Trying to categorize New Orleans' bar scene is like attempting to summarize the universe in a word: it's futile and ignores all the wonders that hide within. The city has a bar for every taste and most desires, whether you're looking for music, a romantic date spot, a throw-down party, a gritty look at local life or a perfectly mixed craft cocktail. There's a bar out there sure to meet your personal criteria, even if these change every day.
Here's Gambit's guide to the area's watering holes, arranged by neighborhoods.
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