We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Loa Bar

221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
504.553.9550
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #216 of 1,606 restaurants in New Orleans
Price range: $5 - $150
Cuisines: American
Good for: Bar scene
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.”
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
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.”
Write a Review

32 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
    25
    4
    1
    0
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Chandler, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This is a lovely little bar in the International House Hotel. Drink prices are typical and good the service could be a little quicker but overall I love hanging out here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Orleans, Louisiana
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Alway great drinks a little disappointed this evening as the bar was not serving specialty drinks because of a huge bridal party. However, the waitress went out of her way to see if the bartender could make us one. They made our night by making us the "Delilah" which was awesome! Sophisticated Glam...love love love this place!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Arab, Alabama
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Alan's bar remains the absolute best in town. The ambience is so calm and comfortable, and you get to try some of the most eclectic drinks imaginable!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

What a serendipitous treat... I just popped in for a night cap and had a delicious glass of wine and wonderful conversation. Go for the drinks, the candles, the lush seats, the music. JUST GO.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

If you're looking for a place to get away from the craziness of other bar selections in New Orleans, this is the place! It's a quite little bar with a warm atmosphere. From its copper top bar to the cozy couches to the tiny little lights that illuminate this place, the ambience is perfect! The drink selections are unusual and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Arab, Alabama
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Wonderful crafting - very unusual mixes. I love the quiet ambience and spend my afternoons here when in town!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cleveland, Ohio
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We felt kind of old for this place, but service was good and the drinks were delicious and creative. Very comfortable setting for a civilized cocktail.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

A must-try cocktail spot in New Orleans. One of the best sazeracs in town and a great list of their own creations. One specialty drink was an old fashioned made with birdseed--had to try it since it sounded so crazy, and it was crazy good! Really nice bartenders too. I'd stay at the hotel again just to be in the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cathedral City, California
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

With SOOO many cool bars/lounges in NoLa, this one doesn't stand out as anything too special, but for a hotel bar, it's pretty darned cool. Very cool romantic atmosphere with the lighting and velvet seating etc, but there isn't much of a "vibe" because of the general lack of people usually at the bar and the lack of live music.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Whitewater, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Unique decor. Great place to take your date. Romantic scene. It's off the lobby of the International. I wish they had a bigger wine selection. We went on a slow night. We were one of three couples there. The bartender was not interested in serving any of the people there. At one point she was gone for over 5 minutes.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Loa Bar also viewed

New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA
 
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans, LA

Been to Loa Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Loa Bar, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing