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.
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)
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)
Capulet restaurant brings the Bywater neighborhood a rooftop spot. The restaurant sits at the corner of Dauphine Street and Montegut Street. Capulet is currently open for breakfast and lunch, serving Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Not only can you drink at this rooftop spot, you can also dine. The menu plays up “classics with a twist,” bringing fresh takes to old standards. Capulet’s menu features sandwiches, along with vegan and gluten-free options. The rooftop deck includes a wet bar and features a panoramic view of the city. The restaurant transforms into a venue space on evenings and weekends to host private banquets and events. (Photo courtesy: Bryan Tarnowski)
Vue Rooftop Bar
Vue is located on the penthouse level of Mariott’s SpringHill & TownePlace Suites on Canal Street. The bar boasts panoramic views of the city. The bar menu features specialty cocktails, beer and wine. Guests can dine on small plates, flatbreads, sliders and desserts as part of Vue’s food menu. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bar is closed on Monday. (Photo courtesy: Vue Nola via Facebook)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Mambo’s, a restaurant from the owners of Oceana Grill, brings Bourbon Street its first rooftop bar. The new spot at 411 Bourbon Street, is a Cajun-Creole restaurant boasting “laid-back Louisiana front-porch” vibes. Guests can now complete their next happy hour with a beautiful view overlooking the French Quarter. With the only rooftop bar on Bourbon Street, the space seats 50 with a panoramic view for you and your friends. Mambo’s is open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and the rooftop bar is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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)