Nightlife in New Orleans
New Orleans offers a million different ways to spend the day, but when the sun goes down, the city is just waking up. From live jazz music to great drinks, NOLA nightlife is pretty much unparalleled.
Bourbon Street is obviously New Orleans’ most notorious location for after dark. Drop by Tropical Isle and get your hands on that iconic Hand Grenade, New Orleans’ most powerful drink. And if you’re ready to dance, check out The Beach, boasting the largest dance floor on Bourbon Street and all sorts of music from punk to pop. Not to mention mechanical whale rides…
While Bourbon Street is undeniably remarkable, some people swear Frenchmen Street is the place to be; it’s basically the locals version of Bourbon Street. If you want to escape the tourist rush and live more like a local, Frenchman’s got some serious character.
The Spotted Cat is where it’s at for classic jazz and blues. Locals frequent the bar for the live musicians and the creative cocktails. The Spotted Cat opens in the early evening, making it a great place to start your night.
Another Frenchmen Street classic is Blue Nile, situated in the oldest building on the block, constructed in 1832. They feature popular NOLA performers such as the Soul Rebels Brass Band, and relaxed ambiance.