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Monteleone Hotel’s Carousel Bar

Next time you are in New Orleans experience one of the few places that locals will actually venture down into the French Quarter to visit. Voted the number one hotel bar in the city by the readers of the local Gambit Weekly and hailed by Esquire to be one of 2011′s Best Bars in America.

The Carousel Bar and the historic Hotel Monteleone are an oasis of class and sophistication that New Orleans is famous for.This establishment has been owned by the same family for the last 125 years! The hotel offers both a sense of heritage and a luxurious feeling. The welcoming lobby is filled with sparkling chandeliers and a wonderful 1909 grandfather clock. read more »

French Quarter French Quarter Bars Jean Laffite's Blacksmith Shop

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans Oldest Bar

Lafitte's Blackmsith Shop New Orleans

 

 

 

 

There are many historical bars in the beautiful French Quarter of New Orleans. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is the most entrancing of the historical bars in the French Quarter,  located on Bourbon and St. Phillip. This is the oldest structure used for a bar in the United States and is a remaining example of true French architecture in the Quarter. Everything about this place just feels right. The bar is shrouded in dim candlelight surrounding a brick health. Minimal electricity is used to keep the fridges cold, make ice, run your credit card and highlight the exit signs. It is a small and intimate, everything you want in a great New Orleans haunt. There is live piano music and a cozy outdoor patio. One does not feel like a tourist at Lafitte’s.

Legends say that Jean Laffite, the infamous privateer and champion of The Battle of New Orleans, used the blacksmith shop as a legitimate front for his many privateer enterprises. Seems fitting today that it is used as a favorite gathering place.

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