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Things we love:

Unlike anywhere else in the US, you can drink in the streets. Cue one non-stop street party.

The food. Eat everything: gumbo, po’boys, jambalaya, beignets…

This is the birthplace of the cocktail thanks to one Antoine Peychaud and his therapeutic bitters. Mr Peychaud we salute you. Drink all the Sazeracs.

There is music, everywhere.

Streetcars. People still use them to commute.

Things we wish we’d known:

Bourbon St is hen/stag-party hell. Ogle, do some jelly shots, and get out of there.

Voodoo is actively practised by many people here.

It isn’t as safe as it feels; take taxis and be wary of unlit streets.

This is home to America’s oldest bar, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. It may be famous, but Purple Drink is overrated.

The Bywater / Marigny is where to play these days.

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Arnaud's French 75
Arnaud's French 75

When the neon colored Daiquiris start to lose their appeal on Bourbon Street and you just need a little class in your life, head to French 75. After a couple of their old school cocktails, you’ll wonder how you ever Read More

Bacchanal
Bacchanal

Out in the far reaches of the Bywater, you’re not going to stumble across this one accidentally – we strongly suggest you seek it out. Bacchanal is a local favourite for good reason. It has serious character. From the front Read More

Bar Tonique
Bar Tonique

This is a dive bar with cocktails to rival the best. Don’t believe us? Just check out the roll call of the city’s top bartenders who make this their after-hours bar of choice. That’s partly to do with the service Read More

Booty's Street Food
Booty's Street Food

Some locals call this ‘the hipster bar’. We can see where they’re coming from: low-watt Edison bulbs, pressed tin ceilings, saloon-style décor, Stumptown coffee, free wifi and an art gallery. It’s more styled than most Nola spots, but all those Read More

Café Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar
Café Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar

Opened in 2005 on the ground floor of the Loews Hotel, this was one of the first spots to revive the flagging craft cocktail scene in the city, and they’re proud of it. An airy open space with plenty of Read More

Cane & Table
Cane & Table

This is a tiki bar without the kitsch. It looks more like a Colonial island saloon, classy but rustic, somewhere you should wear a slightly dusty white linen suit and a Panama hat. Or is that just us? Either way, Read More

Carousel Bar at The Hotel Monteleone
Carousel Bar at The Hotel Monteleone

You may have wanted to run off and join the circus when you were a kid, but trust us, this adult version is way better. An institution in New Orleans, this baby has been a watering hole for artists, locals Read More

Cure
Cure

This place was a total game changer. Opened in 2009 by Nick Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal, Cure was one of the first bars to kick start the craft cocktail renaissance in New Orleans, and they haven’t let the ball drop Read More

Delachaise
Delachaise

This is a great place to go for wine by the glass. The fact that they offer a red, white and fizz for $5 all day really helps (and it’s never below par – they have a particularly crisp rose Read More

Dominiques on Magazine
Dominiques on Magazine

From the outside it looks more like it should be in Miami Beach than New Orleans with its blue illuminated Dominique’s sign. Even once inside, the cooling minimalist chic white interiors feel like you’re in a different city. But once you Read More

Erin Rose
Erin Rose

This is your standard Irish bar, but better and more mental. Just off Bourbon, the Erin Rose is one of the best local haunts in the area, with plenty of characters propping up the bar. The whole joint is plastered in Read More

Kingfish
Kingfish

It’s worth coming just to watch bartending legend Chris McMillan do his thing. He has a doctor’s bag of tools and an encyclopaedic knowledge of drinks history. Literally, ask him anything. It shows in the neat cocktail list, which celebrates Read More

Maurepas Foods
Maurepas Foods

It’s all happening in this little hood of New Orleans. The Bywater is where to go these days for the best food, drink and fun times, partly thanks to Maurepas. Maurepas, we thank you! It’s a neigbourhood bar. Despite the Edison Read More

Mimi's in the Marigny
Mimi's in the Marigny

The Marigny has some of the most fun yet low-key nightlife in the city, and this little gem is at the heart of it. A random mash up of dive bar, tapas joint and music venue, it fulfils all your Read More

Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel
Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel

This is another of those ridiculously iconic cocktail bars in Nola that just oozes history. Step into their Art Deco lounge, sidle up to the mega long African walnut bar and soak up the memory of all the great drinkers Read More

Sobou
Sobou

This is a firm French Quarter favourite and for good reason. Firstly, badass bar chef Abigail Deirdre Gullo is one of our favourite bar keeps in town. Ask her what’s brewing in the barrel behind the bar or for a Read More

Sylvain
Sylvain

This is where we want to be taken on date nights. Every time. The entrance is tucked away down a side alley, which you wouldn’t notice except for the flickering candlelight in the tropical courtyard beyond, which catches your eye. Read More

The Country Club
The Country Club

Naked Margarita-fuelled pool party, you say? Why the hell not. The Country Club is legendary. A clothing-optional gay club since the seventies, this couldn’t exist just anywhere in America. From the front it looks like a sedate clubhouse; a 19th Read More

Tivoli & Lee
Tivoli & Lee

If you’re after a boozy brunch park yourself right here. They have a DIY Bloody Mary bar – need we say more? With an entire table dedicated to it, choose from a selection of herbal salts, spices and mustards with Read More

Yo Mama
Yo Mama

‘Yo Mama is like a mosquito, you have to swat her to make her stop her sucking.’ Yep, you get a Yo Mama joke on every receipt, just when you’re drunk enough to really appreciate them. This is a dive Read More