Bars in New Orleans

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Combine the fact that New Orleans is the spiritual home of the cocktail with some very agreeable drinking laws (24 hour bars and that fact that you c... Read More

Combine the fact that New Orleans is the spiritual home of the cocktail with some very agreeable drinking laws (24 hour bars and that fact that you can take drinks on out onto the street and walk between bars) and the results speak for themselves. Thankfully, there are more refined places to experience New Orleans nightlife than the lurid bars of Bourbon Street, with nationally recognized bars such as Cure and Cane and Table leading the way. If you’re more a beer aficionado than a cocktail nerd, then curious brews are available at places such as Avenue Pub or the Courtyard Brewery, while neighborhood favorites Erin Rose and Molly’s at the Market will welcome you like a local any time of day or night, and remain some of the best bars in New Orleans.

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  • Avenue Pub

    This locally vaunted beer bar is especially favored during the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, when its St. Charles Avenue location in the Garden... Read More

  • Bacchanal Wine

    If you're willing to venture to the far reaches of the Bywater, you'll be rewarded with this oasis of wine and music. The huge, tree-shaded courtyard... Read More

  • Bar Tonique

    If you're looking for a more accessible cocktail experience than Cure, but one that's still a league above the basic liquor and sodas of most French... Read More

  • Barrel Proof

    The old Bridge Lounge was a Lower Garden District favorite for many years, and so it was with some expectation that this new incarnation (from the... Read More

  • Cane and Table

    Sprouting up between rows of dive bars on lower Decatur street, this "proto-tiki" bar, from the team behind local craft cocktail vanguards Cure, was a... Read More

  • Carousel Bar

    A rotating bar sounds gimmicky, but the elegance and poise of this particular spot mean that locals are as likely to be found here ordering sazerac... Read More

  • Courtyard Brewery

    Craft beers from around the country can be found around town in their pre-packaged state, but there are few actual micro-breweries where you can enjoy... Read More

  • Cure

    In a city that can lay serious claim to the title of "spiritual home of the cocktail," it's not surprising that there are so many bars that exemplify... Read More

  • d.b.a.

    To stand out on jazz club-lined Frenchmen Street, you need more than just great music. The pull at d.b.a. reaches beyond their line-ups, which can... Read More

  • Erin Rose

    If you're visiting town, it's worth walking down Bourbon Street once to see what all the fuss is about. Unless you're a fan of neon sugar in test tubes,... Read More

  • French 75 Bar

    Some of the country's most notable bartenders are at work here in New Orleans. You just have to know where to go to find them. Chris Hannah has made... Read More

  • Latitude 29

    If you're only going to one tiki bar, go to the one run by one of the world's foremost experts in the field. Jeff 'Beachbum' Berry is that man, and he... Read More

  • Molly's at the Market

    Ask any local where their favorite afternoon tipple spot is in the Quarter and many of them will nominate this Decatur Street standard, with its long... Read More

  • One Eyed Jacks

    Away from the parade of jazz venues is a place for alternative touring bands to play that's also a wonderful drinking establishment in its own right.... Read More

  • The Sazerac Bar

    When the Roosevelt Hotel reopened in 2009, one of the most beloved amenities was the updated recreation of this famous pre-Prohibition watering hole.... Read More

  • The Black Penny

    Upper Rampart Street, soon to be embellished by the extension of the streetcar line, is undergoing a slow renaissance. Attempting to kick-start that... Read More

  • Twelve Mile Limit

    There aren't too many places that bridge the gap between craft cocktail nook and neighborhood bar lounge, but this Mid City venture manages to do just... Read More

  • Voodoo Lounge

    Once upon a time, a French Quarter bar called Flanagan's was a hub for local weirdos and clued-up visitors. From the dust of that bar, carried on the... Read More

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