What happens after 8 p.m. can make or break a city vying for Party Town status, and can determine whether the city will land among those Travel+Leisure's list of America's best cities for nightlife.
Each year, Travel+Leisure's readers vote on what they love most (or like the least) about 35 major cities. The criteria might include luxury hotels and big-name restaurants. To find the real party cities, Travel+Leisure looked at the nightlife rankings based on live music, cocktails, and the singles scene. As an added bonus, they also checked noise levels.
Just to let one know, the major factor making Nawlins the champ of over-the-top partying is -- Bourbon Street. But those surveyed love this city for small details too. New Orleans has its bar scene, its neighborhood joints, fascinating people, and cool boutique hotels.
And Damn! We haven't even considered Mardi Gras!