Creole beef Indienne is simmered with tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, garlic, onions and spices and served with mango chutney and rice. Chicken Ambrosia is a sauteed chicken breast served with fennel-Pernod cream sauce and spinach fettuccine. Reservations recommended. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$
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.
Try the Old Absinthe House Frappe, a frothy green concoction that a mixologist invented in 1874 within the walls of this historic bar. Other classic cocktails, from the Old Fashioned to the Ramos gin fizz, are mixed in a traditional way and paired with small plates. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
The upscale Japanese lounge tucked behind Barcadia specializes in craft cocktails, healthy shared plates and premium sakes. The Singapore Sling and Cane Farmer, a rum-based drink with pomegranate molasses, ginger liqueur and fresh mint, are popular choices. Open Thu.-Sat. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thu.-Sat.
New Orleans’ only tropical winery serves 38 varieties of non-grape-based wines, and hosts free wine tastings all day every day. Popular drinks include wine smoothies, Category 5 white sangria, dry blueberry wine and Sinfully Noble muscadine. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Smoking: patio only. Riverwalk Marketplace,
The Cupcake-tini — Smirnoff whipped, Amaretto, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, white creme de cacao and cream topped with Hershey's syrup and sprinkles — is one of the most popular drinks at this dog-friendly bar, or choose from any of a dozen other martinis. The bar also serves classic cocktails and specialty drinks including the Nutty Russian: Sobieski vodka, Starbucks coffee liqueur and Trader Vic's macadamia nut liquer. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The paths of many converge at Molly's, the French Quarter dive bar that's become a hangout of hipsters and politicians, tourists and curmudgeons. Frozen Irish coffee is a popular drink, and Dis Taco, a pop-up taco kitchen, is housed within the bar for dining and late-night snacking. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
The first-floor barroom is a popular late-night hub for the hipster crowd to cluster around the long bar or play pool. The generally quieter upstairs lounge hosts jazz, blues and acoustic bands and DJs. Tapas are available in both bars. Open daily. Smoking allowed downstairs. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Set in the middle of Harrah’s casino, Masquerade is equipped with a 34-foot-long ice bar to keep drinks chilled and a 42-foot media tower for light shows. There are Coors Light giveaways during Saints and LSU games, shown on large-screen TVs. Masquerade dancers perform on weekends, along with DJs, and there is periodic live jazz. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.