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10 Best Cocktail Bars in New Orleans in 2023

The best New Orleans bars usually feature live music

There are so many awesome New Orleans bars that you could go out every night for a year and not have a single repeat. New Orleans is one of the best cities in the US for nightlife for sure.

I’ve been to NOLA a few times now, and I spent a vast majority of my trips there bar-hopping with friends.

In one weekend, I managed to hit a swanky hotel rooftop bar, a heavy metal joint, and one of those New Orleans Bourbon Street bars where cocktails come in giant plastic tubes. While the memories may be a tad bit fuzzy, rest assured I did proper research for this one!

10 Best Cocktail Bars in New Orleans

There’s perhaps no city in the US that knows how to party quite like New Orleans. Now I know New York can throw it down, and I realize they call Las Vegas Sin City for a reason, but you just can’t beat the Big Easy when it comes to nightlife.

Think I’m joking?

As of the last count, New Orleans has the highest amount of bars per capita in the country!

In the French Quarter – and especially on Bourbon Street – it seems as if every other establishment is a bar. With so many choices, how do you choose where to wet their whistle?!

If you’re planning a trip to the Big Easy and are wondering where to grab a drink, read on for a look at some of the best cocktail bars in New Orleans.

I’ve also included some variety in this article to appease beer and wine drinkers as well — so there should be something for everyone in this guide.

Here’s my list of the best 10 cocktail bars in New Orleans (+ a couple of wine and beer spots).

Introduction to New Orleans Bars

Bars in New Orleans run the gamut from grungy dive bars to classy cocktail lounges. The city has secret speakeasies, craft breweries, fancy wine bars, and everything in between.

Whether you’re looking for a casual night out or you want to end up dancing on tables, there’s a bar for you here.

One interesting thing about New Orleans bars is that they can stay open 24/7. The phrase “last call” might as well be in a foreign language here! Oh yeah, and did I mention that you can take your drinks to go here as well?

New Orleans is one of very few places in the US that has no open container laws. Just make sure you’re not drinking out of glass on the street and you’re good to go!

Another really cool thing about the bars in New Orleans is that you can try several cocktails in the very bar where they were invented.

It’s pretty amazing to…

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