Up On the Roof

For­get stay­ing grounded; what’s hap­pen­ing in food and drinks is up on the roof. The views are In­sta­gram­able, the din­ing is di­vine and at this time of year the weather is per­fect for lovely days and sul­try evenings un­der bright blue skies that fade to dark

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Atop the Pontchar­train Ho­tel is Hot Tin (p. 47), a rooftop bar with a name that al­ludes to play­wright Ten­nessee Wil­liams, who once resided at the ho­tel. The stunning 270-de­gree view makes a great back­drop for cock­tail­ing, and the in­te­rior de­sign has no­table (and naughty) flour­ishes to dis­cover while sip­ping bour­bon, a bit of bubbly or a friv­o­lous and fan­tas­tic “Pineap­ple Up­side-Down Daiq.”

The Trou­ba­dour Ho­tel (1111 Gravier St., 504.518.5800) is home to Mon­key Board, a rooftop hang­out with mod­ern, street-graphics style. There’s a full bar and food truck-style eats. Or­der a gin-and-lime “Alpine Slush” to slurp, along with a “Big Ass Pret­zel” and crunchy fried chicken sand­wich. At brunch add a slow-cooked egg to the “Mojo Pork” then seal the deal with a fat slice of con­fetti cake.

A dip­ping pool, full bar and deck, all with a pretty view best de­scribes Alto (p. 46) at the Ace Ho­tel. As sum­mer ap­proaches the food of­fer­ings trend lighter, and in­clude grilled shrimp with a green gar­lic vinai­grette, avo­cado, cu­cum­ber and radish. Ob­vi­ous pool­side bites like burg­ers, hot­dogs and wings sit along­side Gulf fish tacos and a bright, herba­ceous “Lemon­grass Pie.”

The Cata­houla Ho­tel (914 Union St., 504.603.2442) has a su­per-cool rooftop ter­race, where chill­ing out with cock­tails and eat­ing con­tem­po­rary Peru­vian-in­spired snacks is the thing. Causas (chilled whipped pota­toes stacked with shi­itake mush­rooms) and salchipa­pas (fries with wild boar sausage) are listed, along with sal­ads, hefty sand­wiches and raw seafood. There’s also a Peru­vian café, a cof­feeshop and the Pisco Bar, where the pisco sours are frothy, tart and di­vine. —Lorin Gaudin

Hot Tin

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