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Late Night Itinerary

There are many things that draw visitors from all over the world to New Orleans – the history, the food, and the culture are just a few. But most visitors know that after their days have drawn to a close, it’s time to hit the town. Between the live music, cozy bars, and delicious late-night eats, you’ll always have a night to remember in New Orleans.

The French Quarter

The French Quarter is known for its vibrant nightlife, but Bourbon Street and its balconies aren’t the only highlights of this New Orleans neighborhood.

  1. SoBou
    Preservation Hall
    Killer Po-Boys
    Pre-dinner drinks Try Bar Tonique or Meauxbar on Rampart St. for an off-the-beaten-path French Quarter find, with craft cocktails and an eclectic ambiance. The Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar is also a must-see for a specialty cocktail on a merry-go-round bar.
  2. Dinner – After your first round of cocktails, you’ll have an array of delicious French Quarter dining options like SoBou, Sylvain or Kingfish.
  3. Late-night music – You can’t go wrong with a hurricane and incredible music at the piano bar in Pat O'Brien's. Be sure to check out the schedules at Preservation Hall, House of Blues, and One Eyed Jack's. Prefer a DJ? Join the dance party at The Gold Mine, where the dance floor stays packed until the wee hours of the morning.
  4. Late-night food and drink – You’ll find plenty of places to grab quick snacks to soak up end-of-night alcohol, or pop into St. Lawrence for heartier options washed down with craft daiquiris. Nearby, Erin Rose Bar offers drink specials from midnight to 4am, Killer Po-Boys, and famous Frozen Irish Coffees. You can always finish the night out on a sweet note, with beignets from Café du Monde (open 24 hours).

The Arts/Warehouse District

  1. Compére Lapin
    Rusty Nail
    Pre-dinner art stroll – Before hitting the late-night scene, get a glimpse of the abundance of galleries in the neighborhood with a stroll on Julia Street.
  2. Dinner – Some of the best restaurants in town are in the Warehouse District, including Root, Cochon, and Compére Lapin. Grab dinner and a drink before heading to your next stop.
  3. After-dinner drinks – For a cozy ambiance and extensive wine list, check out Tommy's Wine Bar. And The Rusty Nail is the perfect dive-bar stop featuring craft beers and an extensive scotch menu.
  4. Late night activities – Check the schedules at music venues like Howlin’ Wolf and Republic, which bring legendary and up-and-coming new artists to the stage.

Uptown/Garden District

The Garden District is much more than daytime walking tours and beautiful neighborhood architecture. Here’s your go-to guide to a late night in uptown New Orleans.

  1. The Bulldog
    Maple Leaf
    Happy hour – The Garden District’s bars offer no shortage of drink specials. Hit happy hour at The Columns Hotel Bar for a classic New Orleans cocktail and a view of the streetcar. If you’re feeling like trying a craft beer, head over to The Bulldog or Avenue Pub.
  2. Dinner – For dinner, head up to Jacques-Imo's Cafe for authentic Cajun cuisine and the chance to secure a reservation in the two-top pickup truck parked outside. Or grab small plates and craft cocktails at Bouligny Tavern on Magazine Street.
  3. Late-night music – The uptown area is filled with incredible music venues and local crowds. Neighborhood favorites include Maple Leaf Bar, Tipitina's, and Le Bon Temps Roule.
  4. Late-night eats – After a night of dancing and drinking, nothing’s better than finding that perfect late-night grub. For your much needed greasy food, Camellia Grill is a must.

Mid-City & Esplanade Ridge

Mid-City offers a neighborhood vibe filled with funky late-night finds.

  1. Chickie Wah Wah
    Dinner – For a locally-loved restaurant and a fully-stocked bar, check out Katie's Restaurant. If you’re in the mood for a margarita or a burrito, you can’t miss Juan's Flying Burrito.
  2. Drinks – Mid-City has no shortage of great bars and hangout spots. Choose from hundreds of beer options on a huge outdoor deck at Bayou Beer Garden. Or if you’re more of a wine person, Bayou Wine Garden is right next door. And if you really want the local experience, unwind with some cocktails and barbecue at Twelve Mile Limit.
  3. Late night music – Catch an array of local bands and singer-songwriters at Chickie Wah Wah.

Faubourg Marigny/Bywater

The Faubourg Marigny & Bywater is thriving with up-and-coming restaurants and nightlife that offer a whole new side the New Orleans experience.

  1. Mariza
    Mimi's in the Marigny
    Dinner and drinks – The Marigny & Bywater neighborhood is home to many delicious restaurants. Local favorites include The FranklinMariza and Bacchanal.
  2. Late-night art – At the Frenchmen Art Market, you can find a charming array of local artisans and their work for sale until 1 a.m.
  3. Late-night music – With an array of music clubs on Frenchmen Street, there is never a dull night in this NOLA neighborhood. Start off your adventure with some jazz at Snug Harbor, then proceed to d.b.a.,The Spotted Cat, and Blue Nile. No matter which club you wander into, you’ll be sure to find great music and great people.
  4. Late-night eats – After your night of adventuring throughout the Marigny & Bywater, you’re sure to be hungry. Kukhnya inside of Siberia, Dat Dog on Frenchmen and Markey’s Bar will satisfy those late-night munchies. Looking for tapas? Mimi’s in the Marigny serves theirs until 4 a.m. on weekends.
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