The ever eclectic Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446) mixes and matches inspirations with a bluegrass picking party complete with red beans and rice. The erudite crowd heads to Finn McCool's (3701 Banks St., 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com) for trivia night, and those preparing for a busy week of barhopping groom their habits with a $10 haircut-and-a-shot combination at the R Bar (1431 Royal St., 948-7499; www.royalstreetinn.com).
Tuesday has something for all tastes. W.I.N.O. (610 Tchoupitoulas St., 324-8000; www.winoschool.com) offers recreational wine-tasting classes, while Pal's Lounge (949 N. Rendon St., 488-7257) turns into a Mid-City cantina with $2 tacos. The last stop is the Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak St., 866-9369; www.mapleleafbar.com) for the longstanding Rebirth Brass Band throwdown.
The workweek is half-full or half-empty by Wednesday, and the Bulldog (3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; www.draftfreak.com) lets customers hold onto their pint glasses to keep everything in perspective.
Tune up for the weekend by unwinding with Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers at Vaughan's Lounge (800 Lesseps St., 947-5562), or speed up your two-step at zydeco night at Rock 'N' Bowl (3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 483-3133; www.rockandbowl.com). One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net) hosts its totally awesome Fast Times '80s dance night.
Le Bon Temps Roule (4801 Magazine St., 895-8117) shucks off the daily grind with free oysters, and drinks are free for the first hour at Republic New Orleans' (828 S. Peters St., 528-8282; www.republicnola.com) Throwback party.
Chanteuse Anais St. John charms patrons at the Polo Club Lounge early in the evening (300 Gravier St., 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com).
Stretch the weekend fun at Tipitina's (501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477; www.tipitinas.com) Fais Do Do Cajun dance party, or retreat to the backyard at Bacchanal (600 Poland Ave., 948-9111) for wine, guest chefs and live music. If you'd prefer to lend your voice to the fun, join the sing-along at Bourbon Pub (801 Bourbon St., 529-2107; www.bourbonpub.com).