It began as a neighborhood juke joint in the 1970s and as a place for New Orleans music legend Professor Longhair to perform. Over the years, however, it became an institution where local musicians and traveling music stars took the stage — sometimes together. There often are food trucks outside during music shows. Open weekends and when music is scheduled. No smoking. No food.
This Uptown bar is known for its blueberry mojitos and its covered patio, lighted by the soft glow of paper lanterns. Inside, dark wood and saintly iconography give the bar a church-like feel. Open daily. Smoking on patio. No food.
Popular drinks from the 360-degree raised bar include Jager bombs and Rumchata white Russians. There's trivia on Wednesday, bar bingo on Thursday and live music Thursday through Saturday nights. Dat Dog serves through a window from 7 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Toss back a cold one and commune with the tiled alligators in the back bar of this neighborhood tavern, play a game of pool or just visit with the bartenders and regular patrons. The Soul Rebels play every Thursday; a variety of other musical acts perform on other nights. Friday features free oysters. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
Known for its Elvis Presley-themed decor and biannual Elvis parties (celebrating the King's birth and death), this eclectic neighborhood pub serves free food during New Orleans Saints games and is a stop for food trucks Friday and Saturday nights. There's also shuffleboard. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Bands play live music six nights a week at this Broadmoor bar, which is housed in an old aircraft hangar. Specialty nights include honky tonk Tuesday, burlesque Wednesday and homegrown bands on Sunday. Food can be ordered from the Rendon Inn next door. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Pan-seared shrimp balls are served with Creole tomato sauce with horseradish cream. The jumbo lump crab cake comes with a fried green tomato and topped with lemon grass beurre blanc. No reservations. Breakfast and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
The dog-friendly bar stocks treats for its four-legged friends and hangs pictures of its favorite canines. You can sit at a table or booth and sip top-shelf cocktails, the lounge's popular mojito, wine or beer. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and till 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
With pool tables and 30 beers on tap, the downstairs space at Balcony Bar & Cafe looks like a college hangout. Upstairs, there's a smaller bar, table seating, a kitchen that serves pizza, sandwiches, wraps and bar food, and access to a long wraparound balcony overlooking Magazine and Harmony streets. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
The long bar at The Delachaise offers dozens of wines by the bottle or glass, imported beers on tap and by the bottle and cocktails made with liquors scribbled on chalkboards overhead. An outdoor patio is decorated with twinkling lights, making the bar an intimate perch from which to look out on St. Charles Avenue and share a cheese plate. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
You get to keep your beer glass during Wednesday's Pint Night at this dog-friendly pub with patio seating. Other days offer changing drink specials, Rockbot (patrons choose the songs) and trivia. There's a large variety of beers on tap, including local drafts Abita, NOLA, Parish and Tin Roof, and The Bulldog specializes in craft beers and imports. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri
Visit the bar at 4 p.m. on Sunday and get a haircut and drink for $10. There's free food on Monday, starting at 7 p.m., and the last Thursday of the month features a live dating show. The dog-friendly bar also has a pool table, craft cocktails, cheap beer and gourmet desserts. The Great Idea cocktail mixes vodka, amara and ginger beer, and the Baudin is a spicy version of a whiskey sour. Shortall's BBQ serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and during New Orleans Saints games.