I LOVE New Orleans!! It’s easily my favorite US city. I love it so much so, that I’ve visited the city at least once each of the last 4 years–I’ve been twice this year so far.
I can’t quite put my finger on the exact appeal this city holds for me, but I can say it’s a definite combination of the food, the drinks, the history, and the overall atmosphere.
Each trip, my goal is to experience something new about New Orleans, and this visit did not fail me in that! And while I checked out new restaurants and experienced some local flavor by participating in my very first Second Line parade, my goal was to try out the rooftop bars. The 3 I visited are completely different from one another, unique in their flavor and offerings.
First on the list was Piscobar located in the Catahoula Hotel. Piscobar features a variety of pisco based bespoke cocktails with the flavor infusions of Peru. I absolutely love the atmosphere and decor of Piscobar. It’s very classic, modern, yet has a slight infusion of hippy-ness. The hotel is not very tall and with the roof top bar located on the 3rd floor, you don’t get much in the way of sweeping views of the city. However, I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the decor.
I tried the Pisco Sour and the Back Page. Both cocktails were excellent and something that I’d never had before:
- shaken lime
- egg white
- banana liqueur
- blanc vermouth
Monkey Board, located in the Troubadour Hotel, was next on the list. Monkey Board is on the 17th floor, so you get an almost 360 degree view of downtown New Orleans. Monkey Board has a younger, hipper vibe and the cocktails are on point. Here, I tried the Mad Girl’s Love Song (love this name), which is a lovely vodka, lemon, and passionfruit concoction and the Alcatraz Floats, a refreshing rum/pineapple/ginger beer cocktail. If you’re looking for a spot to party with friends, this one is for you. The Monkey board features live music and DJs regularly.
Mad Girl’s Love Song
- passionfruit liqueur
- Genepy des Alpes
- Angostura bitters
- pineapple rum
- fruitlab ginger
- ginger beer
Last on the list for this visit was Hot Tin, located in the historic Pontchartrain Hotel. Hot Tin is the perfect spot to meet up with friends after work, chill, and enjoy good conversation. The Hot Tin has a vintage, 1940’s atmosphere with a touch of the eclectic. Hot Tin features 260 degree views of the city, including one of the bridge. I had the Skyliner and the $and Dollar Daiq. Both cocktails were delicious, elegant, and perfect for the sunset setting.
- honeysuckle vodka
$and Dollar Daiq
Here are some additional images from Piscobar, Monkey Board, and Hot Tin. Next time you’re in New Orleans, be sure to check them out. What is your favorite New Orleans rooftop bar? List it in the comments and next time I’m in town, I will stop by for a visit, the view, and a cocktail.