8 rooftop bars and restaurants to visit for great views of New Orleans

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 bar and dining options that can take your weekend to new heights.

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Hot Tin/Jack Rose Roof

Lift your spirits at this intimate rooftop bar and restaurant at the restored historic Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. Hot Tin, which is also going by Jack Rose Roof, is currently operating as a restaurant. Chef Brian Landry’s menu offers dinner, dessert and Sunday brunch.

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.

Current hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Photo courtesy: Pontchartrain Hotel via Facebook)

 

 

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Monkey Board

Monkey Board, which sits atop the Troubadour Hotel, boasts an unobstructed, nearly 360-degree view of downtown.

The popular hangout open to both hotel guests and locals features happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with specials on wine and classic cocktails. Guests can also enjoy the “food truck-inspired” menu with items like sliders, tacos, crabcakes and ceviche.

Current hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. (Photo courtesy: Monkey Board)

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Capulet restaurant rooftop deck
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Capulet

Capulet restaurant brings the Bywater neighborhood a rooftop spot. The restaurant sits at the corner of Dauphine Street and Montegut Street.

Capulet hosts live music on most weekday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m, and happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. before the music gets going.

The menu plays up “feel good food” with several vegan and gluten-free options. The rooftop deck includes a wet bar and features a panoramic view of the city.

Restaurant hours are Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. On weekends, the restaurant transforms into a venue space to host private banquets and events. (Photo courtesy: Bryan Tarnowski)

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Alto at Ace Hotel

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. The spot also recently launched Sunday brunch.

Alto is open daily to the public from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting. There’s a $30 weekend fee for non-hotel guests, subject to availablity. (Photo courtesy: Ace Hotel New Orleans)

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Rooftop Terrace at Catahoula - Rooftop bars in New Orleans
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The Rooftop at Selina Catahoula

Feel the city’s pulse at Catahoula’s rooftop terrace, located in the heart of the Central Business District. The bar at this boutique hotel plays it calm and casual.

A spokesperson said the rooftop bar is set to reopen to the public on May 20, with entry first-come, first-served.

Featured offerings include a menu of Gulf Coast-focused craft beers, refreshing South American and Spanish wines and a curated mezcal and tequila selection. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Photo courtesy: Catahoula Hotel)

 

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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.

The rooftop is accessible to non-hotel guests with a full-day private cabana rental including bottled water and fresh fruit, with a maximum of eight guests.

Pool bar hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., water permitting. (Photo courtesy: The Roosevelt New Orleans)

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Mambo's

Mambo’s, a restaurant from the owners of Oceana Grill, brings Bourbon Street its first rooftop bar. The 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.

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Rosie's on the Roof

Rosie’s on the Roof is the casual restaurant and bar atop the Higgins Hotel, with sweeping views of the New Orleans skyline.

The spot offers outside deck seating, with penthouse-style views out over the city skyline and of the new Canopy of Peace at the adjacent National WWII Museum. Seating is on a “First come, first served” basis during operating hours, according to the website.

The bar also announced on its Facebook page the launch of live music on the rooftop.

Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Daily Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 mixed drinks, wine and beer. (Source: Rosie’s on the Roof)

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