New Orleans After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

New Orleans After Dark: Best Nightlife, Bars and Lounges

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Finding somewhere to drink in New Orleans is never a problem. Choosing where to have that drink is another matter altogether.

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     There's a great juke box and live music on a regular basis, but the real night to dance like a fool is the monthly Saturday night Mod Dance Party - an evening of 60s swagger powered by DJ Matty and DJ Kristen, who stick to a soundtrack of solely vinyl from the period. Put on some lashes, tease the hair and done your best pucci knock off mini-dress, and you'll fit right in. The view from the upstairs balcony is killer.
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    Intimate, quaint and quiet. The luxury of enjoying the splendor of a cigar is what French 75 Bar is all about. Aficionados can find the finest of tobaccos from around the world in a classic dark wood club-style ambiance. Located across the hall from Arnaud's Restaurant's main dining room, there is an on-site humidor housing an extensive cigar selection.
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    With great drink specials Monday through Thursday lasting from 11 am to 7 pm, there is rarely a time to not be at Tracey's. They have more than 20 TVs equipped with all the sports packages so the traveling fan can catch their home team play while on the road for business or pleasure. Tracey's food has drawn rave reviews, especially the po'boy section of their menu. 
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    The barkeeps at this dimly lit lounge make drinks of the highest order. A lot of credit goes to owners Matthew Kohnke and Neal Bodenheimer, who had a vision for change when they opened Cure in 2009 at a time when Freret Street was downright blighted. Six years later and this swanky cocktail lounge has plenty of company on a street that is now a destination for tourists and locals alike. 
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    This is the place for a frothy Ramos gin fizz -- a favorite libation of notorious past governor Huey P. Long -- made with TLC by a friendly enough bartender. All drinks are hand crafted cocktails using fresh ingredients and choice rare liquors. There's a rotating daily special, offering drinks like a Pimm's Cup, Mai Tai or Bloody Mary for just $5. The bar is directly across from Armstrong Park, a lovely wander before or after you imbibe.
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    Drinking strong, well made drinks or a bottle of wine in the outdoor courtyard at Bacchanal is simply one of the best ways to spend a Sunday afternoon. But really anytime is fine to visit this off the beaten path Bywater classic on Poland Street just a stone's throw from the river.
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    Open damn near 24 hours. That's what's on the tired looking awning outside of Chuck's Sports Bar, a fab dive bar located on a quiet street less than a mile from the Superdome. Cheap, strong drinks, a mostly local clientele, including plenty of bartenders late night and a smoke-away policy makes Chuck's a divey gem. 
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    Describes itself as "proto-tiki" - so don't expect little umbrellas in your drink. Bartenders concoct a variety of rum drinks in their "rustic Colonial" style location, and pair those with an island-themed food menu that includes entrees like local yardbird with sesame and mole deep and fried ribs served with overflowing side dishes.
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    If you think the room is spinning after a few cocktails at the Carousel Bar, you're onto something. Actually it's the working carousel bar that revolves at this stylish spot on Royal, one of three lounges in the elegant Monteleone Hotel. The ambiance is classic piano bar and the crowd varies from traveling business professionals to die hard regulars.
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