Behind an unremarkable facade on the edge of the French Quarter is this lounge with a large U-shaped bar, some banquette seating and an extensive menu of classic and original cocktails. The bar uses house-made tonic water, juices and syrups in its drinks, and there is a wide selection of premium spirits and beers. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
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.
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.
The Oak Street institution has live music every night and seafood boils on Sunday. Rebirth Brass Band plays at 10 p.m. every Tuesday, and the music calendar also features funk, rock, jazz, jam bands and touring acts. A weekly poetry reading at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons honors the late Everette C. Maddox, the Maple Leaf's poet laureate. Open daily. No food.
The dog-friendly neighborhood watering hole features live jazz and funk acts every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Longtime patrons come to watch LSU and New Orleans Saints football on the weekends. The popular Gingerita is made with fresh house-made ginger juice. Open daily. No food.