Nightlife

Location
New Orleans, LA
Undergrads
6,443
Tuition
$45,240
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: No matter who you are, you can always find something going on 7 days a week.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Don't come here if you don't party

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Nightlife: Try to find a better city to party in. Go ahead, I dare you.

13 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something to do at night, everyday of the week. If you want to go out, there will be a place and people who want to go with you.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It can be a little repetitive, but it's always fun and there are endless options in the city.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 8th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 1365th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Toppenberg
Hometown
Knoxville, TN
Major
Spanish/Latin American Studies
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Living in new Orleans is like going to Disney World for a week—there’s no way you can do everything that you want to do in your first year. There are many awesome bars and clubs in the city, and most let 18 and up through the door—and they tend to serve drinks to whomever gets in. Students agree that frat parties are the places to go at the beginning of the year in order to meet people, but going out to bars and clubs off campus is preferred. A lot go to bars that are within walking distance of campus, and these tend to have a large college clientele. If you want to go to the Quarter, it will only cost you $2.50 to get down and back, and there’s always a street party going on down Bourbon (but mostly by tourists). Plus, the clubs down there have good dance music, drink specials, and lots of characters.

The most popular local place is The Boot, a bar across the street from Newcomb Hall and visible from JL. It’s the place to meet up with all your friends before you head out for your night on the town, or the place to regroup after party hopping to all the frats. The happy hour on Friday nights is really popular, and it is usually packed until 9 p.m. After that, however, it’s usually pretty empty until 2 or 3 a.m. If drinking isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it. The French Quarter has tons of music and other types of performances going on every evening of the week. However, because it’s farther away, most choose to stay near campus and party at the bars nearby. Drinking and bar hopping is definitely the most popular form of entertainment, but it’s definitely possible to find sober fun—it just takes a little searching.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Bars around campus
  • French Quarter
Student Favorites
  • The Boot
  • The Raven
  • Rocco's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bruno's
  • Check Point Charlie
  • Coyote Ugly
  • Dragon's Den
  • The Dungeon
  • F&M Patio Bar
  • Fat Harry's
  • Howl at the Moon
  • Jimmy's Club
  • Kingpin
  • The Maple Leaf
  • N.O. Original Daquiries
  • Polynesian Joe's
  • Spotted Cat
  • Three-Legged Dog
  • Tipitinas
  • Whiskey Blue
Local Specialties
  • Frozen Daiquiris:
  • Hand Grenades:
  • Hurricanes:
Favorite Drinking Games
  • (Movie Title Here) Challenge- In The Big Lebowski Challenge, for example, you have to drink the same amount of White Russians as Lebowski.
  • Beer Pong
  • Card Games
  • Century Club
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The Arcade (The Hullabaloo's magazine that comes out every other Friday)
  • The Gambit Weekly (a magazine that can be picked up at PJ's)
  • www.nola.com
Closing Time
2 a.m.–3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Ladies' night at Tucks, 50-cent night at The Boot

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The House of Blues (HOB)

It's hard to place the HOB into one category. It's a restaurant, club, and concert venue all in one. There's a voodoo garden next to the restaurant and bar that visitors can sit in and chat before a show. The Music Hall events include performances from a number of local, national and international acts 365 days a year; late-night dance parties; and the famous Sunday Gospel Brunch. The Parish is a 5,000 square foot multi-use special event space with a state-of-the-art sound system. There is also a private club called the Foundation Room that is for VIPs and HOB members. There's a prayer room, a dining room, and a lounge that can be used for private parties or for guests during concerts.

225 Decatur St.

New Orleans

(504) 310-4999

hob.com

OZ

OZ is considered to be the best gay bar in the French Quarter. It's a great place to go with a couple of friends to dance because the DJs play the latest club music. Happy hour (2 for 1 domestic beer and well drinks) is Monday-Friday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

800 Bourbon St.

New Orleans

(504) 593-9491

www.ozneworleans.com

The Cat's Meow

Considered to be one of the best karaoke bars in the world, The Cat's Meow is a very popular spot on Bourbon for tourists and celebrities alike. Paying the cover charge allows you to sing songs for free, but there can be a long wait, and drinks are a bit on the pricy side. DJs play a wide variety of music in between performances. This place is a guaranteed good time if you go with a group of friends. 3 for 1 Happy Hour

701 Bourbon St.

New Orleans French Quarter

(504) 523-2788

www.catskaraoke.com

Club 360

This posh, circular club sits atop of New Orleans' World Trade Center. With an all-glass exterior and rotating outer circle, it gives club goers an excellent view of the city as they sip expensive cocktails. The inner circle of the club is for dancing, as DJs play the latest styles from hip-hop to jazz.

World Trade Center, 33rd Floor, 2 Canal Street

New Orleans

(504) 595-8900

www.club360neworleans.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Raven

7600 Maple St.

New Orleans

(504)-267-4048

Rocco's Tavern

Sunday: $3 Stoli Martinis, $2 Abita Draft Monday: $3 Long Island Iced Teas, 2 for 1 Jello Shots Tuesday: $2 All Draft Beer, $2 Double Wells Wednesday: $2 Jager, $2 Soco and Lime, $3 Jameson, $5 Car Bombs Thursday: $1 PBR, $1 Miller High Life Saturday: $2 for 16oz Cup

7601 Maple St.

New Orleans

(504) 265-0933

neworleansdrinkspecials.com

The Boot

By the end of your 1st week at Tulane, you'll know where and what The Boot is. It's a popular place to "pre-game" it before a big party or to meet up with everyone after a night on the town. The Boot serves as the Tulane/Loyola hangout spot for undergrads of all ages. The DJ plays loud but classic songs, and there are multiple TV screens that show sports and news. Fridays is Happy Hour, 4-9pm, with 3 for 1 longnecks.

1039 Broadway St.

New Orleans

(504) 866-9008

neworleansdrinkspecials.com

The Bulldog

There are no less than 50 beers are on tap at any given time and 250 or so total brands of beer. Also has pool tables, darts, and big screen TVs. This bar is unique in that it gives you the opportunity to try beers from all over the world. This place also has really good bar food. Considered the "best place to drink beer" from 2001 to 2007 by New Orleans Magazine. Register online at their website (bulldog.draftfreak.com) and get free beer on your birthday. The Bulldog also has the Beer Journey. Complete your card of all 50 draft beers and you get to pick from a lot of cool Bulldog shirts, caps etc. for free and get your name on their plaque of Adventurers. Mondays: $2 off imports Tuesday: $1 off import pints Wednesday: Free pint glass with every pint you buy Thursday : $2 off micro-brewery pitchers Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 2 p.m.-7 p.m. 50ยข off pints, $1.00 off pitchers and 2 for 1 mixed drinks.

3236 Magazine St.

New Orleans

(504) 891-1516

bulldog.draftfreak.com

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Most places in New Orleans you have to be 18 or 19 (like Bruno's) to get in, so going to clubs and bars is not a problem even if you are underage. The only places that don't let underage people in are a majority of the strip clubs on Bourbon and a couple of bars on certain nights.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 59 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% There are no good options.
  • 2% Use a designated driver.
  • 9% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 13% Public transportation.
  • 4% Taxis.
  • 70% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 3% Parties? What parties?
  • 2% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 5% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 32% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 58% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 20 responses

  • 29% Boot/Palms
  • 27% Frats
  • 22% Friends houses
  • 12% Local bars
  • 10% Downtown

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 21 responses

  • 81% Mardi gras
  • 14% Everything
  • 5% USAE

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