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Circle Bar

Arts District / Warehouse District
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Address: 1032 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130-3926
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+1 504-588-2616

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Iguanas performing Wednesday nights.

My friends and I were in town for a week of volunteer work and were considering either a St. Louis Cathedral jazz concert or the Iguanas at the Circle Bar. We were all pretty... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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70 reviews
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

My friends and I were in town for a week of volunteer work and were considering either a St. Louis Cathedral jazz concert or the Iguanas at the Circle Bar. We were all pretty hungry and tired after the day's work but after a hot shower and dinner, gamely went out to Circle Bar - it was closer to our... More 

Thank Kaufu
West Richland, Washington
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

We have passed this purple painted funky lair many times. Decided to stop in in the late afternoon on the weekend. Nice young lady tending bar, but other than having a cheap tap beer and wondering at the interior it isn't an attraction for older tourists unless very young at heart....no food offered - perhaps for the best (: We... More 

Thank Holly99353
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Paraphrasing "Stefon" (Bill Heider) of SNL: "The NOLA's hottest club is Circle Bar: They have cross-dressing punks, DJ who plays noise, and a guy in boxer-briefs rolling on a parachute, wearing a helmet with blinking lights." Anyway, this all happened and more. Great atmosphere and welcoming spirit. Gathering place for counter-cultural creative types who were very tolerant of boring guys... More 

Thank Makuasia
Hartford City, Indiana
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257 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

So this was basically an old house turned into a bar which is kind of a neat idea. However, there was very little seating and they tried to squeeze a stage in there as well for people to perform. The beer selection was also a little lacking.

1 Thank Vacation_Commander
Brisbane, Australia
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Great place to see small, intimate performances by all styles of funky bands . Conveniently located on Lee Circle. Happy hour is excellent value, very friendly. A gathering place for costumed revellers during Mardi Gras. Friendly bar staff and locals made me feel very welcome as an older lady on my own.

2 Thank lynneandRoss
Houston, Texas
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535 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2015

Excellent bands with lots of ambition but not much of a following start out at this bar in an old house on Lee Circle. The alcove the band sets up in and plays in is really tiny. Friendly service and patrons. Bands can be hit or miss but be patient

Thank George Y
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Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

Great bar with live music and very nice people. The prices are not that high so you can drink till you drop. 1.2 ml walking from the canal street.

Thank Straks
Los Angeles, California, United States
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2014

I went here with some friends as we were just passing buy, the place was almost empty but the bar tender was friendly and the jukebox was amazing so we decided to stay long after everyone else in the bar had moved on. Beers were cheap and soon enough we were dancing, drinking and laughing until the small hours of... More 

Thank Jeffrey H
Phoenix, Arizona
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170 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Great bar with a lot of character! Great happy hour prices as well! And live music!! Definitely stop in here! We decided to stop in here because of a coupon we had gotten, and it was a great find! It is in this great old building that you can tell has a ton of history behind it. Ask the bartenders... More 

Thank Girl4God28
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127 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

Title says it all, they have a great happy hour and live bands every night at this easily overlooked dark structure off Lee Circle. I was told by the friendly bartender that the house was built in the 1880s by Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, the first female general practitioner doctor in New Orleans. Her practice was on the first floor, and... More 

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Arts District / Warehouse District
Once a thriving industrial zone, today this district is home to a buzzing arts scene with an amazing assortment of galleries, boutiques, and studios having moved in and set up shop throughout the disused warehouses for which the area is so well known. Much of the art you'll come across here is local in scope, ownership and inspiration. However, among the many old brick warehouses are modern structures of steel and glass housing large-scale cultural institutions of national prominence such as the National World War II Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Just as eye catching as what’s on view inside the galleries and museums is the chance to see your ship come in at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal, which serves as a wistful reminder of the city’s historic maritime prominence.
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