The menu includes Spanish and Latin American dishes and several styles of ceviche. Gambas al ajillo features Gulf shrimp seasoned with Spanish paprika, chili flakes and citrus and sauteed with garlic and white wine. Pan-seared Louisiana black drum is served with Gulf shrimp Madera relleno, mirliton-coconut relish and salsa Criolla. Reservations recommended. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
Located in a niche at the front of this trendy eatery, 7 on Fulton's bar features different drink specials every day, $10 buckets of beer and $20 pizza specials during New Orleans Saints games. The restaurant's menu of New Orleans contemporary cuisine can be ordered at the bar. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.
With a Creole Italian restaurant of the same name next door, this wine bar serves white wines from a Cruvinet temperature-controlled cellar to ensure they're chilled just right. Plates line the walls of the elegant dining room, adding some color to the space, and the bar has live music on weekends. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
If you consider yourself an oenophile, you can take wine classes here for fun — or for certification. Aficionados can sample wines by the ounce — there's more than 120 choices — before buying a bottle, or try one of the bar's cocktails. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
Cibugnu offers Italian wines and many are available by the glass or carafe. Also available is a unique selection of handcrafted Italian-inspired cocktails created by Cibugnu's manager/bartender Chris Timpone. Open Wed.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun. and Wed.-Thu., 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
A premium selection of handcrafted beers brewed in house is the signature at the 30-plus Gordon Biersch locations across the country, though the New Orleans location offers local spices on its extensive menu in dishes such as Cajun fish tacos. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
West Coast surfer-inspired drinks and food are the trademarks, and the attitude is casual and fun-loving. Da Killer Blue Whale combines Stolichnaya blueberry and Cruzan coconut rum, curacao and lemonade, and The Big Kahuna is served in a 64-ounce fishbowl. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Ernst Cafe is located in charming turn-of-the-century building and retains the flavor of old New Orleans. The Always Sunny on Fulton is a popular drink made of orange juice, mint and Barcadi, though PBRs are an old standby. Casual comfort food is served late into the evening. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The most popular drink at this Warehouse District bar is the Disco Lemonade, a frozen blend of vodka, sake and lemonade. The Rusty Nail has a dog-friendly patio, and the bar hosts game nights, open-mic on Tuesday and a variety of food trucks most nights of the week. Open daily. Smoking on patio. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.