New Orleans nightlife under 21

Starlight Williams

Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, EVERYBODY (except for those under 21). While New Orleans party scene may seem drenched in alcohol and 21+ fun, here is a list of things to do when you are under the drinking age.

1. Frenchmen Art Market – A collection of art crafted by local artists, the Frenchmen Art Market attracts tourists and locals year-round as it showcases the culture and art of New Orleans.

2. Dancing – From a feisty salsa to some back breaking twerking, dancing in New Orleans is for all ages. For those wanting at sultry dance, the Eiffel Society host free tango lessons on Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m. When you are ready to let your hips do the talking, every Friday, The Penthouse at The Maison turns into a salsa and reggaton lovers dream. Swing into each day with the Nola jitterbugs that offer free swing dance classes at d.b.a. on Sundays at 5 p.m., Mimi’s in the Marigny at 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, the Spotted Cat on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and at Vaso at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. And for those who dance to a strong base, the Dragon’s Den coverts to an electronic music lover’s haven every Sunday at 9 p.m. While having fun outside the den is free, to get through the door, there is a $10 cover.

3. Live music – Whether you are on the rock and blues prowl with your back at the Howlin’ Wolf, jamming to a variety of genres at Tipitina’s, or trying out the newest dance move at the Republic, New Orleans is a music lovers oasis for good music. For those who wish to experience quality jazz, Preservation Hall and the Jazz in the Park series on Thursday in the fall and spring will be just for you. Along with a good cup of coffee, The Neutral Ground coffee shop offers locals a chance to perform folk music. On certain nights, Gasa Gasa host 18+ shows that feature local and upcoming artist. Regardless if you are in Uptown, the Quarter or anywhere else in between New Orleans offers nightlife with a musical twist.

4. Burlesque shows – Feeling a little daring? New Orleans provides a plethora of burlesques shows that are bound to keep the eyebrows raised and your attention focused.

5. Trivia night – Put your college learning to the test and spend your week nights with friends at the various trivia nights in the city. On Sundays, Bruno’s Tavern at 7 p.m.; on Mondays, Baracdia at 7p.m., Finn McCool’s Irish Pub 8 p.m. and 45 Tchoup 9 p.m.; on Tuesdays, Tracey’s and Bulldog Mid-City at 7 p.m., Phillip’s Restaurant & Bar, Siberia and Dat Dog at 7:30 p.m., and Bayou Beer Garden and The Rendezvous Tavern at 8 p.m. On Wednesdays, Gasa Gasa and The Irish House have trivia at 7 p.m., The Prytania Bar at 7:15 p.m., Dat Dog and Mellow Mushroom at 7:30 p.m., Bricks Courtyard Bar & Grill, Homedale Inn and Twelve Mile Limit at 8 p.m. and Half Moon at 10 p.m. Finally on Thursdays, Carrollton Station has its trivia at 7 p.m., The Rusty Nail at 8 p.m. and Pal’s Lounge at 8:30 p.m.

6. Cafe du Monde – Open 24/7, Cafe du Monde is a New Orleans must for both locals and tourists alike. Originally established in 1862, Cafe du Monde stands as one of the oldest businesses in New Orleans. This coffee shop is known for its beignets, which are square French-style doughnuts topped with powdered sugar. Cafe du Monde is perfect after a night on the town. Come with friends to share a plate of their legendary beignets.