Sometimes you just need to drink like a fool and sing karaoke, and this is the place to do it at. If you're in a mellow mood, though, there's a quieter balcony and bar upstairs. The Cat's Meow features live DJs and a progressive mix of 1950's through today's hits. Address: 701 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116. Call 504-523-2788 for more information.
Feel like a martini? The Bombay Club is the place to go for great drinks and conversation. A lavish haven for "martiniphiles" and cocktail fans, this elegant place features leather chairs and comfortable booths. The Bombay Club is considered by many locals as the place to be seen. This place also serves a great variety of dishes from burgers to a rack of lamb. Address: 830 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112. Call 504-586-0972 or go to www.thebombayclub.com for more information.
This bar is the new kid on the block in town, but offers a hot atmosphere with an edgy Manhattan vibe and a stellar selection of high-end beer and top-shelf liquor sure to attract the career-oriented men. Address: 618 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA 70116. Call 504-942-3731 for more information.
Eclectic crowds flock to this dark, cool bar all nights of the week. It's a neighborhood joint where the "hipper-than-thou" don't mind being seen. El Matador's overwhelming circular bar is the center of the action, but you can cozy up in a booth if that's more your style. Address: 504 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116. Call 504-569-8361 for more information.
Ol' Toones Salon
A couple of doors down from The House of Blues in the French Quarter, this neighborhood bar boasts a killer jukebox and drinks strong enough to make you think twice about leaving. With a motto like, "We manufacture and service hangovers," how could you resist? Address: 233 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-529-3422 for more information.
Pat O'Brien's Bar
This famous watering hole offers three bars to suit your taste and a restaurant next door with great food. A visit to Pat O'Brien's is not complete without a world-famous Hurricane, now known as the signature drink of New Orleans. Served in a Pat O'Brien's logo glass and garnished with an orange slice and a cherry, it stains your mouth red and packs a rum-filled one-two punch. Also be sure to check out the live music. Address: 718 St. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-525-4823 for more information.
The food's not bad, the margaritas are strong, and the patrons are young and cute. It's a big, bright, colorful slice of the Southwest complete with a selection of nine Mexican beers, over 25 tequilas and a full Tex-Mex menu to boot. Address: 3636 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70170. Call 504-899-4200 for more information.
Dress to impress and dance like a rock star in this hot nightspot whose theme parties have become chick magnets. Both floors feature dance floors with their own light show and DJ spinning industrial, house and techno. If you get upstairs early you may catch a few old school R&B, funk and disco favorites. 735 is also probably the only place in town to see a hot number spinning your tunes. Address: 735 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-581-6740 for more information.
Think Manhattan, but don't forget you're in New Orleans. The staff and guests are friendly even if they are drop-dead gorgeous. Located in the Business District, dress here is definitely in-list and upscale. The town's top DJs rotate gigs so the party atmosphere always throbs with an edgy, unexpected vibe. Address: 1100 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112. Call 504-587-3737 for more information.
Razoo Bar and Patio
The clientele at this bar on Bourbon Street comes from all over and ranges in age from rowdy frat boys to 40-somethings. If you can work your way past these party animals, you'll find an outdoor patio toward the back. You can buy a shooter from a wandering "shot girl" or grab a beer and sit at a table by the fountain. The patio can be a refreshing breath of clean air from the smoky, sweaty dance room, but if you're looking for a calm place to relax, you wouldn't be on Bourbon Street in the first place. Address: 511 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-522-5100 for more information.
The Goldmine Saloon
It's always dark, loud and sweaty out on the dance floor as the DJ spins the best and baddest in alternative, punk, hip-hop and old school rap. Service is quick and all drinks at the front bar are always downright cheap. Address: 705 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70116. Call 504-586-0745 for more information.
This place usually attracts a crowd bigger than the bar itself, especially on weekend nights where the party has been known to spread out into the street. Cafe Brasil is a melting pot of music and clientele with sweet sounds of samba, afro-pop, Latin jazz and salsa. This establishment even has a little bar window outside, so you don't have to pay a cover charge to go inside just to have a few drinks. Address: 2100 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70116. Call 504-949-0851 for more information.
This is the place all other jazz clubs aspire to be. Mellow jazz and blues fill the speakeasy style. The city's premiere musical artists perform upstairs in a sultry and seductive, deep crimson atmosphere. Big names usually play here. Across from Congo Square. Address: 714 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-558-0872 for more information.
A groovy warehouse that features a diverse menu of local and national talent, including the South's very own Black Crowes. Address: 828 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Call 504-624-5410 or go to www.howlin-wolf.com for more information.
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville
This bar, owned by the man himself, is a mirror image of the famous Florida bar, featuring many local musicians and an occasional surprise performance from Buffet himself. Address: 1104 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116. Visit www.margaritavillecafe.com or call 504-592-2565 for more information.