This famous venue in the French Quarter offers spaces for events as small as a bridal luncheon or as large as a wedding and reception. The interior is decorated in folk art and the ambience is Southern juke joint. The House of Blues staff can provide live music and its specialty Southern dishes or a customized menu as well as bar service. An outdoor courtyard is also available. Packages include free save-the-date cards, souvenir posters and candle decor.
Looking for your lost shaker of salt? Find it here, along with a huge selection of tropical libations, live music and fellow Parrotheads scanning the restaurant in hopes of spotting its namesake owner, who is a New Orleans Saints fan and occasional visitor to the restaurant. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m. daily.
Regulars look to this neighborhood hangout for screenings of sporting events like New Orleans Saints games and UFC fights. There's video poker, pool, darts and game nights. Jiggers 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 noon-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
A glamorous neon sign beckons from Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Inside, the Lamplighter has everything a classic dive bar should: cheap drinks and interesting characters. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
This 18th-century hangout was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Named for famed privateer Jean Lafitte, the bar is a popular place for both locals and tourists. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop offers its patrons a dimly lit, historic atmosphere and classic cocktails. 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 hangout, which is known for its specialty shots and 60-foot bar. The 25-year-old neighborhood bar has plenty of TVs for watching sports, plus pool tables, skee ball and Golden Tee. Ladies night is Wednesday, where $5 at the door gets women free well drinks, wine and Miller draft. Karaoke on Thursday features $3 Fireball drinks, and Sunday offers $3 bloody marys and mimosas. There's a free buffet for New Orleans Saints and LSU games. 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. Bloody marys are made to order. The bar offers pool and video poker. 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. $