The Blue Room is an historic supper club in the Roosevelt Hotel where the greatest jazz artists performed from the 1930s through the 1950s.
The Blue Room officially opened to the public on New Years Eve 1933. Louis Armstrong - who grew up four blocks away on Perdido Street, recorded live on WWL radio in 1935 from the Blue Room. Later years saw Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstein, B.B. King and other legends.
The entrance is located in the lobby close to the Roosevelt Way doors. Today the space is used for special events and maintains the original stage arrangement from 1933.
Before the Blue Room and the Roosevelt, the Grunewald Hotel featured the Cave, a fancy show club considered to be the first nightclub in the United States. Located in the hotel basemen from 1908 to 1930, the decor included a waterfall, cement stalagmites, stalactites, and featured local early New Orleans style jazz performances and a dancing chorus revue. The site of the Cave is presently a staff work space, and not accessible to the public.
With the repeal of prohibition in 1933, the Roosevelt Hotel also opened the Sazerac Bar, named after one of New Orleans' most distinctive cocktails. If one is in need of refreshment, the comfortable art-deco bar still displays the original 1930s-era murals.
"Cave and Lounge Are Mecca for Fun-Seekers. Interesting entertainment will be offered next week to patrons of the Grunewald Cave...and the latest dance music" - New Orleans Item, March 26, 1916.
Continuing on your tour, crossover Common St and continue along O’Keefe before turning right onto Perdido. At the corner of Perdido and Rampart, you will see The Eagle Saloon.