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. $
The jazz and blues club features live music every day and free swing dance lessons from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dancing is encouraged. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Jazz, R&B and big band musicians perform live at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. every night off the main bar of this club, which has drawn locals and visitors to the Faubourg Marigny for 30 years, long before Frenchmen Street became hip. The restaurant specializes in burgers and steaks, and a popular drink is the Monsoon. There's also an extensive wine list. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
With bass-pumping speakers, epileptic fit-inducing light shows, a top-notch roster of celebrated drag queens and other performing acts and a jumpin’ dance floor, Oz sets the bar for gay dance clubs (or straight ones, for that matter). Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m-8 p.m. daily.
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.
Some serious jams are staged in the pressed-tin confines of the self-described "oldest music club outside the French Quarter," where you'll find the Rebirth Brass Band on Tuesday and a menu of cocktails including the Southern Whuppin'. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-til daily.
There are three stages that feature live music by local musicians from opening at 5 p.m. to close (between 2 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.), including jazz, brass bands and more. Mondays feature Super Jams with a variety of musicians playing together. The house bloody mary is made with basil- and garlic-infused Tito's vodka mixed with Zing Zang mix, fresh lemon and lime juice, Tabasco and Worcestershire. The restaurant offers Cajun and Creole entrees, appetizers and desserts until 11 p.m. or later nightly. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
You won't find Budweiser on the global selection of premium, often-obscure beers, but you will find good vibes and music nightly by regularly booked local icons (Walter "Wolfman" Washington's in residence on Wednesdays) and touring acts in the blues/roots/rock vein. Open nightly. No smoking. No food.
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
Housed in the oldest building on Frenchmen Street, the music club features Kermit Ruffins every Friday. There are 20 beers on tap and a host of local brews. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Thu.