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Jake Hollings / © Culture Trip
Jake Hollings / © Culture Trip

Best Rooftop Bars In New Orleans

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.

Alto Rooftop at Ace Hotel
Bar, American, $$$$
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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.

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Catahoula Hotel’s Rooftop Terrace
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$$
The Catahoula Hotel Rooftop Terrace, courtesy of The Catahoula Hotel.

The Catahoula Hotel Rooftop Terrace, courtesy of The Catahoula Hotel.

Hidden on an undisturbed street in New Orleans’ Central Business District, The Catahoula is a 35-room boutique hotel featuring a private oasis on its rooftop terrace. This casual roof-hangout, originally built in 1845, rests above a restored Creole townhouse near the French Quarter, and prides itself on being the perfect “hideaway in the heart of the city.” Aside from its rooftop terrace, where guests can enjoy tiki-inspired cocktails and live music under the breeze of the palm trees, The Catahoula also houses a delicious Peruvian restaurant, a coffee shop and a one-of-a-kind pisco bar.
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Hot Tin at the Pontchartrain Hotel
Bar, American$$
The Pontchartrain Hotel’s Hot Tin rooftop bar, courtesy of the Pontchartrain Hotel.

The Pontchartrain Hotel’s Hot Tin rooftop bar, courtesy of the Pontchartrain Hotel.

Featuring breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and downtown New Orleans, Hot Tin is an intimate rooftop bar perched atop the historic Pontchartrain Hotel. First built in 1927, this newly renovated space, designed after a 1940s artist’s loft, offers visitors a high-end cocktail menu with seasonal specials, as well as light bites every day but Monday and Tuesday.
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Rooftop Bar at the Roosevelt New Orleans
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Rooftop Bar at The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans, courtesy of The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans.

Rooftop Bar at The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans, courtesy of The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans.

The Roosevelt New Orleans, a grand 1863 building located in New Orleans’ Central Business District, encourages both visiting and local crowds to unwind with seasonal cocktails on their rooftop bar any day of the week. While this luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotel offers handcrafted libations, signature snacks and a gorgeous garden pool (open all year round), its chief feature relies on its breathtaking views of the Big Easy.
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