DBA of New Orleans (there is also one in New York City) is the place to be. I initially went there to sample their incredible selection of beers from around the world, and was also pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere of the bar. If you are a beer connoisseur you MUST make a point of it to stop at this establishment on your trip to New Orleans.
Check out the DBA website for a list of the beer and liquor they offer. They are known for the selection of Belgium beer they offer, but I had quite a few Japanese beers on my visit.
Although I am listing this as a nightlife activity because it is a bar, I actually visited during a late afternoon and enjoyed it all the same. I noted that there was a stage however, for when live music is played at night.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 4:00am
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 5:00am
d.b.a. is a live music hall on Frenchman St., which is a great area to visit for live local music. The ambiance is terrific, intimate and exciting. Virtually every night is stacked with local talent, running the gamut from jazz to blues to zydeco. There is also a full bar with a terrific selection of beer (they even have a sign which reads, "No Budweiser, Bud Lite, Coors, Coors Lite, or Miller Lite"... a great sign).
I saw a local blues-rock group there, and it was great. Sitting back listening to the band, people up and dancing on the floor. One of the best nights out I had in New Orleans.
Located just down from Snug Harbor, d.b.a. is a trendy bar for locals and others to gather for a drink and hear local musicians. The large and beautiful bar in this building is set in the middle of the room with one side for drinkers and the other side for music and dancing. The other reason to come here is to use the cash machine.
I only stepped into d.b.a. to get some cash as I'm not really a bar person. At 41 I was also a little outside the age bracket. But I was so impressed with the two man band that I stayed through a set. It was a slow night, but there were still couples dancing to a great techno-groove delivered by a drummer, guitarist and their sampling boards.
one of my favorite spots, it attracts locals and international visitors alike..cool decor, awesome beer and liquor selection, good jukebox (occasional live music)..a nice place to gather.
Dress Code: casual to dressy..a little too casual at times but this is New Orleans..sigh.
dba has quickly become my favorite bar in NOLA. With an impressive selection of high-end booze (especially whisky, scotch & tequila) and a great decor set in an old store front, this place has it going on... dba is hip, but not stuffy. There is also a good selection of beers from around the world (heavy on Belgian ales) as well as the local favorite, Abita, from just across Lake Pontchartrain. It also has to be said the women serving up all these lucious beverages can also captivate one's eye (like the chalkboard listing all the drinks above the bar).
In addition to the barmaids and libations floating behind the bar, dba also has a very small stage for live music. Given it's size, it's a great place to see music as the chances are you will be sitting right next to one of the musicians. I saw The Instigators, a blues band from Sweden, there a few weeks ago and sat right next to the drummer...groovy.