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The Columns

The Columns

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“You’ve got to go to the Columns!” is something we heard from multiple people when we said we were honeymooning in New Orleans. A huge old mansion with a giant porch overlooking the streetcar line, this bar was everything I wanted in a New Orleans trip.

The streetcar passes in front of the Columns   via

The streetcar passes in front of the Columns via

Built in 1883 by New Orleans architect Thomas Sully, the former residence is now a 20-room boutique hotel and bustling bar with a frescoed ceiling and wonderful cocktail menu. 

The building is grand but old, and charmingly grimy in the corners. Before going to the toilet, I leaned over to my husband and said, “I know exactly what the bathroom is going to look like.” And I was right-- it looked like the bathroom of a 150-year-old pub that’s only seen occasional, incremental upgrades. In a good way!

Though everyone told us to go for the view from the porch, we settled inside on a round, velvet sofa, drinking and staring up at the ceiling. It was dark, old-fashioned, and absolutely magical.


 

Sources

The Columns Hotel in New Orleans, USA, Lonely Planet  

Columns Hotel Bar, The Times Picayune

About, The Columns Hotel

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