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.
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.
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.
If you are down on Bourbon Street and your feet are tired from walking and you have had your fill of raucous mayhem, you need only walk a little further to find this famous bar. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar is (as its name implies) located in a former blacksmith's shop and safe house for smugglers during the 1800s. It boasts of having survived the fire that burned down the French Quarter in the late 1800s and being the oldest building to house a bar in the United States. In the back of the bar, a musician plays a grand piano and croons through drunken sing-a-longs like Piano Man and You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling. The bar has reasonably priced drinks compared to many of its Bourbon Street counterparts.
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.
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.
Launched in 2007, the Twist of Lime is a favorite among locals as well as visitors to Metairie. Open from noon until 5a, this watering hole is always buzzing with patrons. It features an impressive list of beer and spirits to choose from. Enjoy your drink with some video poker, or shoot some pool or play a game of darts. The jukebox provides great entertainment, while live bands take over on weekends.
For the people of New Orleans, this is an evening nest and a place to relax. The "refurbished flood damaged wood" interiors, lend an air of absolute simplicity to the interiors. Don't worry about dress codes, just walk right in for drinks and conversations. You'll find most people hooked to TV screens watching a hard contested baseball match or gaming away with beer in one hand and WiFi controllers in the other. Whether you are interested in sports or not, the lively atmosphere combined with spontaneous laughter and smiling bartenders provides good enough reason for you to visit again.
A classic juicy 10 oz ground sirloin Burger with beer? What do you think of that? Well, this is the main attraction at Beachcorner Bar & Grill, as they serve up the best Burger in town for a very small price. Besides the famous burgers, foodies will relish the hot and spicy wings, quesadillas and onion rings. Looking for more variety? Select from the long list of sandwiches which are good enough for a meal and come in different combinations. When you have had your fill of tasty food, you can pass your time with a game of pool or test your aiming skills at the dartboard. A great place to enjoy and rewind after work.