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.
Avenue Pub has a menu to fulfill food cravings at anytime of the day or night — very convenient for this on-the-run city life. This local flavored pub offers a nice selection of drafts and food, with a jukebox and pool table providing the entertainment. Here you will always find interesting locals and the occasional tourists, all having a good time in this delightful haunt. Sit by the windows facing the Saint Charles Avenue and watch the world go by while you sip on a chilled drink and a meal. It doesn't get much more refreshing than this.
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.
The graffiti-covered exterior of this quaint restaurant is sure to catch your attention while strolling on the Jackson Avenue. As you step inside, you are welcomed into a disarmingly simple setting where pleasingly compensates for the lack of frills. At Jackson Turkey and the Wolf, sandwiches take center stage with options like the lemony yogurt infused lamb neck roti and the smoked ham laden Virginia french roll waiting to delight your palate. Cocktails such as the interesting blue curaçao and coconut milk concoction and the Julie And Candy quench your thirst and complement every item on the menu. If you have arrived with kids, the cute animal-shaped table numbers are sure to fancy them along with the limited but delicious selection of desserts served here.
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.
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 interiors at the Loa Bar appear dreamy and mysterious with the candlelight illuminating every corner of the space. The glittering chandeliers and sparkling mirrors add an extra alluring touch to the premises. Sink in the plush sofas while you browse through the extensive list of cocktails and numerous spirits. Frequented by the crème de la crème of society, this sophisticated place aims to please. Served by a knowledgeable and cordial staff, there will be no room for complaint at Loa, which prides itself for its distinguished ambiance.
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.
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.