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.
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.
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.
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.
Since its 1979 opening, Le Bon Temps has been welcoming laid-back New Orleanians to enjoy quiet afternoons at the bar and late nights drinking and dancing. A fully stocked bar and cozy, ultra-casual atmosphere encourage patrons to stop by during daylight hours for better than average bar eats including sandwiches, quesadillas, and burgers. And come back after dark for a full night of drinking and dancing. The Soul Rebels Brass Band, Joe Krown Organ Combo, and a variety of other brass, rock, and jam bands pack the Uptown neighborhood bar nearly every night. Stop by on Friday for the free oysters.
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 a jukebox, all day drink specials and friendly service, Sneaky Pete's is the quintessential, neighborhood dive bar. Just a couple of blocks away from the more rambunctious establishments at Bourbon Street, this humble bar boasts a laid-back atmosphere that appeals to locals and tourists alike.
The next time you are in New Orleans, make sure you visit the Alibi. The unassuming nature of this serene bar and nightclub will lure you into partying longer than you intended. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, you can binge on the drinks for a relatively throw-away price. Frequented by a hip crowd, socialize with beautiful people at 'One of the Best Bars' as voted by Stuff and Playboy magazines. Do get your hands on some cool Alibi T-shirts and other merchandise!
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.
Cajun Mike's is situated in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Guests love the Pabst Blue Ribbon and the pub grub like chicken wings and cheese fries. 'Welfare Wednesdays' feature $1 drinks from 4p-7p. Menu includes light items that you can munch on while having you drinks. You will find Cuban sandwiches, red beans and rice, and po-boys to satiate your hunger.
Chart Room bar is located in the heart of the French Quarter. It offers cheap drinks and some nautical flavors as well. This is a favorite place to hangout among locals and also attracts tourists. Sit at a corner table sipping drinks and looking at the bustling streets outside.
If you're strolling on Bourbon Street looking for a good place to grab a quick bite and drink, look no further than Daiquiries Delight. It is a fantastic place that serves crispy pizzas and drinks, since 1991. The rates are affordable and the Daiquiries are refreshing and delicious. It is a great place to catch up with friends and socialize while having a drink in your hand. Since the service is hospitable and excellent, head over to this eatery for some cheap eats and drink a tasty Daiquirie.