New Orleans

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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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 3. Napoleon House Bar and Café

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 4. Preservation Hall

    French Quarter | Music Clubs

    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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  • 5. Bar Tonique

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 6. Bourbon Pub

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    It's impossible to miss this 24-hour video bar at the corner of St. Ann and Bourbon streets, especially in early evenings, when the doors are...Read More

  • 7. Café Lafitte in Exile

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    This Bourbon Street stalwart attracts a somewhat older and very casual group of gay men. The second floor has a pool table, pinball machine...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Chart Room

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    Unpretentious even by New Orleans standards, this little dive not far from Canal Street draws a good number of locals from the Quarter and beyond...Read More

  • 12. Corner Pocket

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    Filmmaker John Waters reportedly counts the Pocket as a New Orleans favorite, and with skinny, tattooed strippers on the bar and an inebriated...Read More

  • 13. Cosimo's

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    Few tourists make their way to this hip neighborhood hangout, in a far corner of the Lower Quarter. A short flight of stairs leads to a darts...Read More

  • 14. Crescent City Brewhouse

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    The only microbrewery in the French Quarter, this convivial pub and restaurant makes four house beers and one seasonal selection, all on site...Read More

  • 15. Davenport Lounge

    French Quarter | Music Clubs

    These swanky digs in the Ritz-Carlton are home to their namesake, Jeremy Davenport, an old school crooner in the mold of Sinatra and Crosby...Read More

  • 16. Fritzel's European Jazz Pub

    French Quarter | Music Clubs

    An old-school gem in the midst of Bourbon Street's many venues with bad cover bands, this Dixieland music club, built in the style of the old...Read More

  • 17. Good Friends

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    With its tasteful decor and reasonable volume level, this is a slightly more upscale, sedate alternative to the blasting disco bars down the...Read More

  • 18. House of Blues

    French Quarter | Music Clubs

    Despite its name, blues rarely makes the bill at this Decatur Street link in the national chain. The midsize venue embraces rock, country, soul...Read More

  • 19. Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse

    French Quarter | Music Clubs

    Serious music lovers converge on this intimate lounge with a modern aesthetic. Irvin Mayfield, one of the city's great musicians and winner...Read More

  • 20. Kerry Irish Pub

    French Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    This well-worn favorite has a pool table, a jukebox stocked with the Pogues and Flogging Molly, and, of course, Guinness on draft. A small stage...Read More

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