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New Orleans Nightlife: A Night on Freret Street

It may be a new hot spot to many visitors, and even some locals, but Freret Street is more than well on its way. The freshly revitalized street is bustling with activity and its own unique personality. The new Freret is hip and well-rounded. The stretch is walkable and parking ain’t bad, either. Combine all of these factors and that makes Freret Street a pretty excellent place to host a night on the town. Here’s how we spend our night on Freret Street in New Orleans.

Happy Hour

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You can find some of the best cocktails in the city from expert mixologists at Cure on Freret Street. (photo by Susan Whelan)

I absolutely love Cure, which is why it definitely tops the list for the first stop of the night. The drinks are made with care, the atmosphere is chic yet comfortable, and the bar has been credited with kickstarting New Orleans’ now-vibrant craft cocktail scene (cheers to that!). One more reason to love Cure: there’s a happy hour every night of the week. It doesn’t matter if it’s Tuesday after work or Saturday evening, if it’s 5-7 p.m. at Cure, you’re getting an expertly mixed classic cocktail for six bucks. I can’t pass on the signature Cure Punch, so this is where I start my night on Freret Street.

Drinks and Charcuterie

Happy hour only lasts so long, so a great next stop about two blocks down is Wayfare to enjoy a cheese plate or charcuterie board to share. Wine is my drink of choice at this hot spot — that’s the easy part. The hard part is choosing between the cheese or charcuterie board. The charcuterie board is gorgeous and made up of delectably interesting housemade meats including prosciutto, sausages and duck pastrami —with all the fixin’s, of course. But then, on the other hand…cheese. You can choose a plate with three, five or seven Spanish, French and Italian cheeses. I’m going with cheese this time, but ask me again tomorrow and I can’t guarantee the same answer.

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Find delicious, authentic Neapolitan pizza at Ancora. (photo by Susan Whelan)


Hopefully you didn’t fill up too much on cheese and/or charcuterie, because we’re moving next door for dinner at Ancora. Ancora isn’t just any other pizza place. It offers the only true rule-abiding Neapolitan pizza in New Orleans with authenticity you can taste. The dough is made only with flour, water and sea salt, and is hand-stretched and cooked on the floor of an imported-from-Naples wood-burning oven. Strict, maybe, but the quality of ingredients and careful preparation shines through with every bite. It’s simplicity at its finest.

Post-Dinner Drinks

You'll find live New Orleans music, delicious drinks, and a great atmosphere at Freret Street Publiq House. (photo by Susan Whelan)
You’ll find live New Orleans music, delicious drinks, and a great atmosphere at Freret Street Publiq House. (photo by Susan Whelan)

Just a couple buildings down is Freret Street Publiq House, perfect for a digestif. Publiq House is roomy, relaxed and adorned with cool vintage decorations like old chandeliers and windowpanes. On a warm Louisiana summer night, I’m taking my beyond-tasty frozen cocktail to the outdoor patio. If a traditional cocktail isn’t your drink of choice, there’s also a great draft beer selection and a unique draft cocktail menu. I recommend going on a Thursday night when you can catch the super-fun New Orleans band, Brass-a-Holics.

Live Music

Across the street from Cure is Gasa Gasa, our stop for live music. Gasa Gasa is pretty new to Freret, but it’s already become a staple for many locals. With musicians every night of the week and cover charges hovering around $5, there’s something for every musical palate here. Indie rock and rap acts from all over the country, local jazz bands and live album recordings are just a sampling of what you can catch in one week at Gasa Gasa. The place is cozy, loud and decorated with cool local art. Check the event calendar before popping in or go on a whim and try something new.

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The Other Bar (photo by Emily Herrington)


You might miss The Other Bar if you’re not looking for it, but this hole in the wall is a great way to end the night out on Freret Street. Being at The Other Bar feels like I’m hanging out at my really cool hipster friend’s apartment. It’s fun to just look around at the eclectic hanging wall art, the vintage doo-dads and the mismatched furniture. Come here to unwind with a final beverage and a board game with friends. Don’t pass on a free game of Skee Ball, either. When’s the last time you ended a long and fabulous night out with Skee Ball?

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