Carousel Bar one of 'world's most iconic hotel bars,' says Food & Wine

May 31 2018 | Latest News

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The Carousel Bar and Lounge in the Monteleone Hotel is among the most famous in New Orleans. (Photo by Dinah Rogers, | The Times-Picayune

By Ann Maloney | The Times-Picayune

The Carousel Bar and Lounge inside the Hotel Monteleone recently was named one of "Food & Wine" magazine's "world's most iconic hotel bars."

The magazine picked 12 hotel bars throughout the world for its list, which includes Bemelman's bar at the Carlyle in New York and Bar Hemingway at the Ritz in Paris.

We'd agree, noting it is one of the Crescent City's iconic bars as well.

The Carousel Bar is known for its revolving, circular, carnival-themed bar, which often is filled with hotel patrons, tourists and locals from the French Quarter. The hotel expanded the bar, opening up more windows onto Royal Street and adding a second -- albeit stationary -- bar as well as a stage for local musicians.

"Food & Wine" noted that Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Truman Capote have all drunk at this 25-seat revolving bar, "where the Vieux Carre cocktail was invented. Hemingway and Williams also immortalized the bar in their writings." Find the rest here.