There’s something enticing about drinking above ground: you get to take in scenic views while you sip on your favorite cocktail and escape the thick, stuffy air. Thankfully, New Orleans’ rooftop scene has experienced a surge in popularity over the past few years, and we couldn’t be happier about it. From modern hotel hot spots to laid-back brewing tap rooms, these are the best rooftop bars in the Big Easy.
Located in New Orleans’ Warehouse District, Alto is Ace Hotel’s rooftop garden. A local favorite, this rooftop hot spot features panoramic downtown views, a fully stocked bar with a rotating tap, seasonal cocktails, frozen drinks, craft beer and fine wine, plus a poolside Italian-inspired menu focused on salads, seafood and spiedini. Alto welcomes visitors (without a guest key requirement) for lunch, dinner and drinks everyday of the week from 10 in the morning until 9 p.m.
Pro tip: Stop by on weekdays between 3 p.m.–7 p.m. for a happy hour special.