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Get the Party Started: Nightlife in New Orleans

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From dives to cocktail lounges—in New Orleans, there's always a bar to prop up.
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820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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Tucked away on Rampart Street on the sliver between the French Quarter and the Treme enclave, this cool bar balances neighborhood dive-iness and of-the-moment popularity. Find yourself a cozy corner and order up an updated version of a Big Easy...
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615 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Flashdance on the big screen, go-go dancers, 80s music – so worth the $5 cover. Also: Confirmed my theory that everyone in New Orleans knows how to dance.
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1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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Neal Bodenheimer, the cocktail guru behind this brand-new spot, calls his latest venture "proto-Tiki." But don't expect an over island theme. In fact, the spot is pretty minimal—and the rum cocktails are excellent.
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600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
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Why is a wine shop in a raggedy building at the far edges of a downriver Bywater neighborhood such a buzzed-about stop? Step out the back door and you’ll get your answer. The spacious if scruffy backyard—festooned with string lights...
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501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
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Rock music lovers are most certainly familiar with Tipitina's, named after the Professor Longhair song. What started out as a spot for a few friends to enjoy live music together back in the 70s has now become a true powerhouse in the local &...
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536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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The amazing music and cool vibe on Frenchman Street is irresistible. Some of the world’s best musicians are playing there every night of the week—just one of the many extraordinary things about New Orleans. While you are feeding your...
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221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Alan Walter, the new(ish) creative director at Loa, the bar at the International House, was stamping menus (on vintage game boards) when I wandered in. I was intrigued by his foppish hair and 70s style ensemble – and even more intrigued by...
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618 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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If Frenchmen Street were a republic, D.B.A. would be the capital. It’s an inviting music venue built around a compact beadboard music hall with low stage—the place feels as if you might find a bayou out the back door. It’s also...
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8420, 2231 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Every time I get a chance to spend some time in NOLA, you'll find me on Frenchmen Street, Marigny, Bywater, 9th area. This art market, while not really a hidden gem, is always worth a visit. Grab a cocktail and catch some music to loosen up and...
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New Orleans, LA, USA
Frenchmen Street is, more or less, the local-music version of Bourbon Street. It also has its share of tourists trundling about with go-cups in hand, but they’re drawn more by the music than the drink. Plan to spend an evening (things start...
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800 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
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Booty's is the kind of neighborhood joint you want in your neighborhood. With its concrete floors, reclaimed wood bar, and pressed tin ceilings, it's cool without trying too hard and I want everything on the street food-inspired menu. I'm tempted...
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1107 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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Molly’s is considered a journalists bar. When Andrei Codrescu lived in New Orleans he frequented the place. The owner keeps it open during hurricanes, and in the days after Katrina, the bar kept the neighbors that did not evacuate in warm...