This refined bistro serves food by chef Kristen Essig and there's a full bar with American craft beers, a craft cocktail menu and frequent cocktail specials. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Free Wi-Fi. Open daily. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7p.m. Mon.-Fri.
There's no cover at this cash-only jazz and blues club, which features live music nightly. There is a one-drink minimum per set. Open daily. No food.
Wednesday is karaoke night at this French Quarter spot, and there's a dance-all-night Trash Disco party on Sunday. Bloody marys are patrons' top choice, and the bar is a popular spot for service industry workers and the gay community. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 1 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Shrimp and grits comes with corn and andouille maque choux. Lamb meatloaf is served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
Beyond its dog-friendly barroom lined with a delightful cast of local riff raff, Buffa's backroom (featuring recent acoustic enhancements) is home to live music six nights a week and hosts a rotation of local R&B/rock/jazz from the likes of Arsene DeLay with Antoine Diel Monday nights, along with one-off pairings such as a recent show with Camile Baudoin (Radiators) and Papa Mali. The 24-hour kitchen cooks Louisiana-inspired bar food and Sunday brunch. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 a.m.-6 a.m. & 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Where Decatur Street meets Esplanade Avenue is where the music starts. Before the Frenchmen Street main course, this music hall houses everything from brass bands to salsa ensembles to rock 'n' roll on its main stage and patio every night of the week. Opens 6 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 504 Esplanade Ave., 522-2940
The restaurant specializes in West African dishes. Ground peanut stew is available in beef or vegetarian versions and is served over rice. Vegetarian jama jama ni makondo features sauteed spinach with fried plantains and coconut rice. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Behind an unremarkable facade on the edge of the French Quarter is this lounge with a large U-shaped bar, some banquette seating and an extensive menu of classic and original cocktails. The bar uses house-made tonic water, juices and syrups in its drinks, and there is a wide selection of premium spirits and beers. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
This longtime Frenchmen Street staple upgraded its intimate interior with an elevated viewing area to watch (for no cover charge) some of the best unsung local talent in funk, blues and rock. The intimate club's lack of pretense also extends to its drink prices. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
House-made crabmeat and corn cannelloni are served with spicy cream sauce. The bone-in veal chop comes with creamy brandy and mushroom sauce. All entrees come with pasta or salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily. Cash only. $$