The Only New Orleans Bar Guide You'll Ever Need
Nov 05 2019

The Only New Orleans Bar Guide You'll Ever Need

By: Staff

CBD Warehouse District

Above the Grid (NOPSI Hotel)
Above the Grid offers the perfect atmosphere for daytime relaxation with a pool, refreshing cocktails, and cabanas for rent. At night, the bar transforms into a dynamic and energetic venue to enjoy a drink or dine on healthy fare overlooking a view of the skyline317 Baronne St. | 844-439-1463 | nopsihotel.com/dining/above-the-grid

Alto (Ace Hotel)
Why endure the hassle of leaving the city when you can take a staycation at Alto, Ace Hotel’s scenic rooftop bar? The scenic views might just figuratively transport you somewhere else. Enjoy a seasonal cocktail or take a dip in the rooftop pool at one of the city’s coolest hidden gems. 600 Carondelet St. | 900-1180 |acehotel.com/neworleans/food-and-drink/alto

Bar Marilou
Located inside Maison de La Luz, Bar Marilou oozes French sophistication. Bedecked in ornate furniture and curiosities, this spot is perfect for a romantic date over a glass of top-rated French wine and burrata. Indulge in the finer things at this Warehouse District hot spot. 544 Carondelet Street |504-814-7711| barmarilou.com

Copper Vine
Copper Vine is a great spot for a special date or a night out with friends. This restaurant has been praised by locals and tourists as well as by oenophiles. Make a reservation for Copper Vine’s dinner series and enjoy a meal with carefully selected wine pairings. 1001 Poydras Street |504-208-9535| coppervinewine.com

Fulton Alley
Fulton Alley is a special venue whose highlight is bowling, bites, and booze. This bar combines the fun of a bowling alley with the elegance of a prohibition-era speakeasy. It's a great place for groups, so make a reservation to host your next birthday party or office event at this funky Warehouse District bar600 Fulton Street |504-208-5569| fultonalley.com

Henry’s Gin Bar
Situated in the NOPSI Hotel lobby, Henry’s Gin Bar proudly serves more than 50 gins representing nine regions, and two gin varietals, Old Tom and Geneva. Curated under the direction of Executive Chef Neal Swidler, the menu features signature gin cocktails, handcrafted gin & tonics, a Build Your Own Martini option, a selection of beer, wine and chef-inspired small plates. Open daily from 4:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.317 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | 844-439-1463| http://www.nopsihotel.com/dining/henrys/

Lucy's
Sit on the massive lifeguard stand outside of this funky and sunny bar. Hang loose and enjoy some great food, best complemented with a frozen alcoholic beverage. You really can’t go wrong with ice, alcohol, and citrus: Try options such as “Mondo Margaritas” and “Tito’s Frozen Lemonade.” 701 Tchoupitoulas Street |504-523-8995| lucyssurf.com

Vintage Rock Club
Vintage Rock Club is a throwback club and video music experience that allows guests to rock out to the best of the decades and enjoy a drink at the same time. This high energy venue is a great place for large groups to get together and enjoy retro hits. 1007 Poydras Street |504-308-1305| vintagerockclub.com

French Quarter

Backspace Bar
Check out this literary-themed bar featuring a wide beer selection and a decor that will remind you of a U.K. pub. Backspace features a fantastic kitchen as well as a selection of historically inspired drinks. It is a must-see for any visitor. Sit back, relax, and order a Sazerac. 139 Chartres Street |504-322-2245| backspacenola.com

Bar Tonique
The next time you’re in the French Quarter, stop by Bar Tonique to enjoy one of the always-changing daily specials. One of the city’s best cocktail bars, Bar Tonique offers $5 specials from noon to 5 p.m. for those who need a drink much stronger than tea to get their day going. 820 N. Rampart Street |504-324-6045| bartonique.com

Black Penny
This bar boasts a great selection of eclectic beers ranging from your typical White IPA to the odd, such as peanut butter beer. This rough-around-the-edges bar features great service and recommendations, which, with its sizable selection, makes a great visit for a pub crawl or a night of contemplation. 700 N Rampart Street |504-304-4779| facebook.com/blackpennynola

Boot Scootin' Rodeo
This bar brings the country to the city. If you’re looking for some Nashville country or the Bakersfield Sound in New Orleans, this might just be the place to find it. They will have a general store opening soon, but, for now, you can get your drink on while dancing. 522 Bourbon Street |504-552-2510| bootscootinnola.com

Bourbon Street Honky Tonk
Honky Tonk Country Music and Booze will be sure to light up your night. A new venue to Bourbon Street, it will feature a bevy of country and blues. Tropical Isle’s latest venture, the bar plays host to traditional country Monday through Wednesday and traditional country and blues Thursday through Sunday. 727 Bourbon Street |504-523-1927| tropicalisle.com

Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
Buffa’s is the best place you’ve never been. This hidden gem offers live music seven nights a week and 24/7 food and libations. They also boast an all-you-can-eat red beans and rice from 5 p.m. to close on Mondays. Ideal for a drink or a meal—you might just try both. 1001 Esplanade Avenue | 504-949-0038| buffasrestaurant.com

Cosimo's Bar
Nestled on a corner of Burgundy Street, Cosimo’s Bar creaks open the screen-door into the old-world charm New Orleans has to offer. This cozy neighborhood bar has been operating since 1934 and serves excellent cocktails and bar bites. Kick back and play some pool, shoot some darts, or watch the Saints on their flat-screen TVs. 1201 Burgundy Street |504-522-9428| facebook.com/cosimosbar

Crossing
Dubbed as the first “steampunk-themed gay bar in America,” Crossing offers specialty cocktails in an inclusive and unique atmosphere. The bar is finished with metallic golds and bronzes and lit with handmade Einstein lamps. Crossing’s most prominent features are the wraparound video screens—perfect for any time. 439 Dauphine Street |504-523-4517| crossingnola.com

Chris Owens Club
Chris Owens Bar is a Las Vegas-meets-Bourbon street cabaret club and bar opened by “Queen of the Vieux Carre,'' burlesque icon Chris Owens. Guests can enjoy the Latin Rhythms Band every Monday-Saturday night, or make reservations to see Chris Owens take the stage at 10.p.m! 500 Bourbon Street | 504-523-6400 |

Golden Lantern
Since gaining notoriety as the bar that founded Southern Decadence, the Golden Lantern is one of the best 24/7 bars to catch a Friday night drag show and enjoy one of the Big Easy’s finest Bloody Marys. The Golden Lantern is a casual cash-only bar with an “all are welcome” attitude. 1239 Royal Street | 504-529-2860 | facebook.com/GoldenLanternBar

Hermes Bar at Antoine's
Hermes Bar at Antoine’s distills the Crescent City culture into signature cocktails. Located in a converted dining room at Antoine’s, this genteel bar serves amazing drinks alongside such classic dishes as Oysters Rockefeller. Head down to Hermes Bar for a dose of the upscale NOLA lifestyle. 725 St. Louis Street |504-581-4422| antoines.com/hermes-bar

House of Blues
The House of Blues isn’t just for live music―this venue also serves mouth-watering food and drinks. You can have just about any drink your mind can think of. Try the Crossroads Cadillac Margarita— made with Patron Reposado tequila, triple sec, and topped with a mini bottle of Grand Marnier. 225 Decatur Street | 504-310-4999 | houseofblues.com/neworleans

The Jimani
Home of the Mysterious Mixer, the Jimani is the perfect place for a late night jaunt. Their signature cocktail, the Carnivore's Cocktail, is served with olives, greens, and loads of bacon. Enjoy a couple with some friendly ghosts at this classic slice of New Orleans. 141 Chartres Street | 504-524-0493 | thejimani.com

Kerry Irish Pub
This tried-and-true neighborhood bar prides itself on serving the best Guinness in the French Quarter. Kerry Irish Pub’s laid-back atmosphere is the perfect place to relax and enjoy musical talent any night of the week. Celebrate Irish culture with some Guinness or Jameson at this eclectic bar. 331 Decatur Street | 504-527-5954 | facebook.com/kerry-irish-pub

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Ole Saint
Catch a game or a drink with friends at a bar that encapsulates the spirit of New Orleans at the Ole Saint. The Ole Saint features a taproom with over 50 national and local beers on draft and a kitchen operating under the hand of an executive chef’s specialized spin on bar food. 132 Royal Street | 504-309-4797 | olesaint.com

Penthouse Club
Celebrate a special event or enjoy an unforgettable night of luxury at the Penthouse Club. This paragon of mature entertainment features three stages. Located across from Acme Oyster House, just off Bourbon Street, the Penthouse Club offers a VIP experience for each of its customers. 727 Iberville Street | 504-524-4354 | penthouseclubneworleans.com

Rick's Cabaret
Located across from The Royal Sonesta Hotel is Rick’s Cabaret—Bourbon Street’s premiere adult entertainment club. The venue has three stages and nightly drink specials (including $5 margaritas on Fridays). Rick’s Cabaret is a hot spot for a night of indulgence. Remember to tip your servers. 315 Bourbon Street | 504-524-4222 | rickscabaretnola.com

Tropical Isle
After finishing New Orleans’ most powerful drink—the Hand Grenade—which originated at the Tropical Isle, you’ll be ready to welcome in the evening. You also get a complimentary lime-green plastic cup to accompany this signature cocktail that this tropical oasis is known for. Make sure to stop on by. Various locations | 504-529-4109 | tropicalisle.com

Gretna

Gattuso's
Located in the Gretna Historical District, this bar offers over 14 draft beers, daily cocktail specials, and tantalizing appetizers! Gattuso’s has live music every Friday and Saturday as well as ample patio space for furry friends, family, and get togethers. Customers praise the restaurant for their under-30-minute wait times and delicious fare. 435 Huey P. Long Avenue, Gretna | 504-368-1114 | gattusos.net

Jefferson

Rivershack Tavern
The Rivershack Tavern lives up to its name through the tacky ashtray tradition. The tavern has also been “a grocery store, a bar, a restaurant, and a pharmacy” at times. Grab a beer, some great food, and enjoy the eclectic artfulness of the bar while listening to live music or watching the big game. 3449 River Road |504-834-4938 | rivershacktavern.com

Lakeview

Parlay's
Catch a game or trivia night at Parlay’s, one of the Lakeview neighborhood’s best bars to watch a Saints Game. And now, Parlay’s is featuring White Claw Wednesday. With drink specials, entertainment, and guaranteed local fun, you can be sure of a good time here. 870 Harrison Avenue | 504-304-6338 | facebook.com/parlays

Marigny Bywater

Carnaval Lounge
Carnaval Lounge is a colorful new live music club and restaurant offering creative takes on traditional Brazilian street food and beverages. Enjoy a caipirinha or choose from a selection of Brazilian beers while enjoying some of the best musical acts that the Big Easy has to offer. 2227 St. Claude Avenue | 504-265-8855 | carnavallounge.com

The Country Club If you’re looking for one of the best bars in the city with a heated pool and hot tub for the Winter, look no further. Voted Best Bar in Marigny/Bywater by the Readers of Where Y’at, they have an impressive selection of wine and outstanding food! 634 Louisa St | 504-945-0742 | thecountryclubneworleans.com

Mimi's in the Marigny
Mimi’s has been regarded as the Best Marigny Bar as well as Best Late Night Eats by critics and press alike. Head down to Mimi’s and see for yourself. The talented bartenders at Mimi’s have perfected their signature cocktails but also offer a variety of beers and wines if you prefer. 2601 Royal Street |504-872-9868| mimismarigny.com

Royal Frenchmen Hotel Tucked away at the edge of the hustle and bustle of Frenchman Street is the Royal Frenchman Hotel & Bar. This bar is an excellent place for those looking to escape the crowds of the French Quarter while still enjoying $3 martinis during Happy Hour with great live music. 700 Frenchman Street |504-619-9660 | royalfrenchmenhotel.com

Metairie

Babylon Bar
The Babylon Bar in Metairie knows how to put on a great rock show. Stop by for their live drink specials, including two-dollar PBRs and five-dollar Long Island Ice Teas. On Wednesdays, you become the performer from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. with karaoke. 2917 Harvard Avenue | 504-324-9961 | facebook.com/BabylonSportsBarNola

Martine's Lounge
There’s always something to do at Martine’s. This Metairie bar offers darts, poker, and any musical selection of your choice from the jukebox. While the servers can craft any cocktail your mind can imagine, try some of their signature drinks like the Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita. 2347 Metairie Road | 504-831-8637 | facebook.com/martineslounge

Shenanigans
Shenanigan’s is a classic pub that is open until 3 a.m. They have exactly the beer-and-food combo you desire. Watch a game, play some pool, and enjoy a fun night out with friends at Shenanigan’s—Metairie’s upscale bar and music venue. Don’t miss their “Bird Bash” party on the 27th. 4612 Quincy Street, Metairie | 504-605-3299 | shenanigans504.com

Mid-City

Pal's Lounge
Pal’s is the perfect place to enjoy a signature cocktail and a bite to eat from one of the city’s local pop-up kitchens. We recommend the Vivian Ward—a gin cocktail with wildberry, basil, lemon, and cava. This little joint will provide more than enough for your thirst. 949 N. Rendon Street | 504-488-7257 | palslounge.com

Uptown / Garden District

Le Bon Temps Roule
Le Bon Temps Roule has been serving true Uptown charm, featuring local musicians and stiff drinks, since 1979. With a new kitchen serving great food, live music on the weekends, and a Happy Hour Monday through Friday (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Le Bon Temps Roule has something for everybody. 4801 Magazine Street | 504-897-3448 | lbtrnola.com

St. Joe's Bar
St. Joe’s Bar is also a hub on Magazine where you can enjoy an abundance of weekly specials at their main bar area or their open patio. Play pool and try amazing bourbons at this Uptown legend located across from Whole Foods. St. Joe’s signature blueberry mojito is a can’t miss. 5535 Magazine Street | 504-899-3744 | stjoesbar.com

Tipitina's Few bars have as rich a history as Tipitina’s. Having hosted an array of iconic New Orleans artists, such as Galactic and Trombone Shorty, Tipitinas has earned a name for itself as one of the most well-known bars in the city, so check them out. 501 Napoleon Avenue |504-895-8477 | tipitinas.com

The Vintage This locale combines the comfort and warmth of a cafe with the elegance of a high end bar. With an extensive and creative menu specializing in beignets, The Vintage makes it easy to do what New Orleanians do best—eat and drink. We recommend the Milk and Cookies—the milk is spiked with bourbon. 3121 Magazine Street | 504-324-7144 | thevintagenola.com

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