bar. Fun for everyone and awesome drinks.
  • Douglon T.
    Douglon TseSeptember 27, 2015
    The carousel is pretty cool. Worth a look and a drink
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 23, 2015
    The rotating bar is really fun.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 23, 2015
    Nice place for a fancy cocktail in the French Quarter. Try their Signature Cocktail: the Vieux Carre. Made with Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Hennessy, Sweet Vermouth, Benedictine, Angostura & bitters.
  • D. E. M.
    D. E. MerrittSeptember 13, 2015
    A must visit in New Orleans. The Sazerac and Vieux Carre cocktails were distinctive.
  • Priya T.
    Priya TungrusAugust 26, 2015
    Try any of the amazing cocktails at the rotating bar!
  • Kaylee
    KayleeAugust 22, 2015
    You have 14 min and 37 seconds to finish that drink before you've rotated and it's time for more 😎
  • Adam N.
    Adam NowekAugust 13, 2015
    It took me ten minutes to realise that the bar rotated. Solid cocktail list.
  • Erin C.
    Erin CarriganJuly 29, 2015
    So classy, great brandy Alexanders
  • Nana
    NanaJuly 21, 2015
    Loved the carousel ride with a drink :) fleur de lis
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttJuly 19, 2015
    Arrive early and get a spot at the rotating bar.
  • Madona H.
    Madona HaberJuly 8, 2015
    It's a NOLA must!
  • Amber E.
    Amber EJune 28, 2015
    great cocktails. very crowded!
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BruceJune 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go sazerac or go home
  • Stephen S.
    Stephen SmytheJune 23, 2015
    Located in a historic hotel the scene is already set, but the bar being a rotating carousel sets the atmosphere apart from most. Sit.drink.slowlyspin
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJune 16, 2015
    Hands down the coolest bar I've ever spun around. It is a real, revolving carousel and it is so cool!
  • Kelly F.
    Kelly FreebergJune 7, 2015
    Pop in for a quick drink and spin around the bar. No need for Dramamine.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoJune 6, 2015
    Great venue
  • Matty C.
    Matty CitoMay 29, 2015
    you spin me right round , baby right round
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongMay 14, 2015
    Ridiculously packed! There is only one medium size bar that spins on a small platform with no standing room.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BerkowitzMay 14, 2015
    The Vieux Carre is delicious. Waiting for a seat by the bar is worth it for the novelty.
  • Mary Ann P.
    Mary Ann PorchMay 8, 2015
    Spot a drunk person standing on the rotating carousel around the bar. Position yourself so they bump into you without trying. Make them buy you a Sazerac as an apology. Success.
  • David Todd B.
    This is the place you must visit in NOLA!
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandApril 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Very cozy space. Excellent cocktails.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HApril 12, 2015
    Cool and unique bar off of Bourbon Street!
  • Steven D.
    Steven DApril 11, 2015
    Cool place to grab a drink
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BarnettApril 7, 2015
    Drinks are very old fashioned but great.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdMarch 26, 2015
    The bar stools make one revolution every 14 mins. Cocktails are ~$12. You don't have to dress up.
  • Tessa
    TessaMarch 23, 2015
    One of my favorite NOLA spots. A true classic and beautiful place. Get a seat at the spinning carousel while you can - they go quickly!
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsMarch 21, 2015
    You definitely need to stop here for a ride. The slow rotation makes you feel twice as drunk.
  • Amy T.
    Amy TremmelMarch 18, 2015
    Get a seat at the bar and spin around and around!
  • Plwm B.
    Plwm BwmMarch 18, 2015
    Good place to see lots of tourists wearing flip flops. Recreate the carousel bar by just getting very drunk at a normal bar.
  • Kelsey
    KelseyMarch 13, 2015
    The carousel did not actually move???
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RobertsMarch 3, 2015
    Sipped on two fleur de lis cocktails for 2.5 revolutions. Great place to check out, but not up to the hype. Pretty magical for a few minutes though.
  • FMD
    FMDMarch 2, 2015
    Good for fancy-ass cocktails in a nice setting. Go at an awkward time for a seat at the rotating bar 🎠💁🍸
  • Madhu V.
    Madhu VulimiriFebruary 1, 2015
    Fleur de lis is so refreshing!
  • Rebecca D.
    Rebecca DaleJanuary 7, 2015
    The spinning bar is a fun unique experience. Cocktails are good and authentic, must wait to get a seat at the carousel it is always usually busy, better to go not during peak hours.
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FerstlJanuary 6, 2015
    Dizzy. :-)
  • Shannon D.
    Shannon DonnellyJanuary 3, 2015
    It rotates at just the right speed so that you don't even know it's spinning! Drinks are a bit pricey
  • Sandra
    SandraJanuary 2, 2015
    Nice cocktails. If going out all night, start here. Slow spinning and a night of drinking doesn't mix.
  • Gabriel D.
    Gabriel DietrichDecember 29, 2014
    Cool atmosphere. The revolving carousel will make you feel you've been drinking hard. First-come-first-served basis may create competition for seats. Go for the French 007 and everything will be OK
  • Remy A.
    Remy AmedeeDecember 29, 2014
    Good drinks
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BabbDecember 27, 2014
    Classy clientele, a nice break from the Bourbon St. madness. They make a great Sazerac!
  • Yukie T.
    Yukie TakabatakeDecember 6, 2014
    The bar/lounge rotates like a Carousel
  • Paddy
    PaddyDecember 6, 2014
    Nice hotel with a quirky rotating bar. Good quality cocktails with an apparently famous and well-renowned cocktail bartender (not Tom Cruise).
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25November 11, 2014
    Great cocktails and get a seat at the bar to take a slow spin
  • Eric D.
    Eric DNovember 2, 2014
    Get a barstool if you can. Order a Vieux Carré and while the world is spinning around you, imagine what this place was like when the drink was invented here in 1938.
  • A H.
    A HaynesOctober 24, 2014
    I love their hurricane. The music was great
  • Helena Tiare O.
    Helena Tiare OlsenOctober 3, 2014
    Order a rum Alexander with Rougaroux dark rum!
  • Russell H.
    Russell HolleySeptember 9, 2014
    The bar bites are amazing. Seafood beignets and the jambalaya, crawfish pie and file gumbo trio are out of this world.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 4, 2014
    Check out Carousel Bar as seen on Best Bars in America Read more
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SaitesAugust 28, 2014
    Chill spot to escape the noise. $9 cocktails and free gardettos.
  • Jamie C.
    Jamie CouchAugust 24, 2014
    Great place hard to get a drink
  • Dens
    DensAugust 20, 2014
    Classy spot for a cocktail. If you're down for a weekend, make time to sit at the revolving bar (14 mins round trip!) and just chill for a bit. 10x classier crowd than what you'll find on Bourbon St.
  • Janine D.
    Janine DuffyAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pimm's Cup is a must.
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse McGeeAugust 8, 2014
    Super Cool Real Carousel Bar in the Hotel!!! :)
  • R.J.
    R.J.August 8, 2014
    Grab a cocktail and a spin on the carousel.
  • Jill K.
    Jill KAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the revolving bar if you can snag a seat!
  • Tyson G.
    Tyson GachJanuary 5
    👍🏼 Vieux Carré
  • Vambah S.
    Vambah SillahDecember 3, 2015
    Fleur De Li
  • inspector c.
    inspector clouseauMay 30, 2015
    Немного потрепанный, но милый и шумный бар. По пятницам поет и играет вокально-инструментальный ансамбль )))))
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