Nightlife with a touch of refinement is what you'll experience when you frequent New Orleans's best cocktail lounges. These upscale places lend themselves to sophisticated evenings out, and their stylish furnishings and interiors promote conversation and relaxation. For a taste of what New Orleans offers, visit Bombay Club, which is known for its inventive cocktails, or lounge about in Victorian Lounge and discover the ambience that 10Best users appreciate. A great place for a date or an after-hours business meet-up.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

Housed in a quaint 18th century home, this enchanting spot features a beloved piano bar. Guests, with potent "voodoo margaritas" in hand, sit by the fireplace and sing along with the music, or visit on the adjoining patio. Once the musicians...  Read More

Located in the front section of Le Chat Noir cabaret venue, this cocktail lounge serves sassy drinks to a stylish clientele. Brightly colored walls, black and white mosaic floor tiles and a beautiful Yamaha piano accent the interior, and windows...  Read More

Victorian Lounge

An ornate mahogany bar and a magnificent porch distinguish this lounge, housed in the 120-year old digs of the Columns Hotel. Soft red velvet chairs provide comfortable seating, and guests may opt for a window view of the historic neighborhood...  Read More

Beautiful and interesting people are the attraction at this newer nightspot. Housed in the ultra cool International House Hotel, which is managed by a Voodoo priestess, the Loa is located in the hotel lobby. The decor is cutting edge upscale and...  Read More

French Quarter
Bombay Club

Martinis and late night jazz have found a home in New Orleans! The Bombay Club is one of the hottest piano bars in town. The club offers single malt scotches, premium vodkas and a martini menu that's stellar. The ambiance is intimate and the...  Read More

Dos Jefe's Uptown Cigar Bar

The name means two bosses, and this Crescent City bar knows how to manage mixing cigars and cocktails. Dos Jefe's is the perfect haven for smoking aficionados – the cigar menu alone features 40 choice types. The ambiance is casual and...  Read More

Located in the contemporary W Hotel, this bar and lounge is one of the newest spots to see and be seen. Whiskey Blue is all things modern. From stylish trendy people to decadent cocktails – New Orleans' chic standard is set here. The decor is...  Read More

Monteleone Hotel Carousel Bar
Photo courtesy of Hotel Monteleone

This revolving bar is one of three lounges in the elegant Monteleone Hotel. The bar features a working carousel. The ambiance is classic piano bar and the crowd varies from traveling business professionals to die hard regulars. The Monteleone...  Read More

French 75 Bar

Intimate, quaint and quiet. The luxury of enjoying the splendor of a cigar is what French 75 Bar is all about. Aficionados can find the finest of tobaccos from around the world in a classic dark wood club-style ambiance. Located across the hall...  Read More

The Candlelight Lounge is a Treme neighborhood venue famous for providing New Orleans locals and tourists with an true New Orleans experience. Authentic brass bands sweat out four hour sets six nights a week, which you can enjoy while sampling a...  Read More