- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- Patrons share a signature Resurrection cocktail at Spirits on Bourbon.
Whether one is leading a pack of wide-eyed visitors or indulging in guilty pleasures, We all end up on Bourbon Street at some point. Here are some stops along the way.
The 21st Amendment at La Louisiane
Just off Bourbon Street, pre-Prohibition-style cocktails are offered in a candlelit joint with speakeasy vibes. The bar's maroon walls are hung with black-and-white photos of Dixieland godfather Carlos Marcello, who once used the space as the hub of his mob operation — or so the story goes. Regardless, it's a quaint spot to hear live jazz or a good yarn. 725 Iberville St., (504) 378-7330; www.21stamendmentnola.com
Plied by fresh flowers, piano music and craft cocktails, patrons might forget they're on Bourbon Street — and that's by design, says Bourbon O manager and mixologist extraordinaire Cheryl Charming, who revamped the bar's decor and menu in April 2013. Huge windows provide sweeping views of Bourbon Street but keep its revelry at a distance suitable for a genteel crowd. Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 730 Bourbon St., (504) 571-4685; www.bourbonono.com, @BourbonOrleans
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield headlines at a swanky hotel bar that hosts jazz performances by emerging and established artists. There's no cover charge, but its easy to observe the one-drink minimum with the slate of signature cocktails, wine and beer. A menu of small plates is available. Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2299; www.irvinmayfield.com, @IMJazzPlayhouse
Lucky Pierre's opened this spring and has already established itself as a top-notch gay-friendly dance club on a stretch of Bourbon Street with no shortage of them. Giant chandeliers with blue lights hang from crown moldings in a bordello-chic setting that merits a trip, and the massive stage, a setting for drag and burlesque shows, is the crown jewel. 735 Bourbon St., (702) 785-7441; www.luckypierresnola.com, @luckypierres
Saints and Sinners
A marble-topped bar, velvet wallpaper and Edison bulbs are among the decadent touches at this two-story drinks and dinner destination tucked in a mansion and co-owned by actor Channing Tatum. The balcony and patio seating offers a luxe place to people-watch. 627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307; www.saintsandsinnersnola.com, @SandSNOLA
Spirits on Bourbon
If you're looking for the quintessential Bourbon Street experience, this is it. There are dueling pianos, motorboating shot girls, Cajun eats and a signature drink, Resurrection, served in a flashing, skull-shaped goblet at this rowdy hotspot of Bar Rescue fame. It bears traces of its former life as a barbershop: a light-up barber's pole and chair. 615 Bourbon St., (504) 524-6014; www.spiritsonbourbon.com, @SpiritsonBourbon
Neighborhood Bars | Arcade Drinking | Walk of Shame Bars | Craft Cocktails
Courtyard Drinking | Frozen Drinks | Wine Bars | Bars for Beer Nerds | French Quarter Bars
Bars with Music | Sports Bars | Not-Just-A-Restaurant Bars