Hot spots for dancing the New Orleans night away

New Orleans is transformed when the sun goes down. Though people have just as much fun in the sunshine, it's not until the moon rises and the cocktails start to flow that The Big Easy really comes into its own.

Although live music is what most people want to hear when they come to town - it's the life force that oxygenates the culture and traditions in the city where jazz was born -  there is also a dance club scene if underground, EDM or house music is more your cup of boogie.  New Orleans has all the bases covered, whether it's on Bourbon, Frenchmen or at one of the larger club venues in the Warehouse District, a developing area frequented by young professionals.

The proximity of all these great venues, whether lined up along infamous Bourbon Street on along happening Frenchmen Street makes nightlife easily accessible no matter where you're staying. There are a cluster of clubs in each 'hood, so once you get yourself there, simply hop from place to place to sample what the city's night club scene has to offer.

When you are in New Orleans, it's all about having fun.  Any of these spots will jump start your nights, New Orleans style.



Another warehouse dance destination, The Metropolitan Club is the premier video DJ dance establishment in town. The intricate lighting and smoke machines set the mood powered by a thumbing bass beat that never stops. The music offerings...  Read More

French Quarter


Locally owned and operated, the Gold Mine Saloon has been a family business serving New Orleans since 1983. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, it has traditionally been a favorite of locals and tourists for late night dancing and great...  Read More

French Quarter


Bourbon Heat is one of a hot spot on BOurbon, earning high marks for its happy hour and courtyard setting. The club portion is on the second level of the building, where you will find partiers of all stripes getting down on the dance floor. As...  Read More

French Quarter


Right up the road from the infamous Pat O'Brien's you'll find the nearly as famous Cat's Meow. This Bourbon Street night club is known for its ridiculously good karaoke scene and great 3-for-1 happy hour drink specials. Rumor has it that The...  Read More



Club Ampersand is built into an old bank in the Central Business District of New Orleans. Ampersand takes the decor of The Metropolitan and The Republic up a couple notches, getting a bit classier with a Euro/South Beach flair. Sprawling couches...  Read More

French Quarter


The Beach on Bourbon is also kind of new, and boy does it get wild. You walk in through a kind of narrow walkway, where you can't tell if you are still outside or inside (it's actually an air conditioned courtyard). When you finally make your...  Read More



Bourbon Pub and Parade is located in the cluster of gay bars heading into the residential end of Bourbon. The venue is know for its male go-go dancers prancing around the bars, regular karaoke and spacious balcony for people watching. There...  Read More



Bourbon Street is where the tourists go, but Frenchmen Street is the spot if you want to experience some real New Orleans nightlife. Blue Nile is a Frenchmen Street nightclub housed in one of the oldest buildings on the famed rue (1832). The...  Read More



The Maison is a popular nightclub on historic Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. Frenchmen Street is known for its great music and nightlife and The Maison offers some of the street's best live music and dancing opps. For the early birds, live...  Read More

Republic New Orleans


The Republic is a massive dance club located in the Warehouse district in an actual warehouse space that dates to 1852. Just eight blocks outside the Canal Street end of the French Quarter, this historic space is carved into three distinct...  Read More


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