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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.