This Uptown rite of passage features 50-cent drafts, well drinks and shots on Tuesday, along with $1 domestic beers. Hump Day happy hour consists of triple-shot mixed drinks. Pizza, burgers and cheese fries are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-close Wed., 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri.
Where Decatur Street meets Esplanade Avenue is where the music starts. Before the Frenchmen Street main course, this music hall houses everything from brass bands to salsa ensembles to rock 'n' roll on its main stage and patio every night of the week. Opens 6 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 504 Esplanade Ave., 522-2940
Housed in the oldest building on Frenchmen Street, the music club features Kermit Ruffins every Friday. There are 20 beers on tap and a host of local brews. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Thu.
Behind an unremarkable facade on the edge of the French Quarter is this spartan 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 to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Head to the park early for a hot breakfast menu that includes The Under Par, a cheese omelet with your choice of peppers, onions, tomato or mushrooms served with grits or hash browns and toast. For lunch, try the grilled chicken wrap. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $
The Apple Barrel is one of the smallest barrooms on the Frenchmen Street strip, but that doesn’t prevent it from scheduling two bands per night. The bar is low on frills but easy on comfort, with a handful of barstools and tables offering a view of Frenchmen through the storefront picture windows. Happy hour 2 p.m to 7 p.m. features $2 domestic beers and discounted well drinks. Open daily. Smoking: yes.