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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