Designed with the ambience of an old Southern Delta juke joint, this club features local, national and international bands and a gospel brunch on Sunday. Bands play in the main venue downstairs and The Parish, a smaller room upstairs, with bars open only when music plays. Other times, you can drink in the restaurant or the courtyard and explore the 268 pieces of folk art hanging on the walls. Open daily. Smoking: patio only.
Gulf Coast and Caribbean dishes fill the menu at Jimmy Buffett’s place. The Swamp Platter is filled with fried alligator, crawfish and shrimp served with french fries. Talapia fish tacos can be fried, blackened, or grilled, served with baja sauce and coleslaw. No Reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
Hog Heaven sandwich is made with Patton's hot sausage, pulled pork and bacon served with honey mustard and grilled onions with a choice of fries. The muffuletta pizza combines Genoa salami, Italian ham and olive salad topped with provolone and mozzarella cheese. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $
Built in the early 1700s and boasting it is the oldest bar in the United States, Lafitte’s is frequented by ghost tours, pirate lovers and neighborhood regulars. Legend has it that in the early 19th century, pirate Jean Lafitte and his brother Pierre used the bar to fence their ill-gotten goods. Today it houses a piano bar and offers a full bar and a patio. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
This new location of the Metairie-born burger and beer restaurant has an expanded bar area, where it serves house-made infused vodka, Abita, NOLA Brew and other beers. A novelty is a shot of Kahlua, Baileys or Chambord in a hand-dipped shake. Wine Down Wednesday gets you a bottle of house wine for $12, or $1.50 will buy you a beer during happy hour every day. Open daily. Smoking: no.
Parlay's 65-foot-long bar may be the longest in the city, and it's stocked with 40 different beers and a full complement of liquor. The friendly atmosphere and changing slate of afternoon drink specials keeps customers coming back. Karaoke draws singers on Thursday, and a hand-selected jukebox playlist keeps music lovers moving. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
This famous French Quarter spot isn’t just for tourists, though you may want to leave the signature Hurricane to out-of-towners. For casual or romantic ambience, there’s a courtyard with a flaming fountain, or step inside the piano bar or a lounge with a jukebox. Saints fans get free hot dogs before games and $2 beer specials before and up to an hour after the game. American, Creole and Cajun cuisine available. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
The patio of this neighborhood bar is a popular spot for watching football games (there are heaters for staying warm during cold weather). Polished wood walls and a pool table add to the tavern atmosphere, and a tiled bar front inserts a touch of funk. There's picnic table seating on the front porch. Pitchers of domestic beer are $4.50 all day Saturday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy Hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Fried shrimp can be ordered in a po-boy or on a platter with sides of potato salad, french fries or macaroni and cheese. For breakfast, house-made biscuits, omelets and hash browns are popular. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $