New Orleans Nightlife

No American town places such a premium on pleasure as New Orleans. From swank hotel lounges and refined jazz halls to sweaty dance clubs and raucous Bourbon Street bars, this city is serious about frivolity—and famous for it. Partying is more than an occasional indulgence in this city—it's a lifestyle. The bars and clubs that pulse with music are the city's lifeblood, and are found in every

neighborhood. Like stars with their own gravity, they draw people through their doors to belly up to their bars or head feet-first onto their dance floors. Blues, jazz, funk, R&B, rock, roots, Cajun, and zydeco—there are many kinds of music and nightlife experiences to be had in New Orleans. On any day or night of the year, the city is brimming with musical possibilities.

The French Quarter and Faubourg Marigny are the easiest places to find great music and nightspots. The venues are numerous and all within easy walking distance of one another. In the nearby Warehouse District, New Orleans institutions like Howlin' Wolf, Mulate's, and Circle Bar have been joined by scores of new bars, clubs, and restaurants. Moving upriver through the Garden District and Uptown, you'll find some of the most famous music spots in the city, such as Tipitina's and Maple Leaf. Bywater, Mid-City, and Tremé are residential neighborhoods with fewer commercial strips, but they too have their crown jewels, like Vaughan's, Bullet's, and Rock ’n’ Bowl.

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Banks Street Bar and Grill

  • Music Clubs

This comfortable Mid-City nightspot has become one of the city's most reliable venues for local music, with live shows—sometimes several...

Bayou Beer Garden

  • Music Clubs

Claim a seat on the sprawling multilevel outdoor patio at this low-key neighborhood pub and sip a pint from the great selection of beers.

Chickie Wah Wah

  • Music Clubs

Right on the Canal Street streetcar line, this neighborhood music club is unassuming from the outside but hosts some of the city's most...

Finn McCool's Irish Pub

  • Bars/Pubs

Run by devoted soccer fans from Belfast, this popular and expansive neighborhood bar beams in European games via satellite. Pool and...

Pal's

  • Bars/Pubs

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood, this hipster hangout updated a neighborhood bar with the kind of carefully designed...

Rock 'n' Bowl

  • Music Clubs

Down-home Louisiana music, rockabilly, R&B, and New Orleans swing in a bowling alley? Go ahead: try not to have fun. This iconic...

Treo

  • Bars/Pubs

Although it shares owners with Finn McCool's around the corner, think less "Guinness and soccer," more "sophisticated cocktails and art."...

Twelve Mile Limit

  • Bars/Pubs

This smoke-free neighborhood joint might be off the beaten path, but it's worth the trip for its unlikely combination of an innovative...

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