Marigny Nightlife, New Orleans (Self Guided)

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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Marigny Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Marigny 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: 1.5 km
Author: Xena
Buffa's Bar and Restaurant

1) Buffa's Bar and Restaurant

For a break from the crowded Bourbon Street, Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant can be found on the edge of the French Quarter on Esplanade Avenue. Considered a classic dive bar, Buffa’s first opened its doors back in 1939, and still greets a good mix of tourists and locals with its bright neon signage. Food, including breakfast, is served all day and night here, seven days a week. The bar and lounge area lead to the Back Room, lined with tables, where a raised stage hosts live music performances all week long, including pianist Todd McDermott with vocal accompaniment regularly, as well as classic film screenings and other events throughout the year.

Operation Hours: 24 hours

2) Maison

Found on the famous Frenchmen Street, well-known for its many nightlife establishments, Maison is one of the best places in New Orleans to hear live music performances. On any given night guests can be treated to live music on any one of its three stages which are usually hosting bands simultaneously. Maison rarely charges a cover to get in to the club. Music generally consists of local bands performing bluesy rock tunes, which really gets the crowd going each evening. In addition to a full bar with a bevy of signature cocktails to choose from, Maison also features a full menu of mouthwatering, regionally-inspired dishes.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5 pm – 3 am; Friday: 4 pm – 3 am; Sunday: 5 pm – 3 am
Blue Nile

3) Blue Nile

Located inside an historic building built way back in 1832 and possibly the oldest building on the thriving Frenchmen Street, the Blue Nile features two stages hosting a variety of live music performances throughout the week. Continuing the live music tradition established by the Dream Palace, the predecessor found in this space, guests can enjoy anything from funk and blues, to brass bands and soul music both upstairs and downstairs, including local acts, as well as national and bands from around the world. Weekends invite guest DJs spinning fantastic club hits that really gets the crowd going on the dance floor all night long.

Operation Hours: Tuesday: 9.30 pm - 1 am; Wednesday: 8 pm - 2 am; Thursday: 7 pm - 4 am; Friday: 6 pm - 5 am; Saturday: 7 pm - 5 am; Sunday: 7 pm - 2 am
Three Muses

4) Three Muses

A small, classy restaurant and bar found on the bustling Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny district of New Orleans, Three Muses serves up some of the best signature cocktails, internationally-inspired cuisine by chef Daniel Esses, and great live music performances throughout the week. Featuring scrumptious small plate selections such as Korean-style tofu bulgogi, jerk duck tostones, as well as an ample assortment of vegetarian fare, this small dining room can get easily packed and there is often a long line for a table. Live music can be heard at Three Muses most nights, including great local acts playing blues, jazz, and more.

Operation Hours: Monday – Friday: 5 pm – 12 am; Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 2.30 pm
The Spotted Cat

5) The Spotted Cat

One of the premier spots in the Faubourg Marigny district for live jazz and blues, the Spotted Cat is located on the famous Frenchmen Street where much of the New Orleans nightlife scene outside of Bourbon Street can be found. This quaint bar gets easily packed especially when swing dancers take to the dance floor and overtake the modest space inside. A variety of great sounds can be found from 4:00 PM onwards, including swing, big band, gypsy music, blues, and more. Wednesday evenings features free swing dancing lessons by seasoned experts. Another attractive feature of the Spotted Cat is that its great live music rarely carries a cover charge, so patrons are encouraged to tip the band and buy drinks in lieu of this.

Operation Hours: Monday – Friday: 4 pm – 2 am; Saturday: - Sunday: 3 pm – 2 am
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

6) Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

One of the more notable jazz clubs in the city, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro can be found on the bustling Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny district of New Orleans. Featuring an evening of regional cuisine, expertly-crafted cocktails, and the best local and national jazz artists each night, Snug Harbor is a dedicated live jazz venue where guests quietly listen to the impressive array of regular and touring musicians, including notable artists such as Jason Marsalis, Charmaine Neville, Irvin Mayfield, and more performing on a regular basis. Because Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro serves up A-list jazz artists, a cover charge is a regular occurrence, as well as a packed house.

Operation Hours: Daily: 5 pm – 10.45 pm

7) Siberia

The best place in New Orleans to hear rock, alternative, and underground sounds, Siberia can be found in the Faubourg Marigny district of New Orleans on the famed Frenchmen Street. A spirited bar and live music venue, Eastern European-inspired dishes, including blinis, pierogies, and more, can also be ordered until midnight from the nearby Kukhnya. In addition to all the great live music, guests can enjoy pool, trivia nights, film screenings, stand-up comedians, guest DJ sets, and more. Artists featured at Siberia include local favorites Alex McMurray, sludge metal band EyeHateGod, and more.

Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday: 4 pm – 3 am

Walking Tours in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Cultural Walking Tour in New Orleans

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Uptown Walking Tour in New Orleans

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Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Garden District Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in New Orleans for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best New Orleans has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting New Orleans's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the New Orleans Pass, New Orleans Sightseeing Pass, or the New Orleans Pass (by Musement).

A city pass combines all or multiple New Orleans's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving your precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of New Orleans hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Terrell House Bed and Breakfast, The Quisby.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as New Orleans, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of New Orleans typically costs somewhere between US$16 and US$65 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of New Orleans in comfort listening to a live on-board commentary (English only) from a local expert, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like. The tickets are valid for one (24 hours) or three days (72 hours).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour of New Orleans – this usually lasts about 2 hours (upgrade to 3 hours is possible upon request) and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise could have done by walking.

- Taste your way through New Orleans' neighborhoods - the French Quarter and River area - on a gourmet tour of the city and find out if the fuss about its food scene is well justified. Check out some of the famous restaurants and hotspots under the guidance of a passionate and knowledgeable local.

- Summon your bravery and curiosity to explore the ghastly side of New Orleans on a ghost walk in the French Quarter set to reveal the stories of voodoo, vampires and witchcraft, bring light to the darkest corners of the city, and prepare you to hear the tales of its supernatural past and present.

- If you have a penchant for posh architecture and celebrity dwellings, make sure to take this morning walk in New Orleans' Garden District replete with impressive examples of Greek Revival and Italianate styles including the homes of Hollywood stars and other art celebrities. There are also quite a few historic locations waiting to be discovered on this tour as well.

- Whisk yourself away to the yesteryear New Orleans aboard the authentic paddle-wheel steamboat cruising along the Mississippi River. Feel the beauty and romance of the days long gone amid the sound of a live jazz band, lavish buffet dinner, and gorgeous sights along the way.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in New Orleans, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Cajun Country or Louisiana Plantations. For as little as circa US$170-180 per person you will get a chance to discover the Cajun and Creole cultures, visit some of the oldest and finest plantations on the Mississippi River, learn about the pre-Civil War history of American South, feel the taste of antebellum Louisiana, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in New Orleans and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (or even boat, whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.