Where To Go For Nightlife In New Orleans

Where To Go For Nightlife In New Orleans

New Orleans has a world-wide reputation for a lot of things, but perhaps one of its best known qualities is its nightlife. It might not be an official title, but “the Southern City that Never Sleeps” is a very fitting slogan. Whether you’re walking down Bourbon Street, listening to music on Frenchmen, or sipping wine at the Delachaise in Uptown, there’s always something going on in New Orleans that will have you enjoying life up until the wee hours of the morning. Live Music on Frenchmen Frenchmen Street, just a short walk down river from Bourbon Street, has become the epicenter of music in the city. As Bourbon Street became increasingly touristy and less musically focused, local bands and musicians moved over to Frenchmen Street. A short walk down Frenchman will showcase some of the city’s best musicians. The Maison, Blue Nile and Spotted Cat are just a few hot spots on the street. Many locals will tell you how to experience it best: just take a walk, stop by each bar to listen to who’s playing and take your pick. No matter what, you’re sure to find something that will get your toes tapping. Stand-up and Improv Comedy Perhaps lesser known but still a dynamic force in New Orleans’ nighttime scene is the comedy community. Whether you’re a fan of stand-up or improv, there is a wide variety of joints where you can find some of the city’s funniest individuals. Carrolton Station is one of the most well known spots for comedy, and even has a weekly comedy open-mic called, “So You Think You’re Funny.” Famous comedian, Hannibal...
Carnaval Latino 2016 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

Carnaval Latino 2016 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

Did you know the term “French Quarter” is kind of a misnomer? Although we owe a lot to the French, who first established our city nearly 300 years ago, the beautiful patios and scrolling ironwork New Orleans is famous for is actually Spanish-style architecture. After two consecutive fires burned much of the original French architecture, the Spanish government helped rebuild the city to meticulous, sturdy standards — so sturdy, in fact, they still remain today. That’s why Carnaval Latino is such an important part of the fall festival circuit. New Orleans’ Latin roots extend back centuries, and there’s no better way to honor that history in a modern way than to celebrate through food, music, and (of course) a parade. Be sure to attend Carnaval Latino during your stay at Hotel Monteleone on Oct. 15. The festival is in its 17th year and is the perfect end to Hispanic Heritage Month, which happens Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Most of the events are just minutes away from our hotel. ¡Viva Carnaval Latino y La Ciudad de Nueva Orleans! Carnaval Latino at a Glance On Oct. 15th, the downtown and French Quarter areas transform into a hub of Latin culture thanks to the Hispanic-American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association. The festival features empowerment programs and a market (El Mercado) full of beautiful handicrafts and Latin artwork. Select proceeds will benefit local Hispanic non-profits. Cigar aficionados will love the cigar-rolling station at El Mercado, and the all-ages festival even has an interactive children’s area sure to keep the kids busy. The Parade of the Americas Carnaval meets Carnival with a parade reminiscent...
Comforting Fall Menu Items at Criollo

Comforting Fall Menu Items at Criollo

While fall is a magical time everywhere, there’s something even more special about fall in New Orleans. Maybe it has something to do with the amazing weather and fall festivals in a unique city, or maybe it’s the fact that football season has started. At our hotel restaurant, Criollo, we know for sure that it has something to do with fall flavors. Our restaurant, Criollo, has harvested a new crop of fall menu items that reflect the tastes of the season: festive, comforting, rich, and flavorful. Need proof? Take a peek at some of our favorite dishes available now… they taste even better than they look! Fall Menu Spotlight at Criollo Chargrilled Oysters The chargrilled oysters appetizer takes full advantage of oyster season, when cooler waters produce bigger, more succulent oysters. While you can get oysters year round, experiencing them during the fall season is an unbeatable experience.  Topped with garlic and herb butter, the oysters are grilled with a Parmesan crust for even more piquant, subtly smoky flavor. Crawfish Vol Au Vent Topped with fresh and flavorful crawfish, as well as a decadent Sherry Cream Sauce, our Crawfish Vol Au Vent is the perfect addition to any entree item you choose. Demitasse Flight There’s no better time for soup than the fall season. And why settle for one of our decadent soups when you can try all three in our Demitasse Flight? With perfect portions of Turtle Soup, Seafood Gumbo and Crawfish Bisque, you’ll get a great introduction to Creole soups. Smoked Turkey Waldorf This flavorful salad is sure to please everyone with its rich and unique flavors. Herb Scone,...
Fall Cocktails at the Carousel Bar & Lounge

Fall Cocktails at the Carousel Bar & Lounge

The results are in and our hotel bar, The Carousel Bar & Lounge, was named the Best Hotel Bar in New Orleans. For those who have taken a spin or two around the legendary bar, you probably understand how our bar was selected as a must visit destination, but for those who have yet to experienced our remarkable cocktails and bartenders, our fall cocktail menu might inspire a visit. The Bartenders: While every one of our bartenders is extremely talented and personable, Marvin Allen might be the most well known. Anyone who has sat down at our bar while Marvin was serving knows what an amazing character he is. Marvin has concocted his own drinks, has hosted our Puppy Happy Hour multiple years in a row, and is generally a stand up guy. We believe that anyone who visits New Orleans should make a stop in the Carousel Bar just to meet our beloved bartender. The Legendary Drinks: The Vieux Carre Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar might be best known for our Vieux Carre, which was invented by then-bartender Walter Bergeron in 1938. This amazing drink contains Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Hennessy, Sweet Vermouth, Benedictine, Angostura and Peychaud’s Bitters. This drink is sure to please even those who aren’t fans of liquor. When you take a sip of this drink, it’s neat to think about all the other folks who have sipped on this historic drink. Pimm’s Cup Perhaps one of our freshest looking and tasting cocktails, the Pimm’s Cup is a great choice for those who love uplifting drinks. Created at an Oyster Bar in London in the 1890s, this...
Family Friendly Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans

Family Friendly Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans

While there are many choices for a Labor Day weekend vacation – Labor Day weekend in New Orleans should definitely be at the top of your list. You won’t find a sad face around here about summer ending, since it means some of the best New Orleans weather is around the corner. While there are many family friendly activities in the city that you can find year round, there is no lack of festival-goers for Labor Day weekend in New Orleans – it is New Orleans, after all. Southern Decadence in New Orleans Depending on your flavor, you may want to check out Southern Decadence while you are in town. While this one may be a little mature for the younger crowd, Southern Decadence brings an around-the-clock party at the epicenter of Gay New Orleans, the corner of Bourbon St. and St. Ann in the French Quarter, just steps from our LGBTQ+ friendly New Orleans hotel. On Sunday the 4th, a fabulous parade will start at the Golden Lantern at 2pm sharp. The parade might get a little racy, but there are always children in attendance. Family Friendly Labor Day Weekend Activities If you are looking to stay away from the festival scene during Labor Day weekend in New Orleans, below are some great activities for a younger crowd: Riverboat Cruise: Try a 2-hour daytime cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Children ages 6-12 receive discounted tickets while children under 6 ride for free. A great activity for a memorable Labor Day weekend in New Orleans! Museums: Stop by the Louisiana’s Children Museum in the Warehouse District! Story Time for children...
Catch of the Day: Louisiana Seafood Festival in City Park

Catch of the Day: Louisiana Seafood Festival in City Park

City Park is the go-to spot for meandering through the sculpture garden or enjoying Morning Call beignets al fresco, but next weekend, it’s also your best bet for decadent seafood creations. You won’t find any plain, grilled fish at the Louisiana Seafood Festival, at the festival grounds from Sep. 2-4, 2016. Instead, expect incredibly decadent takes on seafood that are anything but basic. The Food We love how the Festival makes it easy to try some of the city’s most beloved restaurants all in one spot. Blue Crab will feature classic crab cakes, dressed in their signature remoulade sauce, while perennial favorite Galatoire’s is offering up a crunchy, fried shrimp BLT po’boy. Crawfish ravioli and crab cakes are the picks from Andrea’s Restaurant, and Ernst Café will serve crawfish nachos. In a distinctly Louisiana vibe, alligator and beignets are both on the menu: try the rich and savory alligator sausage cheesecake from Jacques-Imo’s followed by flaky redfish beignets from Royal House. Got a sweet tooth? No seafood in the desserts, we promise, but dishes like Bananas Foster bread pudding and strawberry puff pastries with whipped cream are a sweet finish to the seafood offerings. The Music Running from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the festival also includes a constant flow of music. With bands taking the stage practically around the clock, guests can look forward to musicians like ultra funky Tank and the Bangas, as well as local favorites, Bonerama. Getting There Of course, our central proximity offers easy access to any of the city’s events. If you’re looking for...