"It’s not edgy in the slightest, and it hasn’t been trendy since Huey Long was in office. Yet the Columns endures, and thank God for that. This 1883 Italianate mansion, rising among the moss-shrouded oaks on St. Charles Avenue, just happens to be a hotel. But really, it’s a bar: the Victorian Lounge, to be exact—all smoke-burnished mahogany and creaking floorboards under an ornate stained-glass chandelier. That a landmark so rife with atmosphere could also function as a workaday tavern is one of the Columns’s..."
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"Built in 1883, this is one of New Orleans’ truly great establishments. A bar-cafe starts on the columned front veranda and continues inside to two wood-paneled parlors. Guests lounge on Victorian settees while jazz bands play some evenings. A magnificent mahogany staircase leads to the 20 rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors, ranging from smallish doubles to the two-room Pretty Baby Suite (named for the Louis Malle film shot here in the 1970s). Elaborate marble fireplaces, richly carved armoires and claw-foot tubs are among..."
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