Cocktails are the reward at the end of a long day, the delicious icebreaker for a memorable date night, or the cherry on top of a well-deserved vacation. Cocktails, we think, tell a story. Which is why Tales of the Cocktail, a festival-meets-convention, is the perfect way to celebrate our favorite kind of drink.

A bartender serves up a cocktail at the world-famous Carousel Bar inside Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Visiting New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail? Be sure to visit our very own Carousel Bar, a favorite meeting spot for attendees.

Founded in 2002, the event brings together the world’s top mixologists, bartenders, and chefs for five days full of cuisine, culture, and most importantly – cocktails. We are thrilled to be the official host hotel of what has become one of the biggest events of the New Orleans summer.

This festival takes place July 19-24, 2016 and includes a series of seminars, mixing competitions, networking opportunities and other spirited events. It is also a chance for new and popular liquor brands to showcase their products. Read on for the best ways to enjoy this spirited event:

Tales Restaurant Week

Leading up to and during the event, Tales of the Cocktail hosts its own, spirited version of a restaurant week, Monday, July 18 through Monday, July 25, 2016. This means you can check out a host of restaurants around town for specific types of liquors and liqueurs, paired with delicious cuisine. Our own Carousel Bar & Lounge is somewhat of the de facto home base for Tales, so be sure to stop in and pay homage to the cocktail with appropriate savoir-faire.

Spirited Seminars & Educational Offerings

Educating people about the cocktail is the first and foremost goal of Tales. How? Through tons of speakers, panels, seminars, and tasting events, of course.

While our historic hotel plays host to many of these seminars, this year is particularly special as Hotel Monteleone is at the center of discussion for a Literary Libations panel. The seminar will explore our rich history of hosting authors like William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, and Truman Capote, who have all stayed and sipped within our walls.

Intriguing, educational, and delicious panels are at the core of Tales of the Cocktail, and Hotel Monteleone is at the center of it all. You’ll also find the registration area, Tales Bookstore, the Bitter Market, the Cocktail Kingdom Pop-Up Shop and author signings daily in our lobby.

Enjoy a Pimm's Cup cocktail at the world-famous Carousel Bar inside Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Follow in the footsteps of famous authors like Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway when you sip a cocktail from the Carousel Bar.

Enjoy Tales of the Cocktail at Our New Orleans Hotel

Considering Hotel Monteleone and the Carousel Bar’s close connection to Tales of the Cocktail, it’s no wonder we think it’s an apt place to soak in the Tales environment. In addition to our own signature cocktails, like the Fleur des Lis Cocktail, the Carousel Bar also features a fully stocked bar that is sure to inspire. Live jazz music sets the scene, and if you need a break from cocktails? We also have a solid wine list (and your secret is safe with us).

Every year Tales of the Cocktail provides delicious concoctions and spirited entertainment – we’re sure this year will be no different! Planning to visit during Tales of the Cocktail? Book your room today!