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Loa Bar

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221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
+1 504-553-9550
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4:00 pm - 3:00 am
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: In the Voodoo faith tradition, "Loa" are divine spirits with...
In the Voodoo faith tradition, "Loa" are divine spirits with roughly a one to one correlation to the pantheon Christian saints. The name suits the bar at International House because in it the city's contemporary spirit is evident. In the flickering glow of candlelight which someone playfully noted "softens not only the features but the defenses". In the opulent mix of texture and pattern selected by designer LM Pagano, the intangible exotic mix of Haitian French- Caribbean ways, with refined European sensibilities and in a sort of Sistine Chapel-esque religiosity found in heavily Catholic New Orleans. It's clear in the devoted patrons too, an effortless blend of visitors coupled with a nightly mix of young artists and entrepreneurs who fuel an impressive creative culture of invention in this long-admired city. Says Walter, "In this setting, the cup is literally replete with "spirits" possessed of the power to sharpen the tongue and dull the sword."
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Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
High class cocktail bar

Many bars in New Orleans especially in the French Quarter can be dives. This is at the opposite end of the spectrum, high class. Their list of cocktails changes every day, and on the evening I went, consisted of some unusual and interesting combinations. It is not cheap but worth it to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2015
Grapefan
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Expensive drinks. Small glasses and they don't fill them. 4 drink menu that each comes with a story. Would recommend elsewhere for a good drink.

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Thank USATravelerMO
AmyReimer, General Manager at Loa Bar, responded to this review

We thank you for your comments and certainly are disappointed that you did not enjoy our award winning bar. We appreciate you visiting NOLA and hope that you return to our wonderful city. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying at Loft 523 down the road when we were recommended to check out Loa before our dinner reservations. There was a group of middle age people hogging the bar when we arrived. Eventually, we were able to reach the bar and order drinks. Some things on the menu they weren't able to make or didn't have at... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sahra S
AmyReimer, General Manager at Loa Bar, responded to this review

We are so happy that you stayed with us at Loft 523. We appreciate your business. I will share your comments about the service that you received during your visit to loa. They will be addressed and we hope to see you again. More 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Many bars in New Orleans especially in the French Quarter can be dives. This is at the opposite end of the spectrum, high class. Their list of cocktails changes every day, and on the evening I went, consisted of some unusual and interesting combinations. It is not cheap but worth it to experience such a high class place.

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Thank Grapefan
Wycombe, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This is a temple in the rapidly emerging Cocktail Culture in NOLA. The drinks are all creative, but not new fangled or bizarr-o. The Wines are clever and interesting and the pour is generous. But, I'd suggest that you delve into one of their innovative cocktails. Pay attention to their second tier ingredients - they are the hit of the... More 

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Thank Jeff P
Orlando, Florida
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49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Best mixologists on NOLA! Drink menu changes daily. Fresh ingredients and unique beverages. THIS IS NOT A PLACE TO GET DRUNK!!! This is a place to relax, try something truly new and be amazed.

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1 Thank Kgale0857
AmyReimer, General Manager at Loa Bar, responded to this review

We love your review and could not agree more. Thank you and we look forward to your return visit. We will have the drinks ready! More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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74 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We spent three days recently in the International House, and truly loved this place. The ambiance was impeccable and a throwback to the old New Orleans, with mysterious bottles used for concoctions and real herbs used for muddling potions and interesting cocktails. The bar is small but very busy and Adrienne took very good care of us while there. Not... More 

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1 Thank NicknAZ49
AmyReimer, General Manager at Loa Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments..... I cannot wait to share them with Adrienne! It sounds like we will see you very soon and are certainly looking forward to it! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I booked an area for a private gathering and it was ideal. The bar is not big but its beautifully decorated and the drinks are fab - try the French 75!

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Thank Rister263
AmyReimer, General Manager at Loa Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for selecting us for your private party. We are so happy that you had such a great time and look forward to serving you many great cocktails in the future. More 

Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Very sultry atmosphere! I was delighted to have my first bourbon here. I don't indulge in alcohol often, so the bartender made the signature drink just sweet enough for me with extra honey to make me declare myself a bourbon drinker after just one!

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1 Thank Rovonne
AmyReimer, General Manager at Loa Bar, responded to this review

Wow.... we are honored to have been selected for your first Bourbon drink ever! Thank you... we will see you again soon and certainly will create something just for you! More 

Mobile al
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175 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Great fresh herbs cleverly used in custom cocktails. A great atmosphere and with nice music in the background. The bartender was a genius. The perfect place to relax over a cocktail and where you can actually hear your conversation.

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1 Thank WESTWOOD59
New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Delicious specialty cocktails, quaint comfortable bar in a great hotel lobby. Beautiful and relaxing atmosphere Great spot for before or after drinks. Friendly staff.

Helpful?
1 Thank Virginia S
AmyReimer, General Manager at Loa Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind comments. We look forward to serving you a delicious drink when you return. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-553-9550

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 150
  • Cuisine: American

Description

In the Voodoo faith tradition, "Loa" are divine spirits with roughly a one to one correlation to the pantheon Christian saints. The name suits the bar at International House because in it the city's contemporary spirit is evident. In the flickering glow of candlelight which someone playfully noted "softens not only the features but the defenses". In the opulent mix of texture and pattern selected by designer LM Pagano, the intangible exotic mix of Haitian French- Caribbean ways, with refined European sensibilities and in a sort of Sistine Chapel-esque religiosity found in heavily Catholic New Orleans. It's clear in the devoted patrons too, an effortless blend of visitors coupled with a nightly mix of young artists and entrepreneurs who fuel an impressive creative culture of invention in this long-admired city. Says Walter, "In this setting, the cup is literally replete with "spirits" possessed of the power to sharpen the tongue and dull the sword."
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am

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Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title might suggest that this area is all about business and little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you away from the Central Business District. The CBD offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts District and Tremé, with the river at its eastern extreme, this hub for sports, gaming, shopping, theatre, family-friendly activities, and amazing regional cuisine makes a smart base wherever your interests lie.