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.
214 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Location: 29.95416, -90.06802