Feta fries are among the most popular small plates at Three Muses. Lamb sliders are small sandwiches featuring lamb patties on house-made buns with tomato chutney and herbed goat cheese. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $
Fish Marigny features a fried fillet topped with Gulf shrimp in Creole cream sauce. New Orleans-style shell-on barbecue shrimp are sauteed with butter, garlic, rosemary and cayenne. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
Oz is a 24/7 party that often spills out onto Bourbon Street. It also hosts (relatively) sedate activities like drag bingo from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, as well as drag shows at 9 p.m. Sundays and 10 p.m. Wednesdays. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
The club features a wide variety of live music, burlesque performances, film screenings, DJ dance nights and a popular '80s night on Thursday. The bar serves classic cocktails, cheap Miller High Life and PBR shot specials. The Matador is the signature drink. Open daily. No food.
With a bandstand right at its door on Frenchmen Street, this spacious music club with three stages draws in crowds with a mix of jazz, brass and funk bands, Cajun and zydeco music and more. The bar offers classic cocktails, including the Proud Mary, its spicy bloody mary. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Where Decatur Street meets Esplanade Avenue is where the music starts. Before the Frenchmen Street main course, this music hall houses everything from brass bands to salsa ensembles to rock 'n' roll on its main stage and patio every night of the week. Opens 6 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 504 Esplanade Ave., 522-2940