Neighborhood bar Vaughan's is a great bar for watching New Orleans Saints games. Free food at halftime is one reason, plus special chants and cheers that all the regulars know (and the newbies are quick to adopt). This is the place to be on Thursday nights when Kermit Ruffins jazzes up the joint. It's the Bywater epicenter for sprawling block parties and holiday bashes. Complimentary seafood on Fridays. Dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Make drinking an adventure with popular concoctions like the Hand Grenade, Shark Attack, Tropical Itch and Horny Gator. There's live music daily, starting at 1 p.m., as well as sports on TV. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
There's a reason Tipitina's is one of New Orleans' venerable music spots, and we think it has everything to do with the spirit of Professor Longhair, whose famed song gave the club its name. Rub the head of his statue for respect when you come in, and be prepared to catch (and dance to) local, regional, national, and international music acts. Open Thu.-Sun. No smoking. No food.
Home of the Hand Grenade cocktail, this club stages live entertainment starting at 5 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 1 p.m. Fri.-Sun. It also has TVs for watching sports. Popular drinks include the Shark Attack, Tropical Itch and Horny Gator. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Feta fries are among the most popular small plates at Three Muses. Lamb sliders are small sandwiches featuring lamb patties on house-made buns with tomato chutney and herbed goat cheese. No reservations. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Credit cards. $
Women can test their musical talents on a piano in the ladies room at this live jazz and blues music club, which charges no cover most nights. Local art decorates the walls, and you can sit at the bar or stake out a table. Abita beer is king here, but other drinks are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
The restaurant attached to the jazz club offers a menu of steaks, seafood, burgers and sandwiches. The fish Marigny is a fried drum fillet topped with Gulf shrimp and Creole cream sauce. New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp features shrimp sauteed in their shells in a spicy sauce of butter, garlic, rosemary and cayenne pepper. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
Named one of the 10 best dive bars in the country by Playboy, Snake & Jake’s wears the mantle proudly, maintaining its beaming assemblage of Christmas lights all year long. It offers $2.50 well drinks, $2 Budweiser and Miller beers and $3 wine and Jager during happy hour from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, as well as barbecue, brats, burgers and chicken Thursday and Friday. Open 7 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes.
The crisp sweetbreads and waffles tasting plate includes a quail egg, Smithfield ham and maple demi-glace. Shrimp and foie gras dumplings are served with braised greens. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
The St. Claude Avenue corridor’s designated punk rock hunting lodge is the Bywater’s perfect place for a PBR and a bracing shot of anything and everything, whether it’s to the sounds of Guitar Lightnin’ Lee or a jukebox that’s equal parts cheese and grease. Wrestle with heavy crowds at the monthly Mod Dance Party, where DJs spin hiss-and-pop 45’s into the wee hours. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 6 p.m. Sun. Smoking: yes
One Eyed Jacks hosts weekly DJ dance parties, a monthly burlesque show, and local and touring bands. Monday night is Service Industry Night and Thursday brings '80s and '90s dance night. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food
This famous French Quarter spot isn’t just for tourists, though you may want to leave the signature Hurricane to out-of-towners. For casual or romantic ambience, there’s a courtyard with a flaming fountain, or step inside the piano bar or a lounge with a jukebox. Saints fans get free hot dogs before games and $2 beer specials before and up to an hour after the game. American, Creole and Cajun cuisine available. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
There's live music every day at this bar, which shares a cocktail menu with Tropical Isle Original down the street. For sports fans, there are plenty of TVs for watching games. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Built in the early 1700s and boasting it is the oldest bar in the United States, Lafitte’s is frequented by ghost tours, pirate lovers and neighborhood regulars. Legend has it that in the early 19th century, pirate Jean Lafitte and his brother Pierre used the bar to fence their ill-gotten goods. Today it houses a piano bar and offers a full bar and a patio. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
Rare Irish whiskeys are the draw at
this pub, along with live nightly performances by singer-songwriters, local musicians and touring acts. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-til Sat.-Sun.