the HISTORic carousel bar
A New Orleans Bar With a Story
September 3, 1949
The Carousel Bar opens inside the historic Hotel Monteleone, becoming New Orleans’ first and only rotating bar.
Its carousel theme and unique design is a treat for the young-at-heart, offering guests a pleasant, subtle rotation around a world-class cocktail bar every 15 minutes.
“Best Pimm’s Cup I’ve ever had…was a work of art. You can imagine this being the place that Don Draper would have frequented had he lived in NOLA.”
“There’s something about sitting at a slowly spinning bar while sipping cocktails that is really, really fun. It helps that the cocktails are great and made with love by amazing bartenders.”
A Star-Studded History
In the early days, the Carousel Bar operated alongside the Swan Room, a nightclub known for its famous entertainment.
The stage played host to legendary acts like Liberace and the jazz pioneer Louis Prima.
Decades of Inspiration
Some of the greatest literary minds have found their creative spark at the Carousel Bar. Authors like Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner wove the Carousel into their stories.
The playwright Tennessee Williams and author Richard Ford were regular guests, as was Truman Capote, who lovingly claimed he was born in Hotel Monteleone.
Cheers to 70 Years with the Carousel Bar’s 70th Anniversary Cocktail Selection
Curated with classic Carousel Bar recipes served throughout the decades
Open 7 Days A Week From 11:00 A.M. – Until
Live New Orleans Music
Lives at the Carousel Bar
Like the cocktails he expertly crafts, Marvin Allen has a mix of talents. He is the Carousel Bar’s head mixologist, resident historian, and a beloved member of the Hotel Monteleone family.
He started his tenure behind the Carousel Bar in 2002 and has since played an instrumental role in New Orleans’ cocktail culture. He helped revive the Vieux Carré cocktail, helped Tales of the Cocktail take shape, and authored “Magic in a Shaker: A Year of Spirited Libations.”
If you spot him serving up perfectly-mixed Sazeracs at the Carousel Bar, be sure to grab a seat. You’re in for a treat from the best in the business.
The Carousel Bar, a New Orleans Treasure Inside Hotel Monteleone
When you book your stay at Hotel Monteleone, you’re steps away from this iconic French Quarter landmark located right inside our front door. Plan your getaway today and enjoy the history, charm, and decades of incredible drinks at the Carousel Bar.