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.
Loud and boisterous are two good words to describe this less than discreet club. If you have never experienced a leather and Levi's bar, you may want to see this one. Chosen as one of the top 10 leather bars in the country, Rawhide has developed quite the reputation. Should you be in town during Mardi Gras, this is the place to go for a unique drag show.
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.
Toups' Meatery is an ideal place for all meat lovers, the menu includes a variety of meat. That list has everything from lamb, pork and steak to goat and quail. The restaurant is headed by the award-winning Chef Isaac Toups who is well known for his innovations in Cajun delicacies and his impressive stretch on Top Chef. They have a small menu, but a diverse wine list which perfectly blends with the food. The place has limited seating hence making reservations is advisable.
Tropical Isle is the home of the world famous Hand Grenade. The neon green specialty drink is considered the strongest beverage in New Orleans, and it tastes like it. The bar itself is nothing more than an homage to its drink. There are large stuffed Hand Grenades covering the walls and ceilings, glowing neon in the black-light. Although famous, Tropical Isle is representative of many of the “bars” you find on Bourbon Street—a place where you stop, grab a “Go-Cup” and keep walking.
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.
Olde N'awlins Cookery is a casual, local restaurant that prides itself is offering its guests a dining experience that is authentic. With specialities like BBQ shrimp, blackened Redfish, crawfish etoufee, Alligator bites and seafood gumbo alongside cajun pastas, steaks, salads and much more, the restaurant serves up a delicious selection of local dishes, prepared using authentic recipes and all the spices that distinguished this cuisine from all others. To keep you cool as you savour your delicious meal, the bar offers a variety of beers, wines and colorful cocktails. Located in the heart of the city's French Quarter, the restaurant has come to be popular amongst locals and tourists alike.
Big Easy Daiquiris is a fun and lively little bar that boasts an impressive selection of daiquiris served in creatively shaped glasses, syringes, test tubes and other containers. With flavors like pina colada, hurricane, 190 Antifreeze, sangria and appletini, you are sure to find something that perfectly fits your taste. Vibrant, colorful and full of life, the bar is a great place to start the night with a group of friends, before moving on to one of the many nightclubs along Bourbon Street. Apart from their famous daiquiris, the bar also serves beer, cocktails and pizza.
Offering a laid-back setting, Bourbon Street Drinkery is housed in a three-story charming building in the bustling neighborhood of the French Quarter, New Orleans. This charming watering hole offers plenty of seating both indoors as well as patio seating. Patrons can choose their drinks from an extensive list that ranges from 20-plus beers on tap, hand-crafted cocktails, and imported spirits. The tavern is also well renowned for having top-notch live music lineups. Sip your preferred cocktail while listening to some of the best classic jazz and blues.