There’s no shortage of places to see a show in New Orleans. Seriously, just walk to Frenchmen Street, close your eyes, and point. But Tipitina’s in Uptown is an institution and one of the best places to go for music in the whole city. Stand wherever you feel like, but we suggest the balcony, which has a great view and easy access to a bar. National acts regularly play here, but look for a night with a local brass band instead.
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Head to Wayfare in Uptown for some pre-dinner charcuterie and wine, or bail on your dinner plans and get a sandwich.
The Bulldog in Uptown is where to go when you want to drink a few beers on a patio, and get completely away from the French Quarter.
Jacques-Imo’s in Uptown is part-restaurant, part-party, and one place in New Orleans that could never exist anywhere else.
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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.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
There are 257 terrible bars on Bourbon Street, but Lafitte’s isn’t one of them. Grab a voodoo juice, enjoy the patio, and be glad you ended up here.
Maple Leaf Bar
The Maple Leaf in Uptown is a great bar to see some live music, often until 4am, and it hosts the Rebirth Brass Band every Tuesday.
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If you only have brunch once in New Orleans, make sure it’s at Brennan’s in the French Quarter.
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.
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