100+ Top Bars: Late-Night Bars_lowres

Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant draws a crowd well into the early morning hours.

Aunt Tiki's

If Lux Interior and Poison Ivy of the Cramps opened a tiki bar, it would look a lot like this pitch-black, nicotine-soaked crossroads for a certain segment of the world. Look for the building covered with stickers. 1207 Decatur St., (504) 680-8454


Sitting at the bar at 3 a.m. with off-duty bartenders and waiters, listening to the Ramones on the juke and trawling a fried mozzarella stick through marinara, is a fine way to end a night of French Quarter debauchery. 1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www.buffasbar.com @buffasbar

Chuck's Sports Bar

This hideout on a side street, half a block (and a world away) from the Windsor Court Hotel is a dive-bar oasis in the increasingly fancy, craft-cocktail oriented CBD. As the sign says, open "Damn Near 24 Hours." 510 Gravier St., (504) 524-9485

Erin Rose

It's tucked just off Bourbon Street, but the Erin Rose is active as late if not later most nights. It's a bit of an Irish pub and there's a good selection of whiskey as well as Guinness on draft. 811 Conti St., (504) 523-8619; www.erinrosebar.com

F&M Patio Bar

Your parents paid all that money for you to go to school down in New Orleans and you thank them by cramming into that photo booth for drunken selfies? This eternal college hangout is a capitol for bad decisions. 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.com

Golden Lantern

Nicknamed the "Latrine," this is what Cheers would be like if Norm and Cliff were cross-dressers. A real Lower Quarter neighborhood hangout, absurdly friendly, with drinks strong enough to knock you on your heels — or off them. 1239 Royal St., (504) 529-2860

The Saint Bar & Lounge

Despite grumbles about "hipsters," this Lower Garden District stalwart is still the place for "fine diving," weird old movies and the famous Tikioki Tuesdays: Get 'faced on tropical drinks and make a fool of yourself at the mic. 961 St. Mary St., (504) 523-0050; www.thesaint-neworleans.com

Snake & Jake's

Let's hope a visit by Anthony Bourdain doesn't turn this ultimate dark dive bar into a go-to spot for slumming tourists. Forget the PBR, order a Schlitz and for God's sake, watch where you sit.  7612 Oak St., (504) 861-2802; www.snakeandjakes.com @snakeandjakes

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