With a laid-back atmosphere, professional but unpretentious bartenders and an overall no-frills approach, the Chart Room has long been a locals' oasis in the middle of a touristy section of the Quarter. Having one of the city's best jukeboxes — featuring local favorites from James Booker to Honey Island Swamp Band — doesn't hurt. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
The menu includes sandwiches, pasta dishes, fried seafood and Creole favorites. Jambalaya features rabbit and smoked pork sausage, and the "supreme" version adds shrimp, tasso and crawfish tails. Smoked duck quesadillas are served with orange sauce, salsa and sour cream. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
This Marigny mainstay is a destination for everything from a $10 haircut-and-a-shot on Monday nights, Friday evening communion around steaming pots of jambalaya or boiled shrimp, and late-night hangouts. Look for microbrew tastings and house cocktails such as the Red Berry Blotter: spiced rum, fresh raspberries, basil, lemon and Champagne. Open daily. No food.
Presiding over Frenchmen Street like a cool uncle, Blue Nile (a decade-plus residing at the former Dream Palace) brings in top touring talent from all genres in addition to standing weekly gigs with local favorites such as Little Maker (Thursdays). Upstairs has a spacious balcony and music genres from emerging experimental acts to roots-reggae DJs booming deep into the night. Open Mon.-Sat. No food.
Fish Marigny features a fried fillet topped with Gulf shrimp in Creole cream sauce. New Orleans-style shell-on barbecue shrimp are sauteed with butter, garlic, rosemary and cayenne. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
There's no cover at this cash-only jazz and blues club, which features live music nightly. There is a one-drink minimum per set. Open daily. No food.
This music hall features two live performances nightly and offers a large selection of single-malt Scotches and American craft beers, as well as brews from around the world. The bar has no-cover early music shows (usually 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.) every day except Saturday. Open daily. No food.
This longtime Frenchmen Street staple upgraded its intimate interior with an elevated viewing area to watch (for no cover charge) some of the best unsung local talent in funk, blues and rock. The intimate club's lack of pretense also extends to its drink prices. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Divine Portobello appetizer features portobello mushrooms, grilled chicken and spinach in roasted red pepper cream sauce. The Lucifer's Special pizza features red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, red onions and roasted red peppers. Delivery available. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
House-made crabmeat and corn cannelloni are served with spicy cream sauce. The bone-in veal chop comes with creamy brandy and mushroom sauce. All entrees come with pasta or salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$