517 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com; @13monaghan
A laid-back locals' oasis on Frenchmen Street, 13 offers bottles of Abita's staple and seasonal beers, NOLA Brewing on tap and selections from other craft breweries. For New Orleans Saints games, the vegan-friendly menu is matched with meats from the smoker and, following every touchdown, free "blood" shots inspired by the opposing team. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
AllWays Lounge & Cabaret Club
2240 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778; www.theallwayslounge.net
AllWays' offbeat events calendar includes swing dance lessons on Tuesday, erotic readings on Wednesday and drag bingo on Thursday. There's also a small theater in the back for a variety of performances. Various food trucks and pop-up kitchens provide late-night grub, and there's a patio for drinking al fresco. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
609 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-9399
This longtime Frenchmen Street staple recently upgraded its interior with an elevated viewing area to watch (for no cover charge) some of the best unsung local talent in funk, blues and rock. It also instituted a no-smoking policy. The intimate club's lack of pretense also extends to its drink prices. Open daily. No smoking. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
514 Frenchmen St., (504) 944-8461; www.bamboulasnola.com; @bamboulas
There's live music daily, a menu of burgers, po-boys, sandwiches, salads and appetizers and several bars to make it easy to order the house favorites — hurricanes and Sazeracs — or anything else you want. Tuesday features tequilas and taco specials, and the music calendar boasts a variety of entertainers, with a couple of bands playing every day and night. Specialty nights include murder mystery theater. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
532 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-2583; www.bluenilelive.com; @bluenilelive
This music venue is housed in the oldest building on Frenchmen Street and has two floors and a large balcony. Live music can be heard daily, including special nights such as reggae on Thursday, Kermit Ruffins on Friday, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio on Saturday and brass bands on Sunday. There's no cover charge on Monday and Wednesday. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.
Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www.buffasbar.com; @buffasbar
Located across Esplanade Avenue from the French Quarter, Buffa's has live music in the back room Wednesday through Sunday, including acts such as Aurora Nealand and Tom McDermott on Thursday and a traditional jazz brunch with Some Like It Hot! on Sunday. Open daily. Smoking allowed in front bar. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 a.m.-6 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
606 Frenchmen St., (504) 944-4744
The elevated stage at Negril is home to a rotating cast of high-energy local roots and reggae bands (no cover charge) with regular gigs such as John Lisi & Delta Funk's long-running Sunday evening show that never fails to pack the dance floor. Over-sized tacos in the back are the stuff of drunk-hungry legend. Open daily. No smoking. Bar food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
501 Esplanade Ave., (504) 281-4847; www.facebook.com/igors.checkpoints
Check in here if you're looking to do laundry, shoot pool or crank death-metal at dawn — and just about everything in between. In addition to a rotating cast of rock and blues bands (with no cover charge), there's an acoustic open-mic night on Sunday at 10 p.m. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731; www.dbaneworleans.com; @dbaneworleans
This music hall features live performances nightly and offers a wide array of American craft beers as well as brews from around the world. The bar also has a large selection of single-malt Scotches. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
The Dragon's Den
435 Esplanade Ave., (504) 940-5546; www.dragonsdennola.com
The ambience at this Marigny watering hole is equal parts opium den, electronic club and dive bar. The two-story historic venue hosts themed music nights, live bands, DJ performances and a Korean pop-up restaurant, Seoul Shack. Late-night happy hour features $5 High Life and Jameson combo. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 3 a.m.-5 a.m. daily.
2805 St. Claude Ave., (504) 342-2217; www.faubourgwines.com
This dog-friendly vino haven bustles during weekday specials such as pop-up restaurant Tuesday, free wine tasting Wednesday and food trucks on the weekend. Wine by the glass is always $5 to make it easier to sample the eclectic selection of high-quality production wines available. There are always at least 100 bottles available for $15, and small plates of locally sourced food are served. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking on patio. Food available.
2600 Chartres St., (504) 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.com
The floor of the patio bar at this romantic Marigny restaurant is constructed with bricks from the fireplace of the slave quarters that once stood there. Live piano music fills the courtyard on Friday night. Open Wed.-Sun. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Festival Hall Theater/ The Frenchmen Theater
516 Frenchmen St., (504) 944-1036; www.festivalhalltheater.com; @festivalhallno
There's live music daily and dancing is encouraged at this Frenchmen Street bar, where beer is the favored beverage. Bar fare is available. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
The Hi-Ho Lounge
2239 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-4446; www.hiholounge.net; @hihonola
Hi-Ho is one of the original live music joints that made up the burgeoning St. Claude Avenue area. The club focuses on alternative music and arts, and offers burlesque performances, stand-up comedy, nightly pop-up restaurants and teacher appreciation night every Wednesday. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
2256 St. Claude Ave., (504) 947-3735; www.kajunpub.com; @kajunpub
Sing your heart out to "Total Eclipse of the Heart" like you didn't hear it a thousand times already. The 24-hour karaoke kingpin fuels its performers with cocktails like the St. Jimi Hendricks, made with Hendricks' gin, St. Germaine liqueur, pink grapefruit juice and soda or the Paradise City, a mix of Espolon Reposado tequila, 43 liqueur and pineapple juice. Italian cuisine is available from Arabella Casa Di Pasta next door. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Lost Love Lounge
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com: @lostlovelounge
This casual neighborhood bar is a good place to find drinks, food and entertainment. Play pool or video poker while listening to the jukebox or, on Friday, pick up a microphone for karaoke. There's a menu of inexpensive Vietnamese dishes (pho, spring rolls, noodles) and table seating in a back room, which also features a small stage for comedy (on Tuesday) and other special events. Open daily. Smoking allowd. Food available. Happy hour 11 p.m.-close Thu.
940 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 948-1888
Mag's 940 is a gay, neighborhood, and dog-friendly cocktail bar all rolled into one. There are country Western dance lessons every Tuesday and events every weekend. The Marigny hangout offers white Russians, bloody marys, Champagne and more. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
508 Frenchmen St., (504) 371-5543; www.maisonfrenchmen.com: @themaison508
The Maison is a mainstay of the Frenchmen Street corridor. Past musical performances include sets by Naughty Professor, Brass-A-Holics, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Rebirth Brass Band and others. The food menu includes dishes like alligator bites and penne primavera, while the drink menu offers Sazeracs, old fashioneds and Storyville slings. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868; www.mimismarigny.com; @mimismarigny
The first-floor barroom is a popular late-night hub, with people crowding around the long bar or playing pool. The generally quieter upstairs lounge hosts jazz, blues, acoustic bands and DJs. Tapas are available in both bars. Open daily. Smoking allowed downstairs. Full restaurant menu.
1431 Royal St., (504) 948-7499; www.royalstreetinn.com; @rbarnola
A favorite for shooting pool, watching weird movies on the big screen while lit late at night and getting a haircut on Monday nights, R Bar mixes it up with special offerings of free jambalaya, raucous New Orleans Saints viewing parties and shrimp boils. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855; www.siberianola.com
This St. Roch metal bar fea-tures music performances, live entertainment and an in-house kitchen serving Slavic soul food. Specialty nights include comedy and burlesque on Monday, trivia on Tuesday and sword-and-backpack night (board games, cards, RPGs, whatever, drink beer and listen to "dungeon-crawling" tunes from D&DJ) every other Wednesday. Popular drinks include the Tatanka cocktail and a PBR-and-a-shot special. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
536 Frenchmen St., (504) 252-4801; www.3musesnola.com; @threemusesnola
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.
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French Quarter | Lakeview/Lakefront
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