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. 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. 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

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