Food & Drink

The 8 Best Nightclubs in New Orleans

Published On 05/27/2015 Published On 05/27/2015
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1. Republic 828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130

If you're looking for a lively dance spot, Republic is your go-to nightlife spot in New Orleans with DJ sets. Just don't expect to have much room to throw some moves; like all great clubs, this one's usually crowded.

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2. Foundation Room 225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

More of a lounge than a dance club, this place is on exclusive side... as in, you have to be a member of the House of Blues Foundation to even get in the door, or at least be a member’s guest. Swankily decked from top to tails like a sultan’s tent, if you want to mingle with the classy crowd (not to mention get to see HOB shows from a reserved spot on the balcony), this is your place.

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3. Saturn Bar 3067 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

This Bywater bar is everything you could need in a dive, cheap drinks, live music, and well, that's pretty much all you need.

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4. The Maison 508 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

With three stages and a restaurant, this Frenchmen St music hall is bound to have something up your alley, if your alley is one in which you like to boogie. It features live music every single day, too, so whenever the spirit takes you, you can show up and see who’s ripping it up on stage, from jazz to funk, almost every act is a seriously danceable one.

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5. Davenport Lounge 921 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Named for the Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter who headlines Wednesday through Saturday, the Davenport Lounge combines classic cocktails and Ritz-Carlton hospitality in a upscale, sultry environs. The live music and full dance floor make it a popular date spot, but the expertly mixed New Orleans-themed drinks (pro tip: try the "Marigny Mule," a winning combination of grapefruit vodka, tarragon, ginger beer, and lime juice), robust selection of scotch and whiskey, and luscious desserts attract locals and guests alike.

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6. Bourbon Pub & Parade 801 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

You’re always welcome at Bourbon Pub. At the corner of St. Ann and Bourbon streets, the big brick building with a wraparound balcony keeps its bright blue shutter doors open day and night. What you find once you step inside the two-story, 24-hour gay bar and dance club depends on the day and time. Sit at the downstairs bar and enjoy your cocktail while a cavalcade of TVs stream music videos. Head upstairs for karaoke, drag, cabaret, and burlesque shows, or to dance dance dance. If you need a break, that big old balcony overlooking Bourbon Street offers a place to catch your breath.

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7. Ye Olde Original Dungeon 738 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130

If bikers and emo kids are your thing, this is definitely the darkly lit, sometimes scary bar scene for you. Note: it only opens after midnight, and the metal is, well... pretty heavy.

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8. The Metropolitan Nightclub 310 Andrew Higgins Dr, New Orleans, LA 70130

Located in the Central Business District, The Metropolitan is a high energy, two story nightclub that dazzles the ear as well as the eye.