Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt Hotel

Address
123 Baronne Street,
(btwn Common & Canal Sts),
New Orleans,
LA 70112
Louisiana
United States

Tel:
+1 504 529 4733

Hours:
Mon-Sun 6am-11pm

Door:
Open door

Style:
Hotel bar

Recommended for:
Cocktails

Price guide:
Middling

Food:
Bar snacks

Review

Originally the Grunewald, this grand old hotel was opened in 1893 by Louis Grunewald. Later it was sold to a syndicate of New Orleans businessmen who renamed it the Roosevelt in honour of Theodore Roosevelt. In 1949 the hotel acquired the rights to the Ramos Gin Fizz as well as the Sazerac and the famous Sazerac Bar was moved to the hotel. Later that year a group of women broke the bar's men only rule (except on Mardi Gras Day).

The hotel became part of the Fairmont chain in 1965 and the bar moved to its present position off the main lobby. The hotel remains an opulent art deco gem and the Sazerac Bar is wonderfully old school with walls of African walnut veneer and a mural of cotton pickers. Grand, leather upholstered bar stools line the bar, which is dominated by two huge silver cups. Here well-ripened hotel guests relax and recite stories.

This is the spiritual home of some important classic cocktails and the white jacketed bartenders usually do the Sazerac justice.

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