2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446
Come for bluegrass parties, surf punk and experimental jazz; stay for the roomy bar and chalkboard specials.
Maple Leaf Bar
8316 Oak St., 866-9359
Listen to live music from the main bar or head to the back bar and patio.
One Eyed Jacks
615 Toulouse St., 569-9100
Congregate around the bar's circular chandelier centerpiece or the porn-funk and velour upstairs hideout.
532 Frenchmen St., 948-2583
The bar's dramatic lighting and midnight sky interiors welcome indie rockers and reggae fans, while the upstairs balcony comes with a Marigny view.
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696
Jazz kings and queens hold nightly court at the Frenchmen palace.
Rock 'N' Bowl
3016 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133
The Mid-City institution has moved, but New Orleans' music-and-bowling tradition continues with a stocked bar and live zydeco, brass bands and a mix of local sounds.
Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club
1931 St. Claude Ave., 945-9654
The longstanding Marigny supper club serves live jazz on weekends.
Le Bon Temps Roule
4801 Magazine St., 895-8117
The Magazine Street haunt features two bars and weekly gigs by the Soul Rebels Brass Band and others.
1032 St. Charles Ave., 588-2616
The Tim Burton-esque shack bordering both Lee Circle and imminent collapse offers cheap nightly shows and cheaper drinks.
3052 St. Claude Ave.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat's nautical-themed, mid-century UFO stocks its bar with canned beer and snark.