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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Public Belt lounge opens in Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 1:03 PM


Storyville-themed cocktails are served at Public Belt, a new speakeasy-style cocktail lounge inside the Hilton  New Orleans Riverside. - COURTESY PUBLIC BELT
  • COURTESY PUBLIC BELT
  • Storyville-themed cocktails are served at Public Belt, a new speakeasy-style cocktail lounge inside the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.


Public Belt, a new cocktail and piano lounge in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside (2 Poydras St., 504-561-0500) is now open, serving craft cocktails and presenting live jazz.

The speakeasy-themed bar opened in late July on the second floor of the hotel; its namesake pays tribute to the iconic railroad, the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad.

Besides a handful of classic New Orleans cocktails — Sazerac, Vieux Carre, hurricane — the menu features a selection of drinks inspired by Storyville prostitutes and madams of the early 1900s.

Ella’s Sinful Secret features Boodles gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, dry vermouth and celery bitters. A drink called the Scarlet Harlot combines Patron Silver tequila, apricot liqueur, dry vermouth and lemon juice. Most cocktails range in price from $12 to $15.

The 61-seat bar features a dark, sleek interior and a baby grand piano where Joe Krown will perform weekly evening sets Thursdays through Saturdays. The bar is open daily.

For more information on menu and hours visit the hotel’s website here.


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