New Orleans bars are more than just local watering holes. In a city known for its laissez-faire and fun-loving attitude, the cocktail joints are cultural hotspots.

And with 300+ years of history, NOLA has some of the country’s most well-known and beloved bars. Whether you’re looking for a whimsical setting or a comfy dive, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s some of the best-known New Orleans bars to visit!

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, one of the oldest bars in the country and New Orleans' favorite Bourbon Street bar.

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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

An original dive and local favorite, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is a must-visit for any tourist. It’s a Bourbon Street staple that dates all the way back to 1772.

According to local legend, the historic building was once a blacksmith shop owned by the famous pirate Jean Lafitte. It’s the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States and is the perfect place to grab a drink, watch the crowds roll by, and experience the unforgettable atmosphere of the French Quarter.

The Sazerac House, a unique New Orleans bar, distillery and museum that celebrates NOLA's spirited history.

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The Sazerac House

A relatively new edition to New Orleans’ bar scene, the Sazerac House is one of a kind. Opening in 2019, it’s a blend of museum, bar, and distillery, offering a unique perspective on the spirited culture of New Orleans.

With three floors of exhibits, guests learn all about the city’s special relationship with cocktails. Including the history of the Sazerac, known to be America’s first cocktail that was originally created in NOLA.

Plus, with complimentary tours and exclusive spirit tastings it’s an exceptional spot that deserves a visit.

The Hurricane, a favorite New Orleans cocktail created at Pat O'Brien's in the French Quarter.

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Pat O’Brien’s

This iconic French Quarter establishment makes every list of best New Orleans bars. And with an incredible courtyard, a stage with dueling pianos, and a famous specialty drink, it’s easy to see why.

Starting as a speakeasy, Pat O’Brien’s has been around since the early 1900’s. The bar’s staple cocktail, the Hurricane, was created in the 1940’s and has been a New Orleans favorite ever since. It’s a rum-based mix served in a special glass and a must-try for every cocktail lover!

New Orleans' only rotating bar, the Carousel Bar, locted inside Hotel Monteleone

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The Carousel Bar & Lounge

One look at the Carousel Bar and you’ll understand why this special spot is a favorite local attraction. Located inside Hotel Monteleone, our beloved bar offers a second to none atmosphere.

The bar’s design is like no other. 25 seats take guests on a merry-go-round ride underneath a colorful marquee. Every 15 minutes it makes a leisurely orbit around the Carousel’s world-class bartenders, who serve expertly crafted cocktails like the Vieux-Carré, a delicious drink first invented inside Hotel Monteleone in 1938.

This beautiful New Orleans bar truly is a magical place with an exceptional story. And 70+ years later, it’s still enjoying the ride!

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When you book your New Orleans getaway at Hotel Monteleone, you’re moments away from experiencing the city’s incredible cocktail culture. Plan your trip today!

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