The elegant mahogany bar with amber lighting on the front and deep blue walls, leather chairs, banquette couches, dim lighting and large common table invite an upscale crowd of W Hotel visitors and local luminaries. Jazz, blues and rock ’n’ roll photographs by Jim Marshall add a music theme, while DJs spin tunes. Craft cocktails and standards like the Sazerac fill the drink menu. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Smoking: yes. Flat-screen TVs. W Hotel,
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.
Serious sports fans appreciate the 12-foot TV, and there’s a 52-inch high-definition Golden Tee for gamers. You can get two-for-one drinks all day to get you warmed up for trivia games, darts and video poker. Burgers, smoked ribs and brisket, tacos and more are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi.
Sucre’s macarons are light almond meringue cookies filled with house-made creams, ganaches or mousellines in flavors such as salted caramel and pistachio. The All Things NOLA sundae is made with brown-butter pecan gelato, bread pudding pieces, bananas Foster sauce, whipped cream and pecans. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $
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.
Soft-shell crab Salvatore features two fried jumbo soft-shell crabs topped with creamy crabmeat and shrimp sauce and served with mixed vegetables and potatoes. Sicilian-style char-broiled oysters are topped with sweet butter, Romano and Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic and Pinot Grigio. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
This Uptown sushi restaurant has two-for-one specials on a variety of drinks from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day for patrons who are dining. If you want something exotic, ask for the hot sake with a quail egg. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
A custom glass bar top lighted from underneath illuminates house special cocktails such as the Berry Blossom, Japanese 75 and Tokyo-tini. The menu features a selection of sushi, small plates, noodle dishes, soups and salads. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
FQB at the Ritz-Carlton
Jeremy Davenport plays across the hall at Melange now, but FQB is still an elegant spot for a well crafted cocktail.
The 14-ounce rib-eye is served with a baked potato, salad and bread. Half-pound burgers are served with a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
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.