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.
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.
This tropical themed nightclub boasts the largest dance floor on Bourbon street, with an air-conditioned courtyard and a two-tiered VIP area. Great music is the hallmark of the Beach, with DJs spinning the latest dance mixes and live music performances that set the floor on fire. Its unique ambiance, superb happy hour specials and excellent location, make the Beach a popular choice amongst the young and beautiful of New Orleans. Available on hire for private events, this club promises to make any event a truly unforgettable one.
The Bourbon Cowboy is a fun place to hangout especially for tourists. Not only is it good for dancing and drinking, but there are some fun activities as well. Do ride the mechanical bull that is present and take memorable snapshots to capture the moment. Dance to your heart's content to the classic rock, country and party music playing all day long. If you wish to throw a private party for friends and family, Bourbon Cowboy is a great place for that as well.
After years of performing as one of New Orleans' top musicians, Irvin Mayfield is giving the city's other notable talent a place to perform. Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, located inside of the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street, entertains the jazz enthusiast alongside the casual listener with cocktails and nightly performances by notable musicians like Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, Shamarr Allen, and Jason Marsalis. While there generally is no cover charge to enjoy an evening at the Jazz Playhouse, a nominal cover charge may apply for special events. - Bethany Culp