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Vaughan's Lounge

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Address: 800 Lesseps St., Bywater, New Orleans, LA 70117
Phone Number: 504 947 5562
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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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Live music starts at 10PM

Locals spot for hanging out and live New Orleans music. Definitely a dive but in all of the best ways. You'll love the break from the tourists in the Quarter, the CBD, and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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513 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Locals spot for hanging out and live New Orleans music. Definitely a dive but in all of the best ways. You'll love the break from the tourists in the Quarter, the CBD, and the Warehouse District. Use Uber to get to and from!

Thank SeatOfMyPntsTravelr
Marin County California
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The music at this funky lounge is out of this world! Thursday nights are the best.The ride out to the lounge is not for the faint of heart. We're talking the lower 9th Ward. It's been 10 years since Katrina, and block after flattened block, looks like a war zone. I'm a single woman, and was wondering if I was... More 

Thank Caley G
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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 

Thank hawaiianem
Milan, Italy
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114 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Pablobiz
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank Tour1252
Houston, TX
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248 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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

1 Thank Cameron K
Sacramento, California
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank ShannonWL
Cincinnati, OH
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank treewoman
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142 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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.

Thank Allan H
Memphis, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

Thank ckelley54

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