Candlelight Nights


The holiday season may be over for the rest of the country, however, New Orleans’ Carnival season – followed by festival season and then summer – is just revving up.

But even in the revelry, romance can get lost. Less than a month away, and hidden in Carnival season, is Valentine’s Day. We want to make sure engaged couples are remembering to keep the romance alive while planning for their Big Day.

We’ve put together a list of some of the more romantic locales perfect for you and your soon-to-be to have a date night in the city. (Kelly here – many of these bars/restaurants that could easily become your favorite date night spot can also act as a rehearsal dinner, engagement party or small soiree with your bridal party during your wedding celebrations!)


Bouligny Tavern

3641 Magazine St.

With more masculine decor and a gorgeous backlit bar, Bouligny gives off a sultry vibe. If James Bond were a bar, he would the Bouligny Tavern. 


The Delachaise

3442 St. Charles Ave.

Cozied up right on the gorgeous St. Charles Avenue, this is more of a low-key date night spot. Drinking wine under the twinkle lights in the courtyard of Delachaise is a recipe for romance. 


Cafe Amelie’s courtyard

912 Royal St.

This quintessential New Orleans courtyard is a must for locals and visitors alike. Nestled back off of the street, the hustle and bustle of Royal will feel miles away. You’ll think you’ve discovered a secret. Sit near the enormous fountain and stare into one another’s eyes while sipping cocktails and noshing on delicious fare prepared in the carriage house kitchen.



625 Chartres St.

Dark, chic and moody, Sylvain is a favorite among New Orleans insiders and restaurant industry folks. Sit outside surrounded by exposed brick and courtyard vibes, or inside, where the din of the other diners will drown out your sweet nothings. 


Cavan – upstairs bar

3607 Magazine St.

Slip upstairs to chitchat over candlelight alone at a table near the bookshelves or at the bar. The space has low light, divine cocktails and ambiance to spare.



8118 Oak St.

Dim lighting and live music help set the mood at Oak. This chic restaurant on Oak Street allows for a quiet date night with the option to meet up with friends at the next door Ale bar. 



916 Lafayette St.

The low-lit lighting and dark decor sets the mood immediately when you walk in. Even a seat in the courtyard in the evening will have you cozying up under the stars. 


The Sazerac Bar

130 Roosevelt Way

Quintessential New Orleans, The Sazerac Bar is a must for couples. The history alone lends an air of romance as you cozy up in the historic Roosevelt Hotel. 


Extra pick From Camille Whitworth – former news anchor, owner of Victory Craft Cocktail Bar and co-writer of’s “Drink Up, Nola” blog.

The Elysian Bar

2317 Burgundy St.

“It’s so crazy, sexy, cool,” said Whitworth. “It’s inside a renovated old church in the Marigny and it’s a must for couple’s to check out – awesome and romantic.”


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