Bar Guide

00:00 October 29, 2012
By: David Vicari
In a city where music fills the streets, parties last until sunrise and booze can be openly consumed outdoors, sometimes it's hard to decide where to go for a night out due to the sheer multitude of options. Whether you're headed to the Bywater, CBD, Metairie, Uptown or the French Quarter check out our bar guide so you'll know what to expect. From ambiance to pub food, from happy hour specials to mixology cocktails, from games to live music and all the things in between that make each bar unique. Where Y'at has done the research to find out what each one of these watering holes has to offer so that you can more easily navigate your way through the crowd to the perfect bar to suit your mood, budget and location.
Now that Halloween has come and Thanksgiving follows shortly after, remember that you're in a city of celebration. Time to eat, drink and be merry. Happy Hopping!

CBD/Warehouse District

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Ampersand

1100 Tulane Ave., 587-3737 clubampersand.com

Located inside of a former Whitney Bank, Ampersand boasts two levels, two bars, a giant dance floor and several cozy sitting rooms, one of which was formerly the bank's vault. The club maintains a sexy European aesthetic, providing the perfect location for the most exclusive international DJ talent rotation in the Southern U.S. to spin.

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Dino's Bar and Grill

1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900

Named after legendary actor, Dean Martin, a.k.a. the "King of Cool", Dino's pays a successful tribute with their hearty pub food, friendly staff and nightly drink specials. It's a great place to grab a bite to eat while in the Warehouse District. Dino's bleu cheese burger or filthy waffle fries are to die for!

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Fulton on Tap

608 Fulton St., 212-6476 fultonontap.com

Steps away from Harrah's on historic Fulton Street, the "on Tap" in their title refers to the bar's variety of more than 90 beers ranging from craft to imported to domestic. Best of all, the bartenders are well versed in the distinctions between brews and can help guide you to the selection most ideal for your palate. The ambiance is simple and casual so the beers remain the focus of the experience.

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The Metropolitan

310 Andrew Higgins Dr., 568-1702 themetropolitannightclub.com

The spacious Metropolitan, built in the 1820s, was originally a sugar refinery complete with artwork harkening to the history of New Orleans Jazz. Today, it remains a staple venue of the Warehouse District. With three spacious rooms and state of the art video and audio technology, the hall is a great place to grab a drink and dance the night away.

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Happy's Irish Pub

1009 Poydras St., 304-9537 happysirishpub.com

Happy's offers a wide variety of draft beers, Irish whiskeys and quality bourbons in addition to standard liquor and wine selections. They also serve plenty of filling pub grub for well under $10 entrées, from hot dogs to sausages to tasty burgers. The TVs stay tuned to sports and the atmosphere is unpretentious and inviting. Best of all, your order will be delivered by sexy servers in scantily clad Catholic school girl uniform style dresses!

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The Howlin' Wolf

907 South Peters St., 529-5844 thehowlinwolf.com

The Howlin' Wolf is the Warehouse District's premiere location for live music. After catching a show, the "Wolf's" partner venue "The Den" is the perfect place to grab a snack. Conveniently open late everyday! During festival time, look for local, national and international artists at this venue mixing it up for one-of-a-kind performances.

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Masquerade Club at Harrah's

228 Poydras St., 533-6000 harrahsneworleans.com

Masquerade is home to one of the most sophisticated light shows in the nation. A 42-foot media tower stands at its center surrounded on all sides by convincing faux fire with a full service 32-foot ice bar at its base. With a high ceiling displaying a sparkling mural of the galaxy, Masquerade is a dramatic setting for a dazzling night out.

French Quarter

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Bar Tonique

820 N. Rampart St., 324-6045 bartonique.com

Tonique's exposed brick wall and dimly lit interior provides a cozy and modest setting to enjoy their extensive drink menu. As the city's first mixology bar, their focus is the art of blending spirits with gourmet ingredients. With daily specials and a wide variety of wines, beers, signature and classic cocktails, it's the perfect place to try something new.

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BMC

1331 Decatur St., 522-2940 bmcnola.com

Centrally located at the crux of Decatur and Frenchmen street, this spacious venue contains two bars and a pizza kitchen. The stage is set back to allow room to dance and tables are scattered throughout for more laidback lounging. Stop by to check out local live music any night of the week!

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Bourbon Heat

711 Bourbon St., 528-9400 711bourbonheat.com

Located in the historic Tricou house, the feel is a perfect combination of old world charm and contemporary style. Don't miss their great courtyard and balcony. Try their signature cocktail of fruit juices and Malibu Rum for a tropical treat!

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Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone

214 Royal St., 523-3341 hotelmonteleone.com

This bar is not only carnival-themed in décor but revolves like a carousel as well. Situated in Royal Street's palatial Hotel Monteleone, this bar was immortalized in the writings of Ernest Hemmingway and has since become a quintessential piece of New Orleans history. Filled with antique mirrors and complete with high domed ceilings, the Carousel Bar is a lovely place to sit for a spin with a cocktail.

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Coyote Ugly Saloon

225 N. Peters St., 561-0003 coyoteuglysaloon.com

Famous since before the Hollywood film re-enactment, Coyote Ugly provides a flirty twist on the traditional sports bar. The bar's sexy staff will take some by surprise, hop up on the bar and dance to the upbeat music, pumping up the vibe and ensuring a constant party. Don't miss their great happy hour!

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Erin Rose Bar

811 Conti St., 523-8619 erinrosebar.com

Located just steps off of Bourbon Street, this is a perfect spot for tourists and locals to mingle and watch parades go by through the big front windows. Enjoy the stocked jukebox, video poker machines, a wide assortment of Irish whiskeys, frozen Irish coffee, and pints of Guinness. It's a great place to spend an afternoon or stop by in the morning for Bloody Mary specials that can't be beat!

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Hermes Bar at Antoine's

713 St. Louis St., 581-4422 antoines.com

The expertly crafted cocktails and extensive wine list at Hermes Bar perfectly compliment Antoine's French-Creole sandwich and appetizer menu. Live music on the weekends and an antique European setting make this spot quintessentially New Orleans.

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House of Blues

225 Decatur St., 310-4999 houseofblues.com

With walls covered in painted caricatures of famous blues musicians and an unbeatable line up of concerts, the house pays tribute to New Orleans musical tradition. The large venue is complete with a full bar and a dining area with a delicious menu of classic American cuisine with an international twist.

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Industry Bar & Kitchen

240 Decatur St., 581-6969

Choose from over 20 draft beers and over 120 bottled beers at Industry, for the perfect compliment to an expertly crafted meal that's sure to excite your taste buds. With such a large variety of brews and a new menu featuring everything from blackened shrimp to pizza by the slice to wings and barbecued seafoods, there's something for everyone to enjoy at Industry. Best of all, delivery is always free!

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Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse

300 Bourbon St., 553-2299 irvinmayfield.com

Located inside of the Royal Sonesta hotel, this bar provides a classy escape from Bourbon Street's constant party. Stop by to watch a contemporary version of the classic New Orleans burlesque show featuring a rotating cast of performers, shedding their vintage costumes to high quality live jazz.

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The Kerry Irish Pub

331 Decatur St., 527-5954 kerryirishpub.com

This is truly a neighborhood bar that just happens to be located in the French Quarter. The live music varies each night from Irish to country, folk to rock and bluegrass and tends to be performed by only the most talented local musicians. Kerry Irish Pub has a great mix of familiar regulars, talkative bartenders, tourists and passersby.

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Pat O'Brien's

624 Bourbon St., 525-4823 patobriens.com

A friendly doorman greeting patrons at the bar's carriageway entrance adds to the charm of this eclectic spot. A fountain with a flame at its center makes this bar's open-air patio a delightful place to enjoy one of their Creole seafood dishes. Head inside to their piano bar and relax with one of their famous hurricane drinks.

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The Penthouse Club

727 Iberville St., 524-4354 penthouseclubneworleans.com

One of the city's top gentlemen's clubs, Penthouse is home to the city's most upscale exotic dancers. Its fully equipped bar is laden with top shelf liquors. A pristine environment, chic décor and artful lighting serve to compliment the experience without distracting from the entertainment.

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Rick's Cabaret

315 Bourbon St., 524-4222 iknowrick.com

The lobby of Rick's is complete with a gold spiral staircase and fittingly has a classier vibe than many other gentlemen's clubs on Bourbon Street. Their happy hour drink specials are excellent. The staff is attentive and cheerful, the dancers are beautiful and the atmosphere is clean and plush.

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Rita's Tequila House

419 Bourbon St., 298-8227 ritastequilahouse.com

In addition to over 125 tequilas to choose from, Rita's has an extensive menu of beautifully presented Mexican foods. The décor is reminiscent of a private Mexican home, an interesting concept in the midst of Bourbon Street's madness. Stop in from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays for two-for-one drink specials!

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Tropical Isle Original

721 Bourbon St., 529-4109 tropicalisle.com

With multiple locations and live music, the many Tropical Isle spots are known to be crowded with Bourbon Street partiers. The home of the famous Hand Grenade, these cocktail concoctions are known for being sweet and tasty and getting the party started in the French Quarter.

Marigny/Bywater

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Blue Nile

532 Frenchmen St., 948-2583, bluenile.com

Blue Nile has been host to countless funk, blues, soul and brass shows ranging from local to national and international acts. Its one of the longest standing bars on the street and their famous balcony and ritzy gold and blue décor give it a classically bohemian vibe that melds harmoniously with the upbeat tunes. Stop by on Thursday for a reggae night that lasts until sunrise.

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Buffa's Lounge

1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038 buffaslounge.com

Voted 'Best Bar Food' by our readers, this place is a local favorite. With Monday movie night and an open mic night on Wednesdays, there's always something fun going on at Buffa's. The place has a full bar, "Treme" showings on Sunday nights, and is open twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year!

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d.b.a.

618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731 dbabars.com

Conveniently located on Frenchmen Street, d.b.a offers one of the largest selections of beer and spirits in the city. The setting is stunning, in a brick building built originally in the 1880s and complete with the ideal acoustics for live music. Stop by to catch performances by local greats and enjoy their tasty spirits and eclectic crowds!

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J&J's Sports Lounge

800 France St., 942-8877 jjssportslounge.com

J&J's is located just between St. Claude Avenue and Chartres Street in the bustling Bywater neighborhood. With a courtyard, pool table and stocked jukebox, the place packs a lot of punch for its cozy size. The place is patronized by locals and neighbors, giving it a familiar and low-key that's sure to make you feel at home. Stop in almost any time, day or night; they open early, offer free refi lls on coffee around breakfast, and never close before 4 a.m.

Lakeview

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Parlay's Bar

870 Harrison Ave., 304-6338 parlaysbar.net

Parlay's has an extensive selection of liquor, beer and wine, good pub food, an attentive staff and daily drink specials from 4 p.m. until midnight. With an internet-enabled juke box, video poker machines, a pool table and golden-tee indoor golfi ng, there's plenty to do at this neighborhood bar!

Mid-City

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Bayou Beer Garden

326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 302-9357 bayoubeergarden.com

A grand outdoor deck, beautiful landscaping, simple décor and one of the most extensive beer selections in the city make this a great place to relax. With a pool table, a dartboard and eight plasma screen TVs, they've got plenty to keep you entertained. Try the disco fries for a tasty snack, the kitchen's open late!

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Club Caribbean

2443 Bayou Rd., 949-9246 clubcaribbeanneworleans.com

This reggae club is a great place to dance with talented DJ's and live music twice a week. The weekends are especially fun; Friday night is ladies night with free admission all-night and free drinks between 9 p.m. and midnight. Saturday nights are dancehall themed with free admission for everyone between 9 and 10 p.m. Stop by for a party that'll last until sunrise!

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D-Mac's Bar & Grill

542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 304-5757 dmacsbarandgrill.com

This new bar's live music lineup is a vibrant mix of blues, funk and country performers. Chef Clayton Kendrick prepares lunch, dinner and late night snacks that taste like a more updated version of the typical New Orleans tavern food. Stop in for their happy hour between 4 and 7 p.m. during which they offer free hors d'oeuvres!

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Finn McCool's Irish Pub

3701 Banks St., 486-9080 finnmccools.com

This Irish sports bar's big projection screen is a great place to watch a game, either inside or in the outdoor seating area. It is a husband and wife owned establishment, known for its friendly vibe with potlucks for the Saints games. They've also got a great selection of pub grub, especially the pulled pork sandwich and a wide range of beers on tap.

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Hangar 13

1511 S. Rendon St., 304-4713 hangar13nola.com

A live music legend, this Gert Town venue is coming back with a friendly staff and cool environment contributing back to a neighborhood that's being revitalized into artists lofts and community spaces. The Hangar was once one of New Orleans' premiere concert sites playing host to many talented national acts. Hangar 13 is the perfect place for music lovers to enjoy great concerts once again.

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The Holy Ground

3340 Canal St., 821-6828

This spacious Irish bar has much to do between their pool table, dartboards, jukebox, tasty grub and even a selection of flavored moonshine. With local art on the walls and local beers on tap, The Holy Ground is a promising addition to the Mid-City bar scene. And it's conveniently located on the Canal Streetcar Line!

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Mid-City Yacht Club

440 S. Patrick St., 483-2517 midcityyachtclub.com

Mid-City Yacht Club now offers 16 different beers on tap. On game days they offer free snacks including chips and hotdogs to sports fans. The atmosphere is cozy and filled with a nice variety of regulars and newcomers alike, making it the perfect place to enjoy a game.

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Shamrock

4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938 shamrockparty.com

In addition to great pub grub and a fully stocked bar, the spacious bar is filled to the brim with games. It's like a Chuck E. Cheese for adults, with games such as air hockey, ski-ball, mini bowling lanes, hoops, golden tee, racecar games, punching bags, Pac-Man, dartboards, beer pong tables and ping pong cages to name just a few!

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Wit's Inn

141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600 witsinn.com

Come by Wit's Inn for the NFL Sunday Ticket and fresh pizza or specialty sandwiches. Three for one shots are the way to go on Wednesday nights. There's a dartboard and pool table in the back with plenty of TVs throughout the bar. They also have excellent margaritas!

Uptown

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Balcony Bar & Café

3201 Magazine St., 894-8888

This spacious, two-story bar is located in the heart of the Garden District with a beautiful balcony overlooking Magazine Street. The jukebox is full of classic tunes, and they've got plenty of beers on tap. With a late night kitchen that delivers and serves up hefty portions of satisfying bar foods from pizza to po-boys, it's the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry!

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Bruno's Tavern

7538 Maple St., 861-7615 brunostavern.com

This bar has been a fi xture in New Orleans dating back to the days of prohibition. Recently reestablished in its original building, the newly remodeled tavern is complete with golden tee golf, shuffl e board and darts. They also offer an impressive selection of beers on tap and a unique menu of salads, burgers and fries each prepared with a signature twist.

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The Columns Hotel

3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308 thecolumns.com

Established in 1883 this hotel possesses a unique grandeur. With mahogany bars, functioning antique fi replaces,15-foot woodpaneled ceilings, Grecian frescos and Victorian inspired charm, it's an exquisite setting in which to indulge in decadence. The porch is spacious and raised, a lovely place to people watch with a cocktail. Stop by on Sundays to enjoy a champagne-fi lled jazz brunch complete with live music. Reservations recommended.

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Le Bon Temps Roule

4801 Magazine St., 895-8117

The ultimate historic neighborhood bar, this is a down-to-earth place to hear great live music almost any night of the week. With plenty of room to dance, notoriously attentive bartenders, pool tables and tasty pub grub, it's a timeless and unpretentious setting to party the night away to the tunes of some of the best musicians in town.

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Monkey Hill Bar

6100 Magazine St., 899-4800 monkeyhillbar.com

This upscale bar has a plethora of comfy couches and ornately decked out bathrooms. Monkey Hill draws a young professional crowd and is a great place to go if you feel like dressing up. With its sleek and modern feel, it's a distinct departure from most New Orleans bars. Stop by for a game of shuffl eboard and try their coconut lime verbena for a surprisingly refreshing cocktail!

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Phillips Restaurant & Bar

733 Cherokee St., 865-1155 phillipsbar.com

This stylishly elegant bar has a sleek, candlelit décor. With bottle service, ladies night every Thursday and $4 martini Fridays, it's a great place to experience luxury without breaking the bank. The ambiance also makes it a lovely place to bring a date!

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St. Joe's Bar

5535 Magazine St., 899-3744

In keeping with the name, St Joe's décor has a tongue in cheek religious theme, with plenty to look at on the walls. Their delicious drinks are crafted with fresh juice; you can't go wrong with their signature blueberry mojito. The bartenders are meticulous mixologists, the atmosphere is smoke-free and the courtyard offers a lovely place to relax with a cocktail under the sun.

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Tipitina's Uptown

501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477 tipininas.com

Originally a juke joint established in 1977 by a group of young music fans known as, "the fabulous Fo'teen," to provide Professor Longhair a venue to perform regularly, it has since grown in size and adopted the name "Tipitina's," which was the title of one of his famous compilations. The place has maintained a focus on quality music with lineups of only the most talented musicians from all over the world.

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TJ Quills Restaurant Bar

7600 Maple St., 861-7931

This all-American college bar is low key, and the drinks are inexpensive. With a vintage foosball table in the back, two pool tables and a jukebox loaded with hip- hop and alt rock, there's plenty of entertainment. The place draws a big 20-something crowd so if you're looking to go out and meet new people it's the perfect place to mingle all night without having to spend a lot of money.

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Tracey's

2604 Magazine St., 897-5413 traceysnola.com

Taking the name of the original Tracey's which was established in 1949, this new venue is the quintessential bar of the Irish Channel. Tracey's has over 20 TVs, making it the perfect spot to enjoy any sporting event. With great po-boys (especially the roast beef) and gourmet soups, it's a great place to enjoy a snack, a game and an icy cold brew.

Metairie

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The Dive Bar

3408 28th St., 324-9428

The Dive Bar has great stuff going on nightly. Tuesdays are Rock 'n' Roll Karaoke and Wednesdays are their great Ladies' Night. With a jukebox, pool table, dartboard, video poker and TVs tuned to sports you're guaranteed a good time at the Dive Bar any night of the week!

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Jiggers Bar & Grill

1645 Veteran's Blvd., 828-3555

Make sure to stop by Jigger's with a hearty appetite. The casual sport's bar offers a mouthwatering selection of foods for $10 and under, including a 6 oz rib-eye sandwich topped with sautéed onions that can't be beat! Named after the old slang term for a shot glass it's also a great place to toss back some generously poured spirits while watching a game.

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Moby's Bar & Grill

1535 Veterans Blvd., 301-9376

Recently opened, Moby's has already made a reputation for itself as the ideal combination of sports bar and delectable barbecue joint. Lengthy happy hours (3-8 p.m.) and Friday two-for-one drink specials from 3-10 p.m. make it the perfect place to enjoy quality drinks. With a grill that's open from 11 a.m. until 3 a.m. daily, it's a great spot to grab a snack while watching sports on one of their seven HD flat screen TVs, which is always tuned to the game.

Jefferson

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The Rivershack Tavern

3449 River Rd., 834-4938 therivershacktavern.com

The brightly painted "shack" has been home to a variety of storefronts throughout its colorful history. Hand-painted ads from the '40s were revealed in pristine condition during remodeling and catapulting the place into national fame. This low-key spot is a great place for tasty local food, drinks and wacky bar games!

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Southport Hall

200 Monticello Ave., 835-2903 newsouthport.com

Southport was originally established as a speakeasy and illegal gambling joint in the early 1900s. Purchased in 2004 by a brother and sister who reinstated the place's original name, it has since become a hot spot for touring bands as well as a popular venue for private events. From Wednesday's bike nights to live music every weekend, there's never a dull moment at this spacious club.

New Orleans East

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Visions Men's Club

4000 Downman Rd., 240-0069 visionsmensclub.com

The age-old excitement of topless entertainment is augmented by the spot's unique set up. Two full service bars double as stages, giving every customer the best seat in the house. Stop by for a view that can't be beat or check out one of six VIP rooms!

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