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Vaughan's Lounge

Bar, Music Venue, and Jazz Club$$$$
Bywater, New Orleans
  • Rebecca C.
    "Fabulous live music venue, see Kermit Ruffins here most Thursdays."(10 Tips)
    The Wall Street Journal
    "My group the BBQ Swingers play at 9—standing gig."(2 Tips)
    Ted H.
    "catch Kermit Ruffins on Thursday nights"(2 Tips)
    National Geographic Traveller (UK)
    "jazz musician Kermit Ruffins’ regular gig at this laid-back bar."(2 Tips)
34 Tips and reviews
  • kermit ruffins
  • good service
  • barbecue
  • lively
  • cheap drinks
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  • Nick M.
    A pretty local crowd. Probably more fun if you know the locals. But a cool place.
  • Stacey B.
    Stacey BSeptember 27, 2016
    Apparently dog friendly!
  • Augusta A.
    Augusta AlbersApril 15, 2016
    enjoy good music and cold beer!
  • Carrie O.
    Carrie OgleMarch 26, 2016
  •  ℋumorous
     ℋumorousFebruary 26, 2016
    Pop in Vaughan's to catch live music, and cheap prices. Tourists are afraid to come here, so it's great, and still safe. Don't be scared, good people here.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfFebruary 1, 2016
    The most fun I had in New Orleans was here!
  • Evie S.
    Evie St. NoireMarch 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go on an evening that features live music.
  • Yukie T.
    Yukie TakabatakeDecember 6, 2014
    Dive Bar suggestion by Kate
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK)
    On a Thursday night, it would be criminal not to take a cab three/four miles out of the Quarter to catch jazz musician Kermit Ruffins’ regular gig at this laid-back bar. Read more
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Vaughan 's Lounge as seen on Bizarre Foods America Read more
  • The Wall Street Journal
    They've been doing free RBR here for 17 years. There's a big, rickety porch wrapping around the outside. My group the BBQ Swingers play at 9—standing gig. Read more
  • Avradeep C.
    Avradeep ChakrabartiAugust 30, 2013
    $10 each. No Kermit today but his band played and they were awesome! Cheap drinks and free rice and beans.
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ChapaJuly 20, 2013
    Fabulous live music venue, see Kermit Ruffins here most Thursdays. When you get too hot go over to BJs for some air conditioning and cool off.
  • Blake
    BlakeMay 3, 2013
    Crowded and long lines for alcohol!!! Other then that.... OK.
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SindersMarch 24, 2013
    some great music but it's so much fun on an empty night, too. the 7 dollar crawfish is worth it :)
  • Cat W.
    Cat WeaverMarch 18, 2013
    Great lively colorful scene; got to see the tippy Kermit's noggin' while pushing elbows with a really fun crowd. Sit outside for comfort and lots of gab. Fun! Fun!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiOctober 18, 2012
    Go here ever Thursday night to see Kermit Ruffins play with his band. Quite possibly one of the best shows you will ever see. You will dance, it’s impossible not to.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KuhnJuly 21, 2012
    Don't miss Kermit and crew on Thursdays! Free gumbo too!
  • Damon G.
    Damon GarrettJuly 14, 2012
    I'm sure the Thursday night crowd has changed over the years - particularly since HBO's Treme - but Kermit puts on an awesome show. Also props to his keyboard player for his musical telepathy.
  • Gambit New Orleans
    Gambit New OrleansJuly 3, 2012
    Gambit's Top Bars 2012 - Neighborhood Bars Read more
  • Taylor
    TaylorApril 13, 2012
    Just come. Get a beer, enjoy Kermit, hang out on the porch between sets, and enjoy being in the right place at the right time.
  • @sloane
    @sloaneApril 13, 2012
    Sit on the sidewalk across the street and watch the cars, bikes, and people go by. Smile, take it in, this is New Orleans folks.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SurganApril 8, 2012
    See Kermit on a Thursday!
  • NOLA Nites Concierge | Meloney Smith
    We love Kermit Ruffin's new early evening gigs (thurs @ 7pm)
  • Tara and Karina
    Tara and KarinaFebruary 28, 2012
    Local legend Kermit Ruffins plays Thursday nights. Show starts at 8/8:30pm but I recommend coming at 11pm just before the second set, when the (free) red beans & rice are served and the crowd thins.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelJanuary 25, 2012
    Andrew met with jazz musician Kermit Ruffins for some Creole cooking. Kermit showed Andrew how he cooks the classics in the same place his band, The Barbeque Swingers play on Thursday nights. Read more
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MJuly 1, 2011
    Drink Local, listen to local music.
  • Cyn F.
    Cyn FulJune 12, 2011
    Location used in ABC's 'Final Witness.'
  • J P.
    J PicardNovember 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    best place to watch the saints games!
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KnightSeptember 21, 2010
    See Kermit Ruffin on Thursday nights.
  • sim
    simApril 30, 2010
    $15 cover charge, at least on thurs nights... stick around for red beans and rice between kermit's sets!
  • Neauxla G.
    Neauxla GirlApril 16, 2010
    Thursday Night go see Kermit Ruffins get there early and get some of the barbecue Kermit hooks up before a show
  • Ted H.
    Ted HallNovember 7, 2009
    catch Kermit Ruffins on Thursday nights
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrakebillOctober 16, 2009
    Listen to Kermit Ruffin's awesome mix of jazz, funk, and standards and then enjoy his bands incredible BBQ
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