New Orleans, Louisiana

If you’re in New Orleans, you probably can’t tell the difference between a jazz venue, a night club, a dance floor, a dive bar, and a Creole restaurant because first, you shouldn’t be thinking that hard, and second, you’re probably too drunk.

New Orleans contains all the elements of an out-of-control celebration mixed together, and the party that results is based on where you and your friends take it. This is a place dominated by drinks and drinkers where the cocktail is king and bars stand side-by-side block after block for an endless night of crazy fun.

New Orleans mixes an essence of Southern debauchery with a non-stop, modern day party. Throw in some daytime golfing, fishing, or riverboat gambling, and you have a city like no other. If you plan ahead, you can make sure to get a full taste of jazz, dancing, women, and adventure, but even if just follow your instincts, a good time is almost always guaranteed.

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Our Top Picks !

  • Royal Sonesta$$$

    300 Bourbon St.

    The real action takes place on your balcony which overlooks the hottest spot in the city - the corner of bourbon and Toulouse. The Royal Sonesta has its own fine restaurants and entertainment!

  • The Roosevelt New Orleans$$$

    123 Baronne St

    Featuring luxury rooms and suites in Southern splendor for a posh retreat from the non-stop party down the street. Located two blocks from the French Quarter. This Waldorf Astoria hotel is designed for you to travel in style.

  • The Ritz-Carlton$$$$

    921 Canal St

    The luxury top and club level rooms are spacious and offer top end amenities including complimentary drinks. The hotel is known for it’s service and high end valets catering to your whims. Near Bourbon Street so the action is not far away.

  • International House$$$

    221 Camp St.

    Record-company and film execs love it, but so should anyone with good taste as it sets the local standard for modern hotels with its creative design. The entire hotel is nonsmoking, with nice clean rooms and a few blocks from Bourbon St.

  • Onmi Royal Crescent Hotel$$

    535 Gravier St.

    Located in the French Quarter, this hotels offers the best of both worlds - a central location and a luxury escape. This “politically infamous” hotel features a rooftop observation so you don't miss the scandalous action below.

  • Harrah's New Orleans$$

    228 Poydras St

    For a full gaming experience, head over to Harrahs. With decent-sized, quiet rooms, large bathrooms, and jacuzzi tubs, the Harrahs introduces "gaming" into the mix and the blackjack table have reasonable minimums and the drinks are free.

  • The Sheraton New Orleans$$

    500 Canal St.

    The Sheraton provides what few other hotels near Bourbon Street can offer; the standards of a hotel chain as well as comfortable spacious rooms. However, avoid staying here during a convention as it can get packed.

  • Hotel Monteleone$$$

    214 Royal St

    They say the French Quarter begins in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone as it sits at the foot of Royal Street which is the best point of departure for all things New Orleans. Features two award-winning restaurants and the famous Carousel Bar.

  • W New Orleans$$$

    333 Poydras St.

    Featuring Starwood’s Whatever/Whenever concierge service, this luxury boutique property is a great choice for the upscale bachelor. Located just two blocks from Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter.

  • Windsor Court Hotel$$$$

    300 Gravier St.

    For a truly luxurious experience, try the club level with impeccable service and opulent rooms. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks on terraces overlooking the Mississippi River or the city.

  • Harras Masquerade Night Club $$$

    228 Poydras St

    Built to appeal to your senses, masquerade contains a sleek and ultra modern 42- foot media tower surrounded with faux fire displaying one of the most sophisticated lighting shows in the nation and the Ultra Lounge is downright luxurious.

  • The Metropolitan $$

    310 Andrew Higgins Dr

    Smoke machines, light show, strobes, DJs and dancing set the atmosphere. Two rooms in a two-story warehouse (one for top 40, and one for techno and house). Ask for VIP table service so the women know where the in-crowd is sitting.

  • 711 Burbon Heat $

    711 Bourbon St

    The dance club has side access to a 50 foot balcony overlooking Bourbon Street which is perfect for when the time comes and beads must be thrown to get the girls to show off their talent. Then relax and go to the courtyard for a bar vibe.

  • The Hookah $$

    309 Decatur St

    Plush and modern décor thid dance club features a state of the art sound system and light show, with great music from the hottest DJs and bands and an alluring array of hookah flavors for smoking in the hookah lounge.

  • 544 Club $

    544 Bourbon St

    One of the best places for live music with fun and friendly staff. This clubs offers 3 for 1 drinks making it one of the best deals on Bourbon. Great soul & funk bands jamming on a clean sounding sound system.

  • Chris Owen's Night Club $$$$

    3515 Hessmer Ave

    Chris is a real character, one of the classiest dames of the era and a legend in New Orleans. The folks here are really friendly and know how to have a great time. It is the center of Bourbon Street, as authentic an experience you can get.

  • Cat's Meow $$

    701 Bourbon St

    If you get tired of playing “spectator”, or if you just get drunk, Cat’s Meow is one of the best karaoke bars. If listenting to bad, drunk singers isn’t your thing, it’s still a good place to loosen the screws for a crazy night on the strip.

  • Bourbon Street Blues Company $

    441 Bourbon St

    One of the best spots on Bourbon St. The place itself isn't all that great. A little dingy, but they play great music and it keeps going late into the night. Large and open with two bars and a stage up front. Also features DJs with more Top 40 hits.

  • Republic New Orleans $$

    828 S Peters St

    Cabaret style nightclub. The main room has any sort of live performances, the mezzanine features a bar and lounge seating, and the artist’s green room can be rented as a private room for a bit of luxury in the midst of the action outside.

  • Le Phare $$

    523 Gravier St

    This artistic lounge features eclectic events such as: Salsa night, Soviet Industry Night, fashion shows, and modeling exhibitions. Seasonal cocktails and bottle service available. Cushy couches, dim lighting and well dressed guests.

  • Jacques-Imo's CafeCajun / Creole$$

    8324 Oak St

    Everyone who has been to Jacques-Imos agrees that you should expect a long wait and that it’s the best Creole Cuisine in New Orleans. Trying things like Crawdaddy and Alligator Cheesecake is a way to experience New Orleans at its finest.

  • Commander's PalaceCajun / Creole$$$$

    1403 Washington Ave

    This fine casual restaurant is rated among the best restaurants in New Orleans. Not on the French Quarters and requires a dinner jacket, but when you arrive and sample their incredible dishes, you will realize it was all worth it.

  • Antoine's French / Cajun / Cre$$$$

    713 St. Louis St

    Noted for its excellent French-Creole cuisine and numerous historical dining rooms. Antoine's has long been a tradition for both locals and visitors to New Orleans. An unmatched dining experience in the heart of the French Quarter.

  • Brennan'sCajun / Creole / Bru$$$

    417 Royal St

    Having created many signature dishes, Brennan's is a legend in New Orleans - and a dining experience not to be missed. Enjoy the famous breakfast at Brennan's...and lunch and dinner, too! Located in the heart of the French Quarter.

  • Arnaud's RestaurantCajun / Creole$$$

    813 Bienville St

    Arnaud's is the ultimate New Orleans dining experience featuring a tuxedo-clad wait staff with their friendly service, a minimum of one for each ten guests, an award-winning Creole cuisine, and charming French Quarter ambiance.

  • GW FinsSeafood$$$

    808 Bienville St

    Experience the cuisine that earned it the 2009 Zagat Rating as Best Seafood Restaurant in New Orleans and Forbe's Top 10 Seafood Restaurants in America. Wonderful dishes, an impressive wine list and first class service.

  • Tujague's RestaurantCajun / Creole$$$

    823 Decatur St

    Experience the 2nd oldest restaurant in New Orlean's. Located in the French Quarter, Tujague's has retained its reputation for over 143 years for providing an unforgettable dining experience in the original Creole tradition.

  • ByblosMediterranean$$$$

    3218 Magazine St

    Byblos offers the largest selection of specialty lamb dishes in the city, from kabobs to chops to racks along with fresh, house-made humus, shawarma and seafood dishes in a casual, fun atmosphere. Enjoy this unique experience.

  • Court of Two SistersCajun / Creole$$$

    613 Royal St

    Enjoy a festive daily Jazz Brunch buffet at the casual and picturesque Court of Two Sisters. Dinner, which is served nightly and features a four-course dinner and an a la carte menu, is also a wonderful French Quarter experience.

  • Emeril'sAmerican / Cajun$$$

    800 Tchoupitoulas St

    A great and sophisticated southern food experience with excellent service located in an off area, walking distance from Bourbon St. All of the dishes from this American renowned chef are nothing less than absolute culinary works of art.

  • Tipitinas $$

    501 Napoleon Ave

    With many big names or up-and-comers scheduled, experience your own bragable music fan moment. The real treat may be whatever special guest decides to join the main act on stage. This is the live music venue you don't want to miss.

  • Howlin Wolf $

    907 S Peters St

    This dimly lit, steamy, crowded bar is a favorite of locals, and great for endless late night jam sessions with any number of acts - (There is no 2 am closing time for new Orleans bars) This is the place to continue the party.

  • Preservation Hall $

    726 St. Peter St

    Back in the days when the future of traditional New Orleans jazz seemed dim, this is the place that kept the music alive. There is no bar or climate control. The music begins nightly at 8 p.m. with a line usually forming outside a half-hour before.

  • House of Blues $$

    225 Decatur St

    Located in the French Quarter, House of Blues has hosted world class musicians from Fats Domino to Eric Clapton. New Orlean's premier live music venue also features comedy, burlesque, and local singers.

  • Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse $$

    300 Bourbon St.

    Grammy Award-winning Jazz trumpeter Irvin has one of the hottest jazz clubs showcasing New Orleans' greatest Jazz talents. Offers your favorite cocktails and appetizers in a luxurious venue at the Royal Sonesta Hotel at the French Quarter.

  • The Bombay Club $$$

    830 Conti St

    If you like high-class music, food, and drinks, Bombay Club offers all three. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, it offers a good respite from the crowds where you can sip a Martini, enjoy a great meal and listen to nightly Jazz tunes.

  • Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro $$

    626 Frenchmen St.

    The city's premier jazz club with live music seven nights a week. The music room features cabaret-style seating downstairs by the stage, with mezzanine seating upstairs overlooking the stage. Offers great burgers and steaks.

  • The Spotted Cat Music Club $

    623 Frenchmen St

    Here you find funky jazz, blues, calypso, klezmer, and even people playing a washboard. Great place to run into spontaneously, if you can make that happen somehow. Music starts at 10, last act goes on at 2 am.

  • Palm Court Jazz Cafe $$

    1204 Decatur St

    This dinner club features the best in traditional jazz and a British/Creole mix of food. Features a Steinway grand piano, LP selection with both big names and deep cuts and CDs for sale. It’s a must for music fans.

  • The Maison $

    508 Frenchmen St

    The music styles vary, but what remains constant is that this is a place to come if you want to party. Contains three stages, giving you a choice on any given night. This is one of New Orleans most unique party spots.

  • Larry Flynt's Hustler Club $$$

    225 Bourbon St

    Probably the best of the Bourbon St. clubs as far as quality and cleanliness go. Beautiful girls with great attitudes. However, you would be well advised to stay away from the champagne room in the back unless you have cash to burn!

  • Rick's Cabaret $$

    315 Bourbon St

    This place exudes class. The three-story club is the ultimate escape from reality. Features the city’s best women and premium amenities, cigars, fine wines, lap dances... etc.

  • Visions Men's Club $$

    4000 Downman Rd

    Known as where-the-locals-go. Plenty of seating at the bar which doubles as the stage - no need to avert your stare just to order another drink. Lots of dancers and variety with girls working for your attention.

  • The Penthouse Club $$$

    727 Iberville St.

    Classy and elegant with a state of the art lighting and sound system. Exotic entertainers come from all corners of the globe to dance and work their magic on 3 specially-designed stages in the newest and largest Adult Club in the Big Easy.

  • Babe's Cabaret $$

    433 Bourbon St.

    Awarded as the 2011 Adult Nightclub of the year in the region and one of the top 100 clubs in the country. Babe's is designed to make you feel comfortable in a no-pressure relaxing atmosphere with entertainers from all parts of the globe.

  • Club Eden $$$

    3229 Lisa Drive

    Dancers wear pastes, but Club Eden is there if your party ends up outside of the main strip in Metairie. Drink specials, laid back atmosphere, and plenty of parking in a safe atmosphere make this a good choice outside of Downtown.

  • Little Darlings $$

    411 Bourbon St.

    Mostly a black club and once known as the wildest strip club in New Orleans, this club has calmed down a bit. Affordable cover and drink specials are common in this club geared mostly for private dances than spectators.

  • Larry Flynt's Barely Legal $$$

    423 Bourbon St.

    Hot young girls, yes, barely legal, scale up 15 foot poles with a trapeze at the top. Inexpensive and low pressure. VIP area with separate stage and private bar, and 8 themed Champagne rooms with balconies overlook Bourbon St.

  • Deja Vu Showgirls $$

    226 Bourbon St.

    Two words: $2 Tuesdays. It is a $5 cover charge and after that, absolutely everything is $2 other than redbull. Deja Vu is also the only strip club in the quarter that is 18+.There is a diversity in race, height, shape and body types.

  • Bourbon Pub & Parade $

    801 Bourbon St

    One of the most popular gay bars in New Orleans. Flashy dancefloor, two bars upstairs, and a video bar downstars. Open 24/7. Club also features top DJs, live music, drag shows, gay comedy, and guys on parade.

  • OZ $$

    800 Bourbon St

    All night gay dance club. It’s up to you whether you want to see or be seen. There is a wrap around balcony on the second floor so you can check out the action on the dance floor below. Features top DJs and shows.

  • Cafe Lafitte In Exile $$

    901 Bourbon St

    This is the oldest operating gay bar in the country. Two floors of drinks, music, and video. Downstairs features flat screens and outdoor seating. During Mardi Gras the balcony gets wild and is a highlight of the New Orleans gay nightlife.

  • Rawhide 2010 $

    740 Burgundy St

    If you’re into leather and levis, this is the place. Great place for locals and tourists to make each other’s acquaintance. Features a pool table, video poker, DJs, videos and theme nights such as Black Out and Fetish Night.

  • Napoleon's Itch $$

    734 Bourbon St

    One of the newer gay bars on Bourbon St. Smaller,smoke free, more modern, and cleaner than most. Offers great seating areas, loud Europop music, strong drinks, and one of the most extensive martini and wine lists on Bourbon St.

  • Good Friends Bar $$

    740 Dauphine St

    Known for it’s casual gay environment, this bar features a fireplace, 3 foot gargoyle vases and George Dureau paintings. The Queens Head Pub upstairs has great decor and a sing along every Sunday from 4pm to 8pm.

  • 700 Club $

    700 Burgundy St

    You will always find a mixed group of people here. This is most definitely a gay bar but you find couples and straight singles as well. The bar has a great interior with more of a semi upscale lounge feel but the food is the real reason to pop in.

  • Corner Pocket $$

    940 Saint Louis St

    While you'll find lots of bars with go-go boys, The Corner Pocket seems to manufacture them. A casual neighborhood bar by day, but by night, bring your dollars. Local celebrities judge the new amateur dance contest on Fridays

  • Roundup $$$$

    819 Saint Louis St

    With a diverse mix of people here, this is probably the most rough-around-the-edges spot and one of the most unusual bars in New Orleans. From drag queens to transexuals, you'll find it all here.

  • Golden Lantern $

    1239 Royal St

    The Golden Lantern is the second oldest Gay bar in the City. You'll find many of N'awlins legends here night after night. This Bar is the starting point for the Southern Decadence Parade that marches every Sunday before Labor Day in September.