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Vaughan's Lounge

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Address: 800 Lesseps St, Bywater, New Orleans, LA 70117-4720
Phone Number: +1 504-947-5562
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Sun - Sat 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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Quintessential NOLA Bar

Great to catch a show here - especially if you can see Corey Glover. Full of NOLA decorations, cheap drinks, and a nice, sweaty atmosphere. Good place to jump into the spirit of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 10, 2016
CarolynC2289
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Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016

Great to catch a show here - especially if you can see Corey Glover. Full of NOLA decorations, cheap drinks, and a nice, sweaty atmosphere. Good place to jump into the spirit of the city

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Florence, AL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016

This is old school cool. It's not a dive so much as an institution. It's a standard by which dive try to meet. The exterior looks like a juke joint. The interior is a little like a museum. The hour drink is a Moscow Mule made with fresh ginger. Perfect thing to revive a weary driver and set the mood... More 

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Los Angeles Metro area
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2016

We met an elected official who told us he moved to New Orleans years ago because of the music and when we asked him where was the best place in New Orleans to go to hear authentic, native sounds he promptly told us that we must go to Vaughn's Lounge. Take an Uber to this location because it is off... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2016

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 

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Memphis
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Marin County California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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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.
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