The Night Time is The Right Time: Our Top Picks for Night Life in New Orleans

Nightlife in New Orleans is so much more than Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. In fact, there is no shortage of places where a good time can . . . and will be had all across the city . . . all night long!

We want to introduce you to a few places we like most. Our picks are the best because they are where real people gather to have a really good time! 

There is a little bit of everything on this list — live music spots, eclectic lounges, sports bars, and down-home neighborhood dives. So whether you are looking for a great drink or the spot where the hottest DJ is playing the latest music . . . whether you want to dance the night away or simply a place where you can relax and unwind, Welcome’s Top Night Life Picks has you covered!



2441 A.P. Tureaud Avenue | 504.948.4003

Featured on HBO’s Tremé, Bullet’s Sports Bar is a local spot in the historic Tremé. A variety of beers and mixed drinks are always available at this no-fuss bar that also frequently features some of the best live music performances in the city!


2128 St. Claude Avenue | 504.708.4804

With a mural by The Artist Jade on the outside of the building, it’s evident that NOLA Art Bar is not your ordinary bar or art gallery.  This hip social setting combines original works of art, craft cocktails, and music from some of New Orleans’ best musicians and DJs. Visit for more info!


1355 St. Bernard Avenue | 504.593.9777

When it comes to real people having a real good time, Bertha’s can’t be beat. Friendly and unpretentious, the local hangout has become a favorite among tourists who stumble upon it. If you’re in town, don’t miss Tap Out Tuesdays, where patrons can drink all evening for one price until they tap out!


2513 Bayou Road | 504.259.2025

You can wind down your day or get the party started at Whiskey & Sticks in a relaxing environment that features premium liquors and the smoothest cigars. Enjoy drinks, cigars, and small bites in a casual ambiance at this lounge. The site is available for private events, and Whiskey & Sticks also offers
cigar rolling classes. Visit for more details.


1931 St. Claude Avenue | 504.945.9654

For great food and even better live Jazz music performed by some of the best musicians around, you can’t beat a visit to Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club. On the weekends, it is where you will find stellar players such as Michael Ward, Nicholas Payton, and Clarence Johnson, III. If you are looking for a great atmosphere with authentic New Orleans food and music, look no further.


339 Baronne Street | 504.522.8664

Nestled on the iconic Baronne Street in the heart of New Orleans, this hidden gem offers an unparalleled experience for those seeking refined cocktails and an atmosphere of timeless elegance. Lose yourself in the alluring ambiance, enjoy delicious gourmet small plates, and mingle with locals. Let Baroness on Baronne become your sanctuary of elegance.


1840 Thalia Street | 504.544.0111

A buzzy late-night gathering spot with indoor and outdoor seating that offers cocktails, hookah, music, happy-hour specials, VIP sections, and bottle service, Treehouse is a whole vibe. Located in historic Central City, this cozy and hip establishment has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike.


1359 St. Bernard Avenue | 504.940.1234

Friday nights sizzle at Element 79, where everyone is golden. Located inside the Wisdom Reception Center, Element 79 offers an upscale experience. From the lighting and interior design to the delectable food menu, Element 79 invites a refreshing and all-encompassing approach to upscale cocktailing, dining, and entertaining.


1500 N. Claiborne Avenue | 504.975.3955

Originally opened by New Orleans legend Ernie K-Doe in the mid-1990s, the Mother-in-Law Lounge was reopened, after years of inactivity, in 2014 by the one and only Kermit Ruffins. The New Orleans trumpeter, singer, composer, and actor is featured at 8 p.m. on Saturday nights. And the To Be Continued Brass band plays each Sunday at 9 p.m. Visit for more info!