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735 Club -- 735 Bourbon St., 581-6740 -- Dress to impress and dance like a rock star in this hot-hot-hot nightspot, whose theme parties have become hipster magnets. Bar opens at 3 p.m. daily; dance club opens at 9 p.m. nightly.

Abita Brew Pub -- 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837 -- Abita has a creative restaurant and gift shop and unique microbrewery beers. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Amberjack's -- 7306 Lakeshore Drive, 282-6660 -- Relaxed, laidback bar and grill by the lake. Opens at 5 p.m. daily.

Ampersand (&) -- 1100 Tulane Ave., 587-3737 -- Fierce dance club attracts the hipper-than-thou. Call for hours.

Andrea's -- 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583 -- Andrea's is known for great Italian fare, but its bar -- featuring the traditional Negroni cocktail -- is no slouch. Live piano Wed.-Sat.; Fri.-night wine tastings. Opens at 11:30 a.m. daily.

Apple Barrel -- 609 Frenchmen St., 949-9399 -- This cute little nook is always populated by a very local crowd. Dart tourneys are a primary pastime and Italian cuisine is served upstairs. Opens at noon daily.

Aquarians -- 705 Franklin Ave., 944-7770 -- Stop by this funkily elegant bar/restaurant for drinks. Hang at the bar and hear groovy music, chill on the balcony, or sip a glass of wine as you pore over one of the astrology books on hand. Open 6 p.m.-midnight Tue.-Sun.

Audubon Club -- 1225 St. Charles Ave., 566-1717 -- Quite the little happening spot for the lower Garden District set, mixing up live music (Fri.) and DJs (Sat.) on the weekends. Enjoy drink specials throughout the week. Open 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun.-Thu; opens at 1 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Bacco -- 310 Chartres St., 522-2426 -- You don't have to order a meal to enjoy Bacco's bar, though the aroma might sway you. In that case, the "bar menu" offers soups, salads, pastas and desserts. Open 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. weekdays; opens at 11:30 a.m. on weekends.

Balcony Bar & Grill -- 3101 Magazine St., 895-1600 -- Twentysomethings flock to the vast balcony of this beer garden overlooking überhip central Magazine Street. Open 5 p.m.-4 a.m daily.

Bayou Bar -- Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave., 524-0581 -- Piano bar featuring the musical stylings of Philip Melancon. Opens at 4 p.m. daily, at 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

The Beachcorner -- 4905 Canal St., 488-7357 -- Fabulous bar food, pool table and a friendly, down-to-earth crowd. We love the jukebox (a good mix of old and new). All that and clean bathrooms -- what a concept. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

The Beach House -- 2401 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 885-1407 -- You don't necessarily have to sing for your supper at The Beach House, but feel free to at least sing with the karaoke machine at this restaurant and bar. Stay tuned for upcoming live-music offerings. Opens at 4 p.m. Sun.-Fri., at 6 p.m. Sat.

Belle Forche -- 1407 Decatur St., 940-0722 -- Grab a stool or table near the fabulous hand-cut mahogany bar that resembles a ship's hull; order a cocktail, and mingle with the hipsters fresh off the Frenchmen Street music scene. Open 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sun., Tue.-Wed.; 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sun.

Big Life Toys -- 3117 Magazine St., 895-8695 -- This store for oversized kids has plenty of fun accessories for the ideal home bar: cocktail shakers, glassware, swizzles, coasters and more, in themes from vintage to tiki. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.

Bombay Club -- 830 Conti St., Prince Conti Hotel, 586-0972 -- Upscale jazz spot with a smoking-club feel and notorious martinis. Live music Wed.-Sat. Opens at 4 p.m. daily.

The Boot -- 1039 Broadway, 866-9008 -- Cheap brew, party tunes and scores of college students. Open 11a.m.-6 a.m. daily.

Bourbon Pub/Parade -- 801 Bourbon St., 529-2107 -- A frequent Gambit Weekly readers' poll winner. With all that love, what more can we say? Bourbon Pub (downstairs) open 24 hours daily; Parade (upstairs dance club) opens at 9 a.m. daily.

Bruno's -- 7601 Maple St., 861-7615 -- Young professionals and grad students converge upon Bruno's for the after-work happy hour (until 8 p.m.), free food on Fri. evenings, and to catch the game. Open 3 p.m.-4 a.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-4 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Buffa's Elbow Room -- 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-9098 -- For 60 years, this laid-back joint on the fringe of the Quarter has been where late-nighters go for strong drinks and food. Opens at noon daily.

The Bulldog -- 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516 -- Young business types love its vast beer selection (both local and imports) and relaxed environment. Opens at 2 p.m. Sun.-Thu., at 11 a.m. Fri.-Sat.; grill opens at 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and for lunch on weekends and special events.

Burmaster's Basement -- 7128 St. Claude Ave., Arabi, 278-0036 -- Known for a huge selection of brews, especially German beers, and rock bands on weekends. From noon-7 p.m. Sun.- Fri., they have 50-cent drafts, $1 longnecks and $3 pitchers. Opens at noon Sun.-Fri., at 4 p.m. Sat.

Cafe Brasil -- 2100 Chartres St., 949-0851-- A culturally diverse melting pot, meaning both the clientele and the music (Latin, reggae, hip-hop, world beat, alternative). Live music nightly. Open 8 p.m.-4 a.m. daily.

Cafe Lafitte in Exile -- 901 Bourbon St., 522-8397 -- The oldest gay bar in the country, with a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street, happy hours from 4 p.m.-9 p.m., and Sun. Trash Disco from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Open 24 hours daily.

Carousel Bar -- 214 Royal St., Monteleone Hotel, 523-3341 -- Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote are among the elite who've enjoyed a drink at this unique revolving bar. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.

Carrollton Station -- 8140 Willow St., 865-9190 -- A favorite spot to catch hot alternative, blues and roots rock bands in an intimate setting. Live music Thu.-Sun. Opens at 3 p.m. daily.

Casa Garcia -- 8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-0354 -- The happy hour here is very happy indeed. From 3 p.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, expect special prices on margaritas and well drinks, plus free appetizers. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Cat's Meow -- 701 Bourbon St., 523-1157 -- Because sometimes you just need to drink like a fool and sing karaoke. If not, there's a quieter balcony and bar upstairs. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m.-4 a.m. Fri., 2 p.m.-4 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Charley G's --111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-6408 -- The south Louisiana vibe here extends to the bar, where you can order anything on the menu. Happy hour is from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat.

Check Point Charlie -- 501 Esplanade Ave., 949-7012 -- For when you're in the mood to do laundry, watch promising bands and have a few drinks. Live music nightly. Open 24 hours daily.

Chris Owens Club -- 500 Bourbon St., 523-6400 -- See why Chris has been a New Orleans institution for years, as she struts her stuff in front of a Latin band. Live music nightly; dance music late-night. Opens at 8 p.m. nightly.

Circle Bar -- 1032 St. Charles Ave., 588-2616 -- It's like being in your living room, only you're lit and there's a K&B drugstore clock on the ceiling. Open 4 p.m.-4 a.m. daily.

Club 360&176; -- 2 Canal St., 33rd floor, 595-8900 -- Enjoy a drink and take in a unique view of the city with 360&176;'s revolving floor. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Coconut Beach Volleyball Complex -- 7350 West Roadway, 286-0333 -- Beach volleyball highlights this fun, loud bar by the lake. Opens at 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Columns Hotel -- 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308 -- Its bordello-esque atmosphere and free-wheeling crowds embody the decadent grandeur of New Orleans. Open 3 p.m.-midnight Sun.-Thu., 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat.

Cooter Brown's -- 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104 -- A favorite with collegiate pubcrawlers and adventurous souls vying for the chance to "drink your way around the world." Open 11 a.m-3 a.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun.

Cosimo's -- 1201 Burgundy St., 522-9715 -- Nobody seems to know about this place except Quarterites and lost tourists. A taste of the French Quarter as it's supposed to be: serene, eccentric, slightly unpredictable. Open 2 p.m.-2 a.m. daily.

Coyote Ugly Saloon -- 225 N. Peters St., 561-0003 -- New Orleans' newest addition to the bar circuit, complete with rowdy girls. Opens at noon daily.

Crescent City Brewhouse -- 527 Decatur St., 522-0571 -- This restaurant and brewpub always has several original beers on tap and is home to a snazzy jazz combo and scenic balcony. Live music nightly. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat.; bar stays open later.

Crown & Anchor Pub -- 200 Pelican Ave., Algiers, 227-1107 -- Serves 11 draught beers in a British village-pub atmosphere. Opens at 4 p.m. daily.

The Crystal -- 116 Bourbon St., 523-4030 -- A loud, smoky, late-night underworld of darkness and pulsating music. Big with French Quarter subculture. Open 24 hours daily.

Dante's Kitchen -- 736 Dante St., 861-3121 -- Thursday-night happy hour features live music from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. throughout September. Enjoy $3 glasses of wine and dollar drafts, as well as mojitos, Sazeracs, key lime margaritas and seasonal drinks. Open 6 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.

d.b.a. -- 616-618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731 -- This hot bar with an edgy Manhattanesque vibe offers a stellar selection for the beer connoisseur. Open 5 p.m.-4 a.m. nightly.

Deja Vu Restaurant and Bar -- 400 Dauphine St., 523-1931 -- Stays up all night to greet locals, tourists and service industry types with its wham-bam signature drink, the powerful Explosion. Open 24 hours daily.

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse -- 716 Iberville St., 522-CHOP (2467) -- The bar here has the vibe of an upscale sports pub, with two TVs and cocktail tables. Order everything from meals to munchies in the bar area. Open 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. weekdays; opens at 5 p.m. weekends (during Saints home games the bar opens at 4 p.m.)

Dixie Tavern -- 3340 Canal St., 822-8268 -- This cherry-red saloon is a lighthouse for weary travelers, where the beer is always affordable and the music is always loud. Opens at 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., at 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Donna's Bar & Grill -- 800 Rampart St., 596-6914 -- The undisputed home of the area's finest brass bands. Donna's has an old-school New Orleans jukebox and is so small you have to walk through the band to get to the bathroom. Live music Wed.-Mon. Opens at 8:30 p.m. Thu.-Mon.

Dry Dock Cafe and Bar -- 133 Delaronde St., Algiers, 361-8240 -- This comfortable spot by the Algiers Ferry landing serves hearty fare and spirits for nautical types and landlubbers alike. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

The Dungeon -- 738 Toulouse St., 523-5330 -- Aptly named gothic lair featuring drink specials and dance music nightly. Opens at midnight Tue.-Sun.

El Matador -- 504 Esplanade Ave., 569-8361 -- Eclectic crowds flock to its dark, subdued-cool ambience, with a jukebox that shows musical knowledge and a nod toward the campy. Opens at 9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., at 4 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Ernst Cafe -- 600 S. Peters St., 525-8544 -- Upwardly mobiles gather in this two-story Warehouse District spot that's been around since 1902. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

F&M Patio Bar -- 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784 -- It's 3 a.m., dancing-on-pool-tables rowdy, with kick-ass cheese fries. Opens at 5 p.m. daily.

Fahy's Irish Pub -- 540 Burgundy St., 586-9806 -- Laidback joint with an impressive CD player and friendly ambience. Opens at 1 p.m. daily.

Feelings Cafe Courtyard -- 2600 Chartres St., 945-2222 -- Lush and romantic, with a socially diverse crowd, the right amount of attitude and wisecracking bartenders. Bar opens at 6 p.m. daily.

Finn McCool's -- 3701 Banks St., 486-9080 -- This bar features a pool table, dart boards, and traditional Irish drinks. Opens 11 a.m. daily.

French Quarter Bar -- 921 Canal St., The Ritz-Carlton, 524-1331 -- The FQB features Mardi Gras invitations inside and wrought-iron balconies outside and offers "Satchy Hour" drink specials. Open 11 a.m.-1 a.m. daily.

Friendly Lounge -- 2301 Chartres St., 943-8929 -- Your typical gay neighborhood hangout, with a cool jukebox (its best feature: Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?"). Open 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily.

Funky Butt -- 714 N. Rampart St., 558-0872 -- The dim, intimate atmosphere sets the tone for an old-school jazz club with big name acts and a wildly diverse crowd. Live music nightly. Opens at 9 p.m. daily.

Funky Pirate -- 727 Bourbon St., 523-1960 -- The 1799-era building is a Caribbean pirate's paradise, with strong drinks and loud blues bands. Live music nightly. Open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Thu., noon-3 a.m. Fri.-Sun.

GB's Patio Bar & Grill -- 8117 Maple St., 861-0067 -- Longtime regulars and college students converge on the intimate brick patio for strong drinks and friendly service. Open 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sun.

Gold Club -- 717 Iberville St., 524-4354 -- Bachelor parties, semi-private VIP rooms, several nightly shows with local and national acts. Open 4 p.m.-4 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 6 p.m.-4 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Gold Mine --701 Dauphine St., 586-0745 -- Low cover, cheap drinks (especially "$2 Flaming Dr. Peppers") and good dance tunes. Come spin the Wheel of Booze on Saturdays. Opens at 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Good Friends -- 740 Dauphine St., 566-7191 -- Fun watering hole downstairs, with a daily happy hour from 4 p.m.-9 p.m., mahogany bar and neon lilies. Upstairs is the opulent Queen's Head Pub, an English-style club with famous martinis and Tommy T at the piano Sundays. Open 24 hours daily.

Hammerheads Bar & Grill -- 1300 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 834-6474 -- Daily lunch specials keep you going, and nightly drink specials keep you coming back. Opens at 11 a.m. Mon.-Sat.

Harry's Corner -- 900 Chartres St., 524-1107 -- Harry's is a haven for the world-weary and anyone wanting a quick drink in the Quarter. Open 24 hours daily.

Hi-Ho Lounge -- 2339 St. Claude Ave., 947-9344 -- We keep expecting to see Andy Warhol alive, well and holding court at this grungy, unapologetic dive. Opens at 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., at 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

House of Blues -- 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE (2583) -- A franchise New Orleans-centric enough (the food, the folk art, the always-impressive musical lineup) to make us forget. Live music nightly.

Howl at the Moon -- 135 Bourbon St., 410-9000 -- French Quarter rock 'n' roll club offering dueling pianos and tons of audience participation. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-2 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Howlin' Wolf -- 828 S. Peters St., 529-5844 -- A groovy warehouse that features a diverse menu of local and national talent. Live music Mon.-Sat. Opens at 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Iggy's Bar -- 1943 N. Rampart St., 949-4485 -- Stop in for an afternoon cocktail or a late-night cold one at this relaxed neighborhood bar. Open 24 hours daily.

Igor's -- 2133 St. Charles Ave., 522-2145 -- For 25 years, this bar-laundromat has featured a grill, sidewalk cafe, and free red beans and rice on Mon. Open 24 hours daily.

Igor's Buddha Belly Burger Bar -- 4437 Magazine St., 891-6105 -- Locals and college kids converge here for its game room (pool tables, pinball, videos and foosball) and live music Tue. and Fri. Open 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily.

The Jimani Lounge -- 141 Chartres St., 524-0493 -- Now that football season is underway, it's time for a trip back to this fun and friendly lounge that has 10 TVs, three satellites and a grill that's always fired up. Open 11:30 a.m.-7 a.m. daily.

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville -- 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565 -- Parrothead paradise featuring live music and island-themed food daily. Restaurant open 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily; music from 3 p.m.-midnight daily.

Jimmy's Music Club -- 8200 Willow St., 861-8200 -- The Uptown institution that hosts hot acts during Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and other special events. Call for hours.

Joe's Bar -- 1500 Cleveland St., 581-9809 -- Situated near the Charity and Tulane hospitals' emergency rooms, this comfy 52-year-old bar may not get your doctor's approval, but it serves plenty of microbrews and import beers. Opens at 11 a.m. Mon.-Fri.

Kelsey's Restaurant -- 3923 Magazine St., 897-6722 -- Deco lighting and leopard-print stools set the hip tone in the lounge. Happy hour, better known as "Happy Times on Magazine Street," runs from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu., with half-price mixed drinks. Open 11:30 am.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tue.-Fri.; noon-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat.; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Sun.

Kerry Irish Pub -- 331 Decatur St., 527-5954 -- Guinness, anyone? This comfortable bar offers live Irish and alternative folk music nightly. Opens at 2 p.m. daily.

Keuffer's -- 540 Chartres St., 523-8705 -- Pool, ping-pong, video poker and a musky hominess that draws a loyal coterie. Open noon-4 a.m. daily.

Kims 940 -- 940 Elysian Fields Ave., 258-2224 -- Voted one of the best new clubs by Gambit readers, Kims offers "Cheap Date Night" on Thursdays with $1 wells, $1 domestics, $2 imports and $2 wines 9 p.m.-midnight. Opens 4 p.m. daily.

La Cuisine -- 225 W. Harrison Ave., 486-7664 -- La Cuisine prides itself on its wide selection of scotches, bourbons and specialty drinks as well as its intimate, six-seat bar with dim lighting and casual vibe. Open 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop -- 941 Bourbon St., 523-0066 -- The oldest bar in the city. Ernest Hemingway would have hung out in this musky cave featuring world-class Bloody Marys and acoustic musicians. Live music regularly. Opens at noon daily.

Larry Flynt's Hustler Club -- 225 Bourbon St., 524-0010 -- Beautiful women and Hustler "honeys" are found inside. Monday night is the Amateur Night Contest. Opens at noon daily.

Le Bon Temps Roule -- 4801 Magazine St., 895-8117 -- A favorite all-around place to see live bands, drink local brews and grab a burger. There are free oysters on Fridays, never a cover and a truly rockin' jukebox. Live music Wed.-Mon. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Le Chat Noir -- 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812 -- Innovative music and theater performances, cabaret and cocktails. Piano bar opens at 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.; tango music Tue., cabaret shows at 8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., with pianist following.

Loa -- 221 Camp St., International House Hotel, 553-9550 -- The beautiful people clamor to this classy, exquisitely decorated, candlelit watering hole. Opens at 5 p.m. daily.

Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar -- 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995 -- A tropically decorated bar with fun, loud music and healthy pseudo-Mexican food. Opens at 11 a.m. Mon.-Fri., at 10 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Madigan's -- 800 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-0067 -- Loud, fun bar frequented by the college crowd. Open 3 p.m.-3 a.m. daily.

Maison Bourbon -- 641 Bourbon St., 522-8818 -- Live traditional New Orleans jazz daily. Open 2:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 12:30 p.m.-1:15 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Maple Leaf Bar -- 8316 Oak St., 866-LEAF (5323) -- An out-of-the-way mecca with tons of personality and a loyal crowd. Tue.-night Rebirth Brass Band shows are a guaranteed good time. Live music nightly. Opens at 3 p.m. daily.

The Marigny Brasserie -- 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4443 -- This little corner of hipness offers a glowing bar and living-room flavored area for people to hang out late-night, sampling the $3 specialty cocktails for each day of the week. Open 4 p.m.-11 p.m. weekdays; opens at 4 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Mermaid Lounge -- 1100 Constance St., 524-4747 -- Boasts great mermaid art and new bands you won't find anyplace else: rockabilly, alternative, funk and more. Performances and hours vary.

METROpolitan -- 310 Andrew Higgins Ave., 568-1700 -- Every Saturday night, Renaissance Enterterainment presents M x 3 @ METROpolitan, three spacious rooms with three DJs playing three different styles of music. Opens at 9 p.m. Sat.

Mid City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl -- 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133 -- This laidback, friendly bowling alley is the favored place to catch the best in zydeco, blues, roots rock and more. Live music Tue.-Sun.; sister club downstairs features live music nearly every Sat. Opens at 11 a.m. Mon.-Fri., noon Sat.-Sun.

Milan Lounge -- 1312 Milan St., 895-1836 -- The bartenders at this speakeasy (yes, you have to ring the doorbell to get in) serve strong, cheap drinks with a smile. Dart players, rejoice. Open noon-4 a.m. daily.

Mr. John's Steakhouse -- 2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697 -- Not only can you order food off the regular, bar and brunch menus, but there's a happy hour weekdays, college and pro games on Direct TV, creative bartenders, and shot specials when the Saints score. Open 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends.

Mo's Chalet -- 3201 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 780-2961 -- Live music, karaoke, food and drink specials make Mo's the perfect place to refuel. Open 24 hours daily.

Molly's at the Market -- 1107 Decatur St., 525-5169 -- Popular gathering space for a diverse range of people, from reporters to crusty Irish grandpas to gutter punks. Try the "Frozen Irish" coffee daiquiri. Open 10 a.m.-6 a.m. daily.

Molly's on Toulouse -- 732 Toulouse St., 568-1915 -- A fun bar with a great jukebox and Sunday Bloody Mary specials. Open noon-4 a.m. (or later) daily.

Monaghan's Erin Rose -- 811 Conti St., 523-8619 -- An Irish bar with lots of New Orleans flavor, from the characters to the food. Opens at noon daily.

Mulate's -- 201 Julia St., 522-1492 -- This restaurant/bar features hearty fare, which will fortify you for a night of Cajun two-stepping with help from instructors. Live music nightly. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

Napoleon House -- 500 Chartres St., 524-9752 -- This place just gets better with age, and its romantic atmosphere makes it the ultimate place to take a date. The specialty drink is the Pimms Cup. Open 11 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.

New Orleans Original Daiquiris -- 633 Bourbon St., 524-5185; 1 Poydras St., The Riverwalk, 524-9504; 8100 St. Charles Ave., 866-1846; 301 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-9938 -- Strong, tasty frozen drinks from the folks who made daiquiris a convenience instead of a luxury. Choose from old faves (margarita, Mudslide, White Russian) or unique blends like Jungle Juice and the Hurricane. Hours vary with location.

Nick's -- 2400 Tulane Ave., 821-9128 -- Nick's notoriety comes from its wall full of "surprise drinks." Its slogan, "Looks like the oldest bar in New Orleans," makes dilapidation a selling point. Opens at 3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., at 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Pub -- 508 Toulouse St., 529-1317 -- This authentic slice of Eire offers the Informer pub, the intimate Ballad Room music venue, and a Celtic gift shop. Live music nightly. Open noon-3:30 a.m. daily.

Old Absinthe House -- 240 Bourbon St., 523-3181 -- This vintage French Quarter bar is a wonderful, unpretentious respite from the Bourbon Street racket. Opens at 9:30 a.m. daily.

Old Point Bar -- 545 Patterson St., Algiers, 364-0950 -- Welcoming stop near the ferry on the Algiers Point side. Darts, pool and spontaneous dancing included. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Ol' Toones Saloon -- 233 Decatur St., 529-3422 -- A killer jukebox and drinks strong enough to make us think twice about leaving. Their motto: "We manufacture and service hangovers." Sounds good. Open 24 hours.

Original Papa Joe's Restaurant & Bar -- 600-610 Bourbon St., 529-1728 -- Fully stocked bar and authentic Cajun/Creole fare highlight this comfortable, laidback tavern. Open 11 a.m.-midnight Thu.-Mon.

Oscar's -- 2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540 -- Professionals young and old come to this unpretentious joint to have a drink, chow on pub food and unwind. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Tue.-Sat., 4 p.m.-midnight Sun.-Mon.

Oz -- 800 Bourbon St., 593-9491 -- This uninhibited dance club features smoke, strobe lights and mesmerizing videos of nude men doing gymnastics. There's also Drag Bingo 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Thu.-Fri. Open 24 hours daily.

Palace Cafe -- 605 Canal St., 523-1661 --This lively, upscale restaurant offers a bar menu throughout the day, featuring everything from entrees to appetizers and desserts. Specialty cocktails include a fresh ginger peach martini and a frozen bourbon milk punch. Open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Palm Court Jazz Cafe -- 1204 Decatur St., 525-0200 -- The quality of traditional jazz musicians who play here regularly, plus the classy setting, is worth the cost of the food. Live music Wed.-Sun. Call for hours.

Parasol's -- 2533 Constance St., 897-5413 -- Beloved neighborhood fixture. Go Irish or go home. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Parkway Tavern -- 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-2500 -- Draws a just-past-college crowd who flock here to drink and flirt. Opens at 2 p.m. daily.

Parlay's -- 870 Harrison Ave., 482-4700 -- This neighborhood bar and college hangout offers weekday drink specials and a DJ on weekends. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

The Parlor at Storyville -- 125 Bourbon St., 410-1000 -- Martinis are in demand at the Parlor, which features live jazz, blues, and R&B every night, played by Storyville's two house bands. Open 5 p.m. -2 a.m. daily.

Pat Gillen's Bar -- 2024 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-9188 -- Daily drink specials -- frequently ice-cold pitchers of beer -- draw a no-nonsense crowd. Open 11 a.m.-1 a.m. daily.

Pat O'Brien's -- 718 St. Peters St., 525-4823 -- The Hurricane stains your mouth red, packs a rum-fueled one-two punch, and you're best drinking one in the loud, lush courtyard. Open 10 a.m.-4 a.m. Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-5 a.m. Fri.-Sat.; piano bar begins between 2 p.m.-3 p.m. daily; restaurant open 11 a.m.-midnight daily.

Pete Fountain's Jazz Club -- 2 Poydras St., Hilton Riverside Hotel, 523-4374 -- The legendary clarinet virtuoso performs New Orleans music the way it's meant to sound. Reservations recommended; club accepts only AmEx. Fountain and his band play 10 p.m. shows every Tue., Fri.-Sat.

Polo Lounge -- 300 Gravier St., Windsor Court, 523-6000 -- Strives for a sophisticated, Victorian-era setting, just a stone's throw from the award-winning Grill Room restaurant. The daily happy hour, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., includes complimentary canapes and a wide selection of martinis and wines by the glass. Open 11 a.m.-midnight Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri-Sat.

Polynesian Joe's -- 869 Magazine St., 525-9301 -- Daily drink specials, lunch buffet and sand volleyball court make this a great place to down a cold one. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Port of Call -- 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120 -- A nautical-themed New Orleans fixture known for its Monsoon (a deceptively strong red drink) and big, juicy burgers. Open 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri.- Sat.

Praline Connection Gospel and Blues Hall -- 907 S. Peters St., 523-3973 -- Authentic soul, blues and gospel music performed by rising stars and New Orleans mainstays. Live music Thu.-Sat.; gospel brunch Sun.

Preservation Hall -- 726 St. Peter St., 522-2841 -- Jazz institution extraordinaire, featuring the city's finest Dixieland and traditional New Orleans-style jazz performances. Live music nightly. Open 8 p.m.-midnight nightly.

R Bar -- 1431 Royal St. 948-7499 -- One of the best-decorated bars in town, displaying a campy collector's mentality and occasional kitschy films (with no sound, thank God). A popular late-night niche for the hipper-than-thou. Open 3 p.m.-5 a.m. Sun.-Thu., 3 p.m.-6 a.m. Fri.-Sat.

Ragin' Rooster -- 228 Bourbon St., 528-9315 -- This Bourbon Street bar and grill features live rock 'n' roll, karoake and late-night eats. Opens at 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., at 11:30 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Rawhide 2010 -- 740 Burgundy St., 522-8106 -- Leather and Levis bar known for its hot late-night and early-morning scene, impressive cigar selection and eclectic crowds. Happy hour daily from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Open 24 hours daily.

Red Eye Grill -- 854 S. Peters St., 593-9393 -- Down-to-earth spot next to the Howlin' Wolf, whose food and drink specials have built a strong late-night following of service industry types and music buffs. Open 11 a.m.-5 a.m. daily.

Rick's Cabaret -- 315 Bourbon St., 524-4222 -- Bachelor party paradise; local and national acts. Open 11:30 a.m.-4 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m.-4 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Ristorante Filippo -- 1917 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 835-4008 -- This new Italian hideaway has won raves for elegant food and a romantic ambience. There's a carefully chosen wine list, and the Thursday/Friday happy hour has specials on drinks, tapas and antipastas. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

Rivershack Tavern -- 3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938 -- Weird collections of kitsch (tacky ashtrays, "character" barstools, all things Elvisian), plus crowd-pleasing bands, make this unpretentious spot worth the trek. Live music Wed. and Sat. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Robert's -- 3125 Calhoun St., 866-9121 -- Robert's is frequented by locals winding down after work. The jukebox plays everything: rock, jazz, blues, country. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Rock-N-Sake -- 823 Fulton St., 581-7253 -- Rock-N-Sake's bar features sake versions of such popular drinks as the margarita and cosmopolitan. Open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat.; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun.

Rocks Off -- 4739 Magazine St., 895-9513 -- This independent record and clothing store offers hip threads for bar-hopping, plus great music, jewelry and glass smoking devices. Free in-store live music performances happen once a month or so. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun.

Rocky's -- 3222 Magazine St., 891-5152 -- Strong drinks and excellent pizza lure Uptown yuppies and starving college students (especially on 2-for-1 Tuesdays). Open 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat.

Ryan's Irish Pub -- 241 Decatur St., 523-3500 -- All your best friends are here -- Bass, Harp, Guinness -- plus a decent pool table and usually a game on TV. Open 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily.

Samuel's Avenue Beer Pub -- 1628 St. Charles Ave., 581-3777 -- A lightning rod for the young pager-and-cell-phone set to mix, mingle and fall in lust. Bar food and drinks help the process. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.

St. Joe's -- 5535 Magazine St., 899-3744 -- This religiously irreverent bar is the best place to "sin" in town, with great martinis and a dark, loud, lively atmosphere. Opens at 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Saturn Bar -- 3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532 -- Whimsical spot with leopard-print booths, vintage jukebox and gobs of neon. Opens at 3 p.m. daily.

Shim Sham Club -- 615 Toulouse St., 299-0666 -- It features diverse musical acts, but the emphasis is on jazz, as evidenced by a jukebox that displays an appreciation for older standards. A hip newcomer that's here to stay. Music nightly. Open 2 p.m.-6 a.m. daily.

Snake & Jake's Christmas Club Lounge -- 7612 Oak St., 861-2802 -- A cavernous late-late-night hideaway worth the frustration of trying to find it (hint: look for the Christmas wreath). Opens at 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat, at 6 p.m. Sun.

Snug Harbor -- 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696 -- Its ultra-intimate setting is perfect for jazz shows, and Snug Harbor presents some of the best. Live music nightly. Opens at 5 p.m. nightly; showtimes 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Southport Hall -- 200 Monticello Ave., Jefferson, 834-7990 -- The enclosed Jai-Lai Bar has a big patio deck and live bands frequently, and is housed in a 1930s-50s-era casino. Opens at 3 p.m. daily.

Southside Cafe -- 3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133 -- This bar sports grilled food, beer in frosty mugs and lots of U.S. Marine Corps memorabilia. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri., noon-8 p.m. Sun.

The State Palace Theatre -- 1108 Canal St., 522-4435 -- Historic, live-performance venue, seating 3,000. Open for events.

Stationhouse Grille -- 329 Decatur St., 587-0079 -- Whether you're relaxing on the patio or indoors at the long cypress bar, the Grille is a great place to kick back and choose from dozens of imported beers. Happy hour daily, live music Thu.-Sat. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Stitches Bar & Grill -- 3941 Houma Blvd, Metairie, 454-6266 -- Variety leaves its mark on Stitches, with an endless array of special nights, from happy hours to Friday's Gong Show Karaoke. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. (during NFL season), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Wed, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thu. Opens at 11 a.m. Fri., at 3 p.m. Sat.

Sugar Magnolia -- 1910 Magazine St., 529-1110 -- This 1820 farmhouse with brick walls and a 30-foot ceiling offers two copper-top bars with Spanish cedar fronts for guests to mix food and drink. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tue.- Fri., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.

Superior Grill -- 3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200 -- The food's not bad, the margaritas are strong, and the patrons are young and cute. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Tue.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wed. -Thu.; 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat.

Sweet Lorraine's -- 1931 St. Claude Ave., 945-9654 -- Surely Louis Armstrong is looking down at this juke joint and smiling. It's authentic, egalitarian and just plain smokin'. Open Wed.-Sun.; live music Thu.-Sun. Call for hours.

Sweet's "Again" Bar & Grill -- 3721 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 455-8681 -- Enjoy karaoke Sunday night, live music on Wed. and Sat., and an oldies juke box to fill in the rest of the time. Opens at 10 a.m. daily.

Temptations -- 327 Bourbon St., 525-4470 -- This high-class, three-story gentleman's club is so popular that Playboy virtually takes it over during Mardi Gras. Opens at 4 p.m. Sun.-Thu., at 1 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Tipitina's -- 501 Napoleon Ave., 891-7994 -- A "favorite son" New Orleans landmark. Don't forget to rub Professor Longhair's head for good luck. Live music Thu.-Sun. Hours vary.

TJ Quill's -- 7600 Maple St., 866-5205 -- The jeans-and-T-shirt atmosphere has appealed to students and other young locals since 1968. Opens at 3 p.m. Mon.-Sat., at 7 p.m. Sun.

Tonix -- 216 Bourbon St., 299-3990 -- Sexsational dance club. Bring your own fetish. Opens at 10 Fri. and Sat.

Tropical Isle -- 738 Toulouse St., 525-1689; 721 Bourbon St., 529-4109 -- A can't-miss stop during a French Quarter bar crawl, due to its knockout drinks and bands that play fun party songs. Locals prefer the Toulouse location. Live music nightly at both locations. Toulouse open noon-2 a.m. Sun.-Thu., noon-3 a.m. Fri.-Sat., Bourbon open noon-3 a.m. Sun.-Thu.; noon-6 a.m. Fri.-Sat.

Tyler's Beer Garden -- 3841 Orleans Ave., 482-7207 -- A colorful joint known for its oysters, beer and professionals who converge to unwind. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Uncle Buck's Cajun & Creole Grill -- 811 Conti St., 299-8496 -- Located in the back bar of Monaghan's Erin Rose, grill specializes in local favorites priced with locals and service industry workers in mind. Open daily. Call for hours.

Utopia -- 227 Bourbon St., 523-3800 -- Dance to the best contemporary music Fri. and Sat.; live music Sun.-Thu. Call for hours.

Vaqueros -- 4938 Prytania St., 891-6441 -- Upscale Tex-Mex oasis appealing to hip career types. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Vaughan's -- 800 Lesseps St., 947-5562 -- This stomping, romping bar is as remote as they come, but what it lacks in convenience, it makes up for in genuine N'awlins soul. Kermit Ruffins' regular Thursday-night performances are legendary. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.

Vera Cruz -- 7537 Maple St., 866-1736 -- Vera Cruz's cozy, 10-seat bar offers margaritas and Hispanic beers from Mexico to El Salvador, as well as specials throughout the week. Open 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.Tue.-Wed., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thu.-Sat.

Vic's Kangaroo Cafe -- 636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329 -- Straight-shooting Australian-themed hangout featuring Vic's signature meat pie. Open 11 a.m.-3 a.m. daily.

Vinyl -- 3012 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie 456-9500 -- DJs play music from sources like MTV, VH1 and The Box. Call for hours.

Waldo's -- 7130 Freret St., 861-0236 -- Steps off the Tulane campus, it's a longstanding part of the college bar circuit. Opens at 7 p.m. daily.

Whiskey Blue -- 333 Poydras St., W Hotel, 207-5016 -- Sleek, chic place to see and be seen. Open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun.-Thu., 4 p.m.-4 a.m. Fri.-Sat.

Whiteys Pool Hall -- 3764 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-9122 -- There's nine tables here to indulge your gaming instincts, for hustlers or bumblers. Open noon-2 a.m. Tue.-Sun.

Winston's Pub and Patio -- 531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705 -- A surprisingly fun and funky suburban hangout with a coffee-shop atmosphere (sofas, coffee tables, lamps, etc.), great jukebox and a Wall of Hats. Opens at noon daily.

Wit's Inn -- 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600 -- Big bar. Loud jukebox. Couple of pool tables. Plenty of popcorn. Opens at noon Mon.-Fri, at 11:30 a.m. Sat.-Sun.

Yo-Mama's Bar & Grill -- 727 St. Peter St., 522-1125 -- The bar shares equal space with the grill at Yo-Mama's, which prides itself on having 50 different tequilas. DJ spins upstairs after 10 p.m. Thu.-Sat. Open 3 p.m.-6 a.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-6 a.m. Fri.-Sun.


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