Vaughan's brought the world to the 9th Ward, thanks to decades of hosting Kermit Ruffins on Thursday nights. That tradition ended, but Vaughn's didn't miss a beat, booking Corey Henry's Treme Funket and other talents at this friendly, no-frills watering hole. There's free food during halftimes of New Orleans Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Happy hour features three-for-one well drinks and $1 off draft beers. Popular drinks include the Hand Grenade, Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
It began as a neighborhood juke joint in the 1970s and as a place for New Orleans music legend Professor Longhair to perform. Over the years, however, it became an institution where local musicians and traveling music stars took the stage — sometimes together. There often are food trucks outside during music shows. Open weekends and when music is scheduled. No smoking. No food.
The bar is dedicated to trop rock and bringing the beach to New Orleans. It stages live music every day and offers a range of drinks including its signature Hand Grenade, tropical cocktails, beer and more. Happy hour offers three-for-one well drinks and beer specials. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-4 p.m. daily.
Feta fries are among the most popular small plates at Three Muses. Lamb sliders are small sandwiches featuring lamb patties on house-made buns with tomato chutney and herbed goat cheese. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $
The jazz and blues club features live music every day and free swing dance lessons from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dancing is encouraged. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Jazz, R&B and big band musicians perform live at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. every night off the main bar of this club, which has drawn locals and visitors to the Faubourg Marigny for 30 years, long before Frenchmen Street became hip. The restaurant specializes in burgers and steaks, and a popular drink is the Monsoon. There's also an extensive wine list. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
The name of this small, late-night dive bar has crept into song lyrics and has become a staple of the New Orleans college vernacular. It was voted one of Playboy's top bars in America. Christmas lights stay on all year long. Happy hour includes $2.50 well drinks and $2 Budweiser and Miller. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.
The dark wood paneling, New Orleans murals and storied past as a favorite haunt of Huey P. Long and others makes the bar a good backdrop for date night, business meetings or sharing witty banter with friends. It's the place to get the namesake Sazerac, or go for Long's favorite, the Ramos gin fizz. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
The St. Claude Avenue corridor’s designated punk rock hunting lodge is the Bywater’s perfect place for a PBR and a bracing shot of anything and everything, whether it’s to the sounds of Guitar Lightnin’ Lee or a jukebox that’s equal parts cheese and grease. Wrestle with heavy crowds at the monthly Mod Dance Party, where DJs spin hiss-and-pop 45’s into the wee hours. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 6 p.m. Sun. Smoking: yes
This indie rock staple has two bars, one in the front room where Playboy pinball and plush couches preview the black-and-red, Twin Peaks-inspired ballroom and circular bar near the stage. The bar turns into a dance party every Thursday for it's popular '80s Night. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
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.
Little Tropical Isle has live music daily from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and three-for-one well drinks during happy hour. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
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.
Kerry Irish Pub turned 30 in October, celebrating another year of being home to stout drafts, prized Irish whiskeys such as Tullamore Dew and the local folk/country/bluegrass scene. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.