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French Quarter Nightlife (Self Guided), New Orleans

A city well-reputed for its never-ending party and carefree attitude, visitors to the French Quarter in New Orleans may not be surprised by the amount of great nightlife establishments found through the district but will certainly be impressed by the lively night of hot live music and ever-flowing drinks they experience once they are here. Take New Orleans’ Nightlife Tour in the French Quarter to see the best this happening district has to offer guests to its fair city after the sun goes down.
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French Quarter Nightlife Map

Guide Name: French Quarter Nightlife
Guide Location: USA » New Orleans (See other walking tours in New Orleans)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 Km or 0.2 Miles
Author: ann
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Pat O'Brien's
  • Preservation Hall
  • My Bar @ 635
  • Maison Bourbon Jazz Cub
  • Cat's Meow
  • Bourbon Heat
  • The Gold Mine
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Pat O'Brien's

1) Pat O'Brien's

Originally opening in 1933, serving as a speakeasy during Prohibition, then moving to its present location in 1942, Pat O’Brien’s can be found inside an historic architecture dating back to 1791. Hosting several bars as well as a popular outdoor courtyard area equipped with a flaming fountain. The famous hurricane drink is claimed to have originated at this establishment. In addition to this original location, Pat O’Brien’s features several other locations throughout the Southeast. This great bar offers an exciting dueling pianos performance where guests are encouraged to make requests. This raucous kind of interactive entertainment is thought to have originated at Pat O’Brien’s as well.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 2 am; Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 am; Sunday: 10 am – 2 am
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Preservation Hall

2) Preservation Hall (must see)

Located just a few blocks from the Mississippi River, in the heart of the famous French Quarter, the aptly named Preservation Hall is a legendary venue, and much of its charm is found in its rustic, intimate, old school vibe: shabby walls with paintings of local musicians, bench seating, a strict no-phone policy, no amps, and no bar. The focus here is really on keeping New Orleans jazz alive – though, in more recent years, the house band has also collaborated for tours and recordings with a number of artists outside the genre, including gospel, hip hop, rock, and other inventive blends of styles. There are a lot of seasoned musicians, as well as a few younger ones and it's all great.

Tip:
Plan to get there 45-60 minutes before the shows, which are at 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10pm daily. The good news is that the Hall is right around the corner from Pat O'Brien's, so you can enjoy a hurricane cocktail to go while you wait. Admission is $20/person; of course, you can also reserve seats online, but that privilege costs some $40.
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My Bar @ 635

3) My Bar @ 635

An exquisitely restored bar found in New Orleans’ French Quarter right on Bourbon Street between St. Peter and Toulouse, My Bar @ 635 features regional sports and live music, as well as great drink specials throughout the week. This beautiful bar includes both a ground level bar and a bar on the balcony which also sports a great view of the action on Bourbon Street below. Its signature Drink, the VOODOO Purple Daiquiri is a popular choice, and something newcomers absolutely must try. In addition to live regional music, including jazz, blues, zydeco, R and B, and more, My Bar @ 635 also has several large screens playing sporting events of local interest.

Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 14:00-2:00; Thursday-Sunday: 11:00-2:00;
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Maison Bourbon Jazz Cub

4) Maison Bourbon Jazz Cub

One of the few remaining establishments found on New Orleans’ world famous Bourbon Street that still offer live jazz, Maison Bourbon Jazz Club also features a lot of vocal music, while a majority of other city clubs usually focus on instrumental jazz. Maison Bourbon is able to accommodate larger groups of guests in its second level Jazz Parlor with a reservation as well. This famous club is also known to be where some modern jazz greats got their start, most notably Harry Connick, Jr. Popular with both tourists and locals, Maison Bourbon Jazz Club remains one of the best places in the city for authentic New Orleans jazz.

Opening Hours: 11:00 - 2:00 Daily
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Cat's Meow

5) Cat's Meow

New Orleans’ most popular karaoke bar, the Cat’s Meow can be found in the French Quarter right on the famous Bourbon Street. There is always a line to get in outside the bar, and the inside can get quite packed with guests crowding the dance floor listening to the entertainment and participating in the fun themselves. Guests can choose from a selection of over 1000 popular favorites across several genres and show off their stuff in front of the crowd on the elevated stage. For a pleasant respite from the crowd downstairs, guests can make their way to the second level which features a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street.

Opening Hours: Friday-Saturday: 5:00 - 4:00; Sunday-Thursday: 5:00 - 2:00; Happy hours: 14:00-18:00
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Bourbon Heat

6) Bourbon Heat

Located inside the historic Tricou House on Bourbon Street, Bourbon Heat opened its doors in 2011 and has steadily become a favorite of both locals and tourists to New Orleans. Offering three different spaces for guests to an enjoy their evening out, the indoor bar is decorated with marble floors and elegant chandeliers, while the fifty-foot balcony is a popular choice boasting a great view of the perpetual action down below on Bourbon Street. The second floor hosts the dance club where DJs spin club beats all night long accompanied by lasers and dazzling lighting effects to a packed dance floor.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 1 am; Friday: 11 am – 6 am; Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 am – 6 am.
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The Gold Mine

7) The Gold Mine

A refreshing change of pace from the bourbon Street madness of tourists and college students, the Gold Mine is a friendly little bar located inside a former jazz club in an historic building on the corner of Dauphine Street and St. Peter Street. Old arcade cabinets can be found inside, as well as vintage posters on the walls. The Gold Mine features a variety of great drink specials throughout the week, including two-for-one Flaming Dr. Peppers, a house specialty. This fun bar also features special nights throughout the week such as retro evenings and the popular Wheel of Booze with random drink specials every hour.

Opening Hours: Friday-Saturday: 19:00-4:00; Wednesday-Thursday: 8:00-13:00; Sunday-Monday: closed

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