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Best of New Orleans 2015: Bars & Entertainment 

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BEST PLACE TO SEE COMEDY

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber

1. The New Movement
(2706 St. Claude Ave.; www.newmovementtheater.com)
New Orleans comedy scene has blossomed from a handful of shows and open mics to several packed shows every night of the week — with lots of local comics (and national acts) on the bill. New Orleanians Chris Trew and Tami Nelson founded The New Movement in Austin, Texas, and in 2012, they brought the theater to their hometown. The pair opened The New Movement's second home in a small, black-bricked spot on Burgundy Street, a base for its unpredictably weird and hilarious brand of improv comedy, several sketch groups and stand-up comics and the annual citywide Hell Yes Fest comedy festival.
In 2014, The New Movement moved into new digs on St. Claude Avenue, where its much larger "comedy conservatory" offers sketch and improv classes and more than a dozen shows every week. The theater also hosts several satellite shows around town, from Comedy Beast at Howlin' Wolf every Tuesday to marquee acts at One Eyed Jacks and The Joy Theater.

2. La Nuit Comedy Theater

(5039 Freret St., 504-231-7011; www.nolacomedy.com)

3. Saenger Theatre

(1111 Canal St., 504-525-1052; www.saengernola.com)

 

BEST LOCAL PERFORMER

1. Becky Allen


2. Ricky Graham

3. John "Spud" McConnell

 

BEST LOCAL STAND-UP COMIC

1. Chris Trew


2. James Cusimano

3. Jodi Borrello



BEST LIVE THEATER VENUE

1. Saenger Theatre

(1111 Canal St., 504-525-1052; www.saengernola.com)

2. Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
(616 St. Peter St., 504-522-2081; www.lepetittheatre.com)


3. Mid-City Theater
(3540 Toulouse St., 504-488-1460; www.midcitytheatre.com)

NOTE: Mid-City Theater lost its lease and is currently closed.


BEST DANCE CLUB


1. Gold Mine Saloon

(701 Dauphine St., 504-586-0745; www.goldminesaloon.net)

2. Oz
(800 Bourbon St., 504-593-9491; www.ozneworleans.com)


3. Metropolitan
(310 Andrew Higgins Drive, 504- 568-1702; www.themetropolitannightclub.com)



BEST CASINO

1. Harrah's

(228 Poydras Ave., 504-533-6000; www.caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans)

2. Treasure Chest Casino
(5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-443-8000; www.treasurechest.com)


3. Boomtown Casino
(4132 Peters Road, Harvey, 504-366-7711; www.boomtownneworleans.com)


BEST GAY BAR

1. Oz

(800 Bourbon St., 504-593-9491; www.ozneworleans.com)

2. Bourbon Pub & Parade
(801 Bourbon St., 504-529-2107; www.bourbonpub.com)


3. Good Friends
(740 Dauphine St., 504-566-7191; www.goodfriendsbar.com)

 

BEST GENTLEMEN'S/STRIP CLUB

1. Rick's Cabaret

(315 Bourbon St., 504-524-4222; www.iknowrick.com)

2. Penthouse Club
(727 Iberville St., 504-524-4354; www.penthouseclubneworleans.com)


3. Visions
(4000 Downman Road, 504-240-0069; www.visionsmensclub.com)

 

BEST MOVIE THEATER

1. Prytania Theater

(5339 Prytania St., 504-891-2787; www.prytaniatheatreneworleans.com)

2. The Theatres at Canal Place
(333 Canal St., 504-493-6535; www.thetheatres.com)


3. AMC Elmwood Palace 20
(1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan, 504-733-2029; www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/new-orleans/amc-elmwood-palace-20)

 

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  • Photo by Zack Smith

BEST LOCAL BAND

1. Soul Rebels

Dozens of top-tier headliners have looked to one New Orleans band to add its explosive brass to its sound. From Green Day to Slick Rick, Joey Bada$$ to Marilyn Manson, artists can't seem to get enough of the Soul Rebels — still holding down a standing gig at Le Bon Temps Roule on Magazine Street — and its pop-influenced New Orleans brass. Members of the Young Olympia Brass Band formed Soul Rebels with a decidedly different take on traditional brass, adding funk and hip-hop to its sound with an eight-piece powerhouse lineup. The Rebels' latest album is Power=Power, inspired by hip-hop mixtapes and featuring covers of hits by Kanye West, Jay Z and, as featured on just about every Mardi Gras parade route, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with bounce empress Big Freedia. The band — on tour throughout 2015 — is home for most of the fall with several shows booked at Tipitina's, d.b.a., the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience and, of course, Le Bon Temps, the dive they still call home.

2. Rebirth Brass Band


3. Flow Tribe

 

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

1. Tipitina's

(501 Napoleon Ave., 504-895-8477; www.tipitinas.com)

2. House of Blues
(225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans)

3. One Eyed Jacks
(615 Toulouse St., 504-569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net)

 

BEST LIVE MUSIC SHOW IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS

1. Garth Brooks

(Smoothie King Center)

2. Elton John
(New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival)


3. Paul McCartney
(Smoothie King Center)

 

BEST BAR FOR CRAFT COCKTAILS

1. Cure

(4905 Freret St., 504-302-2357; www.curenola.com)

2. Bar Tonique
(820 N. Rampart St., 504-324-6045; www.bartonique.com)


3. Barrel Proof
(1201 Magazine St., 504-299-1888; www.barrelproofnola.com)

 

BEST PLACE TO GET WINE BY THE GLASS

1. The Delachaise

(3442 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com)

2. Bacchanal
(600 Poland Ave., 504-948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com)


3. W.I.N.O.
(Wine Institute of New Orleans, 610 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-324-8000; www.winoschool.com)

 

BEST HAPPY HOUR

1. Domenica
(123 Baronne St., 504-648-6020; www.domenicarestaurant.com)

2. Blind Pelican
(1628 St. Charles Ave., 504-558-9399; www.theblindpelicanbar.com)


3. Pizza Domenica
(4933 Magazine St., 504-301-4978; www.pizzadomenica.com)

 

BEST PLACE TO GET A MARTINI

1. Commander's Palace

(1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)

2. Bombay Club
(830 Conti St., 504-577-2237; www.thebombayclubneworleans.com)

3. Cure
(4905 Freret St., 504-302-2357; www.curenola.com)

 

BEST PLACE TO GET A MARGARTIA

1. Superior Grill

(3636 St. Charles Ave., 504-899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com)

2. El Gato Negro
(81 French Market Place, 504-525-9752; 800 S. Peters St., 504-309-8864; 300 Harrison Ave., 504-488-0107; www.elgatonegronola.com


3. Juan's Flying Burrito
(2018 Magazine St., 504-569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-9950; 515 Baronne St., 504-529-5825; www.juansflyingburrito.com)

 

BEST BEER SELECTION

1. The Bulldog

(3236 Magazine St., 504-891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 504-488-4191; www.bulldog.draftfreak.com)

2.
Avenue Pub
(1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com)

3.
Cooter Brown's Tavern
(509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com)

 

BEST SPORTS BAR

1. Walk On's

(1009 Poydras St., 504-309-6530; www.walk-ons.com)

2. Manning's
519 Fulton St., 504-593-8118; www.facebook.com/manningsnola)

3.
Bruno's Tavern
(7538 Maple St., 504-861-7615; www.brunostavern.com)

 

BEST LOCALLY BREWED BEER

1. Abita Amber

(www.abita.com)

2. NOLA Blonde Ale
(www.nolabrewing.com)

3.
Abita Strawberry
(www.abita.com)

 

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BEST PLACE TO GET A BLOODY MARY

1. Atchafalaya

(901 Louisiana Ave., 504-891-9626; www.atchafalayarestaurant.com)
Menus of fancy and expertly crafted cocktails have sprung up at restaurants across the city, but the bloody marys at Atchafalaya are for the DIY crowd. The restaurant serves chef Chris Lynch’s creative Creole cooking in a casual setting. During brunch, served Thursday through Monday, patrons can pick a vodka and take their glasses to the bloody mary bar to mix their own drinks. The spread looks more like a buffet than a bar. There are three base juice options: a house tomato juice mix, a spicy version of the tomato base and a green and spicy tomatillo and jalapeno blend. If that’s not hot enough, there are roughly 20 hot sauces on the bar. Guests also can choose from 10 to 15 house-pickled items (beans, okra, etc.), olives, celery, bacon and more for relish and taste.

2. Mercedes-Benz Superdome

(1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, 504-587-3822; www.mbsuperdome.com)

3. Elizabeth’s Restaurant

(601 Gallier St., 504-944-9272; www.elizabethsrestaurantnola.com)

 

BEST HOTEL BAR

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  • Photo courtesy Hotel Monteleone

1. Carousel Bar

(Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 504-523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com/entertainment/carousel-bar)

2.
Sazerac Bar
(The Roosevelt, 130 Roosevelt Way, 504-648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.com/dining/the-sazerac-bar.html)

3.
The Victorian Lounge
(The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., 504-899-9308; www.thecolumns.com)

 

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR

1. Pal's Lounge

(949 N. Rendon St., 504-488-7257; www.palslounge.com)

2.
Finn McCool's
(3701 Banks St., 504-486-9080; www.finnmccools.com)

3.
Twelve Mile Limit
(500 S. Telemachus St., 504-488-8114; www.facebook.com/twelve.mile.limit)



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