The national gastropub trend arrived in New Orleans in the last couple years, but in many ways, it was overdue in a place where people expect to have access to good food and drink wherever they go. Here are a few spots that focus on the finer things.
Three Muses Three Muses aims to hit the trifecta with local music, craft cocktails and refined small plates. Tunes are mostly of the traditional yet youthful variety, from proprietor and torch singer Sophie Lee and other chanteuses. The menu features lamb sliders, duck pastrami pizza, and thin-cut pork belly as well as innovative but simple options like feta fries. The bar offers original drinks like the Dirty Dan, named after chef Dan Esses, which features homemade olive brine. 536 Frenchmen St., 298-8746; www.thethreemuses.com
Bouligny Tavern Chef John Harris' elegant lounge offers saucy cocktails such as La Madrugada, with Blanco Tequila, grapefruit juice, St. Germain and Campari, and a fancy menu with items like gourmet pigs in a blanket and airy Gouda beignets. 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810; www.boulignytavern.com
Capdeville A gastropub with a rock 'n' roll theme, this tucked away Warehouse District spot has vinyl albums in an antique jukebox, a host of American whiskeys and a menu boasting gourmet interpretations of classic comfort food. 520 Capdeville St., 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.com
Delachaise This boxcar-like bar on the avenue opened as a wine bar but a succession of creative chefs has made it a food destination as well, whether for cheese plates, fries cooked in duck fat or full entrees. 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com
Hermes Bar at Antoine's;The only bar in New Orleans offering an oysters and pate po-boy, the Hermes Bar offers a refined menu, a bit of Antoine's historic elegance and live music. 713 St. Louis St., 525-8045; www.antoines.com
Maurepas Foods Creative small plates are the focus at this bright and pretty new Bywater restaurant, and the bar staff crafts cocktails with an equally refined and creative touch. 3200 Burgundy St., 267-0072; www.facebook.com/maurepasfoods
Yuki Izakaya Part of the eclectic mix on Frenchmen Street, this Japanese-style tavern offers authentic Japanese snacks on a menu of hot and cold small plates, sake (rice wine) and shochu (distilled Japanese liquor with a higher alcohol content than sake) served straight or inhttp://admin.bestofneworleans.com/accessories/images/toolbar-preview.gif cocktails, and often hosts live music. 525 Frenchmen St., 943-1122; www.myspace.com/yukiizakaya