Go see Soul Rebels Brass Band on Thursday nights. Lots of fun. It gets packed in there and pretty hot, but the sweating is totally worth it. You can wear anything from shorts to a dress, anything goes. Band never goes on on time of course, but the music they pipe over the speakers is fun to dance to. (No cover, but 21+ FYI)
The name says it all (translate: Let the good times roll). Live music in the back and pool up front. Kitchen that serves cheese fries and other munchies. Uptown, on Magazine Street. Soul Rebels is a must.
For those who are visiting New Orleans, take in the spectacle that is the Bourbon Street/the French Quarter, but leave enough time to seek out this bar -- this is a real-deal for locals. It's almost always crowded but congenial, and the live shows are often the same folks you'd pay dearly to see elsewhere.
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