There are several venues inside House of Blues, including its outdoor Voodoo Garden patio, where you can find free comedy Tuesday and Thursday nights, and The Parish, an intimate upstairs concert room. Its Sunday gospel brunch includes a bloody mary bar, and live karaoke has $3 Fireball whiskey shots. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
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. $$
Regulars look to this neighborhood bar for its screenings of sporting events like New Orleans Saints games and UFC fights. There's video poker, pool, darts and game nights. This bar also is popular for its holiday and post-parade specials, and offers a menu of bar food. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Whether alone or with friends, guests enjoy lazing around this 24-hour bar and grill, doing laundry, playing bar-top games, darts, pool and chess. Each bartender specializes in a different drink, so asking for cocktail suggestions is recommended. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
Located in an 18th-century cottage, this bar attracts attention, especially from French Quarter tourists, even if there's no proof it was owned or visited by pirate Jean Lafitte. But the dimly lit interior, fireplace and piano in the back room make it feel like a suitable place for a secret rendezvous, and it's a good last stop on the end of the Bourbon Street strip. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
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.
There's a different drink special every night at this dog-friendly bar, which is known for its specialty shots. The 25-year-old neighborhood bar has plenty of TVs for watching sports, plus free food for all LSU and New Orleans Saints games. There are pool tables, skee ball and Golden Tee. Karaoke night on Thursday features $3 Fireball drinks. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-midnight daily.
Since 1933 the motto of this venerable French Quarter standard has been "Have fun!" — and bridal parties to international tourists have followed that rule with the aid of Pat O'Brien's signature Hurricane or another specialty cocktail. A piano lounge takes requests all night, and a courtyard restaurant serves local New Orleans fare. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
There's a free food buffet during New Orleans Saints games, and a flat-screen TV is set up on the front patio for game viewing. Boody marys are made to order, and there's always a special on pitchers of draft beer. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
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. $