airport_transferbarbathtubbusiness_facilitieschild_activitieschildcareconnecting_roomcribsfree_wifigymhot_tubinternetkitchennon_smokingpetpoolresturantski_in_outski_shuttleski_storagesmoking_areaspastar
Sign In
Loa Bar | Photo Credit, Neil Alexander
Loa Bar | Photo Credit, Neil Alexander
Save to wishlist

Hidden Gem Bars in New Orleans

Picture of Jacklyn Grambush
Updated: 15 January 2018
Tourists might be surprised to learn that New Orleans is so much more than Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street. In fact, those two make up an incredibly small portion of the inspiring, layered, soulful city at the end of the Mississippi. For a few bars that aren’t as well known in the guidebooks, check out these spots that will sweep you off your feet—perhaps literally, depending on how much you drink.

21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane

Cocktail Bar, Central American, $$$
Save to wishlist

For those a little hazy on their history, the 21st amendment repealed prohibition, making alcohol consumption once again legal in the U.S. As the name implies, the bar is modeled after that concept and time period of the 1920s. La Louisiane is now an event and meeting venue, but once was a hotel and restaurant, sometimes run by well-known New Orleanian mobsters. Now, the French Quarter bar offers hand-crafted cocktails in an atmosphere that celebrates alcohol.

I’ll take 3. #blackfriday

A post shared by 21st Amendment at La Louisiane (@21stamendmentlalouisiane) on

More Info
Sun - Wed:
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
2:00 pm - 1:00 am

Bayou Beer Garden

Bar, American, $$$
Save to wishlist
Back Deck | Courtesy of Bayou Beer Garden
Back Deck | Courtesy of Bayou Beer Garden

Bayou Beer Garden welcomes patrons with a modest shotgun exterior that winds into the expansive back deck. With TVs, pool table, an excellent selection of beer, and bar food, the space has recently widened its range of offerings with the accompanying Bayou Wine Garden. Enjoy the necessary New Orleans courtyard experience in this modest Mid-City must.
More Info

Catahoula Rooftop Bar

Bar, American, $$$
Save to wishlist
smaller Rooftop Bar
Bar with a View | Courtesy of Catahoula Rooftop Bar

Catahoula Rooftop Bar sits on the third of the three-floor hotel in which it is located. The boutique Catahoula Hotel is a renovated creole townhouse from 1845: a modern space with an old-fashioned feel. The rooftop bar features South American wines and cocktails focusing on sherries and vermouths, all to be enjoyed amid the Central Business District skyscrapers rising around you.
More Info
Tue - Thu:
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Effervescence

Restaurant, Bar, American, $$$
Save to wishlist
Bubbles | Courtesy of Effervescence
Bubbles | Courtesy of Effervescence

For a fine-dining experience that’s also fun and features the hard stuff, check out Effervescence. The superb dishes designed for sharing expertly complement the bubbles by the glass, in flights, and by the bottle, as well as the still wine, sherry, port, whiskey, beer, and cocktails—including the cleverly named Bossa Nola.
More Info
Wed - Thu:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sun:
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kermit’s Treme Mother in Law Lounge

Bar, American, $$$
Save to wishlist

For a musically-inclined evening, head over to Kermit’s Treme Mother in Law Lounge. Founded in 1994 by jazz legend Ernie K-Doe, the lounge was reopened after his passing by Kermit Ruffins. With this formidable musical foundation, it only stands to reason that the lounge is currently one of the best jazz bars in town. Stop by for barbecue, dancing, and drinking!
More Info

Little Gem Saloon

Restaurant, Cajun, $$$
Save to wishlist
LGSryanhodgson-rigsbee
Little Gem Saloon | Photo Credit, Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Enter the Little Gem Saloon and step back into the 1920s. Paying homage to the time period that started it all, from New Orleans’ iconic music to its famous cuisine, Little Gem Saloon offers live music, an elevated dining experience, bars, and balconies. With past patrons including the likes of Buddy Bolden and Jelly Roll Morton, the building’s deep history in jazz is the final step in this authentic New Orleans experience.
More Info
Mon - Fri:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Fri:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Loa Bar

Bar, American, $$$
Save to wishlist
Winter Cocktails Assortment | Courtesy of Loa Bar
Winter Cocktails Assortment | Courtesy of Loa Bar

Referring to the “divine spirits in the Vodou faith,” Loa’s name illustrates the bar’s connection to its city’s history, culture, and (every definition of) spirits. From decoration to drinks, Loa embraces and shares the melting pot that is New Orleans: African traditions combined with European cultures, free spirits mixed with sophistication, and community consorting with originality. From top to bottom, Alan Walter leads a space steeped in passionate craftsmanship you’ll regret missing out on.
More Info
Mon - Thu:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sun:
4:00 pm - 1:00 am

Maple Leaf

Bar, American, $$$
Save to wishlist

The Maple Leaf Bar has been around since 1974 as one of the places in New Orleans for incredible live performances seven nights a week. Options here range from zydeco and R&B, to rock and “the longest running poetry reading in North America.” It can feel “hidden” though, especially for tourists, since its uptown, away from the French Quarter. Still, it is certainly worth the Uber fare.
More Info

Molly’s at the Market

Bar, American, $$$
Save to wishlist

Molly’s at the Market may sound like a fairly random name until you find out it’s an Irish bar near the French Market. Famous for its Irish coffees, both frozen and hot, Molly’s is a casual stop with cheap shots on the edge of the French Quarter. Grab some time in the photo booth for a memory of a night you’ll never remember.

#mollysatthemarket

A post shared by King Cake Baby (@kingcakebaby) on

More Info

Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge

Bar, American, $$$
Save to wishlist
Front Door | Courtesy of Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge
Front Door | Courtesy of Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge

Snake and Jake’s: cheap drinks; late hours (or perhaps early hours is more accurate?); lighting by Christmas lights. What more do you want? The non-descript shotgun building blends into the surrounding residential neighborhood, but the hole-in-the-wall dive bar takes on a life of its own indoors. A favorite of locals, you haven’t had the true New Orleanian experience until you find yourself still at Snake and Jake’s when they close at 7 a.m.
More Info

Tiki Tolteca

Bar, American, $$$
Save to wishlist
Bar Interior | Courtesy of Tiki Tolteca
Bar Interior | Courtesy of Tiki Tolteca

Located above Felipe’s Taqueria in the French Quarter, Tiki Tolteca is the first tiki bar in New Orleans since the 1980s. The Latin American-themed space and tropical décor will get you in the mood for classics like a Mai Tai, Tolteca originals like Raspberry Beret, or even some alcoholic tiki gummies. If you want a snack, the bar serves food from Felipe’s.
More Info
Mon - Thu:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm