There's live music every night at this restaurant and club housed in a historic 19th-century space. Each of its three rooms features something different (a restaurant, a bar and a music room), and there's a full menu of regional fare, seafood and sandwiches. Branford Marsalis headlines four days in December. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. $$
Patrons 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 featured beers change weekly. The menu includes salads, burgers, pasta and Cajun cuisine. Open Tue.-Sun. Full restaurant menu.