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Bottoms Up! The Bar Guide 

Gambit's look at the New Orleans bar scene: happy hours, food, music, smoking policies and much more.

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French Quarter

The Abbey

You won't find any monks at this Abbey, but more likely a motley collection of patrons ranging from poets to motorcycle mechanics to off-duty strippers. They preside from the bar or hunker in wooden booths at this lower Decatur stalwart, where 3 p.m. can feel as dark as 3 a.m. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 1123 Decatur St., 523-7177

Arnaud's French 75 Bar

You can drink whatever you want at this cigar bar, but bartender Chris Hannah's specialty is craft cocktails and forgotten classics served from a bar built in the 1800s. Cocktails are made with fresh ingredients, and homemade syrups and liqueurs. Cigars are available. The food menu is upscale and you can eat at comfortable tables or in a window booth overlooking Bienville Street. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 813 Bienville St., 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com

Attiki

Bar goers get a taste of the Mediterranean with flavored hookah tobaccos, weekly belly dancing nights (11 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat.) and a menu including Greek standards served until 4 a.m. Happy hour (3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.) offers $3 imported beers, $2 domestics and $4 house wines. The bar offers a large menu of flavorful martinis. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 230 Decatur St., 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com

Aunt Tiki's

In a city thick with dive bars, Aunt Tiki's distinguishes itself as one of the grittiest, partly because of its spooky black-light glow and Halloween decor, partly because it's cheap enough that even the chronically under-employed can afford to lose their weekends there. The jukebox's standout selection is as eclectic as the crowd. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. 1207 Decatur St., 680-8454

Balcony Music Club (BMC)

Where Decatur Street meets Esplanade Avenue is where the music starts. Before the Frenchmen Street main course, this music hall houses everything from brass bands to salsa ensembles to rock 'n' roll on its main stage and patio every night of the week. Opens 6 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 504 Esplanade Ave., 522-2940

Bar Tonique

A craft cocktail bar that prides itself on customer service, Bar Tonique uses fresh-squeezed juices and tomatoes, house-made syrups, tonics and other mixers in its drinks. It also makes its own ginger beer and infuses bacon in Russian vodka for its Bloody Marys. Changing daily drinks are $5, except on Tuesday. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 820 N. Rampart St., 324-6045; www.bartonique.com

Beach on Bourbon

This dance club not only claims to have the largest dance floor on Bourbon Street, where you can move your feet to music presented by live bands, MCs and DJs, but it also boasts the only mechanical whale ride. If you like to watch more than do, check out sports on the TV. Happy hour features three-for-one drinks from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and noon to 9 p.m. weekends. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 227 Bourbon St., 523-3800; www.bourbonsbest.com

Beerfest I

There are about 30 beers on tap at this bar, which offers live music, trivia games and video poker. Women can trade in their bra for a free beer and have the undergarment stapled to the ceiling. Mexican food, burgers and skewers are available for sustenance. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 409 Bourbon St., 525-2222

Beerfest II

There's live music daily, plus trivia games and video poker. There are several beers on tap and a selection of wine. Sate your hunger with burgers, nachos and peanuts. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 630 Bourbon St., 525-3010

Belli Baci Lounge

This lounge is a plush perch for sipping martinis and sampling Italian-style tapas. Opera singers who perform in the adjoining Cafe Giovanni sometimes pop in, too. Daily happy hour is 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., while there is a second late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Open daily. Smoking: no. 117 Decatur St., 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com

Bombay Club

Outfitted in the style of a fine English pub, with overstuffed wingback chairs, a bar serving 50 different martinis and an intimate courtyard, the Bombay Club offers an upscale menu of American contemporary cuisine. There's live music Wednesday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 830 Conti St., 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com

Bootleggers Bar and Grille

This restaurant bar next door to the House of Blues has occasional live music and screens NFL and college football games on its six large-screen TVs. There's outside seating and a cafe-style menu with po-boys, duck and andouille gumbo and more. Get two-for-one drinks from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Popular drinks include mint-infused gin, homemade bacon Bloody Marys and margaritas made with jalapeno-infused tequila. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 209 Decatur St., 525-1087

Bourbon Cowboy

Strap on your chaps and take a ride on the bucking mechanical bull or throw beads from one of the largest balconies on Bourbon Street. You can watch TV sports or dance to MCs or DJs nightly. Happy hour gets you three-for-one drinks from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays or noon to 9 p.m. on weekends. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 241 Bourbon St., 581-2410; www.bourbonsbest.com

Bourbon Cowboy, Too

If you're feeling adventurous, take a ride on the mechanical bull in the balcony bar, or sip cocktails in the bar's large courtyard. Test your dancing skills to live music staged nightly. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 516 Bourbon St., 523-3800; www.bourbonsbestbars.com

Bourbon Pub and Parade

The self-proclaimed largest gay bar in New Orleans is fun for everyone. The bar's philosophy for music is "if you can't hum it, we won't play it," and Thursday nights mean the So You Think You Can Sing? karaoke contest. The bar also hosts a "Student Body" contest (Thursday), a pop music night (Friday) and drag performances (Sunday). Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 801 Bourbon St., 524-3788; www.bourbonpub.com

Bourbon Rocks

Take a twirl on the dance poles if you dare, exercise your own pipes with karaoke or enjoy live music and DJs inside or in the courtyard. There are also TVs, video poker and trivia games. Happy hour features changing drink specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 615 Bourbon St., 566-1446

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Flat-screen TVs show sporting events as well as the movie FORREST GUMP. Trivia games and house music provide additional entertainment. The restaurant menu is available, including fresh fish, shrimp, salads, ribs and more. Favorite drinks include Lt. Dan's Pomegranate Punch and Bubba Gump's original sweet tea cooler. Open daily. Smoking: no. 429 Decatur St., 522-5800; www.bubbagump.com

Cafe Lafitte in Exile

A frequent haunt of writer Tennessee Williams back in the day, Cafe Lafitte In Exile claims the title of oldest gay bar in the U.S. With two floors of music and video, as well as an upstairs pool table and balcony overlooking Bourbon Street, this bar hosts karaoke on Wednesday and The Original Trash Disco on Sunday. Happy hour starts at 1 p.m. Monday and runs through 9 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. 901 Bourbon St., 522-8397; www.lafittes.com

Carousel Bar

One of New Orleans' most famous and elegant bars, drawing celebrities like Michael Jordan and Gregg Allman, the 25-seat bar rotates under a canopy of stars (there's even a periodic comet). The less adventurous can sit in stationary booths or at tables while enjoying libations such as the Vieux Carre Cocktail or The Goody invented here. Pianist John Autin plays 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking: no. Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com

Carriageway Bar at The Court of Two Sisters

Legend has it that if you touch the black iron Charm Gate as you enter this old-fashioned bar, you will have good luck. Whether or not that is true, you are sure to find drinks as classic as the dark wood and brick bar, including mint juleps, Bloody Marys and the signature Bayou Bash. Partake in the adjoining restaurant's daily jazz brunch buffet or order a la carte at night. Open daily. Smoking: no. 613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com

Cat's Meow

You can be a star at this karaoke bar with vermilion paw prints all over its yellow walls, or exercise your dance moves to MCs and DJs who perform daily. The Hurricane is the most popular drink, and you can enjoy one on a balcony patio overlooking Bourbon Street. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 701 Bourbon St., 523-2788, ext.1; www.catskaraoke.com

Chart Room Inc.

There's a nautical theme to this neighborhood bar but no gimmicks, just cheap drinks, a good mix of tourist and locals, and a friendly atmosphere. Football games are shown on the TV, and a jukebox features retro tunes. Regular drink prices are akin to most bar's happy hours, with $1.50 draft beers, $2.50 well drinks and $4 call brands. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 300 Chartres St., 522-1708

Cosimo's

This laid-back neighborhood bar is a gathering place for people who want to catch up over jukebox tunes, play trivia games, darts, pool or video poker and watch sports on TV. Tuesday and Thursday are service industry nights. Pizza, burgers and sandwiches are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 1201 Burgundy St., 522-9715

Coyote Ugly Saloon-New Orleans

In January 2000, New Orleans transplant "Lil Spill" opened the French Quarter location of her chain of bars, made famous in an eponymous movie in 2000. You can count on raucous customers and pretty employees using their bodies as shot glasses and dancing on the bar. Daily drink specials ease the pain. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 225 N. Peters St., 561-0003; www.coyoteuglysaloon.com

Crescent City Brewhouse

The French Quarter's only microbrewery creates five distinctly unique beers you can enjoy while listening to live jazz nightly. The historic building that houses the brewpub originally was a private residence, then a fur processing plant. Crescent City Brewhouse's restoration of the building won it a Vieux Carre City Council award for maintaining the integrity of a historic property. The cuisine features local ingredients and New Orleans/Creole preparations. Open daily. Smoking: no. 527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Davenport Lounge

Grammy-nominated crooner and jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport plays early and late on Friday and Saturday with no cover charge. Order the signature Davenportini, a Sazerac, Ritz-Carlton Pimm's Cup (with fresh seasonal fruit) or a Ritz-Carlton martini (with gin and cucumber). Food comes from the adjoining M Bistro. Open daily. Smoking: no. Parking validated with drink or food purchase. Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, 921 Canal St., 670-2828; www.ritzcarlton.com

The Dungeon and Front of the Dungeon

Describing itself as a haunted house and a haven for rockers and metalheads, The Dungeon has four bars, two jukeboxes and DJs to help visitors rock out. The front bar screens sports and has video poker and a pool table. Thursday features two-for-one mixed drinks and half-price pitchers of draft beer from 10:30 p.m. until closing. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking: yes. 738 Toulouse St., 523-5530; www.originaldungeon.com

Erin Rose

An old-fashioned, fully stocked bar and friendly atmosphere makes this a comfortable neighborhood hangout for locals, musicians, service industry workers and tourists. The jukebox has a wide variety of classics and local music, and there's free Wi-Fi, sports on TV and video poker. Frozen Irish coffee, Guinness and other drinks are complemented with tater tots, cheese sticks and egg rolls. Look for late-night beer specials. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 811 Conti St., 523-8619; www.erinrosebar.com

Fritzel's Jazz Club

Celebrating its 41st anniversary this year, Fritzel's is a mecca for musicians and music lovers alike, with live traditional jazz music nightly. The most popular libations here are absinthe and Hurricanes, but one of its claims to fame is that it was the first bar in the U.S. to serve Jägermeister. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 733 Bourbon St., 586-4800; www.fritzels.net

Funky Pirate

Aye! matey. You'll not find any brigands at this pirate's den, but you will find pirate-related decor and drinks that may shiver ye timbers, including Hand Grenades, Tropical Itches, Shark Attacks and Horny Gators. This blues music club features live performances, often by Big Al and the Blues Masters, daily. There is a patio for nature lovers. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour noon-8 p.m. most days. 727 Bourbon St., 523-1960; www.tropicalisle.com

Good Friends Bar

"Snappy casual" is the dress code at this Quarter gay hangout favorite, which features two stories of bars and a wraparound balcony (the VIP viewing stand for the annual Krewe of Barkus). Tuesday nights are for karaoke, piano singalongs are held Sundays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Good Friends draws a big crowd for all Saints games. Try a "separator" — the house special tastes like a frozen milkshake and packs a serious kick. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hours 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 740 Dauphine St., 566-7191; www.goodfriendsbar.com

Hard Rock Cafe

There is plenty to look at in this restaurant and bar dedicated to rock 'n' roll. Examine signed mementos and memorabilia ranging from guitars owned by stars to their costumes and lots of photographs. Music videos play constantly on strategically placed screens. There are seasonal drink specials, and the restaurant's classic American menu is available. Open daily. Smoking: balcony patio only. 418 N. Peters St., 529-5617; www.hardrock.com/neworleans

Hermes Bar

Opened by Antoine's restaurant in 2009, the grandeur of the restaurant's classic dining rooms extends into the Hermes Bar. The ambience is sophisticated, with bow-tied bartenders, but it isn't stuffy. Watch TV or come for live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. The bar is known for classic New Orleans drinks like the Sazerac, sidecar and Pimm's Cup. The menu features a signature oyster Foch po-boy, oysters Rockefeller and more. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sun. 725 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoinesrestaurant.com

House of Blues

Designed with the ambience of an old Southern Delta juke joint, this club features local, national and international bands and a gospel brunch on Sunday. Bands play in the main venue downstairs and The Parish, a smaller room upstairs, with bars open only when music plays. Other times, you can drink in the restaurant or the courtyard and explore the 268 pieces of folk art hanging on the walls. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/neworleans

Howl at the Moon

Daily live music features dueling rock 'n' roll pianos and performers with vast songbooks and lively senses of humor. There also are TVs for watching sports. Happy hour offers three-for-one cocktails from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. No cover charge. 135 Bourbon St., 586-9022; www.howlatthemoon.com

Iris

This small restaurant bar offers innovative craft cocktails made with fresh ingredients, many of them obscure. Favorite drinks include the Thai melon, with cantaloupe nectar, kaffir lime-infused vodka; and In Heated Absence, which has absinthe and other fresh ingredients. The bar menu includes small plates and finger foods, or order from the restaurant menu. Open 5 p.m. Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Smoking: patio only. 321 N. Peters St., 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com

Jazz Parlor Saloon

Evoking New Orleans' famed Storyville with its decor, this music club books blues and jazz bands nightly, including regulars Brian Lee and Rooster and the Chickenhawks. Get three-for-one cocktails 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Open 5 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 125 Bourbon St., 586-9022; www.bourbonsaloon.com

Kerry Irish Pub

As with any Irish pub, there's plenty of Harp and Guinness on tap at Kerry, and it also has Smithwick's ale and cider on draft. The bar has carved out a niche with its nightly live entertainment schedule, featuring a mix of folk and roots music with Irish bands typically filling two nights per week. There's a jukebox for when the stage is empty, and there's a pool table as well. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 331 Decatur St., 527-5954; www.kerryirishpub.com

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar

Built in the early 1700s and boasting it is the oldest bar in the United States, Lafitte's is frequented by ghost tours, pirate lovers and neighborhood regulars. Legend has it that in the early 19th century, pirate Jean Lafitte and his brother Pierre used the bar to fence their ill-gotten goods. Today it houses a piano bar and offers a full bar and a patio. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 941 Bourbon St., 593-9761; www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com

Last Call Sports Bar & Grille

There are 10 TVs and an all-sports package to keep sports fanatics happy, and a jukebox for music lovers. You can order burgers, grilled chicken or salads and wash them down with pony beers, the favorite drink here. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. Video poker, free Wi-Fi. 806 Conti St., 566-1103

Lipstixx

The big red lips on the sign outside the door hint at what's waiting inside. The gentlemen's club has topless stage dancing and DJs spinning tunes. There's a range of beer, wine and cocktails. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Video poker. 420 Bourbon St., 527-0744

Little Tropical Isle

This is a smaller version of its sister bar (Tropical Isle Original), with an upscale twist. There is live music from 4:30 p.m. until closing daily, and a courtyard where patrons can soak in the ambience of the French Quarter. Popular drinks are the Tropical Itch, Shark Attack, Horny Gator and Hand Grenade. Open daily. Smoking: courtyard only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily. 435 Bourbon St., 525-1689; www.tropicalisle.com

Margaritaville Cafe

Free live music is performed daily at Jimmy Buffet's two-story restaurant/bar. Daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. features $2 Land Shark Lager drafts, $2.50 well drinks, $3 wine and $3.50 Hurricanes and mojitos. Patrons can order from a menu inspired by Gulf Coast cooking. Open daily. Smoking: no. 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565; www.margaritavilleneworleans.com

Molly's at the Market

This lower Decatur hangout is both a New Orleans newspaperman museum and a bastion of local Irish artifacts. The bar's Halloween and St. Patrick's Day parades make it a go-to spot for those holidays, and when the front bar is full, there's another in the back — as well as a kitchen slinging fried bar snacks and burgers. Open daily till 6 a.m. Smoking: yes. 1107 Decatur St., 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net

Napoleon's Itch

True Blood shots, mojitos and $3 martinis are the most popular drinks served at this French Quarter martini bar. DJs spinning music, free Wi-Fi, sports and music videos provide entertainment. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour noon-9 p.m. daily. 734 Bourbon St., 371-5450; www.napoleonsitch.com

One Eyed Jacks

The red velour-meets-Goth parlor bar — flanked by a vintage Playboy pinball machine and glowing bottles of booze — serves as the appetizer for the inside stage, where another bar lubricates the dance floor. Fast Times '80s Night is Thursday at 10 p.m., and the venue regularly hosts touring indie rock and metal mammoths. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net

Orleans Grapevine

Choose from a list of 50 wines by the glass or more than 300 different bottles at this wine bar near Preservation Hall. There's a player piano to add ambience, and a courtyard for basking in the French Quarter atmosphere. The menu includes upscale American dishes. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com

Oz

With bass-pumping speakers, epileptic fit-inducing light shows, a top-notch roster of celebrated drag queens and other performing acts and a jumpin' dance floor, Oz sets the bar for gay dance clubs (or straight ones, for that matter). Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m-8 p.m. daily. 800 Bourbon St., 593-9491; www.ozneworleans.com

Pat O'Brien's

This famous French Quarter spot isn't just for tourists, though you may want to leave the signature Hurricane to out-of-towners. For casual or romantic ambience, there's a courtyard with a flaming fountain, or step inside the piano bar or a lounge with a jukebox. Saints fans get free hot dogs before games and $2 beer specials before and up to an hour after the game. American, Creole and Cajun cuisine available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 718 St. Peter St., 525-4823; www.patobriens.com

Pravda!

Step into pre-Revolutionary Russia (Pravda means "truth" in Russian) at this comfortable lounge dominated by red decor, chandeliers and walls plastered with early Soviet propaganda. There's also a large courtyard with a fountain and pond. The drink menu includes one of the largest absinthe selections around and more than 50 types of vodka. Opens at 7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., noon Fri.-Sun. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. Dog friendly. 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112; www.pravdaofnola.com

Rawhide 2010

Kick-start weekend mornings with $3.50 Jameson Irish coffee or a $6 spicy Bloody Mary at this French Quarter leather bar. Bring your own meat from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, and the bar will supply a salad and baked potato. Happy hour is 1 p.m. Mon. to 9 p.m. Fri., plus 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 740 Burgundy St., 525-8106; www.rawhide2010.com

Rick's Cabaret

This upscale gentleman's club is known for beautiful women, attentive service, quality cocktails (the Rick's 'Rita is popular) and its Friday buffet, which includes prime rib, roast beef and a full salad bar. Happy hour 2 p.m. to 4 p.m Mon.-Sun. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 315 Bourbon St., 524-4222

Rick's Sporting Saloon

Rick's isn't hard to find: just look out for its signature swinging legs. The gentleman's/sports club has a handsome interior that boasts plush furniture, a menu of pub food, a 92-inch super screen and 11 televisions. Specials include $5 drafts and featured appetizers on Fridays, and $5 Coors Light pitchers and free hot dogs and wings for Monday Night Football. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 533 Bourbon St., 553-2510; www.facebook.com/ricksnola

Rita's Tequila House

There are more than 135 tequilas available, displayed on shelves with blue backlighting. Fajitas, yuca fries and other Tex-Mex specialties made with fresh ingredients are cooked to order over mesquite. Enjoy them in a lively atmosphere inside or the beautiful courtyard. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Tue. 419 Bourbon St., 298-8227; www.ritas-fajitas.com

Rotolo's Pizzeria

Serving the official pizza of the New Orleans Saints, this restaurant bar also has something special for fans: all-day happy hours with changing daily specials. Most days feature beer specials, but Wednesday offers $4 double wells and Friday $6 double call brands. A menu of pizza, calzones, pasta, sandwiches and salads is available. Open daily. Smoking: no. 339 Chartres St., 587-0990; www.rotolos.com

Rubyfruit Jung

leLesbian bar Rubyfruit Jungle caters to a different subculture just about every night: Wednesday hosts glam nights and burlesque acts; Friday brings a retro '80s dance party and Sunday pulls in a goth and fetish crowd. Upstairs, Ruby Moon croons sultry jazz and blues tunes on Friday and Saturday. Open Wed.-Sun. Smoking: yes. Daily drink specials. 1135 Decatur St., 571-1863

Scores

DJs provide the music at this gentlemen's/dance club, which also has video poker and a pool table. Beer, wine and a full range of liquor are available. Girls dance on stage in bikinis or topless. There sometimes is a cover charge or drink minimum. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 416 Bourbon St., 525-0999

ShoBar

Music at this dance club is powered by DJs, and the dancers on the stage wear bikinis or are topless. There's a one-drink minimum and a full bar. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 632 Bourbon St., 528-8780

Starlight By The Park

Situated across from Armstrong Park, this gay music/dance club draws a diverse crowd who orders craft cocktails from celebrity bartenders. There's a drag show on Friday, and the Jaded Jade Revue takes the stage at midnight Saturday. Bring-your-own-meat starts at 6 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard, and Starlight supplies the sides. DJs and a jukebox provide music, and the bar is open around the clock Friday through Sunday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 834 N. Rampart St., 561-8939; www.starlightbythepark.com

Stiletto's

A neon stiletto marks the spot for this adult entertainment dance club with music provided by DJs. Topless dancers are the main attraction, and there are Champagne rooms in the courtyard, as well as a wine loft and VIP suites. Open 7 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. Video poker. 325 Bourbon St., 527-0825; www.myspace.com/stilettos_cabaret325

Sylvain

A mishmash of Old World-ambience (a courtyard and colonial-inspired decor nod to the French Quarter location's history) and new-school culinary trends (craft cocktails and unorthodox menu pairings, like Veuve Clicquot and hand-cut fries, abound) have created quite a buzz for this new bar and bistro. A full menu of classic American entrees with Italian, French and Southern twists is available. Open daily. Smoking: no. 625 Chartres St., 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com

Tango's Lounge

Wednesday is karaoke (8 p.m.) and Tuesday is ladies night. There's a 62-inch TV for watching sports, a jukebox, free Wi-Fi and video poker. Chow on free red beans and rice on Monday and free food during Saints games (there's a gas grill in the courtyard). Open noon daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and midnight-closing (usually 4 a.m.) Mon.-Fri. 1000 Bienville St., 523-4111

Temptations

Housed in a 19th-century mansion, this gentlemen's club has a plush parlor, topless dancers and rooms off a courtyard for private dances. DJs provide the music, there's a pool table and a full bar to quench your thirst. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 327 Bourbon St., 525-4470

Three Legged Dog

Serious sports fans appreciate the 12-foot TV, and there's a 52-inch high-definition Golden Tee for gamers. You can get two-for-one drinks all day to get you warmed up for trivia games, darts and video poker. Burgers, smoked ribs and brisket, tacos and more are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. 400 Burgundy St., 412-8335

Tropical Isle

Watch the foot traffic on Bourbon Street from the Top of the Trop second-floor bar and balcony or play trivia games, pool, foosball, air hockey or a basketball machine. Sports are shown on TV, or listen to live music all afternoon every day. Specialty drinks include the Hand Grenade, Shark Attack, Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour noon-8 p.m. daily. 721 Bourbon St., 529-4109; www.tropicalisle.com

Tropical Isle Bayou Club

This music club features live zydeco music every night, starting at 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 1 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Check out specialty drinks like the Shark Attack, Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily. 610 Bourbon St., 529-1702; www.tropicalisle.com

Tropical Isle Original

Live music starts early here — 1 p.m. daily — and continues until closing. The bar invites song requests via a pneumatic tube like a bank drive-up window. There also are sports broadcasts and trivia games to pass a good time. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily. 600 Bourbon St., 529-1702; www.tropicalisle.com

Turtle Bay Food & Spirits

Brick walls inside give this bar across from the French Market a comfortable ambience, appropriate for watching Saints, LSU, NBA and NHL matchups on the high-definition TVs. There are 25 beers on tap and a courtyard for visiting with friends. Sate your hunger with ribeye steak, a cochon de lait po-boy, pizza, burgers and more. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 1119 Decatur St., 586-0563; www.turtlebayneworleans.com

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