517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345
Cozy up to this Frenchmen Street bar and order seasonal drink specials and vegetarian- and vegan-friendly late-night bites. Cold weather brings out the hot buttered rum and Irish coffees, and there are always pints of perfect-pour Guinness to wash down the tater tachos — that's tater tots, nachos-style. Open daily. No smoking. Food: bar menu.
AllWays Lounge & Theatre
2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778
AllWays is a bar, a music club and a theater, where performances include avant-garde plays and local punk or indie rock. There are live performances most nights (check website for calendar), and always an interesting and diverse crowd of Marigny denizens and other bohemian types. Bring a dish to the Classic Country Jamboree Potluck on Tuesday and pay no cover. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed.
609 Frenchmen St., 949-9399
The Apple Barrel is one of the smallest barrooms on the Frenchmen Street strip, but that doesn't prevent it from scheduling two or three bands per night. The bar is low on frills but easy on comfort, with a handful of barstools and tables offering a view of Frenchmen through the storefront picture windows. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 2 p.m-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
532 Frenchmen St., 948-2583
Ritzy blue and gold decor sets the mood for this music club located in an 1832 building, reportedly the first constructed on Frenchmen Street. The club offers a full bar and live national and international bands perform in venues upstairs and down, and there's a balcony overlooking Frenchmen Street. Thursday is reggae night. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed.
Buffa's Restaurant & Lounge
1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038
Get $1 off beer and wine daily from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m., and enjoy burgers, sandwiches or chorizo chili as this 24-hour lounge. There's live music in the backroom Wednesday-Sunday and customers can play darts or pool while sipping their favorite beverage from the full bar. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu.
501 Esplanade Ave., 281-4847
A bar and a laundromat — it took New Orleans to put the two together. Checkpoint doesn't stop there, though, with live music Tuesday through Saturday, open mic Sundays and karaoke Mondays. Add cheap drinks, bar food, a pool table, free Wi-Fi and a we-never-close policy and you have the perfect recipe for a dive bar. You can sleep when you're dead — but at least you'll have clean clothes. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu.
618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731
The all-cypress music room in this 1880s building provides a warm sound for nightly live music performances. The bar has one of the city's largest beer selections as well as a long list of single-malt Scotches and other liquors. Booth window seats looking onto Frenchmen Street give people-watchers a good vantage point. Open daily. No smoking.
435 Esplanade Ave., no phone
With the ambience of an opium den, this music club is entered through a steep, narrow stairwell that opens onto a dance floor and bar with pillows on the floor and bohemian charm. DJs and live bands play a diverse range of music from jazz to reggae to bluegrass. Saints games are shown on TV, and barbecue is available. There are specials on shots, beer and sake 9 p.m. until closing on Monday. Open nightly. No smoking. Food: bar food.
2301 Chartres St., 943-8929
Located on a residential corner in the Marigny rectangle, the Friendly is both a gay bar and a neighborhood hangout, the kind of place with Christmas lights on the ceiling and New Orleans favorites on the juke. Come Mardi Gras, it's also a prime spot to watch the Krewe du Vieux. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Hi Ho Lounge
2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446
Mondays feature a Bluegrass Pickin' Party, Thursdays are set aside for the Stooges Brass Band to perform, and there's other live music most nights. Watch sports on the 10-foot HD TV or find your entertainment on the dance pole, acrobat sling or in a dance cage. Vegan Korean cuisine from The Wandering Buddha is available. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: yes. Happy hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
1943 N. Rampart St., 949-3485
Iggy's is a friendly neighborhood bar frequented by local characters who stop by to play the classic bowling machine, dartboard, pool table, video poker or watch TV. A jukebox provides music, except when a live band takes the stage the last Friday of each month. There's food every Sunday, dart league play on Tuesday and a pool league Wednesday. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
2040 Burgundy St., 942-7159
It's a bar with a sense of humor, reflected in the gold-painted toilet-seat bar stools at the tables. Drinks here are stiff and served in Mason jars — just the fuel needed for a spirited game of Ping-Pong against the backdrop of rockabilly, country and punk on the jukebox. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed.
John Paul's Bar
940 Elysian Fields Ave., 948-1888
Winner of the Show Bar of the Year Gay Appreciation Award for two years running, this bar is a popular spot for special events. There's a big-screen TV for football games, drag shows on Friday and Saturday, music from DJs, a large selection of vodkas and top-shelf bourbons, plus $1 Miller Lite drafts and vodka punch shots all the time. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Dog friendly.
2256 St. Claude Ave., 947-3735
Shore up your courage with $1 draft or shots anytime and choose from 60,000 songs for karaoke. The tech-friendly lounge lets you pick songs for karaoke or the jukebox with your smartphone. Other entertainment includes pool tables, trivia games and sports on TV. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed.
Lost Love Lounge
2529 Dauphine St., 949-2009
Lost Love features $2 Tecate and comedy shows on Tuesdays and poetry readings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays among other special events. Jazz Happy Hour features $3 Louisiana beers. You can nosh on spring rolls, pho and vermicelli bowls from the Vietnamese Kitchen in the back of the bar, or play pool in the front. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
508 Frenchmen St., 371-5543
Music clubLive music plays every night with no cover at this club, which has several stages of entertainment on two levels and a balcony overlooking the main stage. Mondays feature an open-stage musicians super jam, there's a jazz jam on Wednesdays and Latin dance party on Fridays. Po-boys and New Orleans cuisine is available. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., 872-9868
End your night or start your day with Spanish-influenced tapas at this neighborhood bar, which pulls in hipsters and locals from all over. There's live music every night of the week with DJ Soul Sister upstairs on Saturday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: small plates.
Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill
437 Esplanade Ave., 252-480
Music clubRum lovers will find more than 50 varieties for tasting or blending into cocktails and a changing menu of about 10 different mojitos, along with a full-service restaurant menu of Caribbean- and Creole-inspired cuisine. A large courtyard welcomes pets, especially during Yappy Hour where they get free treats from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday. The bar stages live local music nightly in genres including Latin, jazz, R&B and blues. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
941 Elysian Fields Ave., 945-9264
Bikers, bears and leather aficionados call the Phoenix home, but you don't have to be gay to be welcome at this big barn on Elysian Fields Avenue. Special events include 60s inspired drinks on Groovy Mondays, Tuesday pool tourneys, Saturday afternoon movies and a $5 Friday night beer bust. Go shirtless and get happy hour prices on Wednesday nights. DJs play house music on weekend nights. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 5 a.m.-10 a.m. and 2 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
1431 Royal St., 948-7499
Neighborhood barYou no longer have to choose between a night on the town or a hair appointment; R Bar offers $10 haircuts in an antique barber chair (along with a complimentary shot) on Mondays. There's a jukebox for music lovers and $5 Jameson and High Lifes. If you can't drive home, book a room at the Royal Street Inn upstairs. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Ruthie's Bar at the Marigny Brasserie
640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472
Ruthie's Bar in the Marigny Brasserie provides upscale surroundings and a casual atmosphere for craft cocktails such as the signature Ruthie's rum punch, a Pimm's cup or cucumber cosmopolitan. There's comfortable seating inside, or take a table on Frenchmen Street. The restaurant's full menu is available. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532
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 7 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Smoking allowed.
St. Roch Tavern
1200 St. Roch Ave., 208-6582
You might trip over a small pack of scruffy dogs or have to dodge the occasional outbreak of fisticuffs, but big-screen TVs, $6 PBR pitchers and a full menu of Mexican and vegetarian fare (alongside bar food staples and the occasional pot of free red beans and rice) make these negligible risks worthwhile. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu.
2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855
Siberia stages live music every night, with a focus on punk, garage, heavy metal and rock 'n' roll. There's a pool table to keep you busy during breaks, but don't miss off-stage sideshows such as "fight the lead singer." Ask about the daily $3 Sailor Jerry special, or go for the $1 PBR draft or $2 well drinks during a daily happy hour. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar food. Happy hour 6 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696
A New Orleans standard for both visitors and locals, Snug Harbor features live jazz music daily in a room off the bar, featuring some of the best names in the genre. It also has a video screen so bar patrons can watch the performance. Order food at the bar from the adjoining dining room, which serves Creole and New Orleans fare. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu.
623 Frenchmen St., 943-3887
Women can test their talents on a piano in the ladies room or just listen to the live jazz and blues playing in the 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 available.
536 Frenchmen St., 252-4801
Chef Daniel Esses, musician Sophie Lee and restaurant/hospitality specialist Christopher Starnes opened this chic restaurant/bar, which stages music nightly. An experienced bartender, Starnes pours craft cocktails every night. Tapas are available in the bar. Open 4 p.m. Wed.-Mon. No smoking. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
525 Frenchmen St., 943-1122
This Japanese-style tavern offers a taste of its homeland, with red and black decor, Japanese movie posters and Japanese films screened on the back walls some nights. There also are DJs and live music. Sake and shochu are the favored libations, and there are ginger beer and coconut-lemongrass sake. Small plates are available, and there is outside seating. Open 6 p.m. Tue.-Sun. No smoking.