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“Escape from Tourists”
Review of Vaughan's Lounge

Vaughan's Lounge
Ranked #63 of 236 Nightlife in New Orleans
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Owner description: 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.
Memphis, Tennessee
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Escape from Tourists”
Reviewed 28 March 2013

What a cool place. In the By-Water area just outside of the French Quarter. A classic dive bar with great music. Thursday Nights are must see...local legend Kermit Ruffins usually in the house playing.

Visited March 2013
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English first
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Do it.”
Reviewed 15 March 2013 via mobile

Take a cab over to Bywater and you won't be sorry. We went on Thursday night to see Kermit Ruffins. This little place was packed, the drinks were cheap and the music was fantastic. Highly recommend checking it out. I went with locals who were a little disappointed at all the tourists but what do you expect, Ruffins is famous and the word is out. It's an experience, do it.

Thank SConTheMove
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“Worth it.”
Reviewed 27 January 2013

Let's face it: Vaughan's is a dive. But the staff and locals were friendly, and the drinks are cheap. If you're lucky, the owner will cook up beans and rice for the crowd. And you won't get closer to a famous jazz player than when Kermit Ruffins plays his Thursday night set (we even got to see his daughter sing). If you're not a smoker, the atmosphere is toxic while you wait, but Kermit requests no smoking during his sets.

Visited January 2013
Thank Greg W
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Aurora, IL
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133 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Must see!”
Reviewed 20 January 2013

If you want a great atmosphere and great music that's off the beaten path, Vaughan's is a must. It's small and there aren't many places to sit, but most people don't sit anyway once the music starts. We got there around 9:00 and the place was pretty packed, with music starting soon after we got there. We heard that Thursdays were the night to go because that's when Kermit Ruffins and his band, the BBQ swingers, performed, but Kermit wasn't there that night. The BBQ Swingers and Kermit's replacement trombonist/singer were excellent. Lively jazz music and a particularly good keyboardist.

$10 cover and drinks are cheap. Also had a water cooler which was appreciated as it got hot in there with all the dancing and people packed in. It was crowded, but it was not uncomfortable. There's a small space for dancing in front of the band but most people were simply dancing where they stood. Single bathrooms for M and F that were clean enough and rarely was there a line.

Apparently the bar allows smoking, but the band requested no-smoking the night we were there... which was awesome. It would have been pretty miserable to be in that small space with people smoking for hours.

Took a cab there from Podryas street for $17 (four passengers). Cabs were also coming by frequently enough for us to hail one around midnight when we left.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Cubsfan_1974
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“Best night!!!”
Reviewed 6 December 2012 via mobile

We love the show Treme and went to Vaughans to see Kermit. Warning: even though Kermits website says he will be there, he reportedly often does not show. Ours was just such a night. Luckily, another band showed up and they were great. The atmosphere is exactly what we were looking for! Great bartenders, strong cheap drinks, friendly people, positive vibe, great music are red beans and rice served at 10 to sop up the booze. This was totally worth going off the beaten path. We were not even disappointed about Kermit by the end of the night allthough he should keep his website up to date. We will be back next visit for sure.

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