6 Unique Bars In New Orleans
It comes as no surprise that New Orleans boasts some wild and out-of-the-ordinary bars – here’s some of our favorites for you to visit while you’re in town!
731 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Did you recognize the name’s movie reference? If you’re a fan of Irish dive bars and amazing movies, Boondock Saint is the place for you. Owned by two former Boston police officers, the bar is decorated by hanging police badges and crime news clippings, and the movie Boondock Saints is often (always, even?) playing on the televisions. Inside, you’ll find locals sitting around, drinking beer, and swapping gossip. Come in for a beer, stay because you feel like part of the community!
1207 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
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This bar is over-the-top in the best possible way. Whatever you expect coming here (especially if you expect tiki decor), this place is not. This is not a place to come for a classy and quiet glass of wine, this is where you go to see people doing odd things with their breathmints, but everyone is friendly and will allow you to join them in their debauchery. Drinks are cheap, music is loud, T.V. viewing might be NSFW. Order a tiki drink and get laughed out of the bar – stick to Bloody Mary’s; they’re amazing here.
2133 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
You’re in New Orleans, it’s hot, maybe you changed clothes too much, and now you need a laundromat. Go to Igor’s. Put your laundry in one of their washers (it’s a laundromat), order a burger while you wait (it’s a restaurant), and relax with a cold beer (it’s a bar). Transfer your clothes to the dryer and play a game of pool or poker (it’s a game hall) or buy a book from their used book display. It’s Igor’s and that’s plenty.
1179 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130
This is the most DELICIOUS bar you’ll be in. They specialize in 7 layer cakes, but also consider ordering the Brownie a la Cosmos because…skittle brittle. Also, don’t forget a cocktail – their take on the Pink Squirrel pairs well with the fruity Skittles flavor. Here, the unique is less found in atmosphere, and much more in flavor.
1500 N Claibourne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Picture a renovated basement apartment, and you’ll understand the general vibe here. Part restaurant, part jazz club, the Mother In Law Lounge is a tribute to its previous owner Ernie K-Doe. It’s now run by jazz legend, chef, and Lounge singer Kermit Ruffins, who enjoys dropping by to do it all at his club. No matter what night you go, you’re guaranteed a good time, but if you can plan for a night when Kermit will be there, rearrange your schedule. Mondays is red beans and rice night – always hit that. Oh, and never EVER root against the Saints!
2040 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Yes, it IS a toilet-themed bar. Come in and sit upon your choice of golden commodes while you enjoy their strong drinks (they’ve got a heavy hand – drink too much and you’ll end up making use of your seat) and the raunchy bathroom humor that everyone engages in here. The crowd is mainly locals, so challenge them to a game of ping pong and pick their brain for activity suggestions in town.