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100+ Top Bars: Bars with Music 

From clubs to corner bars, there's plenty of places to enjoy drinks and live music

click to enlarge John Boutte performs at d.b.a. in the Marigny.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

John Boutte performs at d.b.a. in the Marigny.

AllWays Lounge and Theatre
Catch alt-country, folk, bluegrass, punk rock and more on the velvet-draped stage at this St. Claude Avenue bar and theater.  2240 St Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778;

Banks Street Bar & Grill
The live music schedule at this neighborhood dive ranges from sloppy punk rock and stoner metal to funk, country and blues. Blues band Major Bacon gives out free BLTs at its Wednesday night gigs. 4401 Banks St., (504) 486-0258;

BJ's Lounge
New Orleans rhythm and blues outfit King James & the Special Men holds down Monday nights at this 9th Ward corner dive, where cheap bottled beer and free red beans and rice fuel the crowd. 4301 Burgundy St., (504) 945-9256

Blue Nile
Local stars, from brass bands to Kermit Ruffins to Flow Tribe, regularly headline this two-story club on Frenchmen Street. 532 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-2583;, @BlueNileLive

Chickie Wah Wah
This Mid-City staple celebrates New Orleans artists (including Monday night artist-in-residence performances) and grabs touring talents for intimate gigs. 2828 Canal St., (504) 304-4714;, @ChickieWahWah

Circle Bar
The renovated Lee Circle dive squeezes in an almost nightly music schedule, featuring national indie rock bands, local up-and-comers and singer-songwriters. 1032 St. Charles Ave., (504) 588-2616;, @circlebar

The impressive beer selection draws a crowd, as does local talent performing on a dramatically lit red-curtained stage at the back of the bar. Draft beers include West Coast IPAs, craft brews and local favorites. 618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731;, @dbaneworleans

Kerry Irish Pub
This Irish whiskey- and beer-centric bar also offers a weekly lineup of Irish folk and country music. 331 Decatur St., (504) 527-5954;

Little Gem Saloon
This restaurant and bar brings back live jazz performances to a block that was filled with music halls around the turn of the 20th century and musicians including Buddy Bolden. The current music lineup features a range of Louisiana music.  445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863;, @LittleGemSaloon

Maple Leaf Bar
Rebirth Brass Band dominates this bar on Tuesday nights, while other New Orleans musicians, like Joe Krown and Walter "Wolfman" Washington, flesh out the rest of the week. 8316 Oak St., (504) 866-9359;, @MapleLeafNOLA

One Eyed Jacks
Whether there is an indie rock band or local bounce rapper in the club room or not, the front bar is a shabby-chic spot to drink like a rock star. There's plenty of cheap beer.  615 Toulouse St., (504) 569-8361;, @oejnola

Prytania Bar
This Touro spot fills its weekend concert calendar with rock, jazz, hip-hop and punk bands, and the 360-degree bar offers craft brews, cheap mixed drinks and $2 Miller High Life. 3445 Prytania St., 504-891-5773;, @ThePrytaniaBar

Rivershack Tavern
Tucked along the levee, this honky-tonk hosts live music and has a kitchen the serves po-boys and bar food as well as creative specials. A collection of tacky ashtrays and old signs give it a kitschy vibe. 3449 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 834-4938;, @TheRivershack

St. Claude Avenue's metal stronghold features big names on its concert calendar and makes room for bounce and hip-hop, as well as punk rock and singer-songwriters. 2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855;, @siberiaNOLA

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