Nightlife in New Orleans


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  • Bruno's Tavern
    Bruno's Tavern occupies three corners of Maple and Hillary, just as it did when it opened in 1934. But thanks to a four-year-long rebuilding project, the pub's collection of Tulane and Saints memorabilia hangs on new walls alongside plasma TVs. While watching games, patrons can sip 20 types of draft beer and tuck into debris po’ boys, Crystal hot sauce burgers, and Boudreaux sweet-potato fries with blue cheese, pecans, and golden raisins.
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    7538 Maple St.
    New Orleans, LA US
  • Southern Repertory Theatre
    A smash off-Broadway hit, The Piano Teacher tells the haunting tale of the sweetly maternal Mrs. K, a piano teacher whose past may be much darker than her cookie-chomping demeanor reveals. Penned by Susan Smith Blackburn Prize recipient Julia Cho, directed by Mark Routhier, and performed by a collection of top local and national talent, The Piano Teacher presents audiences with a riveting amalgam of suspense and storytelling prowess.
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    333 Canal St
    New Orleans, LA US
  • Elm Theatre
    Recently featured in the Times-Picayune for its riveting staging of Blackbird, Elm Theatre brings socially conscious theater to New Orleans's drama devotees. North Baton Rouge native and recent Windy City dweller Garrett Prejean returns to his home state to teach introductory acting to aspiring stage stars and uncanny De Niro impressionists sick of doing scenes with their reflection in a mirror. Prejean is a graduate of The Second City’s acting program, and he later taught at the famed comedy-star breeding ground. At Elm Theatre, he leads a series of workshops that includes the Acting 1 course. Groupon holders will be treated to an exclusive, three-week abridgement ($31.25-per-week value) of this course, with no required long-term commitment or blood-signed contract. The three-week session will touch on monologues, auditions, acting exercises, and the fundamental techniques actors use to create and finely tune their characters.
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    220 Julia St
    New Orleans, LA US
  • Cat's Meow
    Claiming a wealth of celebrities among their past clientele, The World Famous Cats Meow gives songbirds and wannabe rock stars a chance to work their vocal cords and stocks a full bar with a varied roster of liquid courage. The Bourbon Street bar plunks casual crooners into the center of attention by placing them on a glossy wooden stage, separating them from the throngs of new fans and Ed Sullivan booking agents with a low yellow barricade. Vocalists pull songs from a chart-topping list that reaches back to the 1950s before bypassing lines and leaping right on stage with their Head of the Line pass. Between tune-bending sessions, sing-along stars can rehydrate parched throats by knocking back one of 15 Jello shots or one of seven drinks from the well-stocked bar, such as a bubbly Abita beer, a premium cocktail, or a fruity 32-ounce hurricane. An included DVD of the event lets singers watch, critique, and improve their performances in much the same way boxers watch match tapes to hone their jabs or the Kool-Aid Man watches his own commercials to master his wall-smashing skills.
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    701 Bourbon St
    New Orleans, LA US
  • Tipitina’s
    In 1977, Professor Longhair didn't have long to live. As a human bridge connecting early 20th century blues, traditional Big Easy jazz, and Cuban funk, the now legendary musician changed the soundtrack to the city, paving the way for acts such as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Perhaps most notably, he penned the ubiquitous carnival anthem "Mardi Gras in New Orleans." But when it looked like his time was up, the NOLA community wasn't going to let him fade away. A group of fans, dubbed "The Fabulous Fo'teen," sought out a spot for the "Fess" to play at until his dying day. And that's exactly what he did at Tipitina's. They even named the place after one of his songs. Proof that a former gambling parlor and cathouse can change its ways, Tipitina's century-old building has earned a reputation as one of New Orleans's finest music venues. Within its hallowed walls, many famous Crescent City acts have launched to stardom, from funk collectives such as The Neville Brothers and The Meters to rockers like Better than Ezra and the Radiators. All of these names grace the outdoor Walk of Fame, and the club also attracts national artists such as Wilco and Nine Inch Nails. However, the venue's immersion in the musical community goes beyond just shows—it also hosts music lessons for kids, weekly Cajun dance parties, and a retirement home for senior citizen horns. But as much as Tipitina's has expanded over time, it pays respect to the Longhair of its namesake every year with the appropriately punned "Fess Jazztival."
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    501 Napoleon Avenue
    New Orleans, LA US
  • Napoleon House Bar and Cafe
    Fill up on fare from Napoleon House Bar and Cafe in New Orleans and be sure to satisfy your stomach. Napoleon House Bar and Cafe will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items. Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Napoleon House Bar and Cafe has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more. Parents, bring your kids along to Napoleon House Bar and Cafe, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Napoleon House Bar and Cafe. Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Napoleon House Bar and Cafe. Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at Napoleon House Bar and Cafe. If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation. Take it nice and easy at Napoleon House Bar and Cafe, where casual dress is the rule of the day. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Street parking is the only parking option close to Napoleon House Bar and Cafe. Super-savers will adore the low-prices at Napoleon House Bar and Cafe, too — meals there usually cost less than $15. Head on over to Napoleon House Bar and Cafe first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Napoleon House Bar and Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    500 Chartres St
    New Orleans, LA US

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