Fathom Favorites : New Orleans Nightlife

1. Maple Leaf Bar

Maple Leaf Bar

One of the longest continuing music clubs in New Orleans. Unannounced sit-ins are not uncommon; Bruce Springsteen once dropped in to jam with The Iguanas.  

8316 Oak St.
Carrollton Historic District
New Orleans, LA 70118

2. Rock'n'Bowl


Something old, something new: A bowling alley and music club all in one. 

3016 S Carrollton Ave.
Holly Grove
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Howlin' Wolf

A popular Warehouse District club with a high-velocity of rock bands, blues and jazz. Spacious with cold A/C for those hot and steamy NOLA nights. 

907 S. St. Peters St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Tipitina's


A timeless local music institution who's famously hosted The Goo Goo Dolls, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson and many other unforgettable musicians on tour throughout the Big Easy. 

501 Napoleon Ave.
East Riverside
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Whiskey and Sticks

Whiskey and Sticks

A speakeasy living-room style bar in the 7th ward who's mission is to serve the best whiskey and cigars in the city. Simple as that. 

2513 Bayou Rd.
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Mimi's In the Marigny

Mimi's In the Marigny

Local Funky split level bar for different moods: The relaxed downstairs with pool tables and an upstairs for dancing and jazz. Live music seven nights a week plus incredible late-night Spanish tapas to keep you going all night. 

2601 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

7. Arnaud's French 75

Arnaud's French 75

A required stop for serious cocktail enthusiasts. Every detail in their cocktail crafting process is a work of art and you'll know from the very first sip of their classic French 75, made with cognac instead of gin.

813 Rue Bienville
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. ​Bacchanal


The mantra: Rosé all day. And this little wine and cheese shop has an extensive selection. Take yours out back to the private courtyard and enjoy live music (seven nights a week).

600 Poland Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70117

9. Bar Tonique

Bar Tonique

Teetering on the edge of the French Quarter (on a nondescript street behind a nondescript door) is a fine drinking establishment for modern cocktail enthusiasts. Drinks are made with more than TLC: Fresh juices, homemade tinctures, and rare liquors go into every concoction.

820 N. Rampart St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 

10. The Spotted Cat

The Spotted Cat

Tiny and old-timey. There's a piano in the ladies room. Often a motley crew playing classic, lo-fi swing and a great medley of spirituals to get the crowd moving.

623 Frenchmen St.
Faubourg Marigny
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

11. Preservation Jazz Hall

Preservation Jazz Hall

It's like going to church! A tiny wooden box with a few benches or cushions on the floor. No booze, and you can bring your kids. Praise to Dixieland. These guys are super tight and slay it every set.

726 St Peter St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70116

12. DBA


A divey, boozy spot for live music (jazz, Dixieland, zydeco) and real good beer.

618 Frenchmen St.
Faubourg Marigny
New Orleans, LA 70116

13. Bouligny Tavern

Bouligny Tavern

A very classy, Mad Men-style living room setting for polished cocktails and conversation. What's not to love about a snack menu divided into Fried, Sliced Meats, and Sweets?

3641 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

14. Cane and Table

Cane and Table

The "proto tiki" bar is all about classy daquiris, gin with coconut water, and the Boss Colada. An excellent Caribbean-inspired menu (peas and rice, grilled yardbird) can be served to you at the rustic bar or at tables in the airy courtyard out back.

1113 Decatur St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70116

15. Erin Rose Bar

Erin Rose Bar

A classic dive bar and headquarters of awesome sandwich operation Killer Poboys. French bread is stuffed with meat and veggies and other stuff that can soak up all the booze.

811 Conti St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70112

16. Cure


Familiarize yourself with the house rules (no baseball caps or shorts, boys) before heading over to this schmancy cocktail bar on a happening little strip Uptown. The space, a reclaimed firehouse, is spacious and sharp. Small plates are carefully prepared and served late.

4905 Freret St.
New Orleans, LA 70115