Get circular at NOLA's Carousel BarNew Orleans, USA
At 65 years young this grand dame of a watering hole still courts plenty of attention. The only revolving bar in the city, Carousel purveys carefully crafted cocktails from its short but sweet (and sometimes sour) cocktail list. Local classic the Sazerac – featuring rye whiskey blended with bitters and lemon peel – has been Nola’s official cocktail since 2008 and is the obvious first port of call. But it’s not just the drinks that people flock here for: Carousel is a whimsical cross between fairground attraction and chic bar that has attracted literary legends such as Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, and even features in their works.
Just 25 seats perch under the ornate, mirrored roof, so eager punters will need to hotfoot it to this popular French Quarter haunt early. And once you’ve staked your place at the bar and settled in for a long night of drams and chats there are (thankfully) bar bites on offer. Local favourites po’ boys, gumbo and beignets all line the menu, and later your stomach.
- This unique slice of history in the French quarter – drink at one of Tennessee Williams’ fav drinking haunts
- Try and catch these bartenders out with a drink they don’t know or try the legendary Pimm’s Cup, Sazerac or the Vieux Carre
- The live music that highlights authentic NO jazz
- Finding a set at the bar can be difficult but good things happen to those that wait