New Orleans nightlife scene offers intimate clubbing experiences with its unique selection of boutique nightclubs.

These small nightclubs in New Orleans are the perfect choice for those seeking intimate venues.

From Blue Nile to Hiho Lounge, these are the go-to New Orleans boutique clubs for the best intimate nights out.

Here is your essential guide to the best boutique clubs in New Orleans.

1. Blue Nile

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New Orleans, United States

Other / Indoor / XS – 200-500

City

Jazz, Blues, Raggae

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Live music

Casual

The Blue Nile New Orleans is the region’s top-rated intimate acoustic music venue.

Blue Nile is Marigny nightclub located in one of the oldest and most famous buildings (built in 1832) on the historic rue, and has been named the “Birthplace of Music Culture” in the neighborhood. Though temporarily closed, this beloved venue is in the process of reopening.

Numerous funk, blues, soul, rock, and brass events involving local, national, and worldwide bands have happened at the Blue Nile club. On Thursday nights, despite the focus on live music, DJs frequently spin reggae and Afro rhythms. Having said that, the upscale club draws those who enjoy a laid-back atmosphere and wish to spend an evening with a chill vibe.

The blue and gold décor creates a relaxed atmosphere, making the shift from business to pleasure a breeze. The venue offers performances on two stories, including an upper balcony with views of Frenchmen Street. For special events, the two-story bar also rents out a party room. A range of blues, jazz, and reggae concerts are already scheduled for the groovy club’s relaunch.

“I loved it! It felt authentic. The music was excellent! I enjoyed my visit. I will be back soon. I do recommend it. The crowd was nice. I felt at ease. The prices were also good.”

Keisa Davidson  / Google Reviews
Blue Nile – New Orleans | © Angel J / YouTube

2. Hi-Ho Lounge

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New Orleans, United States

Other / Indoor & Outdoor / XS – 200-500

City

Rock, Hip-Hop, Electronic

$

Live music

Casual

Hi-Ho Lounge New Orleans takes pride in its musical heritage.

The Hi-Ho Lounge is a resto-bar and entertainment venue located on Saint Claude Avenue in New Orleans’ Marigny area, near the developing arts district. The building in which Hi-Ho Lounge is found has been a landmark since 1960, and the bar swiftly established a reputation as a punk-rock dive bar.

Hi-Ho is one of four corners of Saint Claude’s burgeoning alternative music and entertainment industry, only a few streets down the Frenchmen Street stretch. This well-known bar is recognized for being an underground alternative arts club that features live music events each night of the week. With styles ranging from indie rock to hip hop, electronic, jazz, funk, and jam music, there is something for everyone.

The open form of this club’s interior is enhanced by wooden planks and Art Deco-style decorations. Close Me Out Drunk Storytelling, presented by Andrew Healan on the first Saturday of each month, and I Probably Shouldn’t Ask, erotic standup presented by Abigail Isaacoff and Camille Roanne on the second Wednesday of most months, are two recurring monthly events at Hi-Ho Lounge. The club also hosts burlesque shows and documentary/film exhibitions, and its restaurant serves some of the best food in New Orleans. Hi-Ho is associated with Dragon’s Den and Maison Club.

“Great happy hour specials!! The bar staff is friendly. The shows and performances are top notch! Comedy show was a hit and the burlesque show to follow was worth staying out late for!!”

Romulo Ventura, Jr.  / Google Reviews
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© @ozneworleans / Facebook

New Orleans, United States

Club / Indoor & Outdoor / N/A

City

Electronic

$$

Live music, LGBT

Smart

Oz club is an iconic part of New Orleans’ clubbing scene.

Oz is a bustling LGBT club and bar in the French Quarter, at the famous Bourbon Street. This dance club has been a hotspot of entertainment since it opened its doors in 1993.

Although gay men predominate at Oz, people of all walks of life travel to the popular club to dance to the DJs’ high-energy fusion of house and advanced electronic music.

This two-story nightclub features a spacious dance floor, a balcony – ideal for people-watching – as well as DJs, drag performances, and gorgeous go-go dancers. Weekly activities include everything from karaoke to burlesque to bingo. The laser shows and stages built for live performances also push the club’s fame forward.

“Fun bar on Bourbon street. Watched a great drag show, all the songs were bangers. Great night out.”

Austin B.  / Google Reviews
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4. Bourbon Pub & Parade

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New Orleans, United States

Club / Indoor & Outdoor / N/A

City

Electronic

$$

LGBT

Casual

Bourbon Pub New Orleans is simply the place to be whether you’re straight or LGBT.

Bourbon Pub and Parade, situated in the center of the French Quarter on the world-famous Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, has been a public favorite since it opened its doors in 1974.

The variety of music performed on the dancefloors at this New Orleans LGBT bar contributes to its renown. Guests can anticipate everything from techno, house and classic disco, as well as top 40 mixes. Although mostly a gay male bar, Bourbon Pub and Parade accepts all partygoers, and the dance floor is generally overflowing with a diverse mix of clientele.

Bourbon Pub & Parade has been in the community for over 45 years and has been named one of the top ten gay venues worldwide.

The club is well-known for its male go-go dancers who prance about the bars, frequent karaoke nights, and a large balcony for those who prefer watching over dancing. The club also hosts drag queen shows featuring award-winning drag queens for birthdays, bachelorette/bachelor parties, and Southern Decadence 2019!

“Just got back from our 4 night trip with our 2 friends. We stopped in this bar and it was so much fun that we went back a second night too. The people and atmosphere was great and so were the drinks!”

Allison Maisel / Google Reviews
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5. Vintage rock club

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New Orleans, United States

Other / Indoor / XXS – 0-200

City

Rock

$$

Live music, VIP

Smart

Vintage Rock Club New Orleans is the best place to go for a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

The Vintage Rock Club, located on Poydras Street, is described as a gold-accented cinematic adventure, and has been a rock music lover’s sanctuary since 2018.

Vintage Rock Club is a retro club that draws your favorite classic songs to life on the giant screen. They’ll have you dancing and singing your way via late 1960s songs, 1970s and 1980s band music, and early 1990s rock. With a drink in hand, spend the evening enjoying retro music videos, concert clips, and the most famous film segments on the 185″ video display and large-screen TVs, whether you’re a young rock oldies enthusiast or an older person with an ear for this genre. This New Orleans club welcomes everyone with open arms.

This unmatched club is an upscale entertainment venue that prides itself in giving its goers a front row at a live concert feel, but in the luxury of a high-end lounge. While it is a rock club, it is hardly grungy, with highly-polished hardwood dance floors, gleaming white furnishings, as well as a balcony overlooking downtown New Orleans. Vintage Rock Club has five VIP lounges, and unmatched table service.

“If you liked the discos and clubs of the eighties, you will love this place. There’s flat screens around the club showing the original videos of the music being played with the lights and atmosphere reminiscent of the eighties.”

Leslie Gambino  / Google Reviews
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