New Orleans' 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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New Orleans' Nightlife Map

Guide Name: New Orleans' Nightlife
Guide Location: USA » New Orleans (See other walking tours in New Orleans)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • One Eyed Jacks
  • The Dungeon
  • Razzoo
  • Bombay Club
  • The Famous Door
  • Beach on Bourbon
  • House of Blues
  • Masquerade
  • Republic
  • Metropolitan Club
One Eyed Jacks

1) One Eyed Jacks

In what used to be known as the Shim Sham Club, One Eyed Jacks can be found on Toulouse Street in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Its name refers to the 1960 Marlon Brando film of the same name. Offering an eclectic variety of events throughout the year, guests to One Eyed Jacks might enjoy a screening of a B movie one night, a live jazz performance on another night, or watch an alternative theater performance on its stage on some other evening. A warm and inviting atmosphere greets guests as they walk in, along with the tasteful décor which includes chandeliers, decorative red wall paper, and cozy sofas to curl up on.
The Dungeon

2) The Dungeon

A unique nightlife establishment found in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the Dungeon is a dark and decadent club dedicated to rock and metal fans. Its décor includes low lighting, mirrored walls, and exposed brick that are tastefully appointed throughout the space. The Dungeon is equipped with four full bars, a pool table, video poker machines, and flat screen televisions playing popular sports matches. Thursday evenings offer great drink specials and packs in quite a crowd for half price pitchers of beer and two-for-one mixed drinks from 10:30 PM until closing. Special events such as dominatrix parties happen here from time to time as well.

3) Razzoo

One of the hottest places to party on Bourbon Street, Razzoo Bar and Patio is famous throughout New Orleans for its impressive three-for-one drink specials every night from open until the band plays. The famous local hurricane drinks are always three-for-one as well. The house band, the Phunky Monkeys play each night from Thursday through Sunday, serving up a great mix of rock, blues, soul, hip hop, funk, pop, or just about any other sound you can think of. Friday and Saturday evenings host live DJs keeping the crowd dancing all night to popular top 40, hip hop, rock, and retro music. Be sure to check out Razzoo’s beautiful outdoor courtyard, with a full bar and famous flaming fountain.
Bombay Club

4) Bombay Club

Winner of numerous accolades for its food and drink, the Bombay Club is an upscale restaurant and martini bar found in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter on Conti Street. Interior décor takes a British stylistic approach, including touches such as rich wood elements, leather wingback chairs, and elegant portraits lining the walls. Its delicious menu consists of Nouveau Creole cuisine, including tempting dishes like Cajun Seared Maine Scallops with Louisiana Crabmeat Beignets, New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp with Smoked Gouda Grits, and more. The Bombay Club specializes in martinis, offering an impressive range of some 100 different kinds.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 4 pm – 10 pm; Friday – Saturday: 4 pm – 12 am; Sunday: 4 pm – 10 pm
The Famous Door

5) The Famous Door

Opening its doors back in 1934, the Famous Door is considered New Orleans’ oldest live music venue. Live music is still performed here each night, offering up a variety of local acts playing classic rocks and jazz sounds. In keeping with all the competition on Bourbon Street, the Famous Door offers a slew of great drink specials throughout the week, including two-for-one and three-for-one drink specials. The Famous Door attracts a mixed crowd of all ages, including a fair number of tourists as would be expected for a Bourbon Street establishment. Great drink prices and the best live local music keeps this place packed each night.
Beach on Bourbon

6) Beach on Bourbon

A thrilling nightclub found on New Orleans’ legendary Bourbon Street, the Beach on Bourbon welcomes guests into its spacious air-conditioned patio and two-tiered balcony overlooking the action on what is considered the largest dance floor in the city. With a dedicated beach theme, including drinks served in fish bowls, lush tropical plants throughout the space, a brick courtyard with a flaming fountain, and more. Entertainment can include a live band performing onstage or a DJ spinning great party hits all night long. The Beach on Bourbon also features great drink specials throughout the week, including its famous three-for-one drinks during the afternoon.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 4 am; Friday – Sunday; 12 pm – 6 am
House of Blues

7) House of Blues

Part of the world famous chain of restaurants and live music venues, the House of Blues in New Orleans was designed with inspiration from its surroundings. The space includes the aptly-named Voodoo Bar where guests can mingle and enjoy a bevy of expertly-crafted cocktails, the main hall where live big name touring acts perform onstage throughout the year, and the exclusive members-only Foundation Room with dining and entertainment. Not only does House of Blues host some of the best live entertainment, spanning all musical genres, but their world famous menu of American and international dishes draws a dedicated set of guests to its environs as well.

Operation Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11.30 am – 10 pm; Sunday: 12 pm – 10 pm

8) Masquerade

A sleek and sophisticated nightclub found in New Orleans dedicated to bringing the best DJs from around the nation, Masquerade also features one of the best state-of-the-art sound systems in the city, as well as a stunning laser and light show to accompany the hot club beats. The ceiling is dotted with fiber optic stars, creating an outdoor illusion that enhances the party experience even more. In addition to hot live DJs spinning club favorites, house dancers also offer up sexy performances to the delight of its guests. Other entertainment includes blackjack and other table games. For the ultimate party experience, Masquerade includes an exclusive VIP lounge as well.

Operation Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 1 pm – 12 am; Thursday: 11 am – 12 am; Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 2 am; Sunday: 11 am – 12 am

9) Republic

Found outside the touristy Bourbon Street area of the French Quarter where much of the city’s nightlife establishments are concentrated, Republic is located in the trendy Warehouse district in downtown New Orleans. This two-level nightclub features a great mix of entertainment, including DJs spinning club favorites, and live band performances each weekend. Friday nights are dedicated to the sounds of DJ G serving up a fantastic mix of current hip hop, top 40, and retro tunes from the eighties and nineties. Saturday evenings the party heats up with guest DJs spinning hip hop, top 40 favorites, and an upbeat selection of electronica that keeps guests dancing all night long.

Operation Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 pm – close
Metropolitan Club

10) Metropolitan Club

Every Saturday night this two-story warehouse opens its doors as the Metropolitan Nightclub, a dedicated video nightclub offering guests an experience they won’t soon forget. Resident DJs Wixx and Ronnie Roux get the crowd going with hot dance music accompanied by intelligent lighting displays, strobes, and plenty of smoke filling the space. A hot mix of dance music keeps the dance floor packed with videos on seven flat screens and five projectors. Special guests DJs occasionally spin here, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will Smith’s legendary spinner, Lady Gaga’s DJ Space Cowboy, and more. Two rooms serve up different flavors, with the best top 40, rock, pop, hip hop, and mash-ups in one room, and another dedicated to house, electro, dubstep, and other electronic beats.

Operation Hours: Saturday: 10 pm – 5 am

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