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Vaughan's Lounge

Neighborhood: Bywater
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Address: 800 Lesseps St., Bywater, New Orleans, LA 70117
Phone Number: 504 947 5562
Today
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Activities: Nightlife, Drinking
Description: This small bar is a hot spot for live jazz and has free soul food and...
This small bar is a hot spot for live jazz and has free soul food and cheap drinks. Closed due to damage suffered in Hurricane Katrina.
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Off the beaten path & worth it!

We came to listen to Trumpet Black and the Heart Attacks (A+++++) in this little hole-in-the-wall bar. Any jazz music probably sounds phenomenal here. This is a SMALL place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We came to listen to Trumpet Black and the Heart Attacks (A+++++) in this little hole-in-the-wall bar. Any jazz music probably sounds phenomenal here. This is a SMALL place (less than 100 people!) and super close quarters - but DANG, listening to amazing jazz here is by far one of the best parts of our trip! Happily paid a $10... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This place is not in the French Quarter as most of the famous places in NOLA, it's in Bywater almost on the border to the Lower Ninth Ward, but it is definitely worth the taxi ride (even a public bus can bring you there on St. Claude Ave., but it's not fully recommended to walk from the center, even if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Local musicians, friendly staff, inexpensive drinks. Take a taxi to this location in the Bywater, it is not walkable from the French Quarter. Street parking is available. Take cash for drinks and there will be a cover if there is live music. It's a shame that Kermit is no longer playing on Thursday nights, that was an amazing show.

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Houston, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Located in the very eastern part of the French Quarter, Vaughn's is a cool little hangout with a Jukebox and Local live musicians on some nights. We love the jukebox here, full of Motown and assorted classics. Bartenders are nice and the drinks are good

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I remember stumbling upon Kermit's Thursday night jazz on Lesseps in 95. The place felt like it was literally hopping up and down with energy and the music of Kermit's trumpet playing, his band, and those musicians waiting to sit in with him. People were dancing, drinking, and just having a raucous, wild time--whites, blacks, and Asians...and everyone in between... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

My daughter lives in the Bywater and I wanted to see Vaughan's, just because it's famous and Kermit plays there on Thursdays. We were there on a Sunday night and sat at the bar for a drink or two. I don't like to complain about anything, but they have a very strange credit card rule...the woman working the bar couldn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

Good lively local place. Great live music. Variety of alcohol.nthey allow food to be brought in - great tent food nearby - awesome fresh tacos. Kermit was amazing, as was the other act Nadia -great voice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

What a cool place. In the By-Water area just outside of the French Quarter. A classic dive bar with great music. Thursday Nights are must see...local legend Kermit Ruffins usually in the house playing.

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Columbia,SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

Take a cab over to Bywater and you won't be sorry. We went on Thursday night to see Kermit Ruffins. This little place was packed, the drinks were cheap and the music was fantastic. Highly recommend checking it out. I went with locals who were a little disappointed at all the tourists but what do you expect, Ruffins is famous... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Let's face it: Vaughan's is a dive. But the staff and locals were friendly, and the drinks are cheap. If you're lucky, the owner will cook up beans and rice for the crowd. And you won't get closer to a famous jazz player than when Kermit Ruffins plays his Thursday night set (we even got to see his daughter sing).... More 

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