Libations for Locals: Rooftop Romance
Escape to the rooftops and experience breathtaking views of the Vieux Carré and Mississippi River — a splendidly romantic evening whether it’s a first date, marriage proposal or 50th anniversary.
Hot Tin at The Pontchartrain Hotel
Located at the top of The Pontchartrain Hotel, Hot Tin is a panoramic rooftop lounge that was formerly a penthouse built by prominent New Orleans attorney Colonel Deutsch. The lounge is a unique homage to famous playwright Tennessee Williams with plenty of interesting knick-knacks that recall a simpler time in the city that care forgot. Get cozy on one of several plush couches or step out onto the balcony for a stunning view of the river, while sipping on well-crafted cocktails like a Nova Lee (made with Bulldog Gin, Galliano liqueur and chamomile) or a Menage Mule (made with Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur). 2031 St. Charles Ave., (504) 323-1452, hottinbar.com
Alto at the Ace Hotel
Weather permitting, spending Valentine’s Day at Alto is like entering a rooftop paradise replete with lush greenery and a warm, glittering pool. Set atop the Ace Hotel in the Warehouse District, less than a block from Lafayette Square, Alto offers a bird’s-eye view of New Orleans along with first-rate cocktails and decadent small bites. Try a Carondelet Cobbler (made with Blanc Vermouth and fresh strawberries) or a 3rd Ward (made with Irish whiskey and Campari), while sharing a plate of grilled shrimp or octopus with chivito and salsa verde. In addition to craft cocktails and tasty bites, Alto also offers craft beer, fine wines and a rotating tap. 600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180, acehotel.com/neworleans/alto
Monkey Board at The Troubadour Hotel
Funky, hip and totally modern, Monkey Board at The Troubadour Hotel is a rooftop bar perfect for moonstruck Millennials and breathless Baby Boomers alike. The menu is filled with food truck fare from the kitchen of the ground-floor restaurant Petit Lion, and created by innovative local chef Phillip Lopez, with drinks crafted by cocktail genius T. Cole Newton who owns the popular Mid-City bar Twelve Mile Limit. If the weather is fine, couples can laze about on comfortable couches (space heaters are available if the weather isn’t so fine) surrounded by incredible views of the city and street art by local artist Gabe Flores, while slurping down a Douglas Banks (made with dry vermouth, genever gin and crème de noyaux) and munching on a pretzel lobster dog or shaved asparagus salad. Monkey Board also features music from DJs like Ace Boogie, Dubla and Nesby Phips. 1111 Gravier St., (504) 518-5600, monkeyboardnola.com