8 Rooftop Bars to Visit for Great Views of New Orleans This Spring

Sometimes kicking back after a long work week becomes mandatory. If you have your sights set on something a little more scenic, here are some rooftop bars that can take your weekend to new heights.

The Frenchmen Hotel

The second-story rooftop is a “nice, little rooftop hideaway with a Bohemian feel,” according to General Manager Mark Allain. It boasts scenic views of the Mississippi River and Crescent Park. Food is currently available for purchase on Friday nights but will soon be available multiple nights of the week.  Check their facebook page for a live music schedule and specials.  (Photo courtesy: The Frenchmen Hotel)

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Photo courtesy: NOPSI Hotel

Above the Grid

Enjoy the city skyline and partake in its luxury at NOPSI Hotel’s rooftop bar, Above the Grid.  Savor chilled drinks and creative, healthy fare. Locals are welcome to the rooftop bar every day after 4 p.m. If the weather is too cool, head to the hotel’s chic courtyard area with heated lamps. Open to the general public Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Photo courtesy: NOPSI Hotel)

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Monkey Board

Monkey Board, sits atop the Troubadour Hotel. Monkey Board boasts an unobstructed, nearly 360-degree view of downtown. The popular hangout open to both hotel guests and locals also offers a regular schedule of live music and DJ sets. Guests can enjoy the “food truck-inspired” menu, cocktails and brews. (Photo courtesy: Monkey Board)

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Hot Tin

Lift your spirits at this intimate rooftop bar at the restored historic Pontchartrain Hotel. The indoor/outdoor bar boasts an unobstructed, breathtaking view of downtown New Orleans. Guests can sip on snazzy cocktails and champagne at the space modeled after a 1940s artist’s loft. Open Sunday from 2 p.m. to midnight, Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.(Photo courtesy: Pontchartrain Hotel via Facebook)

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Photo courtesy: The Catahoula Botique Hotel

Rooftop Terrace at Catahoula

Feel the city’s pulse at Catahoula’s rooftop terrace, located in the heart of downtown. The bar at this boutique hotel plays it calm and casual. Featured offerings include tiki-inspired cocktails and live music. (Photo courtesy: Catahoula Hotel)


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Photo courtesy: Ace Hotel New Orleans


Ace Hotel stands in the Warehouse District, where you can check out Alto, the hotel’s rooftop garden. Get a mix of seasonal cocktails, wines, craft beers, frozen drinks and rotating on-tap specials at Alto’s bar. Poolside dining includes a selection of Italian-inspired small plates for any growing appetites. Alto is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting. (Photo courtesy: Ace Hotel New Orleans)

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(Photo courtesy: The Roosevelt New Orleans)

Rooftop at The Roosevelt

Relax, and soak up the sun high above the city. Take a time out with a drink at the Roosevelt’s rooftop bar, open seasonally starting in March each year. Bar offerings also include snacks and tropical frozen assortments. If you’re looking for something a little more private, full day cabana rentals are available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. (Photo courtesy: The Roosevelt New Orleans)

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(Photo courtesy: Omni Royal Orleans)

La Rivera Poolside Bar

Get a clear view of the Mississippi River overlooking the historic French Quarter. This full-service rooftop bar at the Omni Royal Orleans hotel serves cocktails until dusk, around 8 p.m. The bar menu also includes light bites and frozen daiquiris. La Rivera opens daily from mid-April to October. This rooftop bar is only open officially to hotel guests. However, this is a great idea to add to your list for a weekend staycation. Check the hotel’s website for the bar’s seasonal schedule. (Photo courtesy: Omni Royal Orleans)

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