For a decade and a half, Tales of the Cocktail held court from NOLA’s Hotel Monteleone every summer. However, Tales’ new ownership team implemented some changes last year, and on Thursday (1.24), they announced that the base venue will be changing as well.
In 2019, the drinks conference will be based out of the Royal Sonesta New Orleans according to a statement from leadership.
The Royal Sonesta is also located in the French Quarter, occupying almost an entire square block and fronting onto Bourbon Street. Regular Tales attendees might be previously familiar with the establishment as the “second hotel around the corner where the other, auxiliary events were held.”
Tasting rooms, seminars, parties, pool events, and of course, accommodations will be staged in the 50-year-old venue this summer.
“We are incredibly grateful to our partners at Royal Sonesta New Orleans,” said Caroline Rosen, Executive Director of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation in a statement. “They mirror the organization’s values and are the embodiment of hospitality. We’re looking forward to using some of their signature spaces like Le Booze Bar and The Jazz Playhouse to activate in some new and exciting ways.”
The TOTCF team explained that an RFP to interested hotels went out in September 2018. The Royal Sonesta submitted the winning proposal that meshed with Tales’ logistical, financial, and mission-based needs.
The Sonesta offers six bars & restaurants, 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and 483 rooms. “This unprecedented level of partnership with Tales of the Cocktail comes at a pivotal time in our hotel’s history,” said GM Al Groos. “As we celebrate our 50th anniversary throughout 2019, this collaboration is a perfect fit for our mission to bring first-class hospitality and revelry to the heart of the French Quarter and across the Crescent City. We’re beyond excited to welcome everyone through our doors.”