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Rating: 3.62

Address: 3811 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70115
  • Mon: 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
  • Tue: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Wed: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Thu: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Fri: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Sun: 11:00 am - 12:00 am

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Comments (151):

1. Joclyn T.
The place for drinks in New Orleans.  True southern style and hospitality, with an outdoor area on the steps overlooking Charles street and a couple of opulent oak paneled rooms to sip happy hour cocktails.  Just as a reference drinks for 8 during happy hour ran around $30 including tip?!

10/03/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Katie Q.
Seriously one of the best brunch experiences of my life.  A brunch like this would need a payment plan in my old beloved city of NYC.  In NO however you get the royal treatment (a 4 course brunch) for 32 bucks.  We walked right up and got the best table in the house seated directly front and center on their amazing patio.  As our waiter came by to offer us a mimosa an effing butterfly floated by on a breeze and landed in the GORGEOUS garden below.  I felt like I was dreaming.  The bartender knows his or her stuff and our drinks did not disappoint.  My dish was sort of a flaky birds nest with an egg nestled inside but was prepared to be eggs benedict.  It came with a side of alligator sausage which was delicious.  The prix fixe also came with a dessert.  I chose the cheesecake (which was awesome with a raspberry compote) and my husband got the strawberries and cream which were HEAVEN, and my friend got the chocolate brownie in a fudge sauce which was v. good but not my favorite of our table's selections (a bit too heavy for my taste but good).  When we finished our heavenly meal our waitress encouraged us to stay and enjoy our coffee as long as we liked.  It was the cherry on top of a perfect weekend....with some mother-effing butterflies...damn, I still feel like that part was a dream.

12/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Edward K.
On a hot, summer night in NOLA, sit out on the porch of the Columns.  Drink your mint julip, watch the streetcars pass along St Charles, and you'll realize why there is no other city like New Orleans.

20/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Lauren B.
I really only know Columns as a bar, and it is a great one to go to. Unfortunately, it can get pretty crowded, especially on weekends. But they make some pretty tasty cocktails and for a nice hotel bar, it is not too pricey. Have had some great French Martinis and their "Pretty Baby" is a pink drink that is named after the movie which was filmed at the hotel. The only draft they have is Abita Amber, but they have a decent selection of bottled beer. They also have $20 bottles of champagne. Definitely worth checking out.

11/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Allison M.
This is a story called, "A Rainy Sunday Brunch on the Columns Hotel Front Porch."
We ducked in for brunch to escape the rain on Sunday.  The maitre'd offered us a wet table or the one by the door, saying that that was the only one available.  OK, we took the one next to the door.  Three minutes later, one of the inside tables left and no one ever replaced them.  Why didn't he offer the dry table indoors?  

The menu was poorly laid out and did not say that the brunch was prix fixe, which is fine, but it would have been good to know that given that we read over the menu and waited well over 10 minutes for the waiter to greet us.  When he finally did greet us, we had to ask him to explain how the menu works and if there were any specials.  Isn't that his job?  Why did we have to ask?

We ordered mimosas.  The waiter brought over our old-timey, charming champagne glasses, you know, the ones that are wide and shallow and help the bubbles diffuse faster?  Yeah, those.  Then, he proceeded to mix our mimosas at the table using a bottle of Tropicana and a bottle of cheap champagne, which had perspired and dripped water all over my bread plate.  It was incredibly tacky, especially for a $30++ meal.

Speaking of the bread, the maitre d' brought us bread immediately upon seating.  He laid out FIVE short, cold french loaves and some cold butter.  Why do two people need FIVE loaves of bread?

When we asked about certain items on the menu, the waiter responded with a bunch of "I really don't know's," and few confident suggestions.

The crab, corn and brie bisque was very very good. It was creamy, but not too rich.  I liked that the portion size wasn't for an army.  

We ordered salads, but the waiter forgot to bring them out and brought our entrees.  He'd forgotten who ordered what and laid them on the table with the meat facing the wrong direction.

We reminded him of the salads and then he brought them.  The meal was delicious, though, to be honest.  The crab & crawfish cakes were rather rich, and would be well balanced if they put a few baby greens on the plate, but they were excellent.  The german beef & veggie special was down-home tasting and yummy.  The salads were fresh and well-presented.

Then, for desserts.  He brought back the giant menus for us to read the three desserts they were offering, obviously because his brain was fried and he couldn't be bothered to memorize them.  He brought out the desserts in no time, but didn't bother to notice that we'd need utensils.  So, we sat staring at our lovely desserts until he returned with someone else's food.

While we were dining, we overheard our waiter talking (in a boasting sort of way) about how he'd worked another job until 5:30am that morning.  

Overall, I would not recommend The Columns for Sunday Brunch.  I think for drinks at night it would be lovely, though I can't say I've been in ages.  For brunch, the service was LOUSY, the food was pretty good, though they could improve upon the bread service, and the host could use some training.  I'm giving it 2 stars: 1 for the food and 1 for the decor and nice jazz guitar action.

09/01/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
6. Sarah W.
Great atmosphere and tasty drinks at Columns!  I loved the outdoor patio area which made me feel like i was enjoying a mint julep in a good friend's yard :)

10/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Iska B.
I thought the decor and the atmosphere was what made this place really nice since it was a  traditional old school Southern hotel and I was all about experiencing charm and Souther hospitality on visit to New Orleans.

Seeing as it was Mardi Gras it was pretty crowded and all I ordered was beer so I can't really comment on the drinks much. Still it was quite charming and the person I was visiting says she goes all the time for a drink with friends mainly because of the feel of drinking in an old Southern hotel.

22/02/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Geronimo G.
Being in or around a palatial plantation mansion is it's own reward for slow service. Sit outside, hear the jazz.

13/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Kristin M.
When I go to Heaven (fingers crossed) it will be sitting on the porch at the Columns with a dirty martini... watching the streetcars pass by.
The garden district is beautiful in itself, but with a cocktail and great clientele and this porch, you just cannot get a better time.
Love the bar in the back, very speakeasy-style. Decor is old NOLA.
Highly recommended, not so much to bring your A-Game, just to relax and have some laughs while spending time in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

20/03/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Lauren M.
I feel as though I can now write a full bodied review because I have not only visited the Columns on many a day sipping cocktails on the front porch, but I have most recently spent the NYE as a guest upstairs. (sorry to disappoint, but no ghosts :( .,  my companion was talking with the owner on NYE, and he claims there are no ghosts)

This once brothel is an outstanding place to spend your afternoon.  How one can complain about this place, I don't know.  You are in a magnificant landmark, overlooking St. Charles avenue. I mean, really.
I spent a Thanksgiving here many years ago with a family member and I can tell you that the meal was wonderful.  

As far as the hotel, my only complaint was that the walls were very thin and we continued to hear some tunes from downstairs into the early morn.  Other than that, the room was wonderful, and to be honest when I am in NOLA I'm not spending my time in my hotel room.  

How can you beat a place that served some damn good black eyed peas, cabbage, corned beef and cornbread on January 1 for all patrons?

Oh yea, I'll be back................hopefully soon.

18/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Justine L.
This place gets an A for ambience.  It was recommended by a friend who used to live in NO and I think anyone who appreciates fine architecture and antiques would enjoy this place. It was built in the 1880s by one of NO's best architects at the time and is visually and historically impressive. That said, the food is nothing to write home about. With so many fantastic restaurants in the city, skip dinner and have a drink in the cool old bar and check out the live music.

15/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Ji-In L.
Felt very Southern-y sipping on Mint Juleps, Ramos Gin Fizzes, and Bloody Marys on the porch of this charming hotel overlooking St. Charles.  Enjoyed my great company as we watched the streetcars pass by and soaked up the warm evening breeze.  Was a nice change of pace and scenery from the bars we had been going to in NOLA.

26/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Ellen F.
During college, I spent many evenings at the Columns, drinking cool drinks on green tablecloths. It's a great central meeting point uptown, and accommodates everybody- nobody has a bad time at the columns. The only bad thing is erratic waitress service, but no matter- you can always trot inside to the darkness of the bar and get your own. No big deal.

I returned recently and stayed here. I actually had a great experience. Everyone was very friendly, and while this is not a luxury hotel, I felt the accommodations were very fair for the price. Plus, they're so eclectic and sooo New Orleans...I'm sure there are ghosts in there somewhere. Plus, how great is it to be able to walk upstairs from happy hour and take yourself a little nap before the evening's activities? So great.

Drink here, stay here, whatever. Just go to the Columns!

10/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Freya C.
Impressive colonial mansion with a generous and an inviting front porch embedded in the heart of the ever beautiful Garden District. The fire place, mock antique furniture, parquet flooring and Persian tapestries allude to a certain (former) majestic prestige. It is a shame that the pimply, middle class Tulane students in awkwardly-fitting suits and squeaky shoes ferrying to and from the bar in faux-sophistication contribute to creating the antonym of such a reverie.

30/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Kelsey K.
This is a really cool place to hang out for a drink.  As visitors, we were looking for an experience that was uniquely NOLA, and I think we got it.  I've had some cool experiences in Miami, but this was really unique.  The drink prices were good too.

25/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Alexander W.
Great location for a drink while sitting on their spacious front porch and watching the happenings on St. Charles.  Especially nice when it's raining and you can enjoy relaxing in the NOLA air while staying dry thanks to the columns-supported overhang.  Short walk to Commander's, the Rink, etc.  Perfect for an overcast weekend afternoon.

20/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Amy G.
I am going to skip the part where I would normally rave about the awesome happy hour, good drinks, unique atmosphere, etc, because it's been clearly established how great the Columns is on a day-to-day basis.  However, I just held a party there over the weekend and I wanted to let everyone know how awesome it was!

The catering director, Sasha, is great.  She was very communicative and accommodating.  

We got to have a tasting before-hand to pick the food (we were just doing hors d'oeuvres) which was quite fun.  They had to pair our tasting with a wedding rehearsal group, which ended up being a blessing in disguise because we sampled some things that I wouldn't have thought to try.  The tasting was what sold me on their wonderful mini quiches - I could eat those all day!  We picked the quiches, mini-muffulettas, oysters Rockafeller, and petit fours.

The staff on the day of the party was superb.  Our bartenders couldn't have been more friendly, and their drinks were perfect as usual.  The servers were great about making rounds with the hors d'oeuvres.  One of the senior staff members was on hand the entire time to make sure everything went smoothly.

By the way, the petit fours were a huge hit.  You can't sample them beforehand, but they are made by Sucre and trust me, they're worth it.

20/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Spenser K.
I've only ever been for drinks, but that said, it is one of the most fantastic places to go for classy drinks on any night.

02/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. H B.
One star is actually by far too much; Columns Hotel & Restaurant would need  Negative  Stars !!

We wished, we would have Stayed Away !!

Our experience with the restaurant at the Columns Hotel was the  WORST  ever and Ruined Our Christmas !!  

We were looking forward to our Christmas Day brunch and shortly after our arrival we were told by the host that the kitchen is ready to close down and that we should come back for dinner.  We were told that no reservation was needed and the kitchen would open around 6 p.m.  

When we arrived at 6 p.m., a couple we saw walking in before us was just seated.  When we asked the host for a table for two, the host who had asked us early to return by 6 p.m., told us that they were booked out and could not accommodate us.  This was an obvious lie, because only one (1) dining room was lightened with only one (1) table being occupied while the two (2) dinning rooms towards the street were empty.  The look on the faces of the serving staff was sheer disbelief at the words the host had uttered.

When we mentioned our experience to somebody in the NOLA hospitality industry, we were informed that the Columns Hotel & Restaurant has a reputation for poor service and is known for poor management.

Management at Columns Hotel & Restaurant clearly displays a customer service attitude that states that international guests are not welcome.  Our hope for enjoying a regional food at Christmas Day turned into a nightmare and became unattainable since the majority of restaurants in the Garden District were closed on December 25, 2010.

While the Columns Hotel & Restaurant received good remarks from locals, it does not welcome dressed-up out of town visitors who were looking forward to enjoy the holidays in NOLA, at least that was our disappointing experience.

26/12/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
20. Jeffrey Y.
I'm rating this on the bar.  This place is known for it bar, not its food, and based on the reviews below, that seems to be the consensus.

The bar is fantastic.  While service can be a bit slow at the actual bar, the drinks are good (despite a moderate beer selection) and reasonably priced.  Sitting at a table and getting a cocktail waitress is a better option.  Sitting on the porch is a fantastic every time.  They manage to make it comfortable even in the summer heat.  This is New Orleans and old school south at its most relaxing best.

16/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. sarah b.
This is an old ante bellum mansion with soaring columns and a wide sweeping deck with a charming cozy bar inside and several rooms for private events.

It is deep in the garden district and is well-worth visiting if you're here on vacation nd want to get out or the French Quarter and to see some of the beautiful older homes.

Dinks are ok, service adequate, it's just a great stop for a lazy dink.  The columns is also rumored to have one of the best happy hours in town, but I have yet to make it that early, it's more of an after-dinner spot for me.

Note: It can be very difficult to get a taxi home l if you didn't drive, so make sure you arrange for a ride or bring a taxi number with you.

27/05/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
22. Kevin J.
I was really disappointed with this place, mainly because of the service.

We made reservations for their Sunday Jazz brunch well in advance.  When we arrived there was a guy playing an acoustic guitar outside and all the tables were full.  The host told us we had to sit inside.  The inside was empty except for a large group of loud guys (maybe 8 of them).  LOUD!

It was freezing inside.  

The dinning room was not even set up right and it took three tries to get us silverware and napkins.  T

The food took forever to come out and it was cold when it did.

THERE WAS NO JAZZ!!!!!!!!!!

Our server was inattentive and was just hanging out in the kitchen according to another server who we had to ask to get ours twice.  

FAIL!  The service here blows and considering the price range there is absolutely no excuse for this.  

We will never be returning.  

Thanks for a crappy brunch Columns Hotel!

07/05/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
23. Erin S.
*NOTE: This is not  a review of the actual hotel itself, but the Sunday Jazz brunch.

I've never stayed in the hotel, but passed it on the streetcar while riding through the Garden District one Saturday afternoon, and knew that was where I had to have brunch the following morning. I was not disappointed.

The food quality is exquisite... perhaps something you'd expect to eat as Scarlet O'Hara's brunch guest, from a century gone by. Each person gets a complimentary glass of champagne, and for an extra $10 or so, you can purchase the whole bottle (our choice). I had the scallops, and while I cannot remember the exact sauce (this was almost a year ago), I remember it was very rich and drizzled over a bed of greens. The breakfast potatoes were good as well, and the champagne just made everything that much better!

We very much enjoyed sitting on the outdoor porch and watching people mosey along the sidewalks to and from church or shopping. The antebellum-style columns, the hotel's namesake, are breathtaking -- and why I noticed it in the first place. The musician who was there the Sunday was also very good, and played a wide variety of jazz favorites and covers of more recent songs.

Our service was quite good and we left full, happy and appreciative for the small joys in life (like a lazy Sunday brunch with the one you love). Highly, highly recommended.

03/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Jessica M.
This review is for the hotel only - not the bar.  I have never encountered such terrible customer service at a hotel before and I have stayed at a lot of places!  I would highly recommend you do NOT stay here unless you enjoy being talked down to and ignored.  Hospitality is not a word known here.  I won't be stay here and will tell all my local and visiting friends to steer clear.

22/01/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
25. Queen F.
It was interesting to read how many reviewers commented on the bad service here.  I thought it was just me. I actually come here occasionally for meetings, and the service here goes from non-existent to terrible. I've served a few times in my life, and I'm the last one to complain about minor stupid things. I don't mind waiting for orders, and I understand when a staff is busy--so for me to complain is a testament to how horrible the service is here. The staff spends majority of their time talking to each other or to their buddies, so much so that when it was nearly empty, majority of their tablecloths were filthy. I'm talking grub and used matches on the linen. I don't have a problem with employees enjoying themselves at work as many do in New Orleans, but do so as you work.  The servers and bartenders will purposely ignore stuff and people so that they can keep talking. It's a pity, because as others have said this place would otherwise be a great place to grab cocktails, and the food I've had here in the past has been pretty excellent. I really hope management starts taking this seriously, as I'm not sure why such a classy looking establishment would want to get this reputation for bad service--especially for what they're charging when it's not happy hour. Get it together Columns.

Edit: I should have said their burgers are great. Probably one of the best I've had in the city. I also remember enjoying a poboy--- but I would not recommend the other items on the menu for the price. You can get way better food for a similar price or cheaper elsewhere. I recently ordered something other than the burger and was very disappointed with how salty an unambitious it was.

22/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
26. Maura D.
We came for drinks and were not disappointed. Perfectly mixed Sazeracs and Pimm's cups. We drank inside, admiring the elegant wooden bar. Our drinking companions enjoyed the rare opportunity to smoke indoors.

A bit out of the way, but a lovely lovely stop.

02/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Jeni F.
I had a dream last night that I was sipping an ice cold dirty martini on the front porch of the Columns Hotel on a hot and sticky New Orleans summer evening.  I don't know if I was dreaming this because I constantly ache for New Orleans or because I constantly ache for a cocktail now that I am pregnant and abstaining.  Either way, I woke up feeling sad and nostalgic.

I haven't eaten at the Columns and haven't stayed there but I sure have visited the bar a number of times.  While pricey, the cocktails are very large and well-mixed.  The view from the front porch is stunning, overlooking St. Charles and the trolley line.  If its uncomfortably hot or humid outside, the indoor bar area is fancy and antique-like.  Overall, its very pleasant and old-world New Orleans.

24/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Melody N.
Terrible service. My husband and I decided to come here for our 5 year anniversary dinner. Even though they don't take reservations, we risked it because I was looking for good atmosphere and outdoor seating. A friend suggested that we go there, so we decided to try it out. At first it seemed very lovely, great atmosphere, very antebellum. It was a friday night and all of the outdoor seating was full. We didn't bother waiting because NONE of the outdoor tables are designed for small groups. If we sat outside, we would be taking up a table that could fit about 8 people for just the 2 of us. No big deal, the inside was nice and had a jazz band playing. I didn't see a hostess, so I went straight to the far back and found a man sitting at a desk. I asked him, "where do we need to go to be seated?" he said "anywhere you can sit down, it's open seating." It seems that someone should be near the door to explain that to people. There were only 2 visible small tables that were open (besides the one RIGHT in front of the band.) We sat down and waited for some service (and for them to bus the table.) About...7 minutes later, a girl came over and asked "can i clear this out of your way?" and I said "these aren't ours," and she said "oh i'm sorry!" and cleared the table and left. SHE NEVER CAME BACK TO CHECK ON US. I FLAGGED HER DOWN, "do we wait for service or order at the bar?" "you can open a tab at the bar if you'd like or I can get you a server," me: "yes please, can we have a server and some menus?" So we've been here almost 15 minutes...about 5 minutes later, NO one had come to our table. I don't see how that's so difficult to just bring us menus and say "hi we'll be with you shortly" so we just left. In my experience, if it takes that long for some service, it's a disaster waiting to happen and I'm better off not dealing with the aggravation. We would probably have waited an eternity for food. Also, our table cloth was dirty and covered in food and that was never taken care of, the girl only cleared the dishes. I was SHOCKED that a place this nice would have such terrible service. I can't speak for the hotel experience, but if the same people run the hotel, I wouldn't waste my money.

22/10/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
29. Chelsea M.
I am a fan of the columns, but it is mostly due to their local crowd and their ginormous porch overlooking St. Charles. There is no better way to relax than to listen to the streetcar go by on the rails and have a few friends around you on the front porch.
 In re to their drinks? Meh. I've had better, but they aren't bad. A very comfortable mediocre. I asked for a French 75, a standard New Orleans' cocktail and I had the bartender whip out a book to make me one which was disappointing (both the drink itself and the book).

22/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. L H.
An atmospheric place to stay in the Garden District of New Orleans with beautiful rooms. Excellent front desk service and friendly staff. The bar used to be a cool hangout for a wide variety of locals (at least when I used to live in Nola), but now it seems to be overrun by teenagers. That was a bit disappointing.

07/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Guillermo K.
Honestly, the bar space is kind of a weird space to sit. But when you get over that, this place is a pretty nice time to spend a couple hours. Good drinks.

07/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Mary B.
You should go to The Columns at least once, if only to drink a Sazerac on an antebellum porch in the balmy New Orleans twilight. You will feel like you stepped in some bizarre time warp. To go on the regular, however, doesn't seem practical unless you are looking to crash a Tulane Law School alumni party. If you want to avoid that crowd, go early or bring your own posse to counteract the Polo shirts. Maybe snag a spot inside. I've been there on a slow afternoon and it was delightful kicking it inside at ye olde wooden bar. Don't bother eating, just start mainlining bourbon, then go up to your haunted bedroom for an affair with a Southern Gothic literature professor.

18/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. Frank S.
This place has the worst bartenders and waitresses in New Orleans.  They are rude and slow.

20/04/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
34. Aria v.
New Orleans Birthday Trip = After Dinner Drinks on St Charles

After a upscale dining, there's really only one thing to do: go to a classy place to go sip on some bourbon. It is the South, after all, so where better to go than a plantation house converted into a hotel?

Venue:
The Columns is a large, white mansion, made all the more impressive and presence-demanding by it's traditional atmosphere. The main lounge is decorated in elegant Victorian style, complete with a mahogany bar and chandeliers. The fireplace will keep you warm and if you get too hot, you can lounge on the front patio and watch the streetcars ramble by.

From what I've heard though, the atmosphere has changed some. What used to be relaxed and mostly quiet has transformed into a site of the popular and trendy, but that undertone of sexy sophistication is still there. Grab a Sazerac or a bourbon on the rocks, or if you're me a Mount Gay and diet, run a tab and talk the night away.

You'll meet a whole range of people: college students looking not to get carded or break away from the usual Greek watering holes, locals who are so perfectly Southern, visitors staying in the hotel and as far away as Metairie, or businessmen from downtown looking for a break. No matter what, you'll fit in here.  

Food:
While we were only there for drinks, they do serve food and have a brunch on Sundays. I hear it's not too shabby but nothing to lust over. Still, I prefer it as a late night spot, the vibe just feels right for it.

30/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. May N.
Really nice place to have a drink on the porch amongst the greenery of the Garden District and watch the cars go by.  I had heard the food was not so great so I didn't try anything.  Make sure you walk a little inside because the decor is really cool.  

Downsides:  poor service, expensive drinks, no happy hour specials.  The patio waitress was inside at the bar hanging out so we got our own drinks from the bartender and then sat outside.  She passed through a few times, but never made eye contact with us or checked to see whether we wanted anything else.  We had to go back into the bar to close the tab.  Lame.

28/04/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
36. Jackie W.
The bar at The Columns is beautiful and serves fantastic drinks at reasonable prices. We went there for drinks before walking over to La Petite Grocery for dinner, and it was one of the best evenings of our entire trip. The atmosphere is classy but relaxed, and the building is just gorgeous.

07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Erin P.
The Columns Hotel has the perfect porch for drinking a cocktail and enjoying a quintessential Southern experience!

01/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Ian S.
A very cool place to stop for a drink. Fancy, pricey, and classy...but well worth it when you are sitting on the patio, sipping a cocktail and enjoying the magic and voodoo of the amazing city. Worth a stop on your trip, for sure. Service was ok, not sure about the food.

25/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. Kelsey G.
I've only been for happy hour and absolutely adored the outdoor seating and drink specials. How could you not enjoy a spring evening in the Garden District (cue whiffs of gardenias and  night blooming jasmine) with inexpensive cocktails and a Victorian scene?

24/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Ayo L.
I can't speak on the hotel itself, but the outside front patio is perfect for happy hour and late night glasses of wine with friends.  

The ambience is the main reason to check this place out, and you will run into a cast of interesting characters during your evening.

03/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Dan D.
I really wanted to like the Columns Hotel. On a recent trip to New Orleans a group of us went to have drinks on the Columns front porch. It was a perfect night to be outside drinking except we went to the wrong place.

The first problem was the complete lack of service by the wait staff. I work as a waiter and I have not seen a less attentive staff than that at the Columns.

Secondly, the drinks were terrible. I mean bad. How do you mess up a Vodka and soda, use very little ice and flat soda, that's how.

The only reason this place gets two stars is because the porch was amazing.

16/05/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
42. Jess N.
I stayed here in the fall and well it was interesting to say the least. Each room in the hotel has a specific theme. Check out the hotel's website so that you can really get a gist of how different each room is. The hotel is the opitomy of old school New Orleans, which means it has that kind of eerie feel to it. A lot of the rooms have those paintings that follow you with their eyes, which would be okay if it wasn't a painting of children across from your bed.

All in all, The Columns Hotel was an experience that is unique to New Orleans.

FunFact: Pretty Baby (1978) was filmed here.

13/02/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
43. Joshua B.
I had high expectations from the chatter I've heard about this place. I liked the bar tenders and the drinks were mixed well. However, I felt like I was surrounded by college kids trying to act like they belong at the big kids table because they are using their dad's American Express card to buy Bud Light and shots. I felt like I was at The Boot. Being classy means going beyond wearing Ralph Lauren polo shirts.

03/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
44. Tiffany T.
Went there for Easter Sunday Brunch with family. Lovely atmosphere with nice music. We were seated promptly at our 1130 reservation time. The staff was friendly but like another reviewer said, they were slow as molasses. It took our waiter 30 minutes to serve 11 mimosa at our table. The kitchen was equally slow. Our first course was fairly prompt, the second course was 30 minutes later. Two hours in, we were served our entrees. We put a rush on our dessert as we were now running into time issues for some members of our party. So, not much time for coffee since we had now reached the three hour mark. I must say, the food was quite tasty except for the crab and corn bisque which was quite watery. I had eggs Benedict and the bread pudding, both were delicious. It seemed everyone else was enjoying their food as well. I think they are more known for their bar, happy hour atmosphere with food as a side note. Perhaps they are not as equipped to handle large crowds in the restaurant. Nonetheless, we did enjoy spending time with the family and we had plenty of it!

31/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
45. Kevin M.
Sunday brunch on the veranda, with mimosas and live music.  Life couldn't get any better on St. Charles Avenue.

01/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
46. Erick N.
Sitting inside hotel bar is amazing.  Step inside this place and it feels as if you have gone back in time.  Nestled in the heart of the Garden District, this elegant hotel greets you with its large columns and open porch just right for sitting and watching time go by.  Make a visit to the inside bar where you can take a seat at the bar or one of the couches in the sitting room.  The ornate decoration and antique interior is sure to please even the most pretentious.  Come dressed in business casual and enjoy a glass of champagne or any of there special drinks.

03/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Michael S.
Ive been coming to Columns for a few years.  Not many places in the city do a better happy hour.  The drinks are half off, but sitting outside the Column and staring out at St Charles around 5pm is great.  However, I must admit I wish they got rid of their TV, far too stylish of a place to have a television.

I've never ate at Columns, but I've heard from a few people their food is pretty poor.  Thus, my review is based solely on the Columns Bar.

10/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Shannon S.
The Column's Hotel, for most local folks, is a beloved bar that also happens to have hotel rooms.  They have one of the most fantastic porch areas with adjacent "hidden" side patio areas that are some of the best places in all of NOLA to enjoy nice outside days.  The interior is equally impressive with a very Victorian era bar with very reasonable drink prices.  They also have several side rooms available for private events.  I've attended many enjoyable private functions here so this is a fantastic place to book an event.  The restaurant here does decent food (probably about three stars on average) and while it is good there are certainly better places to eat in the area.  The Column's is one of the best venue's to enjoy the beauty that is St. Charles Avenue along with a fantastic New Orleans ambiance that makes enjoying a cocktail here a "must do" to fully appreciate one of the great spots on one of the most amazing streets in the world!

14/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Kerry P.
Just wanted to add an update for their Sunday Jazz Brunch, which I haven't attended in almost 6 years.  It comes a-la-carte, $30 / person includes soup (Gumbo and de jour available), salad,  entree (2 breakfast specials and the rest lunch), and either champagne or mimosas.  The Southern Breakfast includes the most perfectly prepared grits I have ever tasted.  

Brunch at The Columns is pefect for a special occasion, but is undoubtedly lovely in the fall when the its not stifling outside.  The uptown oak trees have finally regrown their canopies 3 years after Katrina and the St. Charles streetcar is running again!  Perfect picturesque breakfast spot to enjoy the deep South.

06/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Jen L.
My go-to-bar for when I have out of town guests.  If they have a teenager, you can sit outside.  If you have a member of the senior generation, they still love the locale.

Great ambiance, good drinks, amazing people-watching

26/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Linda W.
Lovely hotel, and terrific just to sit out on and have a drink.

Everyone at the hotel was very hospitable, from bartender to front desk.

Ambiance is the main reason for a visit here, and it is definitely worth it.   The rooms are beautiful, and the architecture of the building is amazing.

26/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Kali R.
The Columns offers a  traditional Southern mansion look to it that is absolutely spectacular, especially to a non-native such as myself. On a given Friday night, the architecture and gaudy ornate decor sparkle as jazz plays in the main lobby. The bar is attended by hipsters and collegiates and a span of random folks who just want to enjoy the atmosphere. I appreciate the location in Uptown-- where I live-- and that its history is prominent as a selling point! The drinks are good, especially the Pimm's Cup.

04/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Gina Q.
Came here on a recommendation. Comfy seats and wooden walls with a roman revival/Victorian feel. Ordered a few drinks and a cheese plate. Cheese took forever to come. Plate contained pate, cheese, prosciutto, crackers, toasted bread rounds, green and kalamatta olives, and fresh fruit with a bittersweet chocolate drizzle.

16/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
54. Vivian Ellen C.
Im only giving it 2 stars because the cocktail waitress sucked so bad.  she didn't suck...she doesn' t.do .anything.

first, the waitress saw me walk in and didn't even move a muscle and kept bullshitting with the bartender.  I sat for 5 minutes and nothing. I go to the bar and she still doesn't say a word so i talk to the bartender about my order and drink.....i look over and say hello and she gives me the "why the fuck are you talking to me face"....awesome.   talk about a waste of a paycheck....the bartender brought me my appetizer and drink, she is useless and looks like a a moron.

also don't advertise a "perfect bloody mary" when you're clearly making a cheap vodka and bloody mary mix drink with some jarred picked green beans.   WTF.

ive been here 45 minutes and she hasn't come back to check on me once.  So beware of service coming here and don't get excited about the drink menu.

but the raw beet bruschetta however was quite good.  toast was a good crispy consistency and the beet and goat cheese portions well distributed.  so i recommend that if you do come here.

22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
55. Carl H.
We were the first to arrive for brunch here and had our choice of seating.  It was a beautiful late October day so we sat on the veranda. (Sitting on a veranda was one of the three musts I have for my trip to NOLA.)  We were promptly given the Sunday brunch menu (changes weekly I believe) which was approximately 32.00 a person.  This included a champagne/mimosa, soup, entree and dessert.    

I opted out of the champagne to have my first Mint Julep. (Second of the three things that were a must.)  It will probably be my last.  It was made beautifully and properly, but I did not realize how sweet they were.  I thought I was going to have a sugar attack.    I ordered the carrot/squash soup which was delicious.

The entree I chose was the Pecan Chicken Salad.  It was a healthy helping and just enough so that I did not leave any behind.  The pecans were glazed.  I noticed I had a very sweet brunch this morning.

For dessert they had a few options.  My friend chose the homemade bread pudding.  I went for the Strawberry cheesecake.  I cannot pass up the chance for a good cheesecake, and it was good.  

Coffee was offered after the meal but I refused.

The host and hostess were friendly.  I chose to sit towards the rising sun at the table and they were very nice to make sure that this wouldn't affect me, on the chance I was a vampire.  The waitstaff was quite friendly and easy on the eyes.  They also offered valet service.  It was not very busy the day we came but I have been told by my local friends (pictured)  that reservations would be a good idea.  

I was also told this is usually a Jazz brunch.  The band was not there that morning so they had an singer alone with his guitar to entertain.  The music was nice and not too loud.

This was an overall great experience.  There were no downsides, but one annoyance.  The flowers that were placed on each table attracted flies.  We were swatting them away for the entire time.   This may not have been helped, nor did it ruin my experience.

If you read this you may be thinking what was the third must for me on this trip?  See Rawhide 2010, New Orleans if you are truly curious.  I warn you though it is not necessary.

15/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
56. Hilary A.
Columns is a perfect happy hour spot for cool days (or warm days if you sit inside). Their expansive porch and other outdoor seating is just classy enough to make me feel rich for the day (there's just something so posh about those green tablecloths...). On the other hand, their great happy hour prices ($2.50 for a well?! Yes please!) are just low enough that my wallet rejoices. They also make a delicious grasshopper if you're into such things (FYI: I am.). While you're sipping said grasshopper, you will get to people watch and relax while the streetcar roars by. Perfect afternoon stop!

07/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
57. Beth C.
The Columns has a little talked about Happy Hour from 4-7 each weekday that makes it a great places for an after work cocktail.

I don't know if you consider "fancy drinking" as fun as the people I work with, but if you do this place is great. Plus you can do it on a budget!

They usually have events going inside but tables outside provide a beautiful setting and quite a bit of shade for the summer months. Unlike most bars, you don't have to yell over all the noise to talk to the people you are with and your clothes won't get that "bar stink" common to most establishments with happy hours.

The Happy Hour is a great deal in and of itself. While I won't sit here and list out everything, the $2.50 well drinks and $3.50 martinis will always keep me "happy."

Some people prejudge this place as an over crowded tourist haunt and I am sure that is true during periods like Mardi Gras. However, on a week day night during the regular seasons, I think this is a perfect place for New Orleanians young and old.

The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the outside waiters service can leave a little to be desired. The best deal is to by pass them (because they aren't going to stop and wait on you) and head straight to the bar to get your own beverages.

04/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Andrew D.
A great bar to hit up late at night. I hear good things about their daytime fare as well. It's a grand building with comfortable chairs, and lounges. Perfect for chilling with friends after using up your energy at some of the more raucous bars that NOLA has to offer. *****

02/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Aaron S.
Enjoyable Sunday brunch...  Hard to beat sitting on the front porch, drinking champagne, and watching the streetcars go by.  This is one of my favorite Sunday brunch spots in the city...  The food is always good, but the atmosphere is amazing.  True old southern charm at it's finest!

23/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. Onarrez B.
Earlier this year, I visited with a friend from out of town who wanted to take in the sights and tastes of New Orleans. After visiting a couple of times to NO myself, I knew the best place to stay would be off of St. Charles Ave. in the Garden District, because the traffic and parking situation downtown can be a nightmare, and quite expensive. The trolley takes you right down St. Charles from the Garden District to the French Quarter, and the fee is much smaller than what you would pay for parking. Plus, the trolley rolls until 3am in the morning. But check schedules for holiday hours at: norta.com .
We picked The Columns Hotel in the Garden District on St. Charles Ave., and it was a fantastic choice. The Columns is listed in the register of historical places, and with good reason. Upon first entering, you feel as if you've stepped into a Victorian mansion that would have fit perfectly into a Harry Potter movie. There are twisty staircases, giant stained glass windows, a Victorian tea room where you will have your complimentary breakfast (and it's a yummy one!), a large antiquated bar with decent cocktails, and a Victorian Lounge to have dinner. Not to mention the sweeping patios and balconies decorated with exactly the kind of patio furniture you would expect in the garden district, and live music on some nights. We were having so much fun at the hotel; we almost forgot we were there to check out the French Quarter. At night, the lights dim to make room for mood lighting, making it the perfect spot to bring your date, or partner in crime.
The rooms were spacious, but I have to warn, if you are not able to move around very well, then make sure you let the hotel know before booking. This is because the floors are slanted in some of the rooms, and the claw foot tubs have high sides, making it difficult getting out if you are not in good shape.  Otherwise, the rooms are decorated with Victorian sensibilities, and you will feel as if you've stepped back in time.
Another charmer of this hotel is you are in the Garden District surrounded by the amazing architecture of a bygone era. If you like walking to check out the sights, then you've found a perfect area to do it. If you don't like the muggy heat, then make sure you visit The Columns Hotel from the end of October - April, when Louisiana is at its coolest.

30/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Eve K.
Cool spot for a drink in the old white columny building.

Cost to worth it rating: 3

Highlights:
- Atmosphere: old time saloony, haunted house feel to it. Divided into a few areas: bar, maroon veloury circular couch you can sit on facing outwards, room of tables, and the patio.
- Shoot location: a movie with Brooke Shields was filmed here.
- High cab trafficed location: right on St. Charles so easy to grab a cab--the staff at the hotel will go stand on the middle divider to hail one for ya.

Lowlights:
- Cab ride distance: not really a destination spot, but if you're in the Garden District area, definitely go check it out.

Not sure if I'll be back, but enjoyed the short time I hung out there for a post-dinner drink.

04/05/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
62. A. C.
Best happy hour in New Orleans! House wines, well mixed drinks, and domestic beers at half price 5-7 pm weeknights. How can you beat $2.50 for a glass of wine?

The mansion itself is gorgeous, a must-see for tourists and a staple for this long-time resident.

14/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. Ryan W.
Sitting on the Porch of a Historic Mansion, sipping a Mint Julep or Pimm's Cup while watching the streetcar roll leisurely down St. Charles Avenue is an experience that can put you up in the clouds. Where might you be able to do this? The Columns of course!

Now go do it.

17/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Vera H.
Came here on a rainy Monday, so it was nice and quiet. Building is gorgeous, with so much history. I was looking out for the 3 ghosts that are said to haunt the hotel, but they were off doing other things...

Sat inside the parlour for some Pimm's Cups which they do very well. Loved the old-timey feel of the place. Service was good.

Went outside on the porch for some more Pimm's Cups. Felt so civilized watching the rain come down and the trolley's go by. Only problem was the mosquitos lurking under the table that ate me alive. :(

Apparently they are known for their Mint Julep's, but since I am not a fan, I just stuck with the Pimm's.

18/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
65. Richard M.
Christmas day and very few places to eat at. So we check around and find this wonderful old hotel that's serving Christmas Brunch. It's ion a beautiful part of New Orleans, close to Tulane University and Loyola. The homes are those stately mansions you come to expect in the old south.

We made a reservation and showed up right on time. They have three rooms to choose from and we took the room that was light and airy looking. Well before we ordered I noticed it was unusually cold in the room, before the end of brunch I had icles on my nose, and a woman was taken from the restaurant in an ambulance shaking. No joke, not sure if it was the temperature or she just fell ill. Now to get to the food.

Its a three course meal and we start with gumbo. We all can appreciate the warmth of the soup because it's still hovering around 40 degrees inside. Then on to the main course. I order the shrimp and grits, the g/f ordered the eggs Benedict, her mom orders rack of lamb and her dad orders the salmon. All four meals were quite good. The final was either apples baked with ice cream, or cheese cake with berries. I've had better deserts but we felt lucky to find a place open for brunch on Christmas Day.

04/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Kevin N.
Old school hotel that seems to be equally renowned for its interior bar and patio as it is for its accommodations: do yourself a favor either way. Next time you're in, walk past the bar to the master stairwell (which, FWIW, is what I'd have my butler address me as if I were rich), and look up.

Seriously, I don't think I'm giving away a ton here when I mention that it's somewhat disconcerting, and here's my point. The Columns, from the outside, looks like an old school manor approaching the B&B style -- you expect the floors to creak with the weight of their memories alone. But from the inside, staring up into the seemingly infinite space of that almost rotating stairwell, the place seems to deceptively stretch into the clouds above. Now of course that's not empirically true. But that fact won't keep you from needing to take a seat to gather it all in besides.

There are sitting rooms on either side of the entry way, as if they're expecting friends over. And on the day I stopped by recently, there we all were, friends yet strangers, in conversation that draped over us like a newly purchased swath of well worn flannel, warm yet familiar, soft by way of approachable.

Not that anyone would want to wear flannel in the summertime in New Orleans. That wouldn't be elegant, it'd be dated, sure, but it'd also wax a little crazy.

08/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. Vicky L.
I've been here a handful of times and had a great time time each time. a great place to grab drinks with friends. good prices, and good drinks. Pimms was ok, had better, but still good.

I was here for an event, and the wait staff was friendly. They served good food. I tried: alligator sausage, blue cheese shrimp, chicken tenders, finger sandwiches, and ALL of it was good.

I like sitting at the bar, but because they allow smoking indoors, i usually try and sit outside. (be sure to have bug spray for sitting outside). They have some good sized tables outside so your group can sit comfortably around.

09/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
68. Andreas W.
We went to the Columns for its Sunday brunch on Superbowl Sunday. The weather was cool by New Orleans standards, but lovely to us, so we opted to sit outside on the main porch. Chip Wilson and his guitar provided a wonderful backdrop to the meal.

Brunch consists of four courses. Seafood gumbo came with a dollop of white rice on top. It was dark (a perfect roux!), thick with shrimp and clams, and had just the right level of spice. We both opted for an arugula salad as second course that was dotted with fried prociutto and topped with a lemon vinaigrette. For our mains, we had a surf & turf (steak and shrimp) and a crab cake. The steak was perfectly rare and buttery. The crab cake was a bit too dense for my companion's taste, being less lump crab and more bready in consistency, but the flavor was good.

For dessert we opted for bread pudding with whiskey sauce (the pudding was light and fluffy) and peach cobbler a la mode, which was a perfect bite of the south and made up for the too-thick crab cake.

We took the opportunity to chat with Chip between songs and found him to be charming. He had several CD's for sale and we opted for a blues vibe. He played and sang the entire brunch and was happy to take our request. A real treat.

Sitting in the sun, enjoying mimosas, good food, great music...hard to complain.

19/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Sarah C.
Says my former NOLA resident sidekick: "Columns. it's my safe place. the smell, the porch, the street cars, the old wooden bar....love it." I second that emotion. The Columns is NO's answer to my Mermaid Oyster Bar, but more southern fabulous. On walking in, I immediately felt like a more elegant, timeless person.

Be sure to try a gin fizz.

07/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
70. Marielle S.
I love having a drink on the porch of this gorgeous house turned hotel and pretend I am sipping a mint julep in the old South.

This is one of my favorite spots to hang Uptown and definitely a great place whether you want to get a drink on date, or with a group of friends.  If the weather is a little too hot for your liking, you can always sit inside, just be aware that it fills up fast.

Also, they do have wait service, but most of the time you are better off getting your own drink at the bar, if you are in any kind of hurry.

Also, I was actually lucky enough to know someone who was staying here years ago, so I got to take a look at one of the rooms.  It was huge and gorgeous and had a real "old" New Orleans feel.  I do some modeling and I would love to do a shoot there someday, but I digress.

This would be a great place to stay if you are traveling to the city on your honeymoon or just on a vacation.

17/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
71. Ellen C.
This was possible one of my favorite hotel bars in New Orleans.  Love love loved it.  

Many happy hour semi-party/gatherings were had and then some.  I think because of the Column's close proximity to the university campuses and it being Uptown (evidently some of us couldn't be bothered to cross into/through the Quarter, yeah, I don't know) - it was easily accessible along the streetcar's path.  One of my friends lived within walking distance of the Columns for a year and you bet your butt we were always finding an excuse to have a drink or two here.  

So the Columns Hotel is one of those charming New Orleans-esque boutique hotels.  It's not very high occupancy, but it has that historical feel that often attracts wedding receptions, small galas, and other formal events.  It's a tad creaky, especially when you make way to the restroom area, but the bar area is quite impressive.  It's spacious and luxurious, stocked with cushy shiny leather couches.  The patio is rather expansive as well.  Even given all this room, it can get quite crowded during the peak hours, so time your arrival wisely.  

The drinks, of course, were fabulous, but not exactly cheap.  I think during happy hours, it was two-for-one, so that made it far more bearable.  If I recall correctly, they do have their own specialized cocktail menu, as most places of this caliber - all very yummy stuff.

Also may I add that this is great place to people watch.  Usually people do show up in their cocktail dresses, slacks and button up shirts, but add alcohol - things can sometimes get, well amusing.  

It's a beautiful space and worth checking out if you're seeking sophisticated alcohol-related fun in Uptown.

03/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
72. Katrina V.
We arrived and asked where to sit for dinner and drinks, so the staff knew we were eating. We got drink service, and then waited 40 minutes before we had to get up to find a waitress to order our food. After we finished eating, but were still drinking, they rushed us out extremely quickly and even took my half full drink with the plates. The food was good, but the wait staff terrible. I wouldn't come back here.

31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
73. Heather N.
I love places that take you back in time, and the Columns does the trick. Wait, am I in a Tennessee Williams play?

The bar is dark with mahogany and high ceilings, the patio grand and the drinks are cheap.

Excellent place to take pictures, and apparently record music, as someone was doing just that the day we visited.

Cheers~

20/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Cristy C.
This is probably one of my favorite places. I love being uptown and this is as uptown as it gets. It's very classy and if you want a snack, they have a small selection of yummy dishes.

I've always had a good time when I have come here. You just can't go wrong with this place.

04/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
75. Sam P.
speaking from a tourist's perspective:

This was the fanciest bar in NOLA that I visited. Dress is business casual, the crowd consists mostly of yuppies in their mid to late 20s. The ambience is romantic thanks to the magnificent white mansion/hotel backdrop, smooth beats on the speaker, and elegant furniture inside and out.

Definitely glad I stopped by here. The bartender made a decent Manhattan

21/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
76. Ari A.
ONLY REVIEWING THE BAR EXPERIENCE

Well my friends and I learned what a Firefly and Mint Julep were on this night in question. 2 MJ's & a Firefly ~$22.
well a Mint Julep's got Whiskey in it if you didn't know & I could take about 5 sips before failing. And I don't even remember the firefly, but it was equally a fail.

This place was way too crowded on a Saturday night to find a seat outside or inside and when there is no dancing and no chugging of drinks, standing around seems lame....
I learned my lesson that I could never meet a Southern man, he would not appreciate my big NY personality and was disheartened. But I did get to stare at some boys who looked qualified to be at the Kentucky Derby.

I will give this place an A+ for style. It's so unique on the outside and I like that they have made it a bar. I did feel a bit awkward as if walking into someone else's wedding though.

26/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
77. Daryl P.
Bunch of Rich dudes talking about rich dude stuff, had to go to brothers 3 afterwards to wash the cracker dust off me. Sunday nights is worth checking out tho, black robes,Venetian masks and  chamber music. Password: Fidelio.

19/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
78. Laila B.
It pains me to say this but I have to give up on the Columns.  I am generally confounded by the frat boy presence there but was usually able to overlook it because ti's just so lovely and the drinks were always pretty good.

Last night, I brought some out of town guests in and on one side of the parlor, there was a dapper gentleman playing the piano. Then we walked into the bar area and they were playing R. Kelly. Don't get me wrong, the R. can be good for a time and place but at the Columns? Weird. After waiting for several polo-clad young men to get their Miller Lites, I ordered  French 75s for my friends and a Ramos Gin Fizz for myself.  Note to bartender; putting a lemon twist in a glass of cheap sparkling wine does not a French 75 make. Terrible. My Ramos Gin Fizz was composed of a good 3/4 c. of heavy cream and had no discernible fizz. Luckily, I did taste a bit of booze hiding behind all that cream but really gin and whipping cream was not what I was hoping for. It was really disappointing because the gin fizz I had there last summer was dangerously delicious.  My friends sipped their cheap and slightly sour sparkle and finally implored me to take them home when the song "Ain't that America" came on.

I'm glad I was able to experience their downfall myself before I unwittingly sent people there with raves about the atmosphere and the classic cocktails. Get it together Columns, you've got so much to work with.

27/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
79. Dave H.
Incredible brunch. Cool ambience. Definitely get there early for a porch seat. Good decision and great reason to get away from the Quarter.

Bloody Marys are fantastic.

21/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
80. Jae Z.
I think I am misunderstanding this whole "Southern" charm thing or maybe Columns Hotel is completely off with affecting this particular ambiance.

A friend recommended that I come here for a drink and the ambiance of drinking on a porch of a classic old mansion. I've touched on the problem with recommendations before - beyond a disappointing recommendation, it could affect your view on a person to a degree.

Columns Hotel is as pseudo as pseudo gets. I'd imagined a porch with some rocking chairs spaced out looking out to a beautiful lawn, with dim lighting from maybe just a few bulbs. Instead, the porch had several sets of metal chairs and tables (painted white) lined up in rows, so as to make you feel like you're drinking at a factory of "ambiance" that stopped at the seating. Oh here, take a seat at the ill-designed seat for a moment in the capsule of Southernness. Did I mention that the tables had horrid green table cloth? Table cloth on lawn furniture. RIDDLE ME THIS.

We took a quick tour inside, where it was supposed to be all dark and old fashioned, where from the ceiling hung a chandelier with bright yellow bulbs and on the wall hung a low-quality printed photograph of a painting. The photo was kind of the breaking point, I mean, I saw the pixels! Huge, blurry pixels. Have you no class?

I got a sazerac and having learned that people have a heavy hand with syrup in New Orleans, I requested that the bartender go easy on it. It was still too sweet compared to what I've had in New York. Maybe the New York sazerac isn't authentic, but I think it's better that way.

Oh and the service was subpar.

13/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
81. Don S.
I have stayed at many inns and b&b's in the Garden district. The Columns hotel  is disappointing to say the least.  While the first impression is great.  There is a beautiful bar and great bar scene.  Now the hotel....run down is probably the best adjective for the rooms.  Sometimes old furniture is an antique, and sometimes its just old. The rooms at the Columns are in serious need of a face lift.  Paper thin walls with poorly fitting doors.  You can hear anyone sneeze on your floor.  The old windows allow for all of the bar noise filter into the rooms, even on the third floor.  Did i mention the security?  well there isn't any.  The large bar crowd could easily filter up stairs. The peeling paint in the bathroom and no mattress pads under the sheets.  Management just seemed much more focused on the bar.

18/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
82. Terry K.
Stately old hotel, but REAL problems with heating and air conditioning!!!  Nearly impossible to get a proper temperature.  Room fluctuated between 70 and 80 degrees and impossible to control.  They switched us to another room and it wasn't any better.

Then they put a new customer in our old room (right next door to our new room) and they had even worse problems, which ended up waking us up at midnight when the repairman came to their room - was unable to fix the problem.

Sorry, but these people have no clue how to run an establishment, and show zero ability to learn from their mistakes or customer feedback.  Stay here only at your own risk, and don't say you weren't warned!!!

27/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
83. Marissa R.
The brunch was absolutely fabulous!!! I went with my mother, aunt, uncle, and cousins for Sunday brunch. It was great! All of the food was well prepared. I had shrimp gumbo, a salad, blackened salmon and potatoes, and chocolate pie for dessert. All the food was well seasoned, the salmon was cooked perfectly, and the dessert was divine. I would go again for sure!!!

31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
84. Josh L.
Classy spot, nice patio, good food. Gets crowded but with nice people, would recommend.

23/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
85. Miss W.
I actually came here because I saw all the great reviews on Yelp!

I went for Sunday brunch in December, during a NYE 2012 trip.

PROS:
- The food. This is the biggest selling point. We got the Sunday brunch, which included a glass of champagne or a mimosa, and four courses, including soup, salad, entree and dessert. On such a cold day, the gumbo was extremely hearty and warmed me up immediately. It was divine. My salad with beets was phenomenal, and my crab cakes were gigantic and very well-seasoned. The creme brulee wasn't that good though - it was mushy.

- The venue itself: It's extremely beautiful; it was nice to wander throughout different rooms and see the different decors.

- Service: Our servers were quite attentive and let us leisurely brunch, without pressuring us to leave; they allowed us to take our time.

CONS:
- The "jazz" musician: I don't know what instrument he was playing (some type of guitar maybe?), and he definitely wasn't playing jazz. It sounded like soothing classical music. It was OK, but since it's advertised as a "jazz brunch," that's what we were expecting.

OTHER TIDBITS:
- As of December 2012, the St. Charles streetcar service doesn't run all the way from Columns Hotel to the French Quarter/CBD, so if you're coming from the east take a bus to get there.

- I had a great time. The brunch was my first meal on this trip, and it was also my best and most memorable. Great value for the price and just really good food in general. I highly recommend a trip here for the brunch.

13/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
86. Jia J.
A couple years ago, I saw "Pretty Baby" on Netflix. It stars a young Susan Sarandon as a prostitute in a Southern whorehouse, and an illegally young Brooke Shields as the daughter, who eventually gets her virginity sold and then runs off with a creepy ass photographer into the bayou...

Well, the whorehouse scenes were filmed in the lobby of Columns Hotel. But that didn't stop me from putting Columns at the top of the list after hearing about their fantastic porch and classy cocktails. Plus, a local friend promised that Sean Penn was always there. Though I lost a measure of respect for Penn after he started banging Scarlet Johansson, I still had nostalgia for his role as Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, so the prospect of seeing him was quite exciting.

My travel buddy and I took the St. Charles streetcar out to the garden district. We were dolled up a bit and unprepared for the sudden cold, courtesy of a storm system farther inland. Still we toughed it out and hobbled along old, cracked sidewalks until we saw Columns rising up from a romantically melancholy block.

A lone hostess in a black and white getup detected us immediately and floated over with the drink menus. A folding chalkboard at the entrance to the hotel displayed a tempting menu as well - I saw words like "macaroni," "crawfish," and "croque," but closed my eyes because we had already planned out a meal destination for later.

The hostess told us that there was a $2.50 happy hour special. We waited for her to talk about Bud Light and PBR, but instead, she talked about a house red and white. My friend had red, I had white, and guess what, both were delicious.

We watched a wedding rehearsal go on on the steps below us in the dusk, and the porch began to fill with people with long hair, mustaches, tuxes, gloves, and cigars. They spoke with accents straight out of a good John Grisham movie, but they weren't acting. From our private corner, we watched them through the smoke, transported through time and place to a foreign experience indeed.

When night fell and we couldn't handle the cold on our bare limbs anymore, we got a nod from the hostess and moved on inside to the plush Victorian ballroom, where a young jazz band was playing it up. Got a Ramos Gin Fizz for $8 or $12, not that it mattered, since this is the cost of one domestic bottled beer in some NYC bars.

The fizz had the perfect balance of ingredients. The egg white and cream didn't give me a headache, and the orange blossom flavor was dealt with a magician's touch so that it was neither too faint nor too strong.

A trip to the bathroom was a haunted experience, but not enough to make us run away, as we were too busy people watching the elite of the Tulane undergraduate community interact in their khakis, blazers, and floral prints.

Despite the plans we had ahead of us, we seriously regretted tearing ourselves away from here. We vowed to come back during the trip, but of course it was not in the stars for us. Next time. When we return, it'll be a homecoming.

07/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
87. Allison O.
Great place to stop for a drink if you are visiting the Garden District.  Very nice historic hotel and very cool bar.  Also great place to hang outside and enjoy the beautiful grounds.  Did not stay at the hotel, but have been here many times for drinks.

03/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
88. Brian C.
It's a hotel but most people just come here for the food & drink, it's a beautiful old house right on St. Charles Ave and they do a nice (but expensive) Jazz Brunch as well as offering regular food service and having a bar area inside off the lobby.  The outdoor space is difficult to beat although the bar can also be good for drinks and a nice respite (and bathroom) during Mardi Gras parades.  Food is consistently average although I've had some good things such as pulled pork sliders which were recommended by the bartender - but you don't go to The Columns primarily for food though, it's definitely more about the cocktails and atmosphere.  Sometimes there's music and there are always discounted drinks during happy hour which is an even better way to enjoy The Columns, otherwise it's a bit pricey but truly a New Orleans experience for both locals and tourists alike.

05/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
89. Shari J.
Let me start by saying that I love this place for a lazy Sunday afternoon cocktail on the veranda.  It has a very "old New Orleans" feel to it and the grounds and hotel are gorgeous.
Mother's Day Brunch was a huge disappointment.  Our reservation (for 8) was for 3 o'clock which was their last seating for brunch.  The service was poor at best. We were seated and given our choice of mimosa or champagne.  After the soup course was served, we did not see the waitress or even the water boy for a good 45 minutes, and then only after we sought out the manager.  The rest of the meal went along about the same.  The manager did comp our drinks after we made him aware of the situation but I would rather pay for my own drinks and have an enjoyable experience.
The food was ok , the service horrible and none of our party has any intention of returning for dinner anytime soon.

12/05/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
90. Tam L.
This has been hit or miss with me. I wouldn't wait for a seat but if I can get one, pretty good food. Great brunch. Love the mimosas, strong mint julips, bloody Mary's.
Before holiday parties, nice meet-up for a French 75 and the fireplace. Warmer days, great brunch or afternoon cocktails on the front porch. (Or on Cinco de Mayo when it's balls to the walls and sidewalks at Superior Grill.)  You're welcome. ;)

08/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
91. Robert B.
Decided to go on a Wednesday after work cocktail run. We began before 5 which is when most places we frequent open, so we decided to start at the Columns and then move on. It was a gorgeous day so sitting on the front porch was a no brainer though the side patio was inviting too. I ordered a mint julep which the setting seemed to dictate and my drinking companion ordered a Pimm's. They were both ok at best. But it didn't really matter because the setting was so perfect. We were there so early that he crowd, which  was mostly older and touristy, was light and not a factor in the experience as it has been in some of the reviews.   All in all a positive experience.

15/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
92. Rene D.
It's a beloved institution. Who wants to be institutionalized?

The bar scene is seems like frat/soror alumni that never left town. For a hotel bar, the din is deafening. The service all depends on if they know you or not. Ever since I gave up frat boys for Lent one year, I am the recipient of piss-poor service on every visit.

14/02/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
93. John L. H.
How have I never been to this bar?

The Columns has been a local hot spot since before i was legally allowed in bars. I have even had friends work here, yet I was always afraid to try it out. I guess I felt like it was too fancy for me before I became a fancy dude. With my new found love of fanciness, I knew I needed to check this place out.

Sitting on the porch or in the bar of this old hotel makes you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The only difference is the sheer number of people clamoring for drinks. I would imagine that years ago people would be more gentlemanly while ordering shots for their group.

Service was a bit slow, but the bartender was very friendly. I was lucky enough to eventually get a table on the porch. This is the best spot in the place in my opinion. What better place to sit and drink beer than the porch of a beautiful hotel while overlooking St. Charles Ave.

I really liked this place and hope to return soon.

29/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
94. Roxanne C.
The Columns is definitely one of my top favorite bars to go to in New Orleans. It's very antiquated, which I like. I feel really classy going here even though you don't have to necessarily dress up. The drinks are a little higher than what I usually pay for drinks, but it's worth the money. They have one of the best bloody marys I've ever had. They also make delicious Cosmos. I also enjoy the music that they play here, which usually consists of classic rock. They have a pretty good happy hour. Sometimes we'll sit outside on the front porch and watch the street cars go by. It's an overall great atmosphere whether you're with group of friends, family, or on a date.

16/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
95. Lisa C.
My review is only for the bar portion and not for staying at the hotel.

First off, what a nice change to take the St. Charles Line out to the Garden District and get away from the madness of the Quarter.  The Columns now has a sentimental feeling for me and I can't wait to return.

On a recent trip for Jazz Fest, we took the line and walked all over the Garden District.  My mister decided to pop the question while in town and after getting engaged, we went there for many rounds of champagne.

First off, what a stunning and beautiful spot that takes you back in time.  The massive columns, the huge porch, the big trees out front and the beautiful statues are all captivating before you even walk in.  The bar is a super unique spot and untouched by time. The photos from the late 1800's look exactly as it is today.

Big wooden bar, hardwood floors and beautiful touches all around.

Great place to either sit inside the bar or out on the veranda.  

I did notice, that as the evening got later, the crowd was a lot of college students and it started getting packed.  We then knew it was time to depart.

We ended up running back one more time for more champagne before flying out.  

We will DEFINITELY be back!

17/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
96. Ervin H.
Get away from the craziness, and dress up to enjoy the cool ambience of the Polo Lounge at the Columns Hotel.  A bit overpriced, but the music was kickin' and the vibe was intimate.  Perfect for a date night, before dinner, or after dinner event.  It was a great getaway from the French Quarter and near our hotel.

29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
97. Missy M.
you go here to enjoy drinks on the front porch and let the evening go by. The service isn't that great, so don't be in a hurry to go anywhere. Just sit and enjoy the view of St. Charles and the streetcars going by. I've stayed here and that was nice too, and the jazz brunch was good, but it's really about happy hour on the porch, or happy three or four hours actually...

18/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
98. Cyn B.
Now I remember why I never come here.  It's one of those places where the regs are so pretentious thinking they are better then everyone and the bartenders share the same attitude.  Shame because it's such a beautiful place.  Does need a bit of updating though.  It needs a "breath of fresh air" for sure.

15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
99. Jen B.
This is not the sort of place that I hang out on a regular basis, but when I have visitors in town I love to sit on the veranda enjoy a fancy drink (or a local brew, they  have Abita Amber and NOLA Blonde on tap) and enjoy the view of St. Charles Ave.  

The architecture is simply amazing. The structure itself is a study in elegance and decadence (in the decaying sense). It is a beautiful old building with stunning details that could not be duplicated in a modern building. It has seen better times, but when I sit on the front porch I can't help but imagine the generations of New Orleanians and their guests who have come before me to enjoy a Sazerac while overlooking the same lovely view.

14/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
100. Chamberlaine B.
The happy hour deals are good for such a classy establishment, but be weary of the bartenders because they like to overcharge and under-pour.
You have to ASK for a receipt if paying with credit card and make sure you DO because the time I didn't, they overcharged me by $17!!! Never again.

The set-up is classic and I recommend nabbing a table outside when the weather is nice, but seating is limited and service is slow.

Happy hour: Friday from 5-7 pm ($2.50 well drinks and house wine and $3 champagne)

13/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
101. Paul S.
Visited on a Sunday night, probably around 8pm, and my wife and I were able to get the last table on the porch. It started to thin-out around 9 and a few other groups  came and went, but I imagine it may be difficult to get a table during the happy hour rush.

A very nice vibe, overlooking St. Charles. And, basically, that's what the 4 stars is for - a quaint setting and a nice view of the activity on the street. The service was fine, but nothing special. Same for the drinks. Prices were reasonable. Would be a 3-star bar in a differnt location, but that's what this bar is all about.

Worth a jump off the St. Charles streetcar.

20/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
102. Sarah K.
My mom and I stayed here on a mother-daughter get away, and enjoyed the accommodations. The only complaints I have are the noise from downstairs, and the TV remote did not communicate with the TV. However, being in New Orleans - we had better things to do than watch TV, and the crowd quietened down by the time we went to sleep.

Our room was on the 3rd floor, so we used the tiny old-fashioned elevator to get our luggage upstairs. The St. Charles trolley runs in front of the hotel, which makes it easy to get downtown... $1.50 each way.  The breakfast was pretty good; I especially liked the grits. We would stay here again; it was a good bargain and the staff were friendly and helpful.

03/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. Megan R.
I was brought here by a NOLA native who swore that a drink on the Columns front porch was a must. She was right! I imbibed with a traditional Ramos Gin Fizz (which tasted like clouds and flowers) and enjoyed a lazy afternoon on the porch. I appreciated we were never rushed and the drink menu was reasonably priced for well-crafted cocktails.

13/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
104. Tom P.
Being away from home and family on Christmas day, we decided to try a reveillon dinner in the hopes that it would be festive.  We  read that Albertine's was one of the best and since it was an easy cab ride from our hotel we made a reservation.  what a mistake!  We were seated in the tea room, all by ourselves and remained alone in that relatively large room for the entire meal.  We were never offered the option of one of the livelier dining rooms. By the way, we were appropriately dressed, unlike some of the people we saw being seated in the ballroom wearing t-shirts or windbreakers. Terrel, our server, was attentive and friendly and we had no complaints with the wait staff. But the food was nothing special... my fillet was gristly and cold. When I politely complained to the manager about our seating he was barely civil. The only people who apologized to us were the serving staff. We suggest you look elsewhere for a reveillon experience.

25/12/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
105. Joi B.
Great atmosphere, ruined by the overwhelmingly meh crowd.

The clientele on Friday night consisted of what appeared to be characters straight out of a Bret Easton Ellis novel... possibly including Patrick Batemen himself, seated right next to us, going on about how dare teachers bitch about their salaries when they get three months off a year (what teachers does *he* know, pray tell? Maybe the one he butchered the night before?) So, I'm not going out on a limb here to say that his group of friends who were cheering him on deserve to be deemed thoroughly despicable. I won't make such sweeping generalizations about the rest of the crowd but it seemed like they'd all be cronies forever, with regular gatherings on a giant yacht somewhere, (if not perpetually haunting the poor Columns Hotel).

Forced to go inside for drinks because the waitress seemed taken with the table of dumbasses next to us, I overheard dudes everywhere trying to impress the ladies, going on about how successful they are (I don't think I saw a single person over 23, so I wonder how this can be, unless Daddy's in oil). Major ick factor everywhere. But it's just so so nice! I mean, Pretty Baby was shot here! The aesthetic may still be Storyville bordello but all I could see around me was American Psycho. Not right. Not cool. Bring back the cheap whores! At least they dressed better. And most likely were not Republicans.

I can't imagine why the Columns Hotel has to be overrun with such a crowd. It pains me to write this review because I had such high hopes for it. I mean, the expansive front porch and side patio areas make for idyllic sipping of beverages. Should be a great place for a date, right? No. Not unless you're both under 25 and voting Romney.

22/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
106. Seth P.
My mom likes this place, I have no idea why, she just does. End of story.

07/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
107. Sara U.
At 32 and 34 respectively,  my boyfriend and I were the oldest folks in the joint but the interior is so beautiful we didn't care! It is glorious and nostalgic and even smells wonderfully antique in the best possible way. Is that believable?

Anywho, if you'd swap the clientele for 30-something's and get serious about crafting your cocktails, shit, this would be suave.

The front porch is a lovely spot to sit and sip.

Cool place if you can ignore the teenie-boppers with fake ID's and badly poured drinks.

29/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
108. Cody H.
Always fun to go and have drinks.

23/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. Bridget C.
The gorgeous setting and upscale ambiance make this a pretty place to catch a drink. I'm in a book group that meets in the private room next to the lobby desk and it's one of the best venues for such a group.
The prices can be high, but Happy Hour brings the cost down a bit.

On a warm spring day, sit out on the front patio and have a cocktail while pretending you're living in the 1800s... definitely worth the experience for tourists and locals alike.

09/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
110. Amy O.
I don't know if this is fair cause I'm only going to comment on the ambiance and decor - but the Columns Hotel needs a face lift.  It's tired and needs a bit of love to bring back it he wow factor.  Also - please put time period chairs in your lounge - not banquet chairs - killing the old world charm.

01/09/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
111. Nicole C.
Perfect place to have an afternoon/after work drink. I love to sit on the front porch and enjoy a cocktail with friends. Located right on the streetcar line of St. Charles Ave. When you walk inside the Columns it is like taking a step back in time. It has kept it's old southern charm. The bartenders aren't quick...be prepared for that. The crowd is diverse. However, I wouldn't call it a t-shirt and shorts type of place. They do Sazeracs well enough...not the best in the city no doubt, but certainly enjoyable!  Overall a nice place to have a drink or two, not somewhere I would stay all night long.

15/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
112. Alisa H.
No this is not the height of current decorating but I love this hotel. It could use some love but the rooms are large and the porches are amazing. The breakfast is better then most continental breakfasts and the people who worked there were nice. If you are a light sleeper I wouldn't suggest it because of the downstairs bar but for us it was lovely. We took drinks from the bar to the upstairs porch and watched the people and the streetcars pass us by. I will stay here again

23/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
113. Clare M.
Rooms are dank musty and kinda smell like a dead grandmothers house. I couldn't for the life of me lock the door which became irritating after a long day of travel. We, being from New Orleans originally, knew we wanted to stay in our former neighborhood, but didn't want to impose on friends so opted to stay here. The bar is nice and the outdoor patio is a great place to get together and drink some good cocktails and laugh. But the rooms/hotel is really overpriced and I don't feel like the atmosphere that they are trying to sell is worth it. It will continue to be a drinks only place for us. Sorry friends...it's back to your sofas for us.

28/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
114. Kevin T.
Gussied up on a recent night, we made our way to the Columns for drinks before dinner at Commander's.  My friend's favorite spot in the city for Bloody Marys, the bartender worked on a round of those, making each my scratch (as opposed to bloody mary mix in giant industrial sized jug plus vodka).  I, being an 'uppity Yankee' ordered a Manhattan.  When I didn't specify a whiskey and the bartender suggested something from a very high shelf, I was a little concerned this was going to be a pricey affair.  

$9.  Which is to say, not bad.  

Oh New Orleans.

Come to think of it, there are few places I can think of that give you so much of New Orleans in a single spot than the Columns.  Situated on St. Charles in a beautiful building located in the Garden District, this hotel bar is a great choice for picking up a mint julep, sitting out on the patio, and watching the street cars go by.  

With a mile walk ahead of me, I grabbed a drink in a to go cup, because even uppity yankees know how to have a good time in New Orleans and appreciate the wondrous institution that is the to go cup.

10/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
115. Stephanie S.
I've been a patron of the Columns Hotel and loved it since I left Cabrini and was old enough to order my own drinks, but the tall dark haired bartender on Sunday night needs a lesson or two in customer service.  Rude and couldn't be bothered with local folks dressed down a bit...too bad.

19/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
116. Michelle B.
Note that this review is for the bar and not the hotel. I struggle with what to rate the Columns because I have such fond memories of this place. I've been to every room on the first floor and heard lectures in the front two rooms and a back room before (Theology on Tap was hosted here). So I'm thankful that they lent their space to Theology on Tap.  And of course everyone loves the front patio which is great for people watching and just absorbing the beautiful sight of St. Charles Avenue. Heck, I even love the hidden side patio with the little fountain where you can get away from the noise and just hang out.

But the last time I came the waitress completely ignored my table of four. It was the strangest thing because she waited on everyone around us but skipped us? Big mistake because we each had two rounds of drinks. Fortunately the bartenders inside were more attentive and nicer. So I knocked off a star.

I must be getting older because the clientele seems to be ditzy college folks who can't handle their liquor. Sadly, I wouldn't pick the Columns as a destination spot anymore and this saddens me. And another star bites the dust.

On a side note I have also had their food and it was just meh.

Oh Columns, why have you forsaken me?

24/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
117. Angeline P.
We stopped by for a quick drink at the Victorian Lounge before dinner at Superior Seafood on a Sunday, and I'm so glad we did. This is a great space. It certainly feels haunted, with all of the old furniture and the décor of the space. I bet the inside space gets uncomfortable in the summer, but there is a huge porch in the front that probably gets a lot of competition.

01/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
118. Jon R.
The patio here is spacious and beautiful. My wife and I were able to place an order relatively quickly; the champagne cocktail was refreshing and potent; the fried oyster poboy was just okay. Had worse, had better.

What destroyed what began as an enjoyable Monday afternoon experience, was the complete lack of service thereafter. The patio was full and I saw other patrons receiving orders, paying tabs. So I know there were servers present. But we were ignored. Someone stopped by once to claim our empty drink glasses -- not ask if we needed refills or clear away our finished plates. Kind of odd. After that, nothing. We waited about 20-25 minutes, wanting to ask more about the champagne cocktail, or to order something else, watching servers work the area. Total cold shoulder.

When we finally did pay our bill, our waitress offered no apology for the wait and didn't even bother making eye contact. I dunno.. maybe it was because we split an entree? I felt judged. First time I've left a restaurant feeling that way ever. Won't be back. Thanks.

18/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
119. Morgan Q.
I went to Columns for just one beer but really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it if you're visiting New Orleans and checking out Uptown.

The place has a lot of character. On the inside there are several small rooms where you can privately sit and drink with your group. The place has a great Southern (Victorian? Gothic? I don't know these things) style. The front and side patios are also really nice. There is also a great selection of beers and liquors.

03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
120. Julia E.
Brunch on Sunday at 2 p.m. 2 of us, ordered different choices and shared. Warm mimosas. I cannot understand why they didn't ice the juice and champagne except for laziness. Makes you wonder about the kitchen. Only time waiter showed up was to bring food, check, or take order. Never refilled drinks without being asked. Soup was great. Ambrosia good, salad just ok. Entrees and desert good, not spectacular.

01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
121. Beth G.
One of my favorite bars in the city (I cannot speak to the hotel).  It has history (movies were filmed here, famous people stayed here, and there are plaques and signs decorating the interior to explain it all), a gorgeous spacious front porch, tasty cocktails, friendly bartenders, and never overwhelmingly crowded in my experience.

The crowd is varied ... sure, there are some undergrads here, but it's also a place where aging tourists will feel comfortable.  

It's great on a lazy warm night when you can just enjoy the goings on on St. Charles from a comfortable outdoor perch.

11/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
122. Christopher W.
One too many bites at the apple for The Columns. Tonight my bike group stopped by for some music, food and drinks. It was another early spring cold night in New Orleans and I wanted something hot and I knew that they have a very good oyster soup so I ordered a bowl. The waiter takes my order with an additional Arnold Palmer on the side. After I made my order our ride leader ordered the same meal and was told a different price than I had for the same items. My friend proceeded to pay for his meal with a $20 bill when he received his change it was change for a $10. I challenged the waiter about the price discrepancy and my friends shortage to avail. Then came what was supposed to be my bowl of soup, to my disappointment I see a cup of soup placed before me. I then asked the waiter, "Didn't I order a bowl of soup?" His response, "We don't have bowls!!!" The service this night was poor to say the least. I will never order anything from that guy again. The food itself is excellent especially the $10 oyster poboy with fries. The drinks are great two though a little expensive and since my group made the Arnold Palmer popular they raised the price from $3 to $4. I hope this was one bad night and not a trend.

25/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
123. Dustin T.
Worst mint julep I've ever had. Tasted like mint flavored water. All 4 of us ordered it and none of us think there was any booze in any of them. Also the service was incredibly slow.

29/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
124. Bette P.
This place smack in the middle of St Charles Avenue is drenched in old New Orleans personality, and the staff is friendly and accommodating (if moderately incompetent). But aside from that there's nothing to recommend this hotel.

The building is 130 years old and she looks it. While we can say the badly sagging floors and cracked tile are part of the old fashioned charm, there are many other things that give The Columns a shabby feel, that could easily be changed.  

For instance, it would make a difference if they would even upgrade their towels, or offer higher end shampoos and soaps. For a bigger impact, lets replace the old dim light fixtures, badly faded carpet, 20 year old televisions, hard flat pillows, etc etc etc.

Then there's the complimentary breakfast. It's awful, top to bottom. The pineapple and cantelope fruit salad was crunchy like apples. The grits were gluey. The "cheese" omelet also had peppers and onions in it, and the cheese was Velveeta. Gross. Velveeta! It was also the flattest, saddest omelet I've ever been served in a restaurant. The sausage patty was grey and oddly flavored. The coffee was typical New Orleans mud, which I guess some people like. And the presentation was what you'd expect in a diner. A cheap diner.

I understand the owners have been running this place exactly the same way for 20+ years. They have a large flock of customers who keep coming back year after year to enjoy its prime location on St Charles, snd who apparently don't mind the flaws. In the face of nice cash flow and minimal complaints, the owners apparently never take a look around and ask themselves how they could make it better. It's too bad.

Bottom line, the charm of the place is enough to make it tolerable for a night but I wouldn't stay here more than that. Or come back for another stay.

19/11/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
125. Patrick B.
It is with heavy heart and literally tears in my eyes as I write this before I check out. I have never experienced such amazing hospitality and genuine commitment to customer service. The Columns hosted our wedding reception for about 100 people and every single staff member was genuine in their treatment of us. You could tell it wasn't faked hospitality. Thank you all so much for the wonderful weekend.
Patrick and Emily Brown

02/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
126. Jill W.
Look, bartenders.  You work at the Columns. Not Gramercy Park Rose Bar. Not the Ritz Paris Hemingway Bar. There's no need to be rude. There's no need to be stuck up. Unfortunately, I have to show up at this place every once-in-a-while, but keep snubbing, and your tip only gets lower.  It's bad enough the drinks are okay, and over priced. It's the Columns. It's not something out of this world.  You're not all that. Get over yourselves.

23/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
127. Edward G.
I absolutely love the woodwork in this place and the booths are soooo comfortable. Great drinks with an even better porch for people watching. A better summertime hangout is hard to find.

22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
128. Cristen F.
This is one of my favorite spots in the city for happy hour or after dinner drinks.  It has a great New Orleans vibe with a charming old world feel.  One of the great things about the place is that you will see lots of different types of people in here, from hipsters, to college students, to business people who go after work, to formal-wear-wearing bridal parties.  There are several places to have an intimate conversation (so good for a first date) or you can join the rowdy crowd in the main bar or, if you can get a seat, try the beautiful sprawling porch.  It's also a hidden gem for Sunday brunch.  They have a great menu and live jazz music, until 2 on Sunday I think. The food for brunch is usually more French and/or Creole and always delicious.

04/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
129. Rodney D.
Our weekly Tuesday Night Troupe of bicyclists paused our bicycling escapade at the Columns Hotel for a brief respite.  There were about 20 in our entourage and we quickly dispersed throughout the facility.  Some of us headed for the restrooms, some for the bar, some for the confines of the various first floor rooms to listen to the four guitarists performing, and the rest, like myself, took up seating on the front porch overlooking scenic St. Charles Avenue.  The place was pretty congested for the free musical performances and since there were only two waitresses on duty, I went to the bar to place my order.   I got a bottle of Abita Amber beer to refresh myself while awaiting the arrival of a dressed Oyster Po-Boy.

There were about eight of us seated at a large round table, just at the top of the stairs on the front porch.  There was even a brilliantly colored  red parrot along for the ride and perched at our table.  The outdoor speakers were turned off, so the music from within was just barely audible.  We sat there for just over an hour enjoying each others' company and lighthearted conversation.  We talked about the bike friendly weather and terrain of New Orleans versus the northeastern United Sates.  We talked about planning daytime bike rides to better appreciate the diverse and unique architecture of New Orleans.  It just happens that the temperatures in New Orleans are more conducive to bike riding during the evenings.

When my Oyster Po-Boy arrived, it was accompanied by a side order of french fries.  I shared the french fries with the parrot and he was as happy as a lark, pun intended.  I am a real Tabasco Hot Sauce aficionado and I like to blend it with ketchup for dipping my french fries.  I'm not sure if its a fiscal consideration are not, but oftentimes and in this case I had to settle for Crystal Hot Sauce, which is flavorful, but not at all hot.  The Oyster Po-Boy was really good going down, but it wasn't so good to me afterwards.  Perhaps this was because I ate it rather quickly and didn't allow ample time to digest it properly.  Perhaps the batter that the oysters were fried with and the french bread absorbed a lot of the oil that was used to fry the oysters.  Whatever, we had a moderately paced ride to the French Quarter and I had indigestion all way there.

21/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
130. Perry T.
Loved this place! Came here for drinks with a large group - really fun atmosphere, cheap drinks, and different spaces for standing, sitting, etc. Very fun!

15/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
131. Christina T.
I haven't had a chance to try the food but I go here pretty often for the drinks.  The outside seating area is nice and always quiet for hanging out.  The ambiance is nice and so is the decor.  Service...not exceptional but people are nice overall.

29/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
132. Ashley J.
The Columns is very much classic New Orleans. It's a great place to stop in for drinks with friends. They also serve food but I have never ordered any. I've gone here a few times now and the staff is always friendly and drinks are pretty good.  The place itself is beautiful. I like it most during Christmas time when it's lit up and decorated. So beautiful!

07/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
133. KH W.
I did not stay in the hotel -I only came in for cocktails, so that is all my review is highlighting.

I have to say, this is one of (if not, the) best places in NO for a smart casual, relaxing cocktail on a beautiful patio.  The Columns is located in a quiet area about a 20 drive from the French Quarter...near the Garden District.

To say the architecture and atmosphere is "Charming" is an understatement.

I highly recommend. Come early for a prime spot-this place packs out quickly on a weekend.

15/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
134. Brittany K.
This is one of my favorite bars in the city! I have been going here since I moved here in 2009, usually for happy hour. The atmosphere is truly amazing - both outside looking out at the streetcar, or inside with the awesome decor. I love sitting at the bar, and the bartenders are always friendly and great to chat with. They have mostly all been there for years.

The happy hour changed in the last year or two, but it is still awesome! From 5-7pm daily, its $3 wells, $4 house wines, either $1 or $2 off all wines, and some beer special (personally, I don't drink beer). I haven't had a ton of things on the food menu, but everything I have tried has been great!  

I always bring visitors here and everyone loves it -- It will get really crowded Fri/Sat nights so seating will be limited. Definitely check it out!

27/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
135. Gracie L.
This place is beautiful! My group of 4 sat at a table on the front porch and enjoyed a bottle of wine and delicious bread pudding! There were musicians playing inside one of the front rooms and it was so relaxing to listen while we socialized.....overall the Hotel is just gorgeous!

However......the service here is horrendous! After 15 minutes of waiting at our table we decided to go to the bar and place our own order. The waitress NEVER even acknowledged us! We purchased a bottle of wine and shared it at our table, getting our own glasses and pouring it ourselves. Sometime during the night we were able to flag down the waitress and order bread pudding (of which was magnificant! It was the best I'd ever had!). But, she never came back! After our stay of about an hour and a half we decided to leave cash on the table to cover the cost of the bread pudding.

When we left only then did the waitress notice our existence. She ran after us as we rounded the corner to our vehicle. She yelled, "Hey, don't leave without paying me! You ordered bread pudding and didn't pay for it!" My husband turned and calmly explained that we left her cash on the table for our order, and that we were just tired of waiting for her. So then she scurried away without even apologizing. He also reminded her very nicely that we left NO TIP.

I think whomever manages this Hotel needs to be made aware of the horrible service. The establishment is beautiful and paying patrons should be given respect at the very least.

01/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
136. Morgan F.
Don't be fooled by the name, dear readers. Tho doth have rooms for which you may find reprieve from the day's woes, but this place is known more so for the lounging one does with a tasty beverage in hand.

I love Columns for the, well, columns, of course. It's a beautiful building and the inside is epically dated in a charming sort of way. While the building is lovingly antiquated, the bar is kind of a hodge podge crowd from the hotel guests, Uptowners, tourists, a handful of over-privileged whippersnappers, the others and me! Dress code? I've seen Tommy Bahama rockin' mamas and boys in full on tails, so come as you are.

I have some friends of friends that work the bar, so we usually get a decent group of friends to buzz around the bar for a couple of hours. The porch is packed or spoken for during the weekends by 9ish, but there is a little patio area to the left side of the porch, multiple little rooms and cubbies inside AND if you go pass the bar to the right, there is ANOTHER patio. I could be divulging Column secrets, but if you're enjoying the bar but feel you're surrounded by mindless chatter, escape to the back patio.

Columns is what you make it. Modern bars try to nail this sort of aged, quirky interior motif with mixologist crafting specialty cocktails for $12 a pop. In the case of Columns, you're getting New Orleans favorites like Mint Juleps and Brandy Milk Punch from bartenders that probably didn't get a degree in the art of Mixology, but that suits me just fine. Their Bloody Mary makes me happy, and when I'm throwing back a beer on a mushy velvet sofa while the giant antelope judges me on his perch above the elaborate estate cabinet, I pretend that I'm a rogue time jumper in my sneaker wedges. Don't judge me ;)

13/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
137. Daniel T.
Everything about The Columns oozes southern class and Nola. The food is great and the drinks are fine too.

I love the atmosphere and you get such a beautiful view of St. Charles from the front porch. It's also a block from the closest street car stop so it's very easy to get to if you don't have transportation or saving money for a night out on the town. If you have never been here before it is a must!

23/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
138. Bartek K.
I asked a friend to take me somewhere with atmosphere for a drink. We landed at the bar here. It's nothing but southern class. I couldn't help myself from looking around quite a bit to catch the little details in architecture and design. This was a great choice for a cocktail after visiting the garden district.

24/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
139. Chelsea M.
Gorgeous atmosphere. Worst service I have experienced in the south. Was told to self seat and didn't receive attention for 20 minutes. Waitress was rude, obviously having a bad day. I would not recommend because there are far better spots on St. Charles.

17/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
140. Faith A.
Me and the Columns are in a long term relationship. Even though I don't see her that much anymore she stills knows we're cool. Our flirtation began back when I was a youngin' in my college days. I thought this place was so awesome because me and my friends could feel fancy and have real talks without any fist pumping music in the background. Fast forward 5 years and I see the Columns is still infiltrated with college kids reminding me of my ever fading youth. On weekends its really more of a mixed crowd so everyone feels welcome. My most recent trip was great and it made me realize I never wrote a review for such a nostalgic. On a rather busy night, my group of 6 scored a table outside. We had a lovely cocktail waitress who brought us drinks all night. My French 75s were on point.

Even thought he interior is pretty, I love sitting outside on the big porch watching the streetcars go by. I still would recommend you to explore the rooms inside if you have never been because coming from a historic standpoint its really beautiful.

08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
141. Kathryn A.
The building itself was awesome and sitting on the front porch in the afternoon for cocktails and a charcuterie plate were lovely. However, service was sub-par and the drinks were watered down. I've had much better mojitos for the price. The charcuterie platter was also nothing to write home about, but as stated before, it's a great place to relax and enjoy the front porch, trees, and listen to katydids.

30/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
142. Bryant R.
Beautiful venue in need a some maintenance with passable food a decent drinks.  I was served the smallest steak I have ever been served with some medicare fries.  The bar inside was cool though this place needs some TLC before its physical decline becomes irreversible.

23/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
143. Catherine C.
Get a drink, take a few photos, enjoy the decor.  And move on.  

Drinks and food are both ok.  Overpriced, but you're not paying for the items, you're paying for the atmosphere and the view.  Weird crowd, mix of uptown old-timers and the next generation trying to become uptown old-timers.

18/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
144. Sheila D.
I'd been to The Columns on a previous visit to New Orleans and was anxious to go back with my daughter, niece and sister.  It was not a good experience.  We arrived for our 11:00 brunch reservation on time.  There was no one else seated on the porch.  Most of the tables are set up for larger parties but they were willing to accommodate us, or so I thought.  The host merely removed a few chairs leaving the 4 of us to sit huddled together on one side of the table.  We moved the chairs ourselves to give us all a little breathing room.  The host then proceeded to, literally, throw a pile of silverware towards us and left.  I then noticed we were seated at the only table that didn't have one of the beautiful floral center pieces on it.

Three of us ordered the ambrosia.  It had way too much coconut and walnuts.  My crab cake didn't taste like crab, it was pretty tasteless.  My creme brûlée, however, was delicious.

I won't be going back.  It is a beautiful spot so that's too bad.  I'd go back if it was just the food I was disappointed with, but the rudeness of the host was inexcusable.

17/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
145. Alyssa J.
This is one of my favorite places in the world. I believe I first came here for drinks in 2006 when I was first in NOLa.
It is such a lovely place to grab a drink or seven on a beautiful, balmy day in the bayou.
Happy hour is something incredible like half priced well drinks or something.
I love the bathrooms and the beautiful decor. Very old school and grand.
The patio is a great place to chill right on St. Charles avenue to take in the sights of the streetcar, the sounds of the locals and good company!

12/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
146. Sam 'Wags' W.
Classic cocktails, comfortable conversation, and watch the city go by.

Offers a small number of quaint hotel rooms, making an ideal spot for a small destination wedding party

(More to come)

If it is Hump-Day
All-Week-Long, Bubba's
Gonna Start His Drinking Now
#NOLA_Haiku

28/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
147. Ravi S.
My girlfriend and I stopped by Columns Hotel for happy hour when we visited the Garden District.

The hotel is beautiful, and the front porch looks out onto St. Charles Avenue. When we arrived, all the tables on the porch were full, so we sat in the shade at a table located next to the porch.

For happy hour, beer is $1 off, wine is $3 off, and well drinks are $3. Happy hour lasts from 5-7 pm. We opted for a couple of Abita beers and an overly sweet mint julep. We had been riding our bikes all over town, so it was nice to relax in the shade and enjoy some good drinks at a reasonable price. If you are in the Garden District, you should definitely stop by Columns and check out the bar.

29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
148. Elizabeth O.
The front porch is the place to be on a hot afternoon with so good cocktails.  As with most things, come early because seating on the porch fills up after 4:00pm.  The do server food, but we only had drinks so I'm not sure how it is.

25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
149. Swatee G.
This review is solely based on the couple of hours I spent getting drinks here. In their defense, it was a rainy muggy day in NOLA, but sitting inside at the bar would have been a nightmare - it was old, stuffy, musty and smelly. The place is old and has a lot of character, which I definitely appreciate - some of the woodwork was gorgeous! However, I think the place can do a lot better with upkeep.

We decided to sit outside, which felt way more fresh and is probably a great place for bruch on a sunny, lazy NOLA weekend. The place seemed to be home to a lot of European people, which made for great chatter and people watching. It is very weird that the patio only has these HUGE 8 people round tables - we had a whole table to 2 people while other people waited, which was SO strange. Better seating would definitely help. I had a mojito, which seemed very bitter, but my friend enjoyed it - so that's that. Cant remember what my friend got for her own drink, but she enjoyed that too - I will chalk this to being an off day for alcohol for me, lol! The cheese plate was very promising looking and pretty big, but honestly not very fresh - some of the grapes were definitely rotting.

Would I come back here? it seems like this place is a NOLA fav - can't think why, but I will give them the benefit of doubt and come back for brunch on a sunny day to see how I feel. Until then, I can't go beyond 2 stars!

30/04/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
150. Mark B.
This place is my go to place in Orleans for an outdoor cocktail, especially for bringing first time New Orleans guests.  The service is a little hot or miss. But for the over 10 years I have been coming here, drinks have always been good and very chill.  

While the city can be hot, it is always nice to sit on the front or side patio.  The side patio is a little more intament, with the front patio having a great view.

If you are from out of town, opt for a local cocktail like a Sazerac.

07/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
151. George O.
First time in New Orleans since Katrina and loved this place so much the first time, it was definitely on our must see again list. Beautiful old house and a great place to get away from the madness of Bourbon Street and just enjoy an evening while watching the St. Charles trolleys roll by.

The bar is gorgeous and our bartender was a very handsome and engaging young man by the name of Zach who could whip up some amazing cocktails, while chatting with the regulars and visitors. Met several regular clients who lived in the area who were very friendly and welcoming.

Definitely drop by for a visit here and you will probably make it a point to stop by whenever you're in New Orleans.

22/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0