The Carousel Bar & Lounge

214 Royal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 USA

1,428 Reviews
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Open Now
Wed 11a-12a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Wifi
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“Drink where Faulkner Drank!”

The famous Carousel Bar & Lounge in the Hotel Monteleone is a long-time favorite New Orleans hotspot.  The classic New Orleans hotel bar is the city’s only revolving bar.  For decades, it has lured guests in to take a spin on the 25-seat, bright circus-clad Merry-Go-Round. The Carousel Bar overlooks famed Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter.   Guests can enjoy the view through large fan windows.  This New Orleans hotel bar has long been a favorite of both locals and tourists. Installed in 1949, the Carousel Bar’s 25-seat bar turns on 2,000 large steel rollers, pulled by a chain powered by a one-quarter horsepower motor. Patrons circumnavigate at one revolution every 15 minutes, but the ride doesn’t end there. Since 1949, some of its riders’ most creative ideas, inspirations and business deals have been shaken and stirred to fruition here, not to mention some of the best spirits. The Goody and The Vieux Carre Cocktail were first concocted at the Carousel Bar. This Carousel is the only one in New Orleans that you have to be 21 to ride! Explore the gallery below to see how the Carousel Bar & Lounge has changed throughout the years.  You can also see some cocktails inspired by the Carousel Bar’s heritage! Furthermore, The Carousel is designated an official Literary Landmark. It boats an impressive literary roster of famous literary guests. Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams have all tossed back a cocktail in this famous bar.

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Frank N.

I was trying to use the bathroom while I was leaving the bar and security Jackson asked me to provide the room key to access the bathroom! I mentioned to him that I was at the bar but he feels so... Read more

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Lauren S.

If you want a little taste of magic and fantasy on your New Orleans trip, you should stop in. They open at 11. We got there at 11:08. There were no seats to speak of around the main attraction.... Read more

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Edward S.

Carousel at the Hotel Monteleone is a slice of comfort from the raucous streets outside. The amazing bartenders can mix up NOLA classics like a Pimm's Cup and Ramos Gin Fizz. The main bar is a... Read more

The Carousel Bar & Lounge

214 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana
70130 USA

Hours

Open now until 12:00 am
  • Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Dine In
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
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