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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Columns Hotel's Victorian Lounge Bar

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An Old Fashioned or a Sazerac on the expansive front porch, shaded by centuries-old oak trees, overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar...

Cooter Brown's

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This rambling tavern across from the Mississippi River levee boasts 400 different bottled beers and 45 on tap. That, along with the excellent...


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This pioneer of the revitalized Freret Corridor, one of the city's first serious cocktail bars, adds a touch of urban chic to a historic...


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A long, slender room with plush banquettes in a charming sliver of a building on a busy stretch of St. Charles Avenue looks as if it...

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar

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A 20-minute cab ride from downtown, this popular Tchoupitoulas Street hangout for grown-ups is a lively den of blue smoke. The selection...

F&M Patio Bar

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For college kids and grown-ups reliving their youth, an all-nighter in New Orleans isn't complete until you've danced on top of a pool...

Le Bon Temps Roulé

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Local acts from a wide range of genres—including the Soul Rebels with their standing Thursday night gig—shake the walls of this ramshackle...

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse

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This 1960s-style coffeehouse attracts an artsy crowd, including adventurous local high schoolers who want to hear live music but can't...

Publiq House

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This spacious corner bar, with its high ceilings and Victorian chandeliers, resembles a vintage movie theater and has something going...

Sovereign Pub

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No need to book a ticket to the UK, when this cozy bar so faithfully recreates a British pub. Even the daily newspapers come from the...