Best of New Orleans ®
Best Gay Bar
Oz (800 Bourbon St., 593-9491; www.ozneworleans.com) — This huge disco marks the corner on Bourbon Street where straight tourists usually clutch their Hurricanes and turn around. What are they missing? Locals and visitors alike crammed inside a dizzying danceteria, getting messy and having fun (the cast of this year’s Real World: New Orleans ended up there). During the week, there are bingo games and drag shows hosted by the outrageous Blanche Debris. 2. The Bourbon Pub/ Parade (801 Bourbon St., 529-2107; www.bourbonpub.com) 3. Good Friends (740 Dauphine St., 566-7191; www.goodfriendsbar.com)
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Best Neighborhood Bar
The Kingpin (1307 Lyons St., 891-2373; www.kingpinbar.com) — A great neighborhood bar, paradoxically, makes you want to travel across town to go there. The Kingpin does just that by making a neat 7-10 split between a comfy hangout and a true dive, with an ageless blue-collar New Orleans vibe — it’s a perfect place to meet before a movie at the Prytania Theater. Play darts or just sit at the bar, bending your elbow and marveling at the layers of memorabilia covering the walls, a New Orleans education in itself. 2. St. Joe’s Bar (5535 Magazine St., 899-3744) 3. Pal’s Lounge (949 N. Rendon St., 488-7257)
Best Hotel Bar
Bar & Lounge (Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com) — The Monteleone’s revolving Carousel Bar was always a great spot to climb aboard and watch the world go by outside on Royal Street. But in recent years, the Carousel has stepped up its cocktail game, and you can now get a drink as eleganza as the surroundings (it’s the unofficial clubhouse of the annual Tales of the Cocktail festival). In back, tiny banquette booths are a nice place for cuddling and listening to the piano man. 2. Sazerac (The Roosevelt New Orleans, 123 Baronne St., 648-1200; www. therooseveltneworleans.com) 3. Polo Lounge (Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 523-6000; www. windsorcourthotel.com)
Best Gentlemen’s/ Strip Club
Rick’s Cabaret (315 Bourbon St., 524-4222; www.ricks.com) — Of all the strip joints on Bourbon Street, Rick’s stands out for two reasons (oh, stop it): the beauty of the women and the bite on your wallet. Sure, you can go cheaper, but you don’t need an AmEx Black Card to have a good time at Rick’s. Those with beer-bottle pockets can forgo the fine wines and cigars and lap dances … but don’t expect any extra attention from the ladies. Tip: Rick’s lunch buffet is one of the best deals in town. Call to see if it’s on. 2. Visions (4000 Downman Road, 2400069; www.visionsmensclub.com) 3. Larry Flynt’s Hustler
Club (225 Bourbon St., 524-0010; www.hustlerclubs.com)
Best Happy Hour
Superior Bar & Grill (3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com) — Sorry, Jimmy Buffett — the real Margaritaville is the Superior, where people from all over the city descend to drink away their workdays shortly after happy hour starts at 3:30. Get there early or be forced to jostle your way to the bar for a mojito or daiquiri. And if all that tequila makes you want to line your stomach, get a seat on the patio and order up some of Superior’s AmeriMexican specials like fajitas, Mexican chicken salad or enchiladas. 2. Victorian Lounge (The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com) 3. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar (701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995; www. lucysretiredsurfers.com)
Best Bar for Nonsmokers
Cure (4905 Freret St., 302-2357; www.curenola. com) — You don’t have to squint through a haze of Marlboro smoke to admire the massive, apothecarian Wall of Booze at Cure, because “aromatics are of great importance while enjoying food and beverage,” the bar tells customers. 2. Rock ’N’ Bowl (3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1700; www.rockandbowl.com) TIE: 3. Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St., 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com) 3. Victorian Lounge (The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com)
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Best Place to Dance to a Live Band
Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Ave., 8958477; www.tipitinas. com) — Tip’s is no place for S&M (that’s standand-model), so bring your hipster friends from Portland or Brooklyn and watch them try to resist as the city’s best funk, rock, jazz, jam and zydeco bands make it
impossible to shoegaze. And if your pals want to stand around and pout, they can go upstairs and watch the show from the balcony while you dance with every stranger in the joint and ponder how you’re going to ditch your party-pooping friends. 2. Rock ’N’ Bowl (3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1700; www.rockandbowl.com) 3. Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak St., 866-9359; www.
Best Bar to People-Watch
The Delachaise (3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com) — It isn’t the largest venue in town. In fact, the long, narrow boxcar of a wine bar is rather cozy, but readers deemed its combination of barstool perches and page 22
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