Ampersand, New Orleans
Very disappointing. I pre-ordered tix, but was split from my group into a three hour line, while my friends paid less in cash and got in the club two hours before me. Very rude staff. They didn’t start throwing paint until midnight then closed at 2 am. Severely overpriced watered-down drinks. Emailed “customer service” said they would look at it, then never replied back. Called and spoke to someone who said they would call me back the next day. A month later, still no reply. Horrible experience compounded by even worse customer service. Would NOT recommend.
With New Orleans being an "all-night" town, the term after-hours hardly seems appropriate. However, if you still have gas left in your tank after 3 AM, then this should be your destination. Mainly techno & hip-hop come over the speakers, so bring your dancing shoes! It is open early (10PM till everyone leaves... really), but the place gets jumpin' around 1-2.
Dress Code: Jeans will definitely not be out of place, but it does have a nicer feel than most dance clubs.
Everyone always wants to go down to Bourbon Street, but there are many places to go outside of the quarter, and when you do, they will be way less touristy (and it won't smell like urine as much). The last time I went out in New Orleans, I ended up at a night club called '&'
New Orleans stays up late, but cover charges might go up after 2, so pick a place to stay before then.
Dress Code: If you do decide to go to the French Quarter, don't wear your nicest shoes.