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 pu
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 indulgen
No American town places such a premium on pleasure as New Orleans. From swank hotel lounges and refined jazz halls to sw

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

  • 2. Columns Hotel's Victorian Lounge Bar

    Uptown | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Maple Leaf

    Carrollton-Riverbend | Music Clubs

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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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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  • 10. 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

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