3. The Vieux Carré
Where to find it: The Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone
One of the most famously beautiful bars in NOLA, if you can find a seat at the gloriously decorated rotating carousel in the Monteleone, you’d better take it... and order the drink invented at that hotel. The Vieux Carré, which bears an old French name for the Quarter (“Old Square”), actually predates the installation of the carousel, having been invented by then-bartender Walter Bergeron in the mid-30s. Consider it a “New Orleans Manhattan,” a stiff combo of rye whiskey, cognac, sweet vermouth, benedictine, and bitters, served on the rocks. This is a serious cocktail, made for adults, and best enjoyed in slow, thoughtful slips as you slowly rotate around the room.