For a relatively small city, the Big Easy offers an immersive nightlife scene that caters to every kind of crowd and the best bars in New Orleans are a showcase of that diversity.
Bourbon Street and the surrounding French Quarter continue to draw the largest crowds, and while the quality-to-volume ratio is low, there are still plenty of cool bars worth checking out in the area. The Marigny and Bywater remain hot for nightlife, though a surge in Airbnbs and out-of-towners has reduced the neighborhoods’ appeal to many locals.
Regardless of your background or sensibilities, you’ll want to check out the bars that remain vital to the city’s world-famous drinking culture. With every sip of your drink of choice, appreciate that you’re drinking in one of the most legendary towns for booze in the world. After all, New Orleans is the official home of the Sazerac, America’s first cocktail.