Looking for a place to have both a good drink and a good time? New Orleans has got ya covered! From hurricanes to daiquiris to whiskey neat. While Bourbon Street is home to many of our recommendations, a few are not on Bourbon Street in case you want to get away from the craziness for a while! Here are the best bars in New Orleans!
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
Built around 1732, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is the oldest structure to be used as a bar. It legitimately looks like a very old blacksmith shop! It has a piano and candles on tables in the evenings. During the day, it’s lively and filled with people from all over!
Home of the infamous hurricane! The bar area is split into two areas besides the outdoor area – one they have live music in and the other is a bar with stools. We drank our hurricanes at the bar and then headed out to the huge outdoor seating area they have in the back. We loved the patio and even though it was hot, we stayed cool at our table under an umbrella with our drinks.
We walked to the Spotted Cat, but I would recommend taking an Uber. (It was the middle of summer and was super HOT and humid.)
If you want to catch some live music, look no further than the Spotted Cat. We went in the afternoon and they had live music, nice people, and the drinks were great also! We met the most fun people here!!
Everyone we met in New Orleans was very friendly and helpful when we would ask questions.
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We went there on our first night and saw a live jazz band. I loved the building, it looks just how you imagine all the buildings in New Orleans to look! The jazz band there was really great and there was plenty to see with it being right on Bourbon Street. This is definitely one of the best bars in New Orleans!
Johnny White’s Hole in the Wall
Love dive bars?? This one’s for you! We went here the evening we took Lord Chaz’s ghost tour and ended up going back the following evening. It was the perfect amount of busy which was not too full and not too dead. We watched the St. Louis Blues playoff game on TV and it was a nice break from the Bourbon craziness.
Spirits on Bourbon
Remember this bar from Bar Rescue? It’s still going!! The afternoon we went by for lunch, they had dueling pianos who were taking requests. We tried their Boudin Bites and had one of their signature Resurrection drinks!
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Want to get off Bourbon Street? Longway might be for you! This tavern has a modern, hip design and we loved it. What’s better is the story behind the Tavern! In the early 1900’s, Longway was just a regular home in New Orleans and Roark and Mary Rose Bradford lived there. Roark and Mary Rose were writers and they slept all day and wrote all night! They also loved to entertain their friends who were getting ready for a night out on the town. So cool! Longway had a great margarita and a very nice patio!
New Orleans Original Daiquiris
You can’t experience Bourbon Street without getting on of their infamous daiquiris! There are several places along the street to get one, but this is where we got ours. It was delicious!
There you have it! The best bars in New Orleans – I’m sure we missed a few so if you have a favorite, tell us below in the comments!!