@achotelbourbon AC Hotel, 221 Carondelet St., (504) 962-0700
The vibe: The sleek contemporary bar offers craft cocktails and European-inspired small plates. What you'll drink: Three signature cocktails are batched and served on tap, including 43 Degrees South, which features black tea-infused Bombay Sapphire East gin, Liquor 43, lime juice, agave nectar and bitters.
@HyattFQ Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans, 800 Iberville St., (504) 586-0800; www.frenchquarter.hyatt.com
The vibe: The roomy lounge overlooks Iberville Street. What you'll drink: Try infused liquors and artisan whiskies. House concoctions include the bacon-bourbon Manhattan.
@hotelmonteleone Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com/entertainment/carousel-bar
The vibe: The city's only revolving bar features a 25-seat, circus-themed merry-go-round, complete with an authentic carousel top and hand-painted chairs. Photographer Alfred Cheney's portraits depict jazz and Ziegfeld Follies icons from the 1920s and '30s. What you'll drink: The signature Vieux Carre combines Bulleit rye, Hennessy, sweet vermouth, Benedictine, Angostura and Peychaud's Bitters — first mixed by Walter Berferon in 1938.
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com
The vibe: Inside the Columns Hotel, a 19th-century Garden District landmark, the Victorian Lounge is marked by a mahogany bar and Queen Anne-style furnishings. Or patrons can find a spot on the veranda and enjoy views of St. Charles Avenue. What you'll drink: Classic cocktails and spirits including single-malt Scotches, cordials, cognacs and small-batch bourbons.
Q&C Hotel Bar
@QCHotel Queen and Crescent Hotel, 344 Camp St., (504) 587-9700; www.qandc.com
The vibe: The swanky bar in the CBD boutique hotel boasts craft cocktails and a menu of small plates such as boudin and wood-fired pizza. What you'll drink: Craft beers and daily happy hour specials such as French 75 cocktails.
Swizzle Stick Bar
@CafeAdelaide Loews Hotel, 300 Poydras St., (504) 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com
The vibe: The bar is named for the gold swizzle stick that Adelaide Brennan, one of the matriarchs of the restaurant dynasty, wore around her neck. The craft cocktail bar emphasizes fresh ingredients. What you'll drink: The namesake Adelaide Swizzle features Rougaroux Full Moon dark rum, Peychaud's bitters, lime, soda and a secret ingredient. Wines are from Commander's Palace "Wine Guy" Dan Davis' list.
@AloftNOLA Aloft New Orleans Downtown, 225 Baronne St., (504) 581- 9225; www.aloftneworleansdowntown.com/neworleans-bar
The vibe: The ground-floor bar features modern design and is home to DJs spinning eclectic playlists. What you'll drink: Popular drinks include the Blue Bontemps, a blueberry-basil cosmopolitan, and the pineapple chipotle margarita.