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.
There are several bars on Bourbon Street that are indistinguishable from one another after several drinks. Razzoo Bar & Patio separates itself from the others with an incredible back courtyard, ample seating and live music that is usually pretty good. The musicians here play with soul, which is a rare thing to hear on Bourbon Street. Drink prices are reasonable and there is a daily three-for-one happy hour.
Common cocktails and draft beer can’t be found behind the bar at Cure. Instead, Cure’s menu features carefully crafted cocktails made only from premium ingredients, as well as a selection of the best in bottled brews. This elegant bar, housed in a carefully restored fire station with towering ceilings and picturesque arches, features a cozy courtyard for mild evenings. Hungry patrons can satisfy their cravings with one of the small plate offerings. Cure is a smoke-free bar.
Rusty Nail is one of those unpretentious places where one can actually unwind after a long day at work or simply come here to enjoy the music and ambiance. Rusty Nail is an off-track bar that boasts a wide selection of cocktails and a well-stocked bar. Blues and jazz are the order of the day, as this is a stage for many upcoming New Orleans musicians. Sit outside and try their signature Rusty Nail cocktail or something from their vast scotch collection.
With the growth of New Orleans, Mississippi River Bottom has become a cool spot and is frequented by people belonging to all walks of life. As with other bars in the neighborhood, friendliness and a simple decor set the scene. Head here for drinks and bar snacks, and to pass your time, you can try your hand at a game of pool. An outdoor patio overlooking the river is a good setting to end your day with cool glass of beer, while the locals cheer on their victory shuffling weights over the board.
Inspired after the age-old Cajun tradition of sharing the food among the participants of the feast, Bourrée at Boucherie translates to butcher shop. It is the most popular place that locals flock to, when in need for a dose of rich Southern-style dishes. The menu is influenced by Chef Zimet's personal experiences as he explored the many food options in North Carolina before beginning this venture. The prices are affordable and adds to the happy smiles that can be seen on the faces of diners relishing their meals here.
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.
Having thrived within the historic French Quarter of New Orleans for close to 200 years, the Old Absinthe House is enriched with its own vibrant history. Boasting visits by renown personalities like Enrico Caruso, Mark Twain, Liza Minelli and Frank Sinatra, the walls of the bar are a kind of historic record, adorned by the visiting cards of the many millions who have quenched their thirst at this famous watering hole. The bar offers a full range of alcohol, including some fantastic single malt scotches, alongside quirky cocktails like the Absinthe House Frappe and Ramos Gin Fizz. The Absinthe cocktails are usually prepared using substitutes like Herbsaint, leaving patrons free to enjoy their drinks without any of the ill effects associated with the consumption of absinthe. With antique chandeliers, a copper-topped bar and football memorabilia scattered about, the charm of the Old Absinthe House lies as much in its decor as it does in its exceptional drinks menu.
Named after Jeremy Davenport, the famed entertainer who still plays here, The Davenport Lounge is an elegant lounge located inside the Ritz Carlton. The venue features classy jazz events to regale the audience. Choose from the range of beverages and bites on the menu and sit back and enjoy the music.
The Copper Monkey is a laid-back and lively bar and grill located just a short distance away from Bourbon Street. The bar offers an amazing selection of draft beers and absinthe cocktails, alongside a modest, yet delectable menu of bar snacks and hearty dishes. Apart from local favorites like jambalaya, red beans and rice, gumbo and po-boys, the kitchen also serves up some succulent steaks, juicy burgers and bar snacks like jalapeno poppers and mozzarella sticks. Friendly, cheerful and lively without being obnoxiously noisy, the Copper Monkey is a great choice for a reprieve from the rambunctious nightlife of Bourbon street, or even a meal on its own.
Potent drinks, live music, amazing DJs, and a balcony that offers a bird's eye view of Bourbon street make the Swamp a fun and lively place to get drunk and party New Orleans' style. With great happy hour specials and a spacious dance floor, letting loose and having a great time are the only requirements here. The mechanical bull at the back of the courtyard is an especially popular attraction and offers ample opportunity for entertainment. Bursting with life and cheer, the Swamp is a quintessential Bourbon Street nightclub that promises a night of laughter and fun. The entire club can also be booked for private events.