October 20, 2021

Wolfie’s Carousel Bar Brings Fun and Fantasy to Little Italy

An immersive and whimsical new bar at the northern end of Little Italy is the…

An immersive and whimsical new bar at the northern end of Little Italy is the latest project from Gillian and Mauricio Couturier, the local duo behind the memorable past designs at Bang Bang and Airport Lounge, and Abe Aguilar, who worked with the couple on El Camino. Named after the Couturier’s son Wolfgang, Wolfie’s Carousel lands on Kettner Street this Tuesday, August 17, melding Parisian glamour with the romance of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

At the heart of the 2,500-square-foot, 256-seat restaurant and bar is a feat of engineering, an antiqued carousel-shaped, 24-seat circular cocktail bar that slowly turns, making a full rotation every 14 minutes; it’s inspired by The Carousel Bar & Lounge, whose revolving merry-go-round bar has spun in New Orleans for more than 70 years. Serving NOLA signatures like the Sazerac and Vieux Carré as well as other classics like the French 75, Wolfie’s Carousel will operate Tuesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. The menu, from executive chef Peter Ziegler (Charles + Dinorah) ranges from bistro staples such as steak frites and French onion soup to luxuries like caviar and wagyu beef tartare.

Table of dishes including oysters and steak frites from Wolfie’s Carousel

Five cocktails on a bar at Wolfie’s Carousel

The dining room at Wolfie’s Carousel Bar

The exterior of Wolfie’s Carousel

Wolfie’s Carousel Menu

1678 National Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113