Things to do in New Orleans At Night

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About New Orleans

New Orleans, a city southeast of Louisiana, U.S. Undoubtedly one of the most distinct cities in New World, New Orleans was established at a high cost to the conflict scene. Its well thought out position, commanding the mouth of the great Mississippi-Missouri river system, which produces a rich interior in North America, formed the basis for European struggles to control North America. As a result, New Orleans people came from unique cultures and communities while simultaneously encompassing many treasures. Its native Africans made an exceptional contribution to making New Orleans the birthplace of jazz.

Nightclubs in New Orleans

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Other things to do at night in New Orleans

Dance to live music on Frenchmen Street

The busiest nightlife scene (outside Bourbon Street) is on Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny area. It is home to many nearby live music venues, including the DBA, Spotted Cat Music Club, and the Blue Nile, including local bands and D.J.s. There is also an outdoor art market if you need to catch the wind between sets and many street players if you do not feel committed to the club cover charges. For a great night out, visit 13-year-old Monaghan to discover the famous tachos (tater tots loaded with classic stops).

Take a ghost trip

Hear about the so-called New Orleans history that is met by joining one of the many guided tours around the French Quarter. You can take your choice between a ghost tour, a vampire tour, and even a pub trek where you will be treated to a fun combination of both fact and fiction (who knows where the line is dark?). Hosted by theater guides and information, these visitors will take you to some of the city’s oldest and spookiest venues. Some of these stories are so embarrassing that you may find yourself wanting to go back to these places on your own – to see what you can see. 

Get the ultimate visitor experience on Bourbon Street

While many would argue that it is a perfect tourist trap, Bourbon Street is a place where you have to skip your bucket list. It is known the world over for its potent neon drinks and nightclubs and strip clubs. And yes, this is also where you hold the beads all year out on the balcony – if you can’t do it for Mardi Gras. Although a bit steep, this additional pedestrian crossing captures the spirit of New Orleans.

See a movie at midnight in the Prytania Theater

In Uptown, New Orleans’ oldest movie theater has not changed much since its opening in 1914. While it has a steady rotation of new releases, it also shows a series of very late night movies on its single screen. It is a beautiful place to see religious archeology such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors, and Room. Don’t forget to bring the popcorn, and if you have a special event, a theater is available for private rental.

Check out the Burlesque Show 

In the 20th century, New Orleans was home to a growing burlesque scene as jazz music began to take shape. Today, burlesque is still a thriving business town, with many local clubs and well-known actors, including Trixie Minx and Bella Blue, who exudes old school’s glamor, sensuality, and sex appeal. Some of the best places to see a live burlesque show include One-Eyed jack (which also hosts other live music and theater events), Burlesque Ballroom at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, House of Blues, and AllWays Lounge & Theater.

Sing karaoke at Kajun’s Pub

The divey karaoke bar with frills on Saint Claude Avenue remains open 24 hours a day. Offering a collection of many and varied songs, Kajun’s Pub is the perfect place to climb to the top stage and sing at the top of your lungs. As you wait for your music to unfold, grab a cheap drink at the bar, warm up your vocals, and sing along with the other sponsors. Even if you are given a recording agreement in your dreams, this could be a place you do yourself. 

Visit Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

A bar with a fantastic history equal to the history of the person named after it. Jean Lafitte is a hero in New Orleans and this historic bar, perhaps the oldest bar in the United States, honors his mysterious and perfect personality. Set this up during your night crawl in New Orleans to experience the good news behind the city.

Grab a cocktail at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29

Opened in 2014, Latitude 29 is not focused on regular New Orleans cocktails (Sazeracs, brandy punch, etc.) But the traditional tiki vibe was a great addition to the city. Owner Jeff “Beachbum” Berry wanted to increase the city’s proximity to tropical areas, opened the bar to establish that connection, and used cool mixes, such as Navy Grog and Suffering Bastard.

The perfect order is ordering a bland Asian bar food is necessary to enjoy the drinks, and Resy reservations are highly recommended, as space is limited. But getting a travel ticket is also away.

Party at Metropolitan Nightclub

It may not be anything new under the sun, but if you’re a scint of a quintessential D.J. and a dance club with pounding bass (and shooting), go to Metropolitan on Saturday night. With one room pulling techno and house and the other offering up to 40 highs, hip-hop, and rock, not to mention 11 bars, smoking machines, and strobe lights, you’ll get the full experience of nightclubs here.

Goldmine Saloon

Owned and operated, Gold Mine Saloon has been a family business operating in New Orleans since 1983. Located in the mid of the French Quarter, it has traditionally been a favorite of locals and tourists with very late-night dances and great drinks. The Gold Mine Saloon is close enough to Bourbon Street to draw crowds with Dr. Pepper’s delightful dance music and burning flames, which the club claims to have founded. The Gold Mine usually has a small crowd of races. Get ready to grind, shimmy, and shake the night to one of the local D.J.s. During the 30-minute dance intervals, you can turn off and play pool or one of their retro 80’s arcade equipment.

Basic Room

More than a dance club, this is a special side like here, you have to be a member of the House of Blues Foundation to get in the door, or at least be a member guest. Swankily deck from top to bottom like a sultan’s tent, if you want to join a high-profile crowd (not to mention the HOB shows on the balcony), this is your place.


Although New Orleans looks good during the day, the city shines at night with neon lights shining across Bourbon Street. Most places in the city stay open after two in the morning, allowing you to start many trips in one night. Whether you’re getting into a nocturnal night, arcade games, old-fashioned cult movies, fried foods, live music, or hot sky views, Big Easy has it all.