There’s a nautical theme to this neighborhood bar but no gimmicks, just cheap drinks, a good mix of tourist and locals, and a friendly atmosphere. Football games are shown on the TV, and a jukebox features retro tunes. Regular drink prices are akin to most bar’s happy hours, with $1.50 draft beers, $2.50 well drinks and $4 call brands. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly.
Rabbit and sausage jambalaya is kicked up to "supreme" with the addition of shrimp, tasso and crawfish tails. Smoked duck quesadillas are topped with orange marmalade. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
You no longer have to choose between a night on the town or a hair appointment; R Bar offers $10 haircuts in an antique barber chair (along with a complimentary shot) on Mondays. There’s a jukebox and DJs for music lovers and Friday night food specials. If you can’t drive home, book a room at the Royal Street Inn upstairs. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Pool table, TV sports.
Blue Nile was the first bar to offer live music on Frenchmen Street, and is a staple of the block. Grab a drink, relax and listen to the tunes of regular players Kermit Ruffins, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Micah McKee and Gravity A. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed. No food.
The restaurant attached to the jazz club offers a menu of steaks, seafood, burgers and sandwiches. The fish Marigny is a fried drum fillet topped with Gulf shrimp and Creole cream sauce. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp features shrimp sauteed in their shells in a spicy sauce of butter, garlic, rosemary and cayenne pepper. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Women can test their musical talents on a piano in the ladies room at this live jazz and blues music club, which charges no cover most nights. Local art decorates the walls, and you can sit at the bar or stake out a table. Abita beer is king here, but other drinks are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
In addition to a regular and rotating roster of local musicians performing early and late sets, d.b.a.'s extensive offerings range from regional and imported craft beers, ports and whiskeys. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
The Apple Barrel is one of the smallest barrooms on the Frenchmen Street strip, but that doesn’t prevent it from scheduling two bands per night. The bar is low on frills but easy on comfort, with a handful of barstools and tables offering a view of Frenchmen through the storefront picture windows. Happy hour 2 p.m to 7 p.m. features $2 domestic beers and discounted well drinks. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
The Lucifer pizza features marinara, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, onions and roasted red peppers. The Italian Feast sandwich contains mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, Genoa salami, red onions, lettuce and tomato and is served with salad, potato chips or pasta salad. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $
Crabmeat and corn cannelloni is drenched in spicy pink sauce. The fish Ocean gives diners a choice of five types of fish, which is pan-fried and topped with shrimp, crawfish or crabmeat. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$