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.
The dog-friendly bar has daily specials, such as $5 double mimosas and bloody marys on Saturday and Sunday, and $2 wine, Champagne and well liquor all day Tuesday. TVs screen New Orleans Saints games, U.S.A. soccer matches and all University of Michigan games, as well as popular TV shows. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
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 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 3:30 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. $$
With its drooping awning and low-frills decor of corrugated metal, this bar looks like a roadhouse, but the extensive whiskey and craft beer offerings are upscale. There's a deep selection of American, Irish and Japanese whiskeys, single-malt Scotches and more. Beers range from American craft beers to Belgian and German imports. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
On the bar's second floor, G's Kitchen Spot serves pizza, sandwiches, chicken wings, salads and waffle fries. The Fiery Hawaiian pie is topped with ham, pineapple, red onion and spicy sauce. No reservations. Dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $$
A 12-ounce prime rib-eye is topped with Shropshire blue 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. $$
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.