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Vaughan's Lounge

Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
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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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This small bar is a hot spot for live jazz and has free soul food and cheap...

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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snooty-ness not allowed

checked off my 'bucket list" as of Friday,Jan.29th,2016 A MUST GO TO !!! Get away from the French Quarter for a minute, get in a cab, take it to the corner of Dauphine&Lesseps... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Keith H
Brooklyn, New York

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Brooklyn, New York
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

checked off my 'bucket list" as of Friday,Jan.29th,2016 A MUST GO TO !!! Get away from the French Quarter for a minute, get in a cab, take it to the corner of Dauphine&Lesseps, and BE AMAZED!!!! The place is a lot smaller than I imagined but on a Friday afternoon, it's THE PERFECT PLACE TO BE!!!!! We were the only... More 

Thank Keith H
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408 reviews
178 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best neighborhood bars!!! What's not to like? Hang with friends, have a few drinks even a little food and just RELAX, CHILL, CHILAX or whatever you want to call it. It's difficult to believe that anyone would be able to complain. You should know when you see Vaughan's if you want to go in; it's a tourist... More 

Thank 251larsn
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

After a month-long visit to New Orleans (living in Bywater), Vaughan's ended up being one of our favorite spots. Friendly, kind bartenders (except the random bouncer guy that demanded $10 from us for music we didn't know was happening when we'd already been sitting there for an hour.) Every time we showed up at Vaughan's, there was some free food... More 

1 Thank gotigersgo1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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537 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 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!

1 Thank SeatOfMyPntsTravelr
Marin County California
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

2 Thank Caley G
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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 

1 Thank hawaiianem
Milan, Italy
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114 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 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 

3 Thank Pablobiz
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52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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.

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Houston, TX
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248 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

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

2 Thank Cameron K
Sacramento, California
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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 

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Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
Nestled between the French Quarter and the Ninth Ward, the Faubourg Marigny & Bywater environs are largely residential. Of course, folks around here love to go out and have a good time as much as they do anywhere in NOLA. And if out-of-towners want to join in the festivities, well then so much the better! Home to some of the most revered live music venues in New Orleans, an eclectic gaggle of gourmand dining destinations, and a come-as-you-are vibe that’s as infectious as it is alluring, this is real deal New Orleans oozing with southern hospitality and the promise of a most epic night out. For endless opportunities to boogie, to admire row upon row of lovingly restored homes, and to escape the fray of the more touristic parts of town (but still live it up in grand style) head to Faubourg Marigny & Bywater.