There are hundreds of bars in New Orleans. Sometimes the best places to enjoy a nice cocktail are right in front of your nose! In this case, the Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. For those of you who have ridden the streetcar uptown, you have more than likely set eyes on Columns. The Greco-Roman architecture and bright white columns are difficult to miss. This Parthenon-inspired building sticks out like a sore thumb in the middle of the 19th century Creole architecture that dominates the Garden District.
I met Andrew, Qiao and few other friends at Columns this past Friday for afternoon drinks. I ordered my first mint julep ever. Not bad! Drinks in hand, we made our way to one of the many rooms in the Columns Hotel: this one was lined with rich mahogany paneling, a large marble fireplace and plush leather chairs (Anchorman, anyone?). Many people were out on the porch enjoying lunch, but I needed the icy embrace of in air-conditioning after trekking uptown from the Quarter. After finding our seats, we settled down for some nice conversation.
The Columns Hotel is also easy to spot at night because there are strings of white Christmas lights guiding you towards the entrance. The next time you make your way to New Orleans, keep an eye out for Columns, and stop by for their happy hour which starts at 5:00!