Decorated in a classic English style, with dark wood furnishings and equestrian art, the second-floor Polo Club Lounge at Windsor Court feels just the right amount of exclusive. Local performers play live jazz five nights a week, and the sultry atmosphere makes this an idea spot for people watching. Settle into a leather armchair with a seasonal cocktail or a glass of wine from the extensive list. Order some bar snacks from The Grill Room next door, and it’s easy for a pleasant evening to slip by. The ground floor of Windsor Court also hosts the Cocktail Bar five nights a week, where guests can enjoy high-quality cocktails and a seasonal menu while taking in the lobby comings and goings, along with live jazz three evenings a week.
By Grace Montgomery, AFAR Contributor
New Orleans' Best Hotel Bars
There's something innately luxurious about a hotel bar, whether it's clad in leather and wood or crystal and toile. For the former, head to the Polo Lounge at the Windsor Court. The seating is cushy, bartender Roger Blais is an institution, and rising songbird Robin Barnes sings on Fridays and Saturdays. Downstairs at the Cocktail Bar, the feel is a bit more ladylike and you can take in the lobby scene over pre-Prohibition era cocktails. Huey Long was a regular at the Roosevelt Hotel's Sazerac Bar, where the house sazerac, Peychaud's bitters and rye in an absinthe-rinsed glass, is one of the best in town. The Carousel Bar at the Monteleone is an actual carousel, though it revolves quite slowly, and a welcome breather from the mayhem on Bourbon Street.
By Geraldine Campbell, AFAR Local Expert
300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Sun - Thur 11:30am - 12am
Fri, Sat 11:30am - 1am