If you're like most Mardi Gras revelers, you're going to see more than your fair share of bars while you're in town. If you're looking for a great hotel that also has a nice bar where you can meet up with friends before or after parades (or in the morning when you need a little "hair of the dog that bit you"), here are a few of our favorites.
SoBou is a “modern Creole saloon” featuring creative libations from award-winning Bar Chef Laura Bellucci. Concoction options include Honey Buzz Milk Punch made with Honey Nut Cheerio infused rum, honey syrup, holiday pie bitters and milk. Or maybe you’d prefer an Irridescent Gods with Mezcal, Tepache, lime, ginger, pineapple & elderflower kombucha. Since it’s Mardi Gras, order the King Cake Sua Da Cocktail, inspired by Vietnamese iced coffee (Cafe Sua Da). For Happier Hour, you can enjoy $3-$6 BarBar’s Snacks from 3-6 p.m.
The bar at the Q & C Hotel was recently named one of the "Top 10 Happy Hours" in New Orleans by St. Charles Avenue Magazine and "Best Kept Secret" in the Downtown NOLA Awards. They have long tables so big groups can all sit together and lots of comfy furniture for relaxing in style. Their happy hour is from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. Grab a bite to eat while you're there.
This bar, adjacent to the lobby of the Hotel Provincial, is a great place to relax after a day exploring New Orleans. They have an impressive selection of liquor, beer and wine, and can make any New Orleans cocktail you can think of. (We hear James makes one of the best Bloody Marys anywhere.) Happy hour is from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. every afternoon.
If you love fun cocktails, you've gotta stick your head into the Swizzle Stick Bar. We're big fans of the Congo Square and the Freudian Sip. They offer finger foods and drinks for $3 - $6 from 3 - 6 p.m. daily, and have an extended Happier Hour until 8 p.m. every Thursday for Neighborhood Night. You're going to love this place. Pictured: The Elizabeth Taylor
This bar in the Holiday Inn is really fun. They have friendly bartenders, a great ambiance, and a wonderful bar menu. Happy hour specials are available between 4 p.m and 6 p.m. every day. While you're at the hotel, take time to check out the New Orleans murals. There's also an original Andy Warhol in the lobby.
This neighborhood bar offers artisan wines, inspired craft cocktails and unique beers, as well as a delightful tapas menu. Behind the bar, you'll find nationally recognized Bar Director Ferrel Dugas and Mixologist Daniel Keller who both spent many years wowing the crowd at Commander's Palace.