Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180; www.acehotel.com/neworleans/alto
The vibe: Hipsters and a young crowd convene at this Instagram-worthy rooftop bar, terrace and pool with panoramic views of New Orleans. Patrons who spend $20 at the bar get pool access. The bar closes at 9 p.m. What you'll drink: Frozen drinks, classic cocktails and an extensive rotating selection of draft beer.
Hyatt Centric New Orleans, 800 Iberville St., (504) 586-0800
The vibe: A chic, airy space off the lobby features long wooden communal tables, industrial-style bar stools and leather booths. Windows facing the street look out onto the bustle of the French Quarter a half-block from Bourbon Street. What you'll drink: The cocktail list includes many barrel-infused liquors, including pecan-infused bourbon and fig-infused rye whiskey.
Carousel Piano Bar and Lounge
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com/entertainment/carousel-bar
The vibe: The main attraction in the historic hotel's main bar is a 25-seat, bright, circus-themed rotating carousel bar that has been spinning for 65 years. The upscale lounge also hosts live music — generally jazz. What you'll drink: A Sazerac or any signature New Orleans cocktail.
914 Union St., (504) 603-2442; www.catahoulahotel.com
The vibe: There's a quaint bar off the lobby of the boutique hotel and seating in a courtyard strung with lights — under the visage of a three-story wooden sculpture of a woman akin to the Birth of Venus. What you'll drink: Cocktails made with pisco (the clear, brandy-like Peruvian spirit), such as a pisco sour or the pisco tonic, including Campari, Fever Tree tonic and grapefruit.
Hot Tin Rooftop Bar
Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St Charles Ave., (504) 323-1500; www.hottinbar.com
The vibe: This nighttime hotspot offers an unbeatable open-air 270-degree view of downtown New Orleans, St. Charles Avenue and the Mississippi River Bridge. Lounge on couches inside or perch on a stool on the terrace overlooking the city. What you'll drink: Champagne and cocktails such as the Skyliner, fea-turing honeysuckle vodka, Campari, grapefruit and habanero bitters.
May Baily's Place
Dauphine Orleans, 415 Dauphine St., (504) 588-1314; www.dauphineorleans.com/nightlife
The vibe: Tourists and locals get a bit of history with their drinks at this Victorian-style bar resembling a plush brothel. Portraits of prostitutes and madams of Storyville line the exposed brick walls. Don't miss the skeleton of May Bailey sitting at the piano. What you'll drink: Pimm's Cups or any classic New Orleans cocktail.
210 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 525-6800
The vibe: Catering to a hip younger crowd, you can't miss the bright pink lighting and doors to the lobby bar, which offers drinks with conversation-starting names, tabletop Jenga and pink accent lighting. What you'll order: The "Relationship Status" is a margarita with habanero simple syrup. Cherry limeade on tap is used to make a boozy soda.
Windsor Court, 300 Gravier St., (504) 522-1992; www.windsorcourthotel.com/polo-club-lounge
The vibe: The Polo Club is modeled after private clubs of England with rich furnishings, dark wood, intimate lighting, overstuffed leather chairs and sofas. What you'll drink: Upscale cocktails include a $25 specialty Sazerac, or choose from more than 600 wines.
Hyatt New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 561-1234; www.neworleans.hyatt.regency.neworleans.com
The vibe: The sleek modern lounge and restaurant on the third floor of the hotel has a menu that stretches from wings and burgers to sushi. What you'll drink: Sazeracs, bloody marys and classic cocktails.
Andrea's Restaurant / Capri Blu
3100 19th St., Metairie (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com/capri.html
The vibe: The addition of a flatscreen television throws a bit of a curve at the scene of chef Andrea Apuzzo's venerable Italian dining establishment's upscale piano bar, but piano music draws a crowd on weekends.
What to drink: Limoncello.
4525 Freret St., (504) 371-5043; www.barfrances.com
The vibe: Mark Latter and P.J. Rosenberg opened the airy wine bar and bistro with outdoor seating on a raised section overlooking Freret Street.
What to drink: A tasting flight of rose or a cucumber spritz.
Bayou Wine Garden
315 N. Rendon St., (504) 826-2925; www.bayouwinegarden.com
The vibe: The indoor and outdoor bars serve different selections of wine on tap, and the slate courtyard is open with neighboring Bayou Beer Garden. Patrons can build their own cheese and charcuterie plates from lists of cheeses and house-cured meats.
What you'll drink: Wine by the glass.
3442 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com
The vibe: The long, narrow barroom gets a festive air from twinkling lights and the buzz of conversation. Grab a seat in the small fenced-in patio or at the front fishbowl windows for a view of St. Charles Avenue.
What to drink: An Austrian gruner veltliner or other wines by the glass or a beer from the well-curated menu.
1036 N. Rampart St., (504) 509-7644; www.nolabubbles.com
The vibe: The Champagne bar's interior features ele-gant French bistro-style chairs and a white bar top, and the weekend music sounds like a throwback '90s playlist. The sparkling wine list ranges from inexpensive to extravagant.
What to drink: Half glasses, sparkling wine flights and bottlings not available elsewhere in the city, including Murgo Nerello Mascalese Brut from Sicily.
Patrick's Bar Vin
730 Bienville St., (504) 200-3180; www.patricksbarvin.com
The vibe: Sommelier and proprietor Patrick Van Hoorebeek's wine bar is the elegant home — with dark wood paneling and burgundy walls (and wine lockers for patrons) — for the Krewe of Cork, a Carnival club for wine enthusiasts. Guests also can enjoy the court- yard with its Belgian Manneken Pis fountain.
What to drink: A varietal listed as "Patrick's Best Kept Secret."
Pearl Wine Co.
3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 483-6314; www.pearlwineco.com/
The vibe: The intimate bar is connected to the wine and spirits store in the American Can Company building and is a gathering spot for locals near Bayou St. John and Mid-City.
What to drink: $5 wines by the glass on Wednesdays. Patrons can pick a bottle from the shop and pay a nominal corkage fee.
Wine Institute of New Orleans or W.I.N.O.
610 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-8000; www.winoschool.com
The vibe: Old World meets new in the wine shop with a high-tech, self-serve setup. Customers can read about different grapes and vintages and buy variable portions from an automated pouring system. There also are wine classes.
What to drink: An ounce or two of something high-end, such as a 1967 Remoissenet Chambolle Musigny.
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