The Carousel Bar – New Orleans, Louisiana

Must be 21 to ride.

Deep in The French Quarter in the lovely Monteleone Hotel is The Carousel Bar.

Installed in 1949, the Carousel Bar is a 25-seat bar. Pulled by a chain, it is powered by a 1/4 horsepower motor and turns on 2,000 steel rollers. One complete revolution is made every 15 minutes.
Every bar has a signature cocktail. The Goody and The Vieux Carre Cocktail were first created at The Carousel Bar. Every drink looks appealing, so know what you want before you look to see what everyone else is having, or you will be overwhelmed with the visual options before you.

Artwork is impressive at The Carousel Bar. It creates a historic and exciting feeling with Alfred Cheney’s portraits of Jazz Era and Ziegfeld Follies icons from the 1920s and ‘30s. While the photographs are all that jazz, the beadwork incorporated into it by Latvian Artist Binka Rigava pays subtle homage to Mardi Gras beads that bring sparkle and life to each portrait. Pearls, beads, and Swarovski crystals were hand sewn into the art and the result is magnificent. Walking around the crowded and minimally lighted room, I saw the motion from the pictures before I actually saw the art itself.

The Carousel Bar gets REALLY crowded, but don’t give up. There are plenty of places to sit in the renovated lounge area attached to it.

Carousel Bar

Hotel Monteleone

214 Royal Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 523-3341

Location:   29.95416, -90.06802

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