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.
The "dive bar" descriptor gets tossed around a lot these days, but with its omnipresent Christmas decor, an exterior fit for a shantytown and an interior cluttered with warped couches, darkness and bad decisions, Snake and Jake's not only deserves the designation, but elevates it to David Lynchian standards. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.–10 p.m. daily.
Housed in a building that has been a bar since the early 1900s, this Algiers Point hangout continues to build a legacy of good times. Sip original cocktails, like Sex on the Levee (which combines rum with passion fruit and lime), and dig into New Orleans favorites like po-boys and gumbo. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Creole file gumbo features Gulf shrimp, crab, hot sausage, smoked sausage and smoked ham in spicy broth served with rice. Fried chicken is served with potato salad, french fries or red beans and rice. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
This craft cocktail lounge is located between the hotel lobby and its adjoining Cafe Adelaide. A large block of ice behind the bar highlights its traditional inspirations, but there are original cocktails in addition to classics. The Adelaide Swizzle is made with Rougaroux Full Moon dark rum. Happy hour features $3-$6 specials on drinks and small plates. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Diners head to the counter to order po-boys and Creole staples such as crawfish etouffee and red beans and rice. The Ferdi po-boy is loaded with roast beef debris, baked ham, shredded cabbage, pickles, mayonnaise and yellow and Creole mustards. Jerry’s jambalaya is made with chicken, sausage, vegetables, tomatoes, herbs and rice. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Chicory coffee-lacquered quail is served with fire-roasted chili, cochon de lait boudin, smoky bacon wilted greens with Tabasco pepper jelly and espresso pecan crust. Signature shrimp and tasso Henican features Louisiana white shrimp, tasso, pickled okra, sweet onions, five-pepper jelly and Crystal hot sauce beurre blanc. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski serve creative Cajun dishes and house-made charcuterie. Crawfish pie is stuffed with crawfish, rice, green onions, parsley, herbs and spices and served with poblano and red and green bell peppers, roasted garlic and red wine vinegar. Onion-braised pork cheeks are served with grits, radish and crushed herbs. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
Char-broiled oysters are topped with garlic-butter sauce and Parmesan. The oyster loaf features fried oysters between two pieces of buttered thick Texas toast. The seafood gumbo is made with shrimp, crabmeat and okra. No reservations. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Cash only. $
Shrimp and grits comes with corn and andouille maque choux. Lamb meatloaf is served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
Shrimp remoulade is served with deviled egg, guacamole and mirliton corn relish. The Brigtsen’s seafood platter includes grilled fish, shrimp cornbread, baked oysters with crabmeat, shrimp and Napa cabbage slaw, and baked sea scallops with asparagus, spinach, bacon and leeks. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
The restaurant and bar at the National World War II Museum is outfitted with 1940s Americana in a modern setting. There's lots of seating at the bar or on the spacious outdoor patio. The menu is American. The cocktail menu plays on the World War II theme with spins on classics like the Midway mule and American Sector lemonade. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.