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The Top Hidden Hangouts in New Orleans

Where to go for good food, music, and drinks off the beaten path

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As a city known for its festive atmosphere, destination streets, and world-famous restaurants, New Orleanians seek those less-frequented hangouts for their daily life; spots off the beaten path also known as hidden gems that add flavor to the city. With amazing atmospheres, food, drinks, music, and patrons, these are the non-touristy, go-to places to visit for a good time, when you’re not busy keeping up with New Orleans’s hot spots.

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1. Prime Example Jazz Club

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1909 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 701-9007
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Catch some of the best local musicians, live performances, and gumbo at Prime Example, located on the edge of the Seventh Ward and Gentilly. The Broad Street venue is intimate and laid back but with an aura of gravitas, as you might rub elbows with other musicians, jazz experts, and generally those with good taste.

2. Whiskey & Sticks

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2513 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 259-2025
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The cool and cultivated Whiskey and Sticks on Bayou Road is a lounge in every sense, offering a great vibe, premium liquors, a nice selection of cigars, and cigar rolling classes. Memberships are available though not required to visit.

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3. Bertha's Place Bar and Restaurant

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1355 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 593-9777

This vibrant South 7th Ward spot is a good ole’ Southern juke joint with a New Orleans twist. With an age requirement of 30, it’s a great place to catch music, nightlife, charbroiled oysters, and good drinks with a mature crowd.

1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117

Yes, everyone in the know knows about the Ninth Ward’s trendy N7, but once there it feels like a hidden gem regardless. Tucked away on Montegut Street behind an unmarked, high wooden fence, N7 serves French-meets-Japanese small plates inside a funky dining room or a gorgeous bulb-lit patio. You’d never know it was once a tire shop.

The courtyard at N7
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5. Treme Hideaway

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1234 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 301-4441

Treme Hideaway is a neighborhood gathering spot with a unique and soulful atmosphere where local and national artists alike perform regularly. Great chargrilled oysters, crawfish, and basically all things shellfish.

6. Second Vine Wine

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1027 Touro St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 304-4453
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This neighborhood wine shop on Touro Street is a true gem, with an extra hidden layer in the form of a backroom bar and outdoor courtyard beyond the shop. The shop itself is cozy, with large living room furniture and a big screen TV. Tasting every Friday; afterwards step into the back and get lost for hours in good times.

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7. Chickie Wah Wah

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2828 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(844) 244-2543

Just a street car ride away from the French Quarter, this small club on Canal Street has great live music almost every night — and artists here receive 100% of the proceeds. Dark and moody, it’s one of the best music venues in the city, and you never know who might pop up here. Great sandwiches as well.

8. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

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626 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 949-0696
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This Frenchmen Street club just outside the French Quarter has been providing some of the best live jazz to locals and visitors for over 30 years. It has a casual dining area, bar, and stage, with the best seats upstairs on the balcony. 

Outside Snug Harbor
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9. Kermit’s 9th Ward Juke Joint

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5119 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

Open for a little over a year, Kermit Ruffins’ newest music destination is already popular in Holy Cross and attracting visitors beyond the neighborhood. It’s the hidden counterpart to Kermit’s beloved Mother-in-Law Lounge.

10. Vaughan's Lounge

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4229 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 947-5562
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This iconic Ninth Ward bar was established in 1959 and has been known throughout the years as the place to be for live music on Thursday Nights — once Kermit Ruffins, the night is now Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet’s. Vaughan’s delivers cheap drinks, good music, and the kind of welcome that you hope for at a hangout.

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Vaughan’s
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11. Old Point Bar

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545 Patterson Rd
New Orleans, LA 70114
(504) 364-0950
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This Algiers corner bar is just minutes away from the French Quarter by ferry boat, where you’re transported to an old-timey spot with cold beer, live music, and good times.

12. Oak

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8118 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 302-1485
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Oak is a classy spot Uptown wine bar with nearly a hundred hand-selected bottles and crafty bartenders in a clean and crisp atmosphere. Low-key but buzzing, you can catch live music here on the weekend and still be able to converse with your company.

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13. Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge

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7612 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-2802
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Snake & Jakes is basically a shack lit up with Christmas lights and known as New Orleans’s most legendary dive bar. This is a late night bar through and through, staying lively until the early hours of the morning and not opening again until much later.

Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge, Friday 1 a.m. Gwendolyn Knapp/Eater NOLA

14. Chais Delachaise

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7708 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 510-4509
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Not to be confused with its sister restaurant The Delachaise, this charming wine bar and bistro all the way Uptown on Maple Street is a haven. It serves fresh food like Gulf seafood bouillabaisse, grilled octopus, and North African boulettes, and offers an extensive global wine list.

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15. Caesar’s

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209 Monroe St
Gretna, LA 70053

Caesar’s is a West Bank hang, a nightclub also known for its food, especially seafood Tuesdays with boiled crabs, crawfish, and more. It’s lively and packed with a mature crowd — a winning combo.

16. Le Bon Temps Roule

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4801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 897-3448
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Le Bon Temps is a longtime Uptown music and dive bar staple, with musicians like Kermit Ruffins, the Soul Rebels, and Anders Osborne getting their start here. Catch the Soul Rebels every Thursday night at midnight. 

The Soul Rebels play at Le Bon Temps Roule in 2018
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1. Prime Example Jazz Club

1909 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Catch some of the best local musicians, live performances, and gumbo at Prime Example, located on the edge of the Seventh Ward and Gentilly. The Broad Street venue is intimate and laid back but with an aura of gravitas, as you might rub elbows with other musicians, jazz experts, and generally those with good taste.

1909 N Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

2. Whiskey & Sticks

2513 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, LA 70119
Inside Whiskey & Sticks
Whiskey & Sticks/Facebook

The cool and cultivated Whiskey and Sticks on Bayou Road is a lounge in every sense, offering a great vibe, premium liquors, a nice selection of cigars, and cigar rolling classes. Memberships are available though not required to visit.

2513 Bayou Rd
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Bertha's Place Bar and Restaurant

1355 St Bernard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

This vibrant South 7th Ward spot is a good ole’ Southern juke joint with a New Orleans twist. With an age requirement of 30, it’s a great place to catch music, nightlife, charbroiled oysters, and good drinks with a mature crowd.

1355 St Bernard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. N7

1117 Montegut St, New Orleans, LA 70117
The courtyard at N7
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Yes, everyone in the know knows about the Ninth Ward’s trendy N7, but once there it feels like a hidden gem regardless. Tucked away on Montegut Street behind an unmarked, high wooden fence, N7 serves French-meets-Japanese small plates inside a funky dining room or a gorgeous bulb-lit patio. You’d never know it was once a tire shop.

1117 Montegut St
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Treme Hideaway

1234 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Treme Hideaway is a neighborhood gathering spot with a unique and soulful atmosphere where local and national artists alike perform regularly. Great chargrilled oysters, crawfish, and basically all things shellfish.

1234 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Second Vine Wine

1027 Touro St, New Orleans, LA 70116
The front room inside Second Vine Wine
Second Vine Wine/Facebook

This neighborhood wine shop on Touro Street is a true gem, with an extra hidden layer in the form of a backroom bar and outdoor courtyard beyond the shop. The shop itself is cozy, with large living room furniture and a big screen TV. Tasting every Friday; afterwards step into the back and get lost for hours in good times.

1027 Touro St
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Chickie Wah Wah

2828 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Just a street car ride away from the French Quarter, this small club on Canal Street has great live music almost every night — and artists here receive 100% of the proceeds. Dark and moody, it’s one of the best music venues in the city, and you never know who might pop up here. Great sandwiches as well.

2828 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

626 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Outside Snug Harbor
Snug Harbor/Facebook

This Frenchmen Street club just outside the French Quarter has been providing some of the best live jazz to locals and visitors for over 30 years. It has a casual dining area, bar, and stage, with the best seats upstairs on the balcony. 

626 Frenchmen St
New Orleans, LA 70116

9. Kermit’s 9th Ward Juke Joint

5119 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Open for a little over a year, Kermit Ruffins’ newest music destination is already popular in Holy Cross and attracting visitors beyond the neighborhood. It’s the hidden counterpart to Kermit’s beloved Mother-in-Law Lounge.

5119 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

10. Vaughan's Lounge

4229 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
 Vaughan's
Vaughan’s
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

This iconic Ninth Ward bar was established in 1959 and has been known throughout the years as the place to be for live music on Thursday Nights — once Kermit Ruffins, the night is now Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet’s. Vaughan’s delivers cheap drinks, good music, and the kind of welcome that you hope for at a hangout.

4229 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

11. Old Point Bar

545 Patterson Rd, New Orleans, LA 70114

This Algiers corner bar is just minutes away from the French Quarter by ferry boat, where you’re transported to an old-timey spot with cold beer, live music, and good times.

545 Patterson Rd
New Orleans, LA 70114

12. Oak

8118 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
The bar at Oak
Oak/Facebook

Oak is a classy spot Uptown wine bar with nearly a hundred hand-selected bottles and crafty bartenders in a clean and crisp atmosphere. Low-key but buzzing, you can catch live music here on the weekend and still be able to converse with your company.

8118 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

13. Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge

7612 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge, Friday 1 a.m. Gwendolyn Knapp/Eater NOLA

Snake & Jakes is basically a shack lit up with Christmas lights and known as New Orleans’s most legendary dive bar. This is a late night bar through and through, staying lively until the early hours of the morning and not opening again until much later.

7612 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

14. Chais Delachaise

7708 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Not to be confused with its sister restaurant The Delachaise, this charming wine bar and bistro all the way Uptown on Maple Street is a haven. It serves fresh food like Gulf seafood bouillabaisse, grilled octopus, and North African boulettes, and offers an extensive global wine list.

7708 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

15. Caesar’s

209 Monroe St, Gretna, LA 70053

Caesar’s is a West Bank hang, a nightclub also known for its food, especially seafood Tuesdays with boiled crabs, crawfish, and more. It’s lively and packed with a mature crowd — a winning combo.

209 Monroe St
Gretna, LA 70053

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16. Le Bon Temps Roule

4801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
The Soul Rebels play at Le Bon Temps Roule in 2018
Official/Le Bon Temps Roule

Le Bon Temps is a longtime Uptown music and dive bar staple, with musicians like Kermit Ruffins, the Soul Rebels, and Anders Osborne getting their start here. Catch the Soul Rebels every Thursday night at midnight. 

4801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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