Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans.

Have you been to the newly remodeled Carousel Bar & Lounge?  If not, here is a sneak peek of the expansion the Hotel Monteleone did to the Carousel Bar & Lounge in 2012.  

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Marvin Allen with a Vieux Carre – Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Vieux Carre Cocktail

This drink was invented in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, the head bartender at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans, and is named after the French term for what we call “The French Quarter” … le Vieux Carré (“Old Square”).

  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Cognac
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon Bénédictine D.O.M.
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Mix all ingredients in a double Old Fashioned glass over ice; stir. (Courtesy of Gumbopages.com)

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.

Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA


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New Orleans: The Magical Carousel Bar

Julie Sterling

I had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans last week for the Imaging USA 2012 conference, and whoa did I learn a lot there! With 3-4 daily sessions over three days (starting at 7AM – yikes!), a huge trade show, and fun parties, it was an experience. I was beyond thrilled to be able to stay a few more days and explore the city, too. I have a million photos to share, but one of my favorite places was definitely the Carousel Bar.

The history in New Orleans is incredibly rich, and the Carousel Bar fits right in. It is in the French Quarter, but is eons away from raucous Bourbon Street in style and atmosphere. I felt like I was transported to another time as soon as I stepped through the doors of the Hotel Monteleone and into this gem of a bar.

The bar really does rotate!…

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