Some days you want to wrap up your wander in the French Quarter at the Monteleone Hotel Carousel Bar because it's threatening rain; others, it's hot, humid, a cold cocktail would taste good, and it's early enough to be able to walk in and get a seat AT the Carousel Bar.
That's what my friend and I did on Wednesday afternoon. Their special drink menus were exquisite with specialties that were beautiful, tasty, and had enough liquor in them to knock your socks off on the first round.
I opted for a choice that had at least a "splash" of something non-alcohoic in it...a Brandy Milk Punch. My friend lived a little more dangerously with the International Star. It looked like Christmas to me. I was reminded that Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was well-known for his mixology skills as well as his incredible art.
As much fun as the Carousel Bar can be, it can also be disorienting and question-raising.
As you're drinking and conversing, you feel the movement slightly. The bartender is stationary, the floor behind you is stationairy, but you are definitely moving. When I put my credit card on the bar, I had a moment of fear as I expected it to suddenly begin to move away from me, but NO-no revolving credit cards.
Our bartender was charming. The other patrons were friendly, fun, and had no hesitation about recommending a favorite libation. And then there were the questions:
How long does it take the bar to make one rotation?, and,
How does the bartender get in and out of the bar?
Do you have any guesses...educated or otherwise?
I'll be back tomorrow with the answers.
Don't miss a chance to come (or return) to New Orleans, and,
Enjoy the Carousel Bar and Lounge at the
Hotel Monteleone on Royal Street!