Yes, this bar is built into an actual moving carousel inside the Hotel Monteleone and also yes, it’s a little gimmicky. That said, it’s still a fun place to grab a drink. At all hours of the day, you’ll find a mix of tourists draped in beads and hotel guests pre and post-gaming weddings, all of whom are enamored with the bar that spins slowly enough to barely notice until you’re actually seated on one of the stools.
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Cane & Table
Cane & Table is either a restaurant with excellent drinks, or a cocktail bar with great food. Either way, it’s one of the best escapes in the Quarter.
Sylvain in the French Quarter is the neighborhood spot you wish was on your block, with some classic dishes and a back patio perfect for a drink.
Go to Meauxbar in the Quarter to eat French food, talk to some locals, and have a drink or two that isn’t served in any kind of bucket.
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Parleaux Beer Lab
Parleaux Beer Lab in the Bywater is a great spot to day drink, try out some food trucks, and even do some morning yoga.
Saint Bar & Lounge
When it’s 1am and you just want to drink a few cheap beers and dance with some strangers, head to The Saint in the Lower Garden District.
Go to the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel to start the night with a cocktail, or whenever you need a break from nearby Bourbon Street.
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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
There are 257 terrible bars on Bourbon Street, but Lafitte’s isn’t one of them. Grab a voodoo juice, enjoy the patio, and be glad you ended up here.
Bacchanal in the Bywater is a wine-fueled utopia, with nightly live music, a huge backyard, and an atmosphere that could never be duplicated.
Cafe Sbisa serves classic creole food, but really you come here for the great second floor patio, or to grab drinks at their restored bar.
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