Pat O’Brien’s: For a tourist’s first trip to New Orleans, this is “the bar” to visit. Pat O’Brien’s has a total of five bars with the main bar space being a family atmosphere and has a classic juke box. In the cocktail lounge you will find dueling pianists. Pat O’Brien’s also has a comfy patio to enjoy. On your way out, why not stop in their gift shop and pick out a souvenir?
Cooter Brown’s Tavern & Oyster Bar: The beer list here contains 40 on tap in addition to 400 bottled varieties and a lot of them come from other countries such as Africa, Honduras, Wales and Slovakia. Cooter Brown’s is popular for not only the alcoholic drinks they serve, but that the kitchen serves food until one hour before closing time. Their menu consists of shrimp and oyster platters, muffalettas and hoagies.
The Boot: This bar is in Uptown New Orleans, serves burgers and Po’ Boys sandwiches as well as an assortment of beer and is a hangout of Tulane University. This dark and woody bar is very popular on weekends after 1 am and has video games and two pool tables. They often have drink and happy hour specials during the week; the Tuesday night favorite with locals as well as tourists is a $5 cover charge and enjoying $0.50 drinks from 10 pm – 1 am.
Club Decatur: Though it has a simple décor, people come here for the drinks. Happy hour runs from open until close and their drinks are low-cost that consists of $1.50 well drinks and $2.00 drafts. The bar is stocked with 200 types of inexpensive bottled beer.
Old Absinthe House: This building was first used as a grocery in 1807 and then a coffee house. In 1874, a bartender invented the “Absinthe Frappe” which changed the name of the coffee house because of the frappe’s popularity. Today, this French Quarter bar entices tourists and locals alike and its atmosphere is that of a sports bar complete with juke box. The Old Absinthe House is rich in tradition and a great place to stop after a busy day of sightseeing.
F&M Patio Bar: This bar is visited by second shift workers, students and musicians that all enjoy the cheese fries and, of course, the drinks. The patio has comfortable seating while a pool table, vintage photo booth and arcade machines provide things to do. When the juke box is playing, people aren’t shy about getting up and dancing. There’s also a disco and lounge upstairs to have private parties.
D.B.A.: This bar is in an old Marigny building and has a huge selection of imported beers and quite the selection of single malt whiskey. The long smooth bar, deep brown walls and high ceilings make up this inviting bar and includes a pool table, TV and pinball machine to keep customers amused. There is also live jazz and blues bands that play every night.
Balcony Bar: Looking over Magazine Street, this bar continues the tradition of balcony drinking and dining and is favored with locals as well as tourists. Balcony Bar has a menu of Mediterranean food, Po’ Boy sandwiches and 75 beers on tap that are served well into the night and it is considered one of the best bars in New Orleans.
R Bar: This bar has a quirky atmosphere and is a bit odd with their decorating—a shark’s head, motorcycle, airplane seat and headless mannequins—but local artists and musicians like it. R Bar is on the first floor of the Royal Street Inn and, apparently, that barbershop chair isn’t only for looks—they have a 2-for-1 special every week for a haircut and shot.
Le Bon Temps Roule: The English translation for this bar is, “Let the Good Times Rule”. This small, but lively, Garden District bar is packed every night. If you visit on Thursday nights you’ll get to see Soul Rebels bring everyone to the dance floor with their genuine brass music.
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