Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in French Quarter

Bar Tonique

'Providing shelter from sobriety since 08/08/08', Tonique is a bartender’s bar. Seriously, on a Sunday night, when the weekend rush is over, we’ve seen no fewer than three of the city’s top bartenders arrive here to…
Top Choice Bar in French Quarter

Tiki Tolteca

Though this great tiki bar shares the block with another tiki-themed powerhouse, Latitude 29, they're as different as Tahiti and Hawaii. Here you'll find a small, intimate bar, where it's easy to chat and make new f…
Top Choice Wine Bar in French Quarter

Patrick's Bar Vin

With its carpets, plush chairs, nooks and shelves upon shelves of wine, you'll feel like you're visiting a rich friend's house when you have a glass or two here. Along with its own extensive collection, Patrick's Ba…
Top Choice Bar in French Quarter

French 75

This spot is all wood and patrician accents, but the staff is friendly and down to earth. They'll mix high-quality drinks that will make you feel (a) like the star of your own Tennessee Williams play about decadent …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in French Quarter

Cane & Table

One of the classier venues in this part of the Quarter, the Cane & Table – with its romantically faded interior and Mediterranean-style outdoor courtyard – is so stunning it's hard to knock. The drinks are fun, …
Cocktail Bar in French Quarter

Passions

First, you have to have the password, which you can only get (if you're among the 'chosen') by visiting Boutique du Vampyre, a few blocks away. Use that phrase for entrance to a lush, sensual, dimly lit bar with plu…
Bar in French Quarter

Carousel Bar

At this smart-looking spot inside the historic Hotel Monteleone, you'll find a revolving circular bar, canopied by the top hat of the 1904 World’s Fair carousel, adorned with running lights, hand-painted figures and…
Bar in French Quarter

Pat O’Brien’s

Yes, it's a campy tourist trap, but Pat O’Brien’s has genuine atmosphere and history, and where else can you see copper-clad steampunk-esque dueling pianos playing different versions of '80s Billy Joel hits? The cou…
Bar in French Quarter

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

This gutted brick cottage claims to be the country's oldest operating bar – it certainly is the oldest in the South, and one of the most atmospheric in the Quarter. Rumors suggest it was once the workshop of pirate …
Irish Pub in French Quarter

Molly’s at the Market

A cop, a reporter and a tourist walk into a bar. That's not a joke, just a good description of the eclectic clientele you get at this excellent neighborhood bar. It's also the home of a fat cat (Mr Wu), some kicking…