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We’ve compiled the best of the best in New Orleans - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

    Bywater | Bars/Pubs

    In the far reaches of the Bywater, Bacchanal is part wineshop, part bar, part music club—and 100% neighborhood hangout. Enter the old building...Read More

  • 2. Cane and Table

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    With its elegant, understated Caribbean decor, dim lighting, and low volumes, this rum house is a refreshing relief from the general chaos of...Read More

  • 3. Carousel Bar

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    A favorite New Orleans drinking destination since 1949, the revolving bar has served the likes of Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Ernest...Read More

  • 4. Cat's Meow

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    Before you see it, you'll hear this Bourbon Street landmark, New Orleans's most popular karaoke bar. Given an ideal corner location, the bar...Read More

  • 5. Columns Hotel's Victorian Lounge Bar

    Uptown | Bars/Pubs

    One of New Orleans's most traditional drinking experiences, enjoy an old-fashioned or a Sazerac here on the expansive front porch, shaded by...Read More

  • 6. Delachaise

    Uptown | Bars/Pubs

    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 were air...Read More

  • 7. French 75

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    This is a must-visit for any who love to submerge themselves in old-time elegance. Adjoining Arnaud's, the classic New Orleans Creole restaurant...Read More

  • 8. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    Perhaps the most photographed building in the Quarter after St. Louis Cathedral, this 18th-century blacksmith shop was once a front for the...Read More

  • 9. Maple Leaf

    Carrollton-Riverbend | Live Music

    The phrase "New Orleans institution" gets thrown around a lot, but this place deserves the title. It's wonderfully atmospheric, with pressed...Read More

  • 10. Napoleon House Bar and Café

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    It's a living shrine to what may be called the semiofficial New Orleans school of decor: faded grandeur. Chipped wall paint, diffused light...Read More

  • 11. Preservation Hall

    French Quarter | Live Music

    At this cultural landmark founded in 1961, a cadre of distinguished New Orleans musicians, most of whom were schooled by an ever-dwindling group...Read More

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  • 12. The Spotted Cat

    Faubourg Marigny | Live Music

    Jazz, old-time, and swing bands perform nightly at this rustic club right in the thick of the Frenchmen Street action. Sets start at 2 pm and...Read More

  • 13. Tipitina's

    Uptown | Live Music

    Rub the bust of legendary New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair (aka "Fess") inside this Uptown landmark named for one of the late musician...Read More

  • 14. AllWays Lounge & Theatre

    Faubourg Marigny | Live Music

    This lounge-theater combo has become one of the centerpieces of the local indie, avant-garde, and art scenes. Evoking 1930s Berlin, the lounge...Read More

  • 15. Banks Street Bar and Grill

    Mid-City | Live Music

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

  • 16. Bar Marilou

    Central Business District | Bars/Pubs

    An evening at this dimly-lit venue begins with an aperitif hour and ends with burlesque, a jazz trio, or other entertaiment appropriate for...Read More

  • 17. Bar Tonique

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    An eclectic spot on North Rampart Street, this brick-walled room with private nooks and intimate corner booths looks like a cross between a...Read More

  • 18. Bayou Beer and Wine Garden

    Mid-City | Bars/Pubs

    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. Multiple...Read More

  • 19. Bellocq

    Warehouse District | Bars/Pubs

    Pre-Prohibition drinks are all the rage, but this Lee Circle lounge goes deeper into the past with a menu focused on the cobbler, a popular...Read More

  • 20. BJ's Lounge

    Bywater | Bars/Pubs

    This gritty corner bar is a beloved neighborhood joint. Most weekends it hosts music, like Little Freddie King, who blows the top off the place. ...Read More

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