southern hotel cypress bar

Louisiana Local: The Southern Hotel's Cypress Bar

Whether you need to rejuvenate or you’re simply looking for a charming place to unwind, the Southern Hotel in downtown Covington has room for everyone. The hotel first opened in 1907 as a relaxing retreat for visitors to re-energize and rest. The hotel was home to travelers in the south for nearly 55 years until it closed its doors in 1960. Today, after extensive renovations, it embodies a luxurious feel while also offering a glimpse into the spirit of downtown Covington in the early 1900s. 

The Cypress Bar, located inside the hotel, is a quiet cocktail lounge with a sense of welcome. Upon walking in, your eye is immediately drawn to the beautifully backlit bar and the murals of historic Covington painted by world-renowned muralist Grahame Manage. The design, the art, the curated cocktails, and the service, uniquely blend a light, elegant ambiance with a trendy cocktail scene. 

The cocktail list is a perfect balance between inventive and classic. An Old Fashioned or a Paper Plane sits beside a Sage Advice or Corpse Bride, and they make a killer dirty martini.  The bartenders create an atmosphere of camaraderie and community and take immense pride in their craft and knowledge. 

The Southern Hotel is an iconic landmark in downtown Covington and the Cypress Bar pays homage to the history of the city. Whether you are stopping in for a drink or taking advantage of the many accommodations the hotel has to offer, the Southern Hotel is worth a visit.