After a 16-year absence, Kimpton Hotel Fontenot returns to the Crescent City in the heart of the Central Business District. Nestled inside the new hotel, the Peacock Room opens as the swanky new cocktail bar for booze and bites.
The Peacock Room is touted as the crown jewel of the new 202-room boutique hotel. As the hotel’s “elevated, energetic hotspot,” the Peacock Room aims to blend New Orleans bar culture with the “old-world charm and sophistication of a classic social club,” according to a release.
From elegant chandeliers to velvety upholstery, visual eye candy fills the space from the moment guests walk inside the bar’s interior. That visual eye candy extends to the carefully crafted cocktails — each marked by creative names and garnishes.
Led by bar supervisor Paula Echevarria, Peacock Room offers a contemporary selection of hard-to-come-by spirits and “evocative” craft cocktails, along with a selection of wine and beer.
Guests can choose from cocktails like the bright, yet smoky, Primp and Preen, made with mezcal, white rum, orgeat, fresh citrus and a touch of blue curaçao. Another interesting option, the sweet and creamy Right Place/Wrong Time, mixes a butter-infused vodka with coconut milk and espresso syrup.
For the food-focused, executive chef Chris Lusk’s menu features refined shareable interpretations of regional classics, including items like Crawtator Crusted Oysters with jalapeno sriracha, mirliton and bacon lardon; Blue Crab Pimento Cheese with port salut, Calabrian chiles and toasted brioche; and Fruits de Mer Pho, made with cashew hoisin, grouper, shrimp ramen and crab boulettes.
Along with a bohemian vibe felt from the decor, Peacock Room hopes to offer a versatile atmosphere for guests with a bright and vibrant feel during the day and sexy and moody energy come sundown.
The Peacock Room also recently kicked off a weekly live music series with performances from Da Lovebirds every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. from now through July.
Da Lovebirds features “the Songbird of New Orleans,” contemporary-jazz singer Robin Barnes, and her husband, professional bass player Pat Casey. The hotel said these music performances will soon become a regular part of the Peacock Room experience.
Lounge seating is available, and space for these performances will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dining reservations are recommended.
The Peacock Room opens from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday through Wednesday and from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday.
The Kimpton Hotel Fontenot is located at 501 Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans. For more information about Peacock Room, visit the website.
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