Decorated with JoAnn Clevenger's collection of folk art, Upperline Restaurant is a colorful place to enjoy a combination of traditional and creative Creole dishes. Grilled redfish is topped with "Muddy Waters" sauce and served with crispy cauliflower. Two-day slow-roasted duck has crisp skin and tender meat. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
There's a reason Tipitina's is one of New Orleans' venerable music spots, and we think it has everything to do with the spirit of Professor Longhair, whose famed song gave the club its name. Rub the head of his statue for respect when you come in, and be prepared to catch (and dance to) local, regional, national, and international music acts. Open Thu.-Sun. No smoking. No food.
A Michalopoulos mural covering Howlin’ Wolf’s exterior tells a tale of New Orleans music. Inside, today’s performers add new chapters to the story on stage. Top local acts and touring bands play in a spacious room lined by facades salvaged from old shotgun houses. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
Daily live music features dueling rock ’n’ roll pianos and performers with vast songbooks and lively senses of humor. There also are TVs for watching sports. Happy hour offers three-for-one cocktails from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. No cover charge.
The unusual combination of bowling alley and music club works for Rock ’n’ Bowl, a frequent stop for locals and a must-see venue for visitors. New Orleans legends play music on Tuesday. Wednesday is swing night, and Thursday features zydeco bands. There’s a dance floor and tables to sit, drink and enjoy pizza, buffalo wings, fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade and more. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking: no