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.
This saintly spot is known for its religious iconography, such as crosses that have been given to the owners over the years, that hang from the ceiling and on the walls. Peruse the selection of beer, bourbon and Irish whiskey before shooting pool, or head to the paper lantern-adorned back patio with one of the bar's signature blueberry mojitos. Open daily. No food.
A rowdy and revered institution, Le Bon Temps operates as a neighborhood bar in one half of its building, with pool tables and drinks as the main attraction. The back part is a top-shelf music venue that hosts popular local bands nightly, highlighted by the Soul Rebels' long-running Thursday night gig. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Chilled Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat is served over spring greens with white remoulade. The brunch menu includes a grilled pork rib-eye. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
On the bar's second floor, G's Kitchen Spot serves pizza, sandwiches, chicken wings, salads and waffle fries. The Fiery Hawaiian pie is topped with ham, pineapple, red onion and spicy sauce. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
A 12-ounce prime rib-eye is topped with Shropshire blue cheese butter and served with goose-fat french fries. Mofongo relleno de pollo guisado is mashed fried plantain stuffed with stewed chicken in roasted poblano sauce. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
Tex-Mex egg rolls are stuffed with grilled chicken, cheeses, black beans and roasted corn and peppers and served with raspberry-chipotle sauce. Crawfish Banditos are flour tortillas filled with crawfish, cheeses, sauteed onions, green peppers and garlic and served with avocado sour cream. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $