Vaughan's brought the world to the 9th Ward, thanks to decades of hosting Kermit Ruffins on Thursday night. That tradition ended, but Vaughan's didn't miss a beat, booking Corey Henry's Treme Funktet and other talents at this friendly, no-frills watering hole. There's free food during halftimes of New Orleans Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Popular drinks include the Hand Grenade, Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Tipitina's is as much an event venue as a bar — it's only open when music or events are scheduled — but it has a full bar when it hosts popular bands, performances and events for Halloween, New Year's Eve, Mardi Gras and more. Food trucks park outside for most events. Open when shows are scheduled. No smoking. No food.
The bar features rock cover bands every day. Customers can choose from a range of drinks including the bar's signature Hand Grenade, tropical cocktails, beer and more. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-4 p.m. daily.
The seasonal tapas created by Chef Daniel Esses can be paired with choices from an extensive wine list, beer or original cocktails such as The Other Redhead (Jameson Irish Whiskey, Domaine de Canton, Ancho Reyes and orange bitters) and enjoyed in an intimate, upscale-yet-laid-back setting that's home to top-notch local jazz/blues musicians. Open Wed.-Mon. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
The jazz and blues club features live music every day and free swing dance lessons from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dancing is encouraged. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Jazz, R&B and big band musicians perform live at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. every night off the main bar of this club, which has drawn locals and visitors to the Faubourg Marigny for 30 years, long before Frenchmen Street became hip. The restaurant specializes in burgers and steaks, and a popular drink is the Monsoon. There's also an extensive wine list. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
The name of this small, late-night dive bar has crept into song lyrics and is a staple of the New Orleans college vernacular. It was voted one of Playboy's top bars in America. Christmas lights stay on all year long. Happy hour includes $2.50 well drinks and $2 Budweiser and Miller. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.
The Sazerac Bar carries with it the history and lore of its namesake drink. The Paul Ninas murals flanking the African walnut bar take you back to the grandeur of old New Orleans — a time when Huey P. Long strolled in to order a Ramos gin fizz. The elegant barstools and plush banquettes of today's Sazerac Bar invite locals and visitors to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and conversation. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
While many things in the Bywater are changing, don't count this classic watering hole among them. This unpretentious bar serves beer and booze and on some nights hosts live music from neighborhood favorites such as singer-songwriter Alex McMurray. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
The club features a wide variety of live music performances and a popular '80s night every Thursday. The Matador is the signature drink. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Since 1933 the motto of this venerable French Quarter standard has been "Have fun!" — and bridal parties to international tourists have followed that rule with the aid of Pat O'Brien's signature Hurricane or another specialty cocktail. A piano lounge takes requests all night, and a courtyard restaurant serves local New Orleans fare. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
This location is one of several Tropical Isle locations on Bourbon offering drinks and live music daily. Home of the Hand Grenade, Little Tropical Isle offers other signature drinks including the Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Hand Grenades come in a souvenir glass. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
This 18th-century hangout was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Named for famed privateer Jean Lafitte, the bar is a popular place for both locals and tourists. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop offers its patrons a dimly lit, historic atmosphere and classic cocktails. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
The neighborhood watering hole has served cold brews for more than 30 years, and features a varying lineup of music performers, including locals Dave James and Chip Wilson. Stout drafts and Irish whiskey are the most popular libations. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.