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Best Bars in New Orleans


The night goes on forever in New Orleans since clubs and bars are not required to close. Actually, there are many who say under the glow of a French Quarter street lamp, the city is at its best. However, to suggest the party starts and ends on Bourbon Street doesn’t give the remainder of the city the credit it deserves. New Orleans has numerous original neighborhoods that provide nightlife options from intimate cocktails to incredible live music on Frenchmen Street just a neighborhood away. Famous Harrah’s Casino offer action to the high rollers at heart and this city is home to swanky nightclubs where you can dance until you drop. So leave the stress and boring of your everyday life behind, get a go-cup (in New Orleans you may bring your drink around with you), don your dancing shoes and prepare to have the time of your life.

The Chart Room

300 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-1708

The Chart Room will steal your heart in ways you didn’t know were possible. With its cheap $1.50 draft beer, a jukebox with soul, and bartenders that love you, you will love this place. It’s not smoke free, so it can become a bit hazy. The drinks average $5 a piece, cash only and stiff and strong enough. It is a relaxing atmosphere to have a drink and chill away from the touristy traps just a neighborhood away. It’s everything Bourbon Street isn’t. It welcomes tourists, but they forever favor the locals at this joint. This is the kind of bar where you gather with old friends and make new ones along the way.

Bar Tonique

820 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 324-6045

The Bar Tonique offers adapted, original, and classic cocktails. They provide an eclectic wine and beer selection and one-of-a-kind personalized service. The Bar Toniques daily Specials are as follows: on Monday they offer $5 Pimm’s Cups, on Tuesday they have Whiskey Flights, on Wednesday they provide $5 Moscow Mules, on Thursday the deliver $5 Caipirinhas, on Friday they have a $5 Punch Special, Saturday is their Bacon Bloody Mary day at $5 a pop and Sundays they offer their delicious $5 Mai Tais. We are talking hand crafted cocktails without all the pretense.

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

941 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 593-9761

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop has history galore, built between 1722 and 1732 by Nicolas Touze, it has a reputation to be the oldest structure to be used as a bar in the United States. It is directly on Bourbon Street, but off of the beaten path. Have a seat, enjoy a Sazerac and make song requests from one of the talented piano players. As with most New Orleans legends, Lafitte’s is a gumbo of truth and Cajun, French, African, Spanish, and American embellishments. A truly unique place and a must visit on your trip to New Orleans.

Erin Rose

811 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 299-8496

The Erin Rose is a gem of a hole in the wall off of Bourbon St, most certainly a “go to” spot while in town. The bartenders are very personable and friendly. They offer a jukebox with a wide variety of music and an ordering window in the back where you may order some of the best Po Boys in New Orleans! It’s a magical bar with much history so calling it a dive bar isn’t fitting, but let’s be realistic here, it’s a real dive. The gathering of patrons is always vibrant and full of laughter. This is the location to be or to be seen or to watch the down home craziness from your bar stool!

Arnaud’s French 75

813 Rue Bienville
New Orleans, LA 70195
(504) 523-5433

The French 75 Bar, adjacent to Arnaud’s main dining room is named one of GQ’s top 25 bars in the US! It is a sophisticated addition to French Quarter nightlife. It is a true New Orleans cocktail bar. Cocktail experts will enjoy the emphasis placed on premium spirits and cigar connoisseurs are welcome at this cigar bar in New Orleans. The seasonal drink menu describes recipes from a long-ago era, from the namesake cocktail—a heady blend of champagne and brandy—to a dazzling choice of martinis, southern cocktails, beer and wine. Rendezvous here before dinner for cocktails, or leave room for after dinner drinks and tasteful cigars at this sassy and elegant cocktail bar located in one of New Orleans’ oldest restaurants.




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