New Orleans drinking and 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 Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Mimi's in the Marigny

The name of this bar could justifiably change to ‘Mimi’s is the Marigny’ – it's impossible to imagine the neighborhood without this institution. It's an attractively disheveled place, with comfy furniture, pool tabl…
Top Choice Bar in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Twelve Mile Limit

Twelve Mile is simply a great bar. It’s staffed by people who have the skill, both behind the bar and in the kitchen, to work in four-star spots, but who chose to set up shop in a neighborhood, for a neighborhood. T…
Top Choice Bar in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Buffa’s

Buffa’s wears a lot of hats. First and foremost, it’s a neighborhood bar with a backroom stage that hosts the occasional band, quiz night, open-mic night and TV/movie screening. Second, it’s a 24-hour spot that serv…
Top Choice Bar in Uptown & Riverbend

Cure

This stylish purveyor of cocktails and spirits flickers like an ultramodern apothecary shop, a place where mysterious elixirs are expertly mixed to soothe whatever ails you. A smooth and polished space of modern ban…
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 an intimate bar, where it's easy to chat and make friends, an…
Top Choice Bar in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Pal’s

This great neighborhood bar is a little more convivial for the older generation, although it’s definitely an all-ages crowd. The men’s bathroom, wallpapered with vintage pinups, is like a walk through Playboy’s hist…
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, …