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.

The 15th annual festival takes place July 18-23, 2017 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:

Special Dining & Drinking Events

Tales of the Cocktail hosts a number of special dining and drinking events that are perfect for cocktail enthusiasts, whether you work in the cocktail industry or not. The annual Spirited Dinner® Series features prix-fixe menus with specialty cocktail and premium liquor pairings. Reservations for these dinners, which take place on Thursday July 20th, must be made directly through the participating restaurants.

Drink the night away with Dynamic Duos, where some of the world’s most renowned bartenders team up with local mixologists in bars around town. Dynamic Duos are open to the public with cocktails available for purchase.

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.

This year, Tales is teaming up with a number of local breweries and distilleries to offer tours and happy hour specials.

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 Cocktail Kingdom Pop-Up Shop daily in our gift shop area.

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!

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Hotel Monteleone is very excited to host Tales of the Cocktail, an annual New Orleans event which serves as the premier cocktail festival in the world.


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