The Carousel Bar & Lounge
Our Classic New Orleans Hotel Bar
We’ve been spinning for 65 years
THE CAROUSEL BAR
Open 7 days a week from 11:00 A.M. – until
The Carousel Lounge
AN ENTERTAINING DESTINATION
Take a seat and relax in our elegant lounge
A New Orleans Bar With a Story
In the early days of the Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone was also the home to the famous Swan Room, a nightclub where celebrities such as Liberace performed. It wasn’t unusual for the performers to join their friends for a nightcap after their shows.
Explore the gallery below to see how the Carousel Bar & Lounge has changed throughout the years.
Through The Years
Looking Towards the Future
Hotel Monteleone also expanded the lounge area, opening up the room with coffered ceiling designs and customized crown molding. This New Orleans hotel bar also features circular glass chandeliers and expansive windows along Royal Street. Soft white walls complement the French limestone floors. The Carousel Bar area now has a soothing slate color on the walls adorned with antiqued mirrors as well as new furniture and wooden floors. The authentic Carousel top and the hand-painted chairs around the revolving bar remain the same. The bar now has more lighting underneath the Carousel top and a new pewter bar surface. The Carousel Lounge also has an additional crescent-shaped stationary bar with more seating, to provide ample room for thirsty patrons to mix, mingle, and enjoy the free live musical entertainment.
Artwork is an integral part of creating ambiance in any setting, and our bar is no exception. Guests of the Carousel Bar can admire mixed-media artwork, an amalgam of photographer Alfred Cheney’s portraits of Jazz Era and Ziegfeld Follies icons from the 1920s and ‘30s adorned with intricate beaded embroidery. While the photographs reference the sounds and styles of the Jazz Era, the beadwork is a subtle nod to Mardi Gras beads that incorporates sparkle and brings to life each portrait. Hotel Monteleone commissioned Latvian artist Binka Rigava to hand-embroider the photographs with a cache of pearls, beads, and Swarovski crystals. The result is absolutely captivating: the photographs glimmer with life and light as the carousel revolves.