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.
Green Goddess is a picturesque outdoor spot hidden down an alley in the French Quarter, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
Cane & Table
Cane & Table is either a restaurant with excellent drinks, or a cocktail bar with great food. Either way, it’s one of the best escapes in the Quarter.
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Saint Bar & Lounge
When it’s 1am and you just want to drink a few cheap beers and dance with some strangers, head to The Saint in the Lower Garden District.
Le Bon Temps Roule
When you get out of a show at Tipitina’s, walk up to Le Bon Temps Roule to play some pool, catch more music, or just drink until sunrise.
Apple Barrel Bar
Apple Barrel Bar on Frenchmen is one of the smallest bars on the street, and one of the best spots around for live music.
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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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