The rest of the French Quarter
Contrary to what you may think, only a few bars in the Quarter are really worth your while, and most of them aren’t on Bourbon Street. The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone features an actual revolving carousel, and a piano to set the mood for something chill. One Eyed Jack’s and Molly’s at the Market are perennial hipster haunts.
And The Goldmine is one of only three places in the city where you’ll always find an epic late night dance party on the weekends. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop feels otherworldly – it is only lit by candlelight and is a perfect place to wind down your evening. But don’t limit yourself to the Quarter. Some of the best action lies in neighborhoods less than fifteen minutes away.