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5 Unique Places For An Awesome Night Out In New Orleans

Picture of Rebeca Trejo
Updated: 8 September 2016
Many have yet to comprehend why nighttime in New Orleans is unlike anything else. During dark hours, the city’s unmatched liveliness lights up an atmosphere that’s filled with endless possibilities. For those looking to let the good times roll in one of America’s most captivating destinations, here are 10 unique ideas for a night out in the Big Easy.

Clue Carré

Gather seven of your best mystery-solving friends and head to the first escape game based in New Orleans, Clue Carré, for an intense 60-minute adventure. In order to break free from the interactive mystery escape room, participants must come together by using keen observations and critical thinking to gather clues, discover hidden objects and solve riddles. Since getting out in time is the ultimate victory, this live entertainment puzzle, including The Mardi Gras Den, the Voodoo Room, the Secret Agent 504 Room, the Haunted Swamp Room and the Vampire Hunter Room, is the perfect idea for all of those competitive gamers who enjoy beating the clock.

Clue Carre, 830 Union St #101, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 667 2583

Bayou Night Paddle

Enjoy a unique view of the moon by paddling across the historical Bayou St. John with Bayou Paddlesports. The popular 2-hour evening ride gives anyone interested in experiencing a different night out the opportunity to have fun while relaxing under the stars. Paddle-enthusiasts’ can check out their desired gear at and pick it up at the event’s launch site.

Bayou Night Paddle, 1101 Florida Ave., New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 515 3398


Friday Nights at NOMA

If you are looking to experience an art-filled evening, the New Orleans Museum of Art hosts a variety of special exhibits, artist talks and receptions every Friday night. The museum (which is New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution) stays open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during their regular Friday Nights at NOMA series.

For an upcoming schedule, art aficionados can the museums website at:

NOMA, 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 658 4100


NOLA Comedy Theater

Home to some of the most original comedy shows in the city, NOLA Comedy Theater is a laughing joint located in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans. Formerly known as La Nuit Comedy Theater, this Freret Street club was founded in 2003 after Hurricane Katrina, following the city’s leadership proposal agreement of transforming the historic corridor into a food and entertainment zone. Home to the Comedy Conservatory, the only comedy training center in the Gulf South, this spot features Chicago-style improv, live sketches and more from Thursday through Saturday.

NOLA Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St. New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 231 7011


Steamboat Natchez

Hop on New Orleans’ last authentic steamboat and navigate through the mighty Mississippi River for a night filled with delicious Creole food, authentic live jazz and steam calliope tunes. The sternwheel steamboat, NATCHEZ, docks at the Toulouse Street Wharf near the French Quarter and offers visitors the opportunity to savor the Crescent City’s beauty and romance while contemplating breathtaking historical landmarks, such as the Chalmette Battlefield from its decks. Vessel boarding begins 30 minutes prior to the assigned departure time, and returns to the original dock point after a two-hour cruise.

Steamboat Natchez, 600 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 569 1401


Prytania Theater

Built in 1914, the Prytania is the only single-screen cinema in Louisiana and is the oldest operating theater in the New Orleans metro area. Standing at the corner or Prytania and Leontine streets, this vintage movie joint was the first theater in NOLA to convert to digital cinema, and now features an eccentric variety of films to satisfy any type of audience. Movie lovers can enjoy everything from featured old films and horror movie festivals to influential documentaries and popular national shows, such as the Oscar’s, inside this 100-year-old theater legacy.

Prytania Theater, 5339 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 891 2787


By Rebeca Trejo