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New Orleans Nightlife

What mood are you in? New Orleans has clubs, wine bars, music venues, or just plain hangouts that are sure to suit. If you’re up for live music, dance music, great places to sit and visit with friends or just people watch, you’ll make a long list of favorite haunts once you find yourself in New Orleans.

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Off the Beaten Path: A Neighborhood Guide to the French Quarter

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New Orleans’ French Quarter offers no shortage of things to do and places to eat and drink. But with our neighborhood guide to the French Quarter we’re going slightly off the beaten path: here’s some itineraries you might not find in all the guidebooks, but you’ll be glad to discover when you’re out exploring New Orleans’ oldest historic neighborhood.

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Exercise Your Ears: 5 Alternative New Orleans Music Clubs

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Turning a corner anywhere in New Orleans, you are likely to hear the sweet sound of music all around you. Follow that sound, and you will no doubt run headfirst into one of the city’s many music clubs. The tried-and-true classics such as Snug Harbor, Maple Leaf and Preservation Hall should not be missed, but if you are seeking something …

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National Rum Month: 5 Ways to Experience Rum in New Orleans

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August, in addition to being National Sandwich Month, is National Rum Month. The resurgence of the tiki drink movement has been a large part in the recent elevation of rum in the eyes of many sophisticated drinks. No longer is rum just the drink for pirates and spring breakers! New Orleans, being the cocktail experts we are, has become …

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GoNOLA Guide: Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

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Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is a historic and cultural products district in New Orleans. Originally a stretch of Dryades Street, it was later named after Haley, the late civil rights and social justice advocate who resided in Central City. Once known for being a corridor of economic opportunity for minorities, the boulevard became less populated as the years passed.

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Shake Shake Shake: GoNOLA’s Top Five Dance Club Picks

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Lace up your dancing shoes, let down your hair, and strap on your fanny pack for a night grooving in some of New Orleans’ most popular and timeless dance clubs. Whether you enjoy costuming or just like watching the moves with a beer in one hand and a stamp on the other, shaking your booty at a local dance club …

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New Orleans Nightlife: A Night on Louisa Street

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Louisa Street in the Bywater neighborhood is truly unlike any other place in New Orleans. It’s a growing area that makes for an awesome destination for a night out. Louisa is a combination of residential and commercial, which gives it a unique vibe as far as “going out” locales go. Here, you won’t find business after business lined in a …

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Exploring New Orleans: A Day on Esplanade Avenue  

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Spending time admiring Esplanade Avenue is one of the many pleasures to be found in New Orleans. Majestic live oak trees line the Avenue, providing ample shade and casting a gorgeous pattern of light and shadow onto the many elegant and historic Creole mansions that line the edge of this street that runs on the edge of the French Quarter, …

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New Orleans Nightlife: A Night on Freret Street

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It may be a new hot spot to many visitors, and even some locals, but Freret Street is more than well on its way. The freshly revitalized street is bustling with activity and its own unique personality. The new Freret is hip and well-rounded. The stretch is walkable and parking ain’t bad, either. Combine all of these factors and that …

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New Orleans Nightlife: A Night On Oak Street

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Every town has a Main Street – a bustling thoroughfare with sidewalks wide enough to meet, greet and pass by neighbors or strangers or café-goers enjoying that second cup of coffee, with cute old buildings bursting with life. New Orleans has several such streets, and I’m focusing today on one of the most charming main streets in all of New …

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GoNOLA Top 10: New Orleans’ Best Dive Bars

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The lighting’s practically non-existent, the décor isn’t quite chic, and the liquor selection isn’t exactly top shelf — while these may sound like turn-offs, these qualities give our favorite local dive bars special character. They may look a little rusty, but when it comes to dives, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The drinks are cheap and the company’s …

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Have a Bangin’ Fourth of July and Essence Fest in New Orleans

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If there’s one thing New Orleans does well, it’s throwing a party, and this year’s Independence Day celebrations are a prime example. This 4th of July in New Orleans will not only have fireworks, but also Prince. As if that alone isn’t enough reason to celebrate our country’s independence in New Orleans, we have plenty of other options over four …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

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This weekend in New Orleans offers empowering events, intoxicating spectacles and spiritual feasts. Celebrate diversity with New Orleans Pride, and embrace girl power at Festigals. Indulge in live performances of Reefer Madness and Bourbon & Burlesque showcase forbidden pleasures. After all of that, cleanse your spirit at a ritual voodoo blessing and feast in honor of St. John.

All Weekend

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Six Sultry Burlesque Beauties of New Orleans

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The Bourbon Street of the 1940s and 50s, while still decadent, offers a slightly different picture than the one brought to mind today: back then, Bourbon was a glamorous street packed with live music and creative, sensual burlesque dancers.  Being that burlesque was one of the main draws to the French Quarter, it makes sense that Bourbon Street had the …

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Mid-Week Guide to New Orleans: Live Like A Local

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If you happen to find yourself in New Orleans during the week and are itching to discover unique pockets of culture and activity, you are in luck because there is plenty around the clock and throughout the year. In between the hustle and bustle of the weekends, mid-week travel to New Orleans can provide visitors the opportunity to expand beyond …

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GoNOLA’s Guide to Riverbend Dining and Nightlife

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Follow the River Road to the Riverbend neighborhood, and you’ll be entertained and well-fed all day long. The area encompasses the levee side of Carrollton Avenue, which is crawling with cute outdoor lunch spots, bars and music venues. There are also dozens of unique shops and boutiques in the area that will keep you busy browsing and window shopping. There’s …

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GoNOLA’s Guide to a Great Guys Weekend in New Orleans

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I’m pretty sure that New Orleans is the town that invented fun, so it comes as no surprise that when the guys are looking for a place to get away and enjoy themselves that New Orleans is high on the short list. But what do you do once you get here? Well, I’ve got several recommendations for can’t miss places …

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