PHOTO: The Carousel Bar & Lounge inside of Hotel Monteleone. (Photo via Flickr/denisbin)
New Orleans' Hotel Monteleone is well known for its haunted history. But the four-star hotel in the French Quarter is also a must-visit thanks to its unique carousel bar.
After all, the tourist hotspot is the lone revolving bar in the Big Easy.
Featuring more than two dozen seats, the Merry-Go-Round lobby bar can accommodate a handful of guests at once, but considering the potential to feel dizzy (and tipsy), visitors would be wise to limit their time at the bar.
That might be difficult, as the Carousel Bar & Lounge's world-class cocktail menu is likely to lure you right back. Cocktail offerings here include the bar's signature drink, the Vieux Carre, and the official cocktail of New Orleans, the Sazerac.
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The beverages at Hotel Monteleone's carousel bar also pair well with its food offerings, which include seafood okra gumbo and shrimp pot stickers, among other items.
The bar, which was recently recognized as one of the top 20 in the world by Vogue Living, is a great way to kick off your stay in New Orleans, regardless of whether you're staying at the Hotel Monteleone, and there's no better time to visit the famed lounge than Halloween, considering guests and staff alike have reported experiencing haunted events inside the hotel for decades.