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A Handy Guide to New Orleans' Dive Bars

Darkness and cheap booze abounds

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Sure, New Orleans' cocktail game is on point. But there is something about the worn-in seats, dim lighting, and jukebox machine character of a quality dive bar that can't be reproduced by your local cocktail lounge. Dive bars are places to escape or make a friend, to grab a cheap after work drink or roundoff a night of hard partying, and offer none of the pretense of an upscale watering hole.

The city, of course, is dotted with plenty of fine specimens that fit the dive bar bill. Below, find 12 of the best — including ones that aren't afraid to mock you publicly if you get wasted. Grab an inexpensive cocktail, a vinyl booth, and maybe even the karaoke mic at these essential New Orleans dive bars.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The King Pin Bar

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The shuffleboard table at this Uptown dive is a great way to remedy awkward silences, though the jukebox is usually loud enough to take care of that for you anyways.

Bar Redux

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An ideal spot for fine weather excursions, this Bywater dive bar boasts ample seating out back. Enjoy a libation and chill.

Bud Rip's

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Another classic Bywater dive, Bud Rip's is now owned by the R Bar team. It's a great spot to catch a beer or grab a cocktail with occasional DJ sets.

Kajun's Pub

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With an extensive 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour, day-drinking inevitably devolves into the nightly crooning at this beloved St. Claude karaoke den.

The Saint

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An awesome dive in the LGD with fantastic bartenders, a full bar, daiquiris, a photo booth and a free jukebox on Sundays.

Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge

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Bask in the beautiful glow of Christmas lights at this Uptown lounge. The bar opens its doors late and shuts down in the early hours of the morning so you can always stay and watch the sunrise.

Ms Mae's The Club

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This neighborhood bar is always open, making it a good place to wrap up the night. Get too wasted and you might just earn a spot on the Wall Of Shame.

Lost Love Lounge

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This Marigny hub has a killer juke box, a low key vibe, great beer and booze selections, and a pho spot in back.

Verret's Lounge

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What's not to love about red vinyl banquettes and $6 Bulleit Old Fashioneds? Get in on the magic at this Central City haunt.

Twelve Mile Limit

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A Mid-City dive bar for lovers and loners alike, Twelve Mile Limit features incredible (and cheap) craft drinks, a great beer selection, awesome staff, occasional dance parties, plus tasty Doberge cake for sweet tooths.

Pal's Lounge

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This neighborhood bar offers a laid back atmosphere, a rotating roster of pop-ups, pinball, air hockey, and refreshing cocktails. It's a great spot to go with pals or to make some new ones, plus snacks are on the house.

Sydney's Saloon

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Sydney's is off the beaten path, dog friendly, and home to great cocktails and live entertainment.

The King Pin Bar

The shuffleboard table at this Uptown dive is a great way to remedy awkward silences, though the jukebox is usually loud enough to take care of that for you anyways.

Bar Redux

An ideal spot for fine weather excursions, this Bywater dive bar boasts ample seating out back. Enjoy a libation and chill.

Bud Rip's

Another classic Bywater dive, Bud Rip's is now owned by the R Bar team. It's a great spot to catch a beer or grab a cocktail with occasional DJ sets.

Kajun's Pub

With an extensive 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour, day-drinking inevitably devolves into the nightly crooning at this beloved St. Claude karaoke den.

The Saint

An awesome dive in the LGD with fantastic bartenders, a full bar, daiquiris, a photo booth and a free jukebox on Sundays.

Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge

Bask in the beautiful glow of Christmas lights at this Uptown lounge. The bar opens its doors late and shuts down in the early hours of the morning so you can always stay and watch the sunrise.

Ms Mae's The Club

This neighborhood bar is always open, making it a good place to wrap up the night. Get too wasted and you might just earn a spot on the Wall Of Shame.

Lost Love Lounge

This Marigny hub has a killer juke box, a low key vibe, great beer and booze selections, and a pho spot in back.

Verret's Lounge

What's not to love about red vinyl banquettes and $6 Bulleit Old Fashioneds? Get in on the magic at this Central City haunt.

Twelve Mile Limit

A Mid-City dive bar for lovers and loners alike, Twelve Mile Limit features incredible (and cheap) craft drinks, a great beer selection, awesome staff, occasional dance parties, plus tasty Doberge cake for sweet tooths.

Pal's Lounge

This neighborhood bar offers a laid back atmosphere, a rotating roster of pop-ups, pinball, air hockey, and refreshing cocktails. It's a great spot to go with pals or to make some new ones, plus snacks are on the house.

Sydney's Saloon

Sydney's is off the beaten path, dog friendly, and home to great cocktails and live entertainment.

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