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New Orleans Late-Night Bars

Molly's at the Market
  • Molly's at the Market

It's no problem finding a drink in the wee hours in New Orleans. It isn't even that hard to find a crowd enjoying a few more rounds before the sun rises.

Molly's at the Market Molly's is a friend to late night revelers and to members of the local media, which many could use at the moment. It's hosted regular media nights, occasionally featuring guest bartenders like ex-con and ex-Gov. Edwin Edwards. Recently, following announcement of the "robust" retooling of the city's daily newspaper, the nearly 40-year-old French Quarter institution even offered free drinks one night to anyone with a current Times-Picayune ID. The bar has daily draft beer specials and $1 High Lifes every Thursday. Given its lower Decatur address, Molly's is a refreshingly normal, non-touristy oasis. If you need caffeinated booze to keep your night going, try the Frozen Irish Coffee. 1107 Decatur St., 525-5169;

Aunt Tiki's This notorious French Quarter spot is known for cheap beer, its year-round Halloweenish decorations all year round and never closing. 1207 Decatur St., 680-8454

Checkpoint Charlie This corner bar on Esplanade hosts live music every night. You can also play pool, shoot darts, do your laundry, play video games and grab something to eat. 501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847

Coyote UglyJust like the movie based on the original bar in New York, Coyote Ugly features rock music and sassy bartending. 225 N. Peters St., 218-7836;

Erin Rose Bar Erin Rose is popular among service industry workers and features late-night (midnight to 4 a.m.) service industry drink specials Monday through Thursday. 811 Conti St., 523-8619;

F&M Patio Bar F&M has an indoor and outdoor patio and a grill menu featuring inexpensive, greasy bar-food staples. 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784;

The John This simple, low-key Marigny watering hole has lately become a favorite post-show hangout for members of the city's new comedy theater, The New Movement. 2040 Burgundy St., 942-7159

Kajun's Pub Cheap drinks and karaoke complement each other well. Kajun's has an abundance of both. 2256 St. Claude Ave., 947-3735;

The Saint Bar & Lounge A perennial late-night favorite in the Lower Garden District, the Saint is a dimly lit vault offering cheap drinks and daily themed events. Tuesday, for example, is tikioki, or tiki plus karaoke. 961 St. Mary St., 523-0050;

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