Good Bars in New
New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, abounds with great
bars. Whether you're the laid-back type, a dancer, looking to mingle, or looking for
any type of live music, you'll find it all in the French Quarter. Below, I've listed
the establishments that I've found to be the best overall. Most are in or near the
French Quarter. If you'd like for me to add a particular bar to the list, E-mail me
with the bar's name, address, phone # if available, Web address if available, and a brief
description of the bar. As long as it's not on my "blacklist," I'll be
happy to include it in a future site update.
339 Bourbon (Corner of Bourbon & Conti)
is, hands-down and without a doubt, my favorite hangout in New Orleans. Being a musician
myself, I certainly appreciate good, live music. The two main acts at the Famous Door are
Jeff Chaz and "The Dream Band." While the former is more bluesy, the latter
plays both contemporary and classic rock, pop and R&B. The dance floor is of a
reasonable size, and the lights and sound system are second to none. There is music,
dancing, mingling, very cold beer, and excellent mixed drinks around the clock at the
Famous Door. When the bands arent playing, a DJ takes over and does an excellent job
of keeping everyone happy. The servers are great, and take great pleasure in spraying
cream around your mouth, leaning you back, and injecting some alcohol concoction down your
throat with an injection tube! Drinks are priced reasonably, and theres an ATM
inside. This is a GREAT place to stay and meet people until 5AM, then take a breather for
an hour and come back for more music, drinks and fun! I really love the concept of being
able to go out and drink, dance, and have a ball at any time of the day or night that I
want to and no place is better than the Famous Door! See ya there between March 4th
and March 8th!
514 Toulouse Street (Corner of Toulouse and Decatur)
This is, in my opinion, the best Irish bar in New Orleans. And remember, since I
myself am an Irishman, my opinion counts! There are three bars, a small courtyard, and a
giftshop. Theres a wide selection of British, Irish and Scottish beers and stouts,
as well as a number of Irish and Scotch whiskies and Irish food. Traditional Irish ballads
are performed in the Informer Room, while the larger Ballad Room features Irish bands
later in the evening. The Aengus Lounge, above the others and looking down on the Ballad
Room, is opened for customers on crowded evenings and for private parties.
Bar and Grill
800 N Rampart Street (Corner of Rampart and St. Ann)
Open from 8.30 pm Mon, Wed-Sun. Admission: $5 No
Donna's is the city's hotspot for brass bands, with performances
nightly. Located directly across from the entrance to Louis Armstrong Park on the northern
boundary of the French Quarter, it draws a predominantly local crowd. You can order food
from the bartenders until late, and the cover charge is reasonable. The music is great,
and the food is the BEST food served at any bar Ive been to in New Orleans. Okay,
okay damnit, I will admit it
Donnas husband, the chef, happens to be a friend
of mine (hes also the chef on the Mardi Gras party train).
718 St. Peter Street
World-famous Pat OBriens, with its six
big areas and famous "Hurricane" drink, is one of the most sought-after tourist
hotspots in New Orleans. There is a main bar, piano bar, bourbon bar, a patio with a
flaming water fountain, and many more things! Pat OBriens gained most of its
notoriety from the unsurpassed popularity of the "Hurricane." Other Pat
OBriens venues have opened up in New Orleans, and the famous,
"Hurricane" mix is a favorite the world over. This place is definitely worth a
visit. If youre in a hurry and dont have time, no problem just
walk by the Bourbon Street side of Pat OBriens pick up a "Hurricane"
527 Decatur Street (Corner of Decatur and St Louis)
One of New Orleans's only two brewpubs, Crescent City offers jazz and Latin combos in
the early evening and oldies' cover bands later. The bands play on the ground floor at
street level, so the best seats are at the front of the main bar.
Funky Butt at Congo Square
714 N Rampart Street (Corner of Rampart and Orleans)
This is a great place if youre into
contemporary jazz. Located in a former restaurant with a refurbished art deco interior,
Funky Butt serves up great music and Creole cooking in a unique, laid-back atmosphere.
Cover charges can be outrageous, but you can be assured that the talent is top-notch!
(French Quarter Location)
233 North Peters Street
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Opened in the spring of
1998, the club is within walking distance of many hotels in the French Quarter. The
drinks, music and overall atmosphere are excellent. Local talent such as Kermit Ruffins,
Henry Butler, Allen Toussaint, Cyril Neville, Marva Wright, and others appear here
House of Blues
225 Decatur Street (Corner of Decatur and Iberville)
Backed by the likes of Dan Ackroyd, James Belushi and Aerosmith, the House of Blues at
its New Orleans location regularly hosts a number of big-name national acts in addition to
local acts like Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, and the Radiators. The drinks are great,
theres a good dance floor and sound system, and theres a variety of music to
listen to everything from gospel to alternative rock. My only negative reservation
about this place is that due to its being so commercialized, cover charges are very
steep. But its still worth visit or two!
501 Napoleon Avenue
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My personal favorite of the Tipitinas venues,
Tipitinas Uptown was created in the mid-1970's by a group of local music enthusiasts
and quickly became home to dozens of New Orleans rhythm and blues artists. The place
houses several bars, has lots of great snacks Jack Daniel's Barbecue just to name
one, and features many well-known musical acts. Tipitina's takes it's name from a woman in a song by
"Professor Longhair." This is a little out of the way of the French Quarter, but
its well worth the trip!