Whether you go to school in New Orleans or you’re planning a fraternity formal, the sheer number of NOLA bars can seem overwhelming at first. If you’re looking to stay close to campus before you learn the lay of the land (which makes it much easier to find your way home mid-blackout), there’s Maple Street. If your ideal night involves Hurricanes, Hand Grenades, and fish bowls full of grain alcohol, that’s Bourbon Street. If you love mercilessly mocking hipsters, then Frenchmen Street’s for you.
New Orleans is the perfect place to jump start a lifetime of alcoholism (in a fun way), because every night of the week has a different drink special. No matter which area of the city you choose, you need to know the pros, cons, and more importantly, the drinks each bar is famous for. Everyone knows the best things in life are free, but the second best things are really cheap drinks.