Cafe Adelaide’s proprietors are Ti Martin and Lally Brennan, members of the Brennan restaurateur clan. They named the restaurant and bar in honor of their favorite aunt, Adelaide a New Orleans character if there ever was one who owned a blue fur, a pink fur, a mink, a sable, and finally a monkey coat with a matching hat. She also (allegedly) always wore a gold swizzle stick on a chain around her neck, keeping it handy in case her drink ever needed an extra stir. Apparently it was used frequently and with relish.
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Their signature drink, The Adelaide Swizzle, is named in her honor and made with dark rum and a secret ingredient. The atmosphere of the bar reflects that sense of bonhomie. The menu changes with the seasons, but standards anchor it, as is typical of a classic New Orleans restaurant.
Though I love sitting at the bar and watching bartenders carve ice cubes from the ice block centerpiece, I also like to take my drink into the hotel lobby.
The cushiony sofas and chairs and big window on to Poydras offer a great spot in the Central Business District for people watching while sipping a well-crafed drink in swank surroundings.