This dog-friendly gastropub has a large selection of Irish whiskey and holds tastings the third Monday of each month. Wednesday is pub quiz night, and there's live music Thursday through Sunday. Happy hour features $6 small plates of shepherd's pie, bangers and mash and fish and chips. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Presiding over Frenchmen Street like a cool uncle, Blue Nile (a decade-plus residing at the former Dream Palace) brings in top touring talent from all genres in addition to standing weekly gigs with local favorites such as Little Maker (Thursdays). Upstairs has a spacious balcony and music genres from emerging experimental acts to roots-reggae DJs booming deep into the night. Open Mon.-Sat. No food.
Parma Rosa pasta features blackened shrimp, Italian sausage and penne pasta tossed in creamy tomato sauce. Barbecued chicken pizza tops a hand-tossed crust with barbecue sauce, grilled chicken and red onions. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $
The father/son team of John and Johnny Blancher has established this fabled venue as an easy-going hangout spot offering top-shelf regional blues (Eric Lindell) and zydeco (Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas), draft beer, wine and cocktails, bowling after midnight, and a revamped menu boasting loaded fries, wings and Boudin Douziane. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
The menu doesn't include much more than thick burgers, steaks and baked potatoes, but they draw a regular crowd to this casual, nautical-themed tavern. The bar is known for its Monsoon, a big rum and fruit juice cocktail. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
The Oak Street institution has live music every night and seafood boils on Sunday. Rebirth Brass Band plays at 10 p.m. every Tuesday, and the music calendar also features funk, rock, jazz, jam bands and touring acts. A weekly poetry reading at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons honors the late Everette C. Maddox, the Maple Leaf's poet laureate. Open daily. No food.
The bright surf shack atmosphere at Lucy's draws a lively crowd for international sports on TV and a menu of sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas, salads and tacos. The bar features draft beers from around the world and original cocktails such as Lucy's classic margarita made with Sauza gold tequila, dressed with a mermaid. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Twisted macaroni chicken is grilled chicken over three-cheese cavatappi pasta with roasted red peppers and Parmesan-parsley breadcrumbs. Salmon is wrapped in cedar paper, grilled and drizzled with sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Separated from the crowds on Frenchmen Street, this destination offers intimate access to many of the city's best musicians. The Blue Oak menu features barbecue standards and experiments including house-wrapped barbecue egg rolls. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (Free sets during happy hour).