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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

New Orleans Nightlife

Frenchman Street

All you have to do is stroll along this strip and use your ears: jazz and blues music seeps through the cracks and windows of its street side clubs, allowing passersby to follow the groovy tune to the corresponding venue. Snug Harbor is a favorite for live music, with classic jazz by internationally renowned artists.

Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St., LA, 504-949-0696,
Tags: nightlife | local favorite | things to do | jazz

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

Though the exterior might appear derelict, candlelight, wooden benches, and a rustic ambiance make this quiet and historical tavern perfect for a conversational break from the revelry.

941 Bourbon St., LA, 504-593-9761
Tags: nightlife | historic | bar

Preservation Hall

Before it became a performance venue, Preservation Hall did time as a tavern, an inn, a photo studio, and an art gallery. With the introduction of modern jazz and rock and roll, the establishment quickly became a sanctuary for traditional New Orleans jazz. Now the organization is famous worldwide thanks to the seven-member Preservation Hall Jazz Band and its eponymous record label.

726 St. Peter St., LA, 504-522-2841,
Tags: nightlife | things to do | culture | history

The Howlin' Wolf

Get away from the nighttime hustle of The French Quarter and Frenchmen Street by escaping to the Warehouse district to see premier jazz and blues acts in a venue boasting a bar relocated from Al Capone’s Chicago hotel.

907 S. Peters St., LA, 504-522-9653,
Tags: nightlife | things to do | bar | jazz

The Maple Leaf

Popular with locals and college students, this watering hole features big-name blues and funk bands (impromptu jam sessions are common) in a long, narrow “shotgun” corridor separate from the bar. For a fresh air break, step out back to the back patio. One of the great things about this place is that it’s not in the French Quarter, lending it a bit more authenticity.

8316 Oak St., LA, 504-866-9359
Tags: nightlife | patio | bar

The Old Absinthe House

This Bourbon Street mainstay has an illustrious history dating back to 1807. Originally an importing firm and corner grocer, the Old Absinthe House now throws open its big green doors to cocktail-seeking business types and sports fans. Past patrons include Mark Twain, P.T. Barnum, General Robert E. Lee, and Franklin Roosevelt. Sip an Absinthe House Frappe made from flavorful Anisette liquor.

240 Bourbon St., LA, 504-523-3181,
Tags: nightlife | historic | lounge | things to do | sports bar


This R&B mecca is dedicated to legendary musician Henry Roeland Byrd, also known as Professor Longhair. In 1977, Tipitina’s, named after one of Longhair’s songs, began in a defunct juice bar in the Uptown neighborhood. To this day, the club still hops with music workshops, storytelling nights, and performances (a French Quarter location keeps the vibe alive at 233 N. Peters St.).

501 Napoleon Ave., LA, 504-895-8477,
Tags: nightlife | historic | things to do

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