8 Things To Do In New Orleans By Night! - Updated 2022

things to do in new orleans at night

New Orleans evokes thoughts of jazz, food and alligators but what if you got a view of the city that inspired pirates and ghostly French Quarter sightings? This historical city is known for its unique culture and eclectic personalities but come see what can make New Orleans a legend when it comes to great theater, burlesque shows, fabulous cuisine, infamous drinks and an unmatched nightlife that will keep you entertained for hours. With famous landmark theaters and historic bars owned by heroes of New Orleans past, this city has so many ways to enjoy its history while being spoiled by its rich culture. And who could come to New Orleans without experiencing some of its famous music that has been integral to the spirit of its people and what draws its visitors to keep coming back for more? Read on to learn about the best things to do in New Orleans at night!

1. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
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A bar with an incredible history that equals the history of the person it’s named after. Jean Lafitte is a hero in New Orleans and this historic bar, that is possibly the oldest bar in the United States, pays homage to his mysterious and accomplished personality. Make this a stop during your night time crawl in New Orleans to get a feel for the great stories behind this city.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Address: 941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Website: Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

2. Rock 'n' Bowl

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This iconic institution has a home in many cities but this one in New Orleans has a particular reputation for hosting traditional musicians from the Bayou region. If you’re looking to hear some traditional music, dance, eat or bowl the night away then this is a great stop for you.

Rock 'n' Bowl

Address: 3016 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Website: Rock ‘n’ Bowl

3. The All Ways Lounge & Theater

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If you’re looking for the strange and beautiful shows that have given New Orleans a reputation for pushing artistic boundaries while maintaining a unique identity of its own, then definitely check out The All Ways Lounge & Theater. This novelty lounge is a place where you can catch show stopping performances that invite the viewer to experience art forms such as burlesque shows, comedy performances and art nouveau theater performances.

The All Ways Lounge & Theater

Address: 2240 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Website: All Ways Lounge & Theater

4. Saenger Theater

Saenger Theater
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This landmark theater was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina but after a complete renovation it is back on track to bringing Broadway musicals and other well known plays to New Orleans. Book your tickets in advance and make a special evening out of visiting this amazing theater.

Saenger Theater

Address: 1111 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Website: Saenger Theater

5. New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour (from USD 30.0)

New Orleans Haunted Tour
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Take this tour through special spots in New Orleans that will give you chills as the history of this city is revealed in a different way. This ghost tour is meant to take you through all the ghost sightings that have been well known in the city to scare not only tourists but its locals as well.

New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour with Guide

Duration: 2 hours

814 reviews

6. Bustout Burlesque

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New Orleans is known for its wild side and debauchery and if you’re looking to get a taste of that nightlife then stop in at Bustout Burlesque. This burlesque show is well known for its theatrical performances that maintain a flare for the exotic and entertaining.

Bustout Burlesque

Address: Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Website: Bustout Burlesque

7. Dinner and Live Jazz Package-New Orleans (from 41.50 USD)

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If you’re looking for an intimate night with table service and direct views of a jazz band then don’t miss this deal. This is a great way of catching a jazz show at The Maison Jazz Club and having dinner and drinks served to you all for a great price.

Dinner and Live Jazz Package-New Orleans

Price: from 41.50 USD


8. New Orleans Segway Tour (from USD 75.0)

New Orleans Riverwalk Segway Tour
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Start your trip off right by taking a segway tour through New Orleans. This 3 hour tour will take you through the hottest streets in New Orleans just as the crowds are starting to gather.

New Orleans: Let the Good Times Roll 3-Hour Segway Tour

Duration: 3 hour

39 reviews

New Orleans has a nightlife that won't let you go home without a good time

Whether you choose to go bowling, catch a burlesque show, watch a Broadway play, ride a Segway or just sit in the oldest bar in the United States, New Orleans has plenty of options for all of its visitors for them to enjoy their night in town. This town has such an eccentric and mesmerizing side to it that there are even ghost tours that you can book to take you through some of the most famous ghost sightings. And when all is said and done you can still catch a good jazz show while enjoying Bayou cuisine served at your table for a night that will leave you grateful for all that New Orleans has to offer.

You could be in the mood for watching a production at a theater to catch all the glory of the grand side of the city or you could simply wander down The French Quarter to revel in everyone’s celebrations. However you choose to spend your night in New Orleans, make sure you don’t miss a beat of what makes this amazing city memorable.

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