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Aug 25, 2012 04:16 PM

Nice Bars?

Are bars off topic? If not, we are looking for "nice" bars.....either classy bars with nice furnishings and chairs, or bars with nice patios. We are also looking for live music where we will not feel old and out of place. We like jazz and blues, but don't want to be the only grownups there.

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  1. Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel and the Jeremy Davenport Lounge at the Ritz Carlton have plush furnishings, great acts, and you won't feel like the only grown-ups.

    The Carousel Bar has live music too, although the Carousel end of the room can get rather crowded and loud at times.

    I think you'd enjoy happy hour at Three Muses on Frenchmen Street, which besides live music and well-prepared drinks also has some very tasty and creative small plates.

    No music, but I think you'd still enjoy visiting the beautiful Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel. I like it there best in the afternoons when it is quiet and you can fully enjoy the majestic art and design of the historic room.

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    1. re: Gizmo56

      Wonderful recommendations.....thanks so much. Our trip is fleshing out nicely!

      1. re: Mountaindog

        dont forget about the Napoleon House in the quarter nice place to sip a pimms cup and listen to classical music

        1. re: joedontexan

          sounds nice. I'll have to look up what a Pimms cup is....

    2. Second Carousel, Napoleon's, and Hermes Bar at Antoine's. Why not try all three to see which fits? They're all a short stumble from each other.

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      1. The bars mentioned are good, traditional bars. Oak, Bouligny Tavern, Sylvain, Bellocq, Cure, and Bar Tonique are nice bars that are at the forefront of the craft cocktail scene. I recommend any of those, but Bouligny Tavern and Bellocq are my favorites. No music at either. Oak has music on the weekends sometimes.

        Or you can just stroll down Frenchmen and check out the bars. That's a good time by itself.

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        1. re: N.O.Food

          Isn't Frenchman's St. a young crowd?

        2. Check to see who is at Snug Harbor. Probably the most well know jazz club, not counting trad jazz.

          But Mayfield and Davenport are defintely the "upscale" music places. Mayfield has a wide range of acts so also check their schedule.

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          1. re: collardman

            Ellis Marsalis on Friday nights at Snug Harbor is a weekly gem. Nice environment for music, with table service during the set.