From Bourbon Street to Frenchmen Street, New Orleans is known the world over for its music halls, pubs, taverns, clubs, and funky jazz rooms. Around every corner there is something that’s sure to please even the most discriminating reveler. Here are our favorite nightlife experiences in the Big Easy.
Bar Hopping and Pub Crawls
For the wild and crazy party night, head to Bourbon Street—you’ll find more cover bands and shot girls here than you can throw your Mardi Gras beads at. Pat O’Briens has the popular Hurricane drink of Jimmy Buffet fame, while the Tropical Isle serves their signature Hand Grenade to throngs of thirsty patrons. Guided pub crawls to the French Quarter’s best party spots provide a fun and hassle-free night out, NOLA style.
Food and Cocktail History Tours
Even the nightlife in New Orleans oozes history. On a nighttime historical tour of the city, you might find yourself sitting at a pre–Civil War historic bar, sampling the city’s best creole bites, or sipping an iconic cocktail poured by a notable New Orleans mixologist. Along the way, hear the stories from the city’s sometimes scandalous past about how its nightlife came to be what it is today.
The number of craft beer breweries in New Orleans continues to grow, and there’s no better way to experience the city’s burgeoning beer culture than on a brewery tour. Visit several of the city’s nano- and microbreweries for a behind-the-scenes look at how the beer is made, followed by fun and informative tastings of the best brews.
New Orleans Jazz Club Crawls
The undisputed birthplace of jazz, New Orleans has both big-city music clubs like the Red Room and small, intimate affairs like Snug Harbor. For music lovers, a perfect night on the town could involve sipping cocktails to the sounds of live jazz at some of the French Quarter’s top live music venues with a local jazz band leader as your guide.