AllWays Lounge & Theatre
2240 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778; www.theallwayslounge.com
This offbeat bar typically draws a bohemian crowd with its parade of local and touring bands, karaoke, burlesque shows, risque cabaret and literary events. There's also a theater in back and a small patio. Open daily. Smoking on patio. No food. Happy hour 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
514 Frenchmen St., (504) 944-8461; www.bamboulasbar.com
Craft beers compliment Bamboula's Creole Caribbean cuisine. Located in a historic Frenchmen Street building, the dog-friendly bar has live music every day but Sunday and video poker. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
532 Frenchmen St., (504)948-2583; www.bluenilelive.com; @bluenilelive
Housed in the oldest building on Frenchmen Street, the music club features Kermit Ruffins every Friday. There are 20 beers on tap and a host of local brews. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Thu.
Booty's Street Food
800 Louisa St., (504) 266-2887; www.bootysnola.com; @bootys
Booty's is an urbane-yet-casual cafe that serves street food items from around the globe in fancy presentations. There's a short specialty cocktail menu, and one of the highlights is the frozen house daiquiri. The signature Bywater Bomber combines Old New Orleans rum, pineapple, orange, lime and Booty's bitters. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour varies.
Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www.buffasbar.com; @buffasbar
On Esplanade Avenue just across from the French Quarter, Buffa's has live music Wednesday through Sunday, including acts such as Aurora Nealand and Tom McDermott on Thursday, the Royal Rounders on Saturday 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
618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731; www.drinkgoodstuff.com; @dbaneworleans
You won't find Budweiser on the global selection of premium, often-obscure beers, but you will find good vibes and music nightly by regularly booked local icons (Walter "Wolfman" Washington's in residence on Wednesdays) and touring acts in the blues/roots/rock vein. Open nightly. No smoking. No food.
2805 St. Claude Ave., (504) 342-2217; www.faubourgwines.com
This dog-friendly neighborhood wine bar and shop is a bustling spot during free wine tastings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Most bottles cost less than $15 and can be opened inside or at sidewalk tables for a $2 corkage fee. There's also liquor, beer, mixers and cheese plates by St. James Cheese Co. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking on patio. Food avaiable.
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 nights. Open Wed.-Sun. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
2239 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-4446; www.hiholounge.net; @hihonola
This laid-back neighborhood club stands out, thanks to nightly live performances by acts ranging from stand-up comedy to indie rock. Funk impresario DJ Soul Sister smoved her longstanding Hustle dance party to Hi-Ho six months ago. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 6 p.m. -7 p.m. daily.
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 just hear it a thousand times already. The 24-hour karaoke kingpin fuels its performers with $1 Jell-O shots and a full menu of specialty hot dogs and upscale snacks from neighboring Borracho. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lost Love Lounge
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com
This very casual neighborhood bar is a good place for imported and locally brewed beers. Play pool and listen to the jukebox or pull a dog-eared book off the community bookshelf. There's a menu of inexpensive Vietnamese dishes (pho, spring rolls, noodles) and table seating in the back room, which also features a small stage for comedy on Tuesday nights and other special events. Open daily. Smoking in the front room. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
508 Frenchmen St., (504) 371-5543; www.maisonfrenchmen.com; @themaison508
here are three stages that feature live music by local musicians from opening at 5 p.m. to close (between 2 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.), including jazz, brass bands and more. Mondays feature Super Jams with a variety of musicians playing together. The house bloody mary is made with basil- and garlic-infused Tito's vodka mixed with Zing Zang mix, fresh lemon and lime juice, Tabasco and Worcestershire. The restaurant offers Cajun and Creole entrees, appetizers and desserts until 11 p.m. or later nightly. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.net; @mimismarigny
The first-floor barroom is a popular late-night hub for the hipster crowd to cluster around the long bar or play pool. The generally quieter upstairs lounge hosts jazz, blues and acoustic bands and DJs. Tapas are available in both bars. Open daily. Smoking allowed downstairs. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855; www.siberianola.com
The calendar at this eclectic club is filled with entertainment, including live music on weekends, DJs, comedy, films, trivia and game nights. You also can play pool. Eastern European-inspired cuisine is available until midnight daily from Kukhnya. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
626 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-0696; www.snugjazz.com
Jazz, R&B and big band musicians perform live at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. every night off the main bar of this club, which has drawn locals and visitors to the Faubourg Marigny for 30 years, long before Frenchmen Street became hip. The restaurant specializes in burgers and steaks, and a popular drink is the Monsoon. There's also an extensive wine list. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
The Spotted Cat Music Club
623 Frenchmen St., phone n.a., www.spottedcatmusicclub.com
The jazz and blues club features live music every day and free swing dance lessons from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dancing is encouraged. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
525 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-1122; www.facebook.com/yukiizakaya
This Japanese tavern is a dimly lit late night haunt full of Japanese pop-cultural icons and there's live music daily. The full bar offers a wide selection of sake and shochu as well as Japanese beers. From the kitchen, there are small plates including raw fish preparations, fried chicken and more. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.