New Orleans' 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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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
Author: Xena
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

Walking Tours in New Orleans, Louisiana

Create Your Own Walk in New Orleans

Create Your Own Walk in New Orleans

Creating your own self-guided walk in New Orleans is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Big Shopping Adventure in New Orleans

Big Shopping Adventure in New Orleans

Among all the other activities that New Orleans has to offer, shopping is probably one of the most popular. Antiques, art, one of a kind jewelry, New Orleans has it all. This tour will take you to the biggest and most prominent shopping spots in New Orleans.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
French Quarter Nightlife

French Quarter Nightlife

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km
French Quarter: The museums

French Quarter: The museums

French Quarter is well known as a historic area. Little wonder then that you can find a lot of good museums here that reflect the history and culture of the district. Also brought to your attention are several house museums, often overlooked by most of the tourists. So do not hesitate, take this tour and discover by yourself the museums of the French Quarter.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Churches in New Orleans

Churches in New Orleans

New Orleans has some of the oldest and the most beautiful churches in Louisiana. Some of them, like St Louis Cathedral, have become iconic symbols of the city, others are considered to be "fresh air" to the busy business quarters. The churches here combine different architectural styles. The tour below includes some exquisite examples of places of worship in New Orleans.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 km
Garden District Tour

Garden District Tour

Dating back to the 19th century, Garden District in New Orleans is famous for its heritage mansions and cottages. Along with the heritage sites you will discover several great specialty shops. Take the tour below and discover the beauty and unique atmosphere of the Garden District.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Marigny Nightlife

Marigny Nightlife

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 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.