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.
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.
Molly's at the Market opened its doors for the first time in 1974 and has been an integral part of the New Orleans experience ever since. This bar is unique for its diverse set of customers, relaxed atmosphere and excellent service. Every year Molly's unites regular customers and guests for a host of events as a tribute to their relationship with New Orleans and its people. This is the neighborhood's favorite old bar where beer taps flow into the wee hours of the morning.
Erin Rose, a Nascar-themed bar, which is smartly placed in an old apartment house. It may seem a little small for a bar, but once you enter you'll realize that there exists a front bar and a back bar, not to mention the kitchen which operates occasionally in preparing some bar food. It's quite a wooden and comfy place, where one can learn a little of Nascar history. Also, a jukebox to smoothen the mood in there. Do try the Frozen Irish Coffee. Erin Rose Merchandise i.e. Erin Rose hoodies and tees are also available at decent prices.
Since its establishment in 2011, Jimmy J's Cafe has quickly come to be a popular choice amongst locals and tourists alike, who are drawn in by its laid-back ambiance and signature breakfast plates. With some unique breakfast options like the Tuscan style fried eggs with creamy polenta, vegetable ratatoille, spicy greens and olive oil, alongside staples like pancakes, waffles, eggs benedict and french toast, the popularity of this cafe should come as no surprise. Add on their selection of soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts, cocktails, coffees and teas, and the cafe becomes a great choice for all day dining or a drink with friends.
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 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.
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.