Vaughan’s Lounge in the Bywater is not your typical NOLA bar/lounge; it’s aged and weather-beaten on the outside and hot and tightly packed with dancing, drinking bodies on the inside. But, the music is energetic and, like the food, authentic New Orleans. Cover charge may apply ($10 to $15). Reasonable drink prices and free red beans & rice inside. We recommend taking a taxi to and from this venue. Though we have not yet been to Vaughan’s personally, and are relying on the good word of others, we’ve put Vaughan’s Lounge at the top of our NOLA Night Scene list for our next trip. Photo by Josie Young.