Jazz, R&B and big band musicians perform live at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. every night off the main bar of this club, which has drawn locals and visitors to the Faubourg Marigny for 30 years, long before Frenchmen Street became hip. The restaurant specializes in burgers and steaks, and a popular drink is the Monsoon. There's also an extensive wine list. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Housed in the oldest building on Frenchmen Street, the music club features Kermit Ruffins every Friday. There are 20 beers on tap and a host of local brews. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Thu.
You won't find Budweiser on the global selection of premium, often-obscure beers, but you will find good vibes and music nightly by regularly booked local icons (Walter "Wolfman" Washington's in residence on Wednesdays) and touring acts in the blues/roots/rock vein. Open nightly. No smoking. No food.
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.
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.
House-made crabmeat and corn cannelloni is drenched in spicy cream sauce. Rack of lamb comes with pasta or salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$
Northshore denizens enjoy sweeping views of the Tammany Trace, as well as a collection of exclusive beers at the Abita Brew Pub. Abita products are always available, and guest beers change weekly. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.