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.
Sit at the long bar and order from a menu of local, microbrewed and imported beers or classic cocktails like an old fashioned or Sazerac, nestle into a pew around the pool table or a seat in a paper lantern-bedecked covered patio. There's religious art and icons decorating the bar, but the signature blueberry mojito likely gets the most praise. Open daily. No food.
Get $2 wine, Champagne and well drinks on Tuesday, play trivia on Wednesday and play bingo on Thursday. There also are The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones viewing parties. Iced Irish coffee and Serrano bloody marys top the list of popular drinks. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
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.
On an otherwise quiet and narrow strip off Prytania Street, The Kingpin stays busy with shuffleboard players, New Orleans Saints and food truck fans, movie crowds squeezing in a pre-show round, and beer drinkers (more often nearby Uptowners than college crowds). Food trucks are available Monday through Saturday. Open daily. Happy hour 3 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Steak frites features a filet served with sauteed mushrooms and french fries. Lump crab salad features local jumbo lump crabmeat, spring greens and white remoulade dressing. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
With its drooping awning and low-frills decor of corrugated metal, this bar looks like a roadhouse, but the extensive whiskey and craft beer offerings are upscale. There's a deep selection of American, Irish and Japanese whiskeys, single-malt Scotches and more. Beers range from American craft beers to Belgian and German imports. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Avocado and asparagus salad includes romaine lettuce, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, house dressing and pita chips. Spinach Alfredo lasagna features spinach and sauteed onions layered with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan in Alfredo sauce. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner and late-night daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
An interesting mix of cozy, quirky and sophisticated makes this streetcar-shaped bar a popular destination for lingering over drinks and upscale pub fare. Almost two dozen wines are available by the glass and more by the bottle, and there are beers from all over the world. There's a patio that overlooks the streetcar line, and the kitchen serves food late. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
King’s nachos are topped with refried beans, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole. The Buffalo chicken sandwich features fried chicken tenders tossed in Moe’s wing sauce and served on a cheddar-jalapeno wheat bun with blue cheese or ranch dressing. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
Visit this dog-friendly bar on Monday and get free food starting at 7 p.m., followed by the Bear with Me open-mic comedy show. Trivia night starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The bar has a pool table, craft cocktails, cheap beer and serves Texas-style barbecue most nights and brunch on weekends. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.