The Spotted Cat is an intimate, slightly formal bar for all those cool cats and kittens who enjoy live jazz with a local flavor. This place, however, is for purists — if you're looking for flamboyant performances and gimmicks, you won't find them here. Jazz outfits such as the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Jeremy Lyons and the Deltabilly Boys, and Tin Men perform at the Spotted Cat on a regular basis.
John Austin tickles the ivories at this piano bar from Wednesday through Saturday, but the real attraction is the Carousel Bar & Lounge itself at Hotel Monteleone. It's a carousel and really does revolve - all the time. The music goes until late and the cocktails served are out of this world like the "Truffletini" which is a mix of Bailey's Irish Cream with liqueurs. The ambiance has a slight feel of a Moulin Rouge setting, with bold lighting and motifs.
This is one of those places that make you wonder if they ever close. Open doors and no cover charge lure tourists and locals to listen to some of the best music in town. Authentic jazz that is loud and lively is almost non-stop from mid-afternoon to the wee hours of the morning at Maison Bourbon. Players include Wallace Davenport, Steve Slocum and Tommy Yetta. Patrons must be 21 or older. There is a one-drink minimum.
Fancy good music and a cold beer at the end of your day? Head to d.b.a., where they host live performances and serve draft beer, Belgian draft beer, and hand-drawn ales. There is also a wine list, a whiskey list and a brandy list. The amount of liquor served here is mind-boggling. If you're there for the live music, you won't be disappointed.
While the clubs in the French Quarter usually get most of the attention, they are not the only ones that hold good times with even better music. This hot spot in the Carrollton District does require a cab ride, but is well worth the fare. A funky but fun atmosphere characterizes this club that is popular mainly for dancing. Club goers pick their spots then move and groove to the sounds of blues, zydeco and R&B.
Funky Pirate, this premier blues club on Bourbon Street features Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters and offers great drinks at local prices. It is not unusual to find a bouncer standing outside one of the many entrances with a sign declaring, "No cover, come on in!" With that kind of open-door policy it is hard to resist the blaring blues riff created by the talented guitarist. Plain and simple, if you want blues, this is the place to visit.
Located at the Royal Street, Ole Saint is a haunt for the young and young at heart. The pub and restaurant has an impressive selection of craft as well as bottled beers and is equipped with HD television sets, which makes it a perfect spot if you wish to catch a game. Classic pub fare like burgers, steaks, fries, wedges, sandwiches, salads and more are also served here in massive portions. They have great happy hours which see college students and young professionals. The place has WiFi service too.
Since its establishment in 2011, Jimmy J's Cafe has quickly come to be a popular choice amongst locals and tourists alike, who are drawn in by its laid-back ambiance and signature breakfast plates. With some unique breakfast options like the Tuscan style fried eggs with creamy polenta, vegetable ratatoille, spicy greens and olive oil, alongside staples like pancakes, waffles, eggs benedict and french toast, the popularity of this cafe should come as no surprise. Add on their selection of soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, cocktails, coffees and teas, and the cafe becomes a great choice for all day dining or a drink with friends.
The 21st Amendment Bar is housed within one of the French Quarter's many historic 19th-century buildings. Associated with the notorious mobsters Diamond Jim Moran and Carlos Marcello, the bar and its predecessor have enjoyed a rich and colorful history. The bar pays homage to the the Prohibition Era and the 21st Amendment that brought it to an end. The walls are replete with black and white photos of the mobsters who once thrived here, and the decor is classic in style. The menu is composed of a selection of beer and unique hand-crafted cocktails composed of home-made syrups, infused spirits and local herbs. So, come on over to the 21st Amendment and step back in time to the golden era of the Mafia as you groove along to the live music played here daily.
The next time you are in New Orleans, make sure you visit the Alibi. The unassuming nature of this serene bar and nightclub will lure you into partying longer than you intended. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, you can binge on the drinks for a relatively throw-away price. Frequented by a hip crowd, socialize with beautiful people at 'One of the Best Bars' as voted by Stuff and Playboy magazines. Do get your hands on some cool Alibi T-shirts and other merchandise!