The sophisticated and seductive Bar Marilou in New Orleans

I want to share details on the sophisticated and seductive Bar Marilou with all of you. Whether the night calls for “intimate date night or ” happy hour with your girls,” this place is sure to take your night to the higher level.

Bar Marilou the new cocktail bar and lounge housed in the former City Hall law library in New Orleans at Maison de la Luz, the new luxury guest house by creative studio Atelier Ace [the team behind Ace Hotel], in partnership with Quixotic Projects, France-based hospitality group behind acclaimed Parisian venues like Candelaria, Le Mary Celeste, Glass, Hero, and Les Grands Verres.

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The drinks and small plates are creatively delicious.
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The first-ever U.S. project by Quixotic Projects, Bar Marilou’s beverage program is developed by Joshua Fontaine, Adam Tsou and Carina Soto Velasquez [who was inducted into Tales of the Cocktail 2019 Dame Hall of Fame], and features an expansive selection of apéritif and specialty cocktails available in three sizes (small, medium and large), alongside a thoughtfully curated natural wine list. Select cocktails include:

  • The Holy Mountain with Frozen Suze, Crème de Cassis and Lemon
  • Monarca with Mexican Rum, Mezcal, Martini Bitter Riserva and Italian Vermouth
  • Postcard From Bangkok with Thai Lime Leaf-Infused Vodka, Génépi, Lemon, Coconut and a housemade Grapefruit Spiced Cordial
  • Jardin de Meme with Green Chartreuse, St. Germain, Lime, Basil, Absinthe and Aquafaba
  • The Lover Speaks with Agave Tequila Reposado, Frangelico, Martini Ambrato and Sesame Oil
  • The All-Seeing Eye with Bourbon, Amontillado Sherry, Cherry Heering and Lemon
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The lounge also offers bar snacks and seasonal bites, including Ceviche with tuna, avocado, trout roe, leche de serrano and micro sorrel; Heirloom Tomatoes with peaches, shishito peppers, garam masala and ricotta salata; Pommes Marilou with crème fraîche and bowfin caviar; and a signature Bar Burger with cantal and tomme de brebis cheeses, pickled cucumber, lettuce and onion, among other items.

The lounge also offers bar snacks and seasonal bites, including Ceviche with tuna, avocado, trout roe, leche de serrano and micro sorrel; Heirloom Tomatoes with peaches, shishito peppers, garam masala and ricotta salata; Pommes Marilou with crème fraîche and bowfin caviar; and a signature Bar Burger with cantal and tomme de brebis cheeses, pickled cucumber, lettuce and onion, among other items.

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Bar Marilou is designed in partnership with renowned design firm Studio Shamshiri, which has been featured on the AD100 list and Elle Décor’s A List. The vibrant coral and red walls are accented with pink floral wallpaper, mirrors and oil paintings, and half of the bar is entirely covered in wall-to-wall bookshelves with books ranging in genre and edition, paying homage to the history of the space. Through a revolving bookcase door, hotel guests are able to access Bar Marilou’s private 12-seat Salon, exclusively for hotel guest use.

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Bar Marilou is open to both the public and Maison de la Luz guests from 4pm – 12am Monday through Thursday and 2pm – 2am Friday through Sunday, and offers a Daily Apéritif Hour with food and beverage specials from 2pm – 6pm Friday through Sunday and 4pm – 6pm Monday through Thursday. There is also a Terroir Tuesday offering 30% off all wine, Industry Nights on Sunday evenings, with 25% off for those in the restaurant industry, and Live Music Nights on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Reservations are available here.

Bar Marilou

544 Carondelet St., 504-814-7711

Daily from 4 p.m., happy hour 4-6 p.m. daily

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