There are roughly 582 bars on Bourbon Street, and most of them aren’t worth your time, unless your goal is to end up on stage with an AC/DC cover band. Rather than give your friends the pleasure of watching you do that, head to Lafitte’s instead. It’s one of the oldest bars in America, and their frozen daiquiris provide all the energy you’ll need to bob and weave through the mix of bachelor parties, college kids, and tourists that clog the street each night.
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Go to Meauxbar in the Quarter to eat French food, talk to some locals, and have a drink or two that isn’t served in any kind of bucket.
Central Grocery Co.
You should have a muffuletta when you’re in New Orleans, and since the sandwich was invented here, get one from Central Grocery in the Quarter.
Killer Poboys is the best po’boy shop in the Quarter, with gourmet options like glazed pork belly, along with all of the classics.
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Blue Nile on Frenchmen hosts live music every night, and has a great outdoor balcony for when you need a breather between sets.
Go to the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel to start the night with a cocktail, or whenever you need a break from nearby Bourbon Street.
Maple Leaf Bar
The Maple Leaf in Uptown is a great bar to see some live music, often until 4am, and it hosts the Rebirth Brass Band every Tuesday.
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The Carousel Bar & Lounge
The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone is indeed a bar on a moving carousel, and while it can feel a bit gimmicky, you should still grab a drink here.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House
No trip to New Orleans is complete without a trip to Willie Mae’s Scotch House in the Treme for fried chicken.
When you need a break from Bourbon Street, but can’t leave the Quarter, head to Bar Tonique for a quality $5 cocktail, and no bachelor parties.
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