6 More Unique Bars In New Orleans
New Orleans certainly has some wild bars, so we’ve narrowed down the field to only the best of the best for you!
Last month, we told you about 6 of them, but there’s still more you should know about!
4336 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
This bar has a couple of claims to fame – it’s New Orleans’ ultimate dive bar where the bartenders pour with a heavy hand despite the low prices, it’s open 24 hours a day, and you can do Ms. Mae’s challenge if you’re brave enough. To win, all you have to do is finish one drink an hour for 24 hours. If you decide you’re up to the task, make sure you arrange a cab back to the hotel – safety first!
214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Located in the Hotel Monteleone, the Carousel Bar is, quite literally, a carousel where you’ll slowly rotate around the bartenders as you enjoy their drinks. It certainly adds a bit of childhood whimsy to an adult activity, and the smooth and slow motion is soothing as you relax in the evening. Their signature drink is the Vieux Carre, a cognac-whiskey cocktail, but you may also enjoy the Cherry Manhattan, an innovative twist on the classic drink that makes you wonder why it hasn’t always been made this way.
240 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70112
While the Old Absinthe House serves some delicious drinks, their real claim to fame is the bar’s history – and ghosts. They lay claim to the title of most haunted bar in New Orleans, no easy feat. The bar was founded in 1806 and was popular with famous figures including Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, and President Andrew Jackson until Prohibition when they were forced to “shut down”. In reality, the still was simply hidden down the street until the Old Absinthe House was able to reopen. Ghost-wise, Andrew Jackson’s cohort Jean Lafitte is said to still throw parties at the bar, and voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is still a frequent patron. Make sure you order the Absinthe House Frappe for the full experience – it’s legal again and well worth it.
130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
This bar is home to the Sazerac, a cocktail that is often considered the world’s first mixed drink, so you should absolutely stop by here and try it. Whatever cocktail you get will be made perfectly by their highly trained bartenders, and you can sip it as you relax in the same place where notables have sat for a century.
624 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A dueling piano bar, the real attraction here is their flaming fountain – it’s pretty spectacular. However, with it’s speakeasy past, Pat O’Brien’s also makes some amazing and colorful drinks – try their Rainbow or the Skylab for a beverage worthy of Instagram.
1107 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
This may be a bar but don’t go here for happy hour! Instead, get your coffee here to start your day right. Molly’s is known for it’s frozen Irish coffee, which will not only help you beat the heat, but it will give you a boost of energy and put you in a good mood – plus, no one will give you an odd look for drinking so early in the day (although there’s no judgment in New Orleans, anyway). However, be nice to Mr. Wu and don’t steal his barstool – the cat’s been a mainstay at the bar since Hurricane Katrina and the locals won’t tolerate anyone being mean.