- Bourbon StreetBourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Bourbon StreetNot quite as much of a red light district as it once was, this has the best nightlife in NOLA even still.Recommended for:
- Spotted Cat Music Club623 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LArecommended Spotted Cat Music ClubFrenchmen Street is the place to go for amazing live jazz in New Orleans. And The Spotted Cat has it all: no cover, amazing live jazz, good & cheap drinks, friendly bartenders & doormen, they're cool ... read morewith outside booze AND a piano in the womens bathroom. Really, it can't get better than that.
- Jacques-Imo's Cafe8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
- Trolley Stop Cafe1923 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LArecommended Trolley Stop CafeSomething of a New Orleans institution, the Trolley Stop Cafe along the streetcar line on St. Charles has excellent diner-type food, and is a go-to place for tourists and locals alike looking for ... read moreinexpensive eats on the way to or from the Quarter. I'm a particularly big fan of their breakfast menu.Recommended for:FoodiesMatthew Crompton
The city's best hangover breakfast.
- St. Charles StreetcarNew Orleans, LArecommended St. Charles StreetcarThe streetcar line running from Canal Street out through the wedding-cake houses of the Garden District (and the universities of Tulane and Loyola) is a classic slice of New Orleans. The old-timey ... read morecarriages rattle along at a slow pace which is perfect for sightseeing, and also make a fine means of transport into the city center if you're staying somewhere outside of the Quarter.Matthew Crompton
Definitely ride the streetcar up St. Charles thru the Garden District -- classic NOLA.
- Acme Oyster House724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Acme Oyster HouseDo you want to eat awesome NOLA-style seafood (peel-and-eat shrimp, po-boys, and tons and tons of fresh-shucked oysters) while drinking an Abita beer (I prefer Turbodog) and sweating deliciously in ... read morethe heat? This Quarter institution may well be your place then. It's a place I always visit at least once when I'm in town.Matthew Crompton
Eat a po'boy washed down with Abita here. =)
recommended Maple Leaf BarA classic for live shows in N'awlins, the Maple Leaf looks and feels like it has been around for decades. A barn-sized venue, when local funk brass bands like Rebirth play, the whole place shakes with ... read morethe sound of the tuba, the crowd singling along, beer glasses clinking and everybody's feet tapping. Not too far a walk from the streetcar line, but definitely away from the city's touristy areas.Sara Benson
Catch a live music show - that's a quintessential NOLA experience.
- Le Richelieu In the French Quarter1234 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116