What started as a warehouse space converted to a music hall more than 35 years ago has become a local music institution. Tipitina's presents a mix of local and touring bands, and the bars are open when the club is open for shows, including Sunday afternoon's Cajun dance party. Open for concerts. 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.
The sweet shop serves gelato, chocolates, cookies, pastries, marshmallows and more. French-style macarons are airy cookie sandwiches filled with mousseline. Sorbet and gelato are available in flavors such as brown butter pecan, chocolate, coconut, strawberry and raspberry. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $
The Sazerac Bar carries with it the history and lore of its namesake drink. Paul Ninas murals flanking the African walnut bar take you back to the grandeur of old New Orleans — a time when Huey P. Long strolled in to order a Ramos gin fizz. The elegant barstools and plush banquettes of today's Sazerac Bar invite locals and visitors to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and conversation. Open daily. 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. $$
Thinly sliced ahi tuna and Fuji apple are served with goat cheese balls and ponzu-olive oil sauce. The New Orleans roll is stuffed with crawfish and avocado, topped with snow crab and spicy tuna and served with wasabi tobiko and eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Nachos are topped with tuna dressed with chili-sesame oil, smelt roe, sesame seeds, green onions, Sriracha, house-made ponzu sauce and wonton chips. The Purple Ninja roll is stuffed with tuna, avocado and cucumbers and topped with snow crab, salmon, tomato, jalapeno, smoked sea salt, ginger-infused soy sauce and pickled purple onions. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
FQB at the Ritz-Carlton
Jeremy Davenport plays across the hall at Melange now, but FQB is still an elegant spot for a well crafted cocktail.
The ground chuck cheeseburger is topped with grated cheddar and served with a baked potato. The 14-ounce rib-eye is served with a potato, salad and bread. No reservations. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
The flaming fountain in the center of the courtyard is the eye of the storm at this complex of barrooms. Servers in green tuxedo jackets deliver signature hurricanes in hourglass-shaped glasses. The piano lounge is a popular destination for patrons to make requests and sing along with dueling pianists. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Andouille-crusted Gulf fish is served with seasonal vegetables, Crystal beurre blanc and chive aioli. Crabmeat cheesecake has a pecan crust and is topped with Creole meuniere and sauteed mushrooms. Reservations recommended. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$