New Orleans

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 Bywater, Bacchanal is part wine shop, part bar, part music club—and one hundred percent neighborhood hangout. Among the...Read More

  • 2. d.b.a

    Faubourg Marigny | Bars/Pubs

    At this southern outpost of a popular pair of bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan's East Village, the selection of drinks—including international...Read More

  • 3. The Spotted Cat

    Faubourg Marigny | Music Clubs

    Jazz, old-time, and swing bands perform nightly at this rustic club right in the thick of the Frenchmen Street action. Sets start at 4 pm on...Read More

  • 4. AllWays Lounge & Theatre

    Faubourg Marigny | Music Clubs

    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

  • 5. BJ's Lounge

    Bywater | Bars/Pubs

    This gritty corner bar is a beloved neighborhood joint. Sometimes it hosts music, like Little Freddie King (most Fridays) and King James and...Read More

  • 6. Bullet's Sports Bar

    Tremé | Music Clubs

    For a real taste of New Orleans, drop by on a Tuesday night, when Kermit Ruffins is playing. Not just the soul of the city, but the soul food...Read More

  • 7. Candlelight Lounge

    Tremé | Music Clubs

    This small, old-school joint draws a crowd on Wednesday night to hear the Treme Brass Band. Uncle Lionel Batiste, a club fixture of legendary...Read More

  • 8. Checkpoint Charlie's

    Faubourg Marigny | Music Clubs

    This bustling corner bar draws young locals who shoot pool and listen to blues and rock, whether live or from the jukebox—24 hours a day, seven...Read More

  • 9. Country Club New Orleans

    Bywater | Bars/Pubs

    For a nontouristy, off-the-beaten-path experience, check out this "restaurant, lounge, pool, Jacuzzi, cabana bar" in a handsome 19th-century...Read More

  • 10. Kermit's Tremé Mother-in-Law Lounge

    Tremé | Music Clubs

    Local personality and jazz legend Kermit Ruffins recently acquired this brightly covered club that once belonged to R&B singer Ernie K-Doe...Read More

  • 11. Mag's 940

    Faubourg Marigny | Bars/Pubs

    This recently re-vamped, friendly gay bar hosts special events ranging from country Western line-dance lessons to burlesque and drag shows....Read More

  • 12. Mariza

    Bywater | Bars/Pubs

    Inspired by the aperitivo bars of Italy, this casually sophisticated Bywater destination was opened by the husband-and-wife team behind celebrated...Read More

  • 13. Markey's Bar

    Bywater | Bars/Pubs

    The embodiment of a blue-collar New Orleans neighborhood bar, Markey's also draws more than a few hipsters from Bywater and other burgs. During...Read More

  • 14. Mimi's

    Faubourg Marigny | Bars/Pubs

    A popular local hangout, this two-story nightspot perches on the corner of Franklin and Royal streets with a wraparound balcony and big windows...Read More

  • 15. Phoenix

    Faubourg Marigny | Bars/Pubs

    This lounge bills itself as a "Leather/Levi Neighborhood Alternative Bar," and that's a pretty apt description. The downstairs bar is a popular...Read More

  • 16. R Bar

    Faubourg Marigny | Bars/Pubs

    Behind the tinted windows of this corner bar, find a red-vinyl-clad hipster hangout and stylish social hub with a throwback ambience. In addition...Read More

  • 17. Snug Harbor

    Faubourg Marigny | Music Clubs

    This intimate club with a sometimes-steep cover charge is one of the city's best rooms to soak up modern jazz. It is the home base of such esteemed...Read More

  • 18. The Maison

    Faubourg Marigny | Dance Clubs

    This historic building—with a sprawling three-story floor plan, interior balconies, a terrific kitchen, plus multiple bars, stages, and dance...Read More

  • 19. Vaughan's

    Bywater | Music Clubs

    Jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins's legendary Thursday sets (served up with free red beans and rice late in the evening) are the big draw at this...Read More

  • 20. Yuki Izakaya

    Faubourg Marigny | Bars/Pubs

    At this traditional Japanese izakaya—similar to a tapas bar, where the snacks pair perfectly with the list of beer, sakes, and shochus—options...Read More

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