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 call it a night, jukebox tunes provide the entertainment.

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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 or enjoy the Avenue Room Fireplace. Live music weekly. Keep your eyes peeled, too, as the lounge is a frequent celeb haunt.

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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 features tons of candlelight, Gothic mirrors on the walls and comfortably plush settees and sofas. The crowd is eclectic and ranges from yuppie professionals to trendy mavens. Cocktails on the menu run the gamut and the staff is very hip.

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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 decor features wood accents, paneled walls and subdued lighting. STREET CAR: St. Charles Ave line to Conti St

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if you love smoking cigars and adore A-list jazz, there's no better place in town than this relaxed Uptown music club. With performances by the likes of Wendell Brunious, Sun Pie Barnes and John Fohl, Dos Jefe's wows music lovers with nightly shows that start in the 8:30-9 pm range. Although Orleans parish bans smoking at clubs and restaurants, cigar lovers get a pass here, which may be one of the last homages to the smoky jazz club scene. As long as the sweet, pungent scent of a good cigar is your jam, Dos Jefes fills the bill. The name means two bosses - and indeed this club serves two audiences very well - lovers of jazz and fine spirits and cigar smokers.

Recommended for Lounges because: An A-list of jazz musicians perform in a cigar friendly venue at this Uptown club.

Local Expert tip: Although the club doesn't have a kitchen there are regular pop ups to handle the late night munchies.

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Monteleone Hotel Carousel Bar
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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 Carousel Bar Café has been a favorite meeting place for locals and celebrities alike. Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams were among its famous patrons. The decor is exquisite and the mood elegant.

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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 modern and features blue backlighting near the bar. Black and white photographs line the wall and there is even a mohair-covered king size bed and leather club chairs for lounging. The mood Whiskey Blue creates is great for mingling.

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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 from Arnaud's Restaurant's main dining room, there is an on-site humidor housing an extensive cigar selection. Tobaccos in stock come from South America, the Caribbean, Switzerland, France, London, Miami and New York. The bar also offers an array of drinking spirits. Enjoy a sip of cognac or port, bourbon or scotch to further enhance the total experience.

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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 creole bean dish and a cold drink.

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