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New Orleans Bars with Live Music 

Whether it's a couple of regular weekly acts or a full lineup of touring bands, many local bars offer live music.

d.b.a. When d.b.a. opened, its focus was finer drinks: American craft brewers, Belgian beers and Belgian-style beers and top-shelf liquors. It didn't stock Budweiser, Miller and Coors' most popular beers. It still stocks rare microbrews and premium spirits, though the ban on some of the lightweight American lagers and pilsners was lifted. But the biggest evolutionary step was to transform the bar into a music destination, despite the modest size of the stage at the back of one side of the dual-storefront space. And it's got a quality sound-system to boot. The stage hosts everyone from jazz vocalists John Boutte and Linnzi Zaorski to rambunctious Cajun howlers the Lost Bayou Ramblers to Glen David Andrews and Anders Osborne to occasional visits by bluesmen Cedric Burnside and Kenny Brown. 618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731;

12 Bar Located in the Warehouse District, this all-purpose venue hosts an eclectic array of acts ranging from Mardi Gras Indian jams to one-off all-star shows by punk legends such as Jello Biafra and Gibby Haynes. 608 Fulton St., 212-6476;

AllWays Lounge Since changing from the gay-friendly Cowpokes bar, the AllWays has become home to an entertaining mix of old regulars, drama types using the theater behind the lounge, and music fans dropping in for everything from folk to punk to jazz and experimental sounds. 2240 St. Claude Ave., 218-5778;

Circle Bar A recent renovation opened up a little extra space at the notoriously cozy Circle Bar, but the eclectic lineup of up-and-coming touring acts and local bands is still packing in a crowd. 1032 St. Charles Ave., 588-2616

THE GREEN ROOM On weekend nights, the Green Room presents rock and blues bands. Wednesday features an open mic. 521 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-2225

Hi-Ho Lounge The Stooges Brass Band manages the Hi-Ho and is in residence on Thursday nights for weekly brass-funk throwdowns. The rest of the eclectic lineup includes everything from the Monday bluegrass picking party to reggae and New Orleans sounds. 2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446;

House of Blues Part of the prominent club and concert promoting Live Nation, the House of Blues presents every genre of music — from gospel to metal — in either its club room, more intimate Parish space or in the backyard Voodoo Garden. 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

IRVIN MAYFIELD'S JAZZ PLAYHOUSE Irvin Mayfield's club offers a full weekly lineup of contemporary and traditional jazz bands, plus some brass bands and the Burlesque Ballroom on Friday nights. Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., 553-2299;

KERRY IRISH PUB Besides offering a good selection of Irish beers and whiskies, Kerry schedules a weekly lineup of Irish, Celtic, folk and some country music. 331 Decatur St., 286-5862;

Maple Leaf Bar An Oak Street institution, the Maple Leaf is home to weekly Tuesday night blowouts with the Rebirth Brass Band and a changing schedule of New Orleans funk and rock. 8316 Oak St., 866-9359;

Saturn Bar With its bright neon rings and odd collection of sci-fi art, the Saturn Bar is a shabby-chic neighborhood spot for local rockers and occasional touring bands. 3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532

SIBERIA Siberia has carved out a niche primarily for rock, metal and punk bands, but the schedule also includes bounce, blues and DJ sets. 2227 St. Claude Ave., 265-8855;

Sidney's Saloon Sometimes the barbecue rig in the pickup truck is the telltale sign that proprietor Kermit Ruffins is in the house. The trumpeter holds court some nights, and there's a great jukebox for nights when there isn't live music. 1200 St. Bernard Ave., 947-2379

Snug Harbor This restaurant and club has long been a safe harbor for modern and contemporary New Orleans jazz with Ellis Marsalis anchoring Friday nights, and R&B chanteuse Charmaine Neville holding down Monday nights. 626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696;

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