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1123 Decatur St., (504) 523-7177
This lower Decatur Street watering hole has roots dating back to the 1930s (check the top shelf for urns filled with ashes from seven humans and two dogs). Poetry nights, a jukebox and a $5 Fireball shot and PBR are popular draws. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
Attiki Bar & Grill
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756;
Bar patrons get a taste of the Mediterranean with flavored tobaccos smoked from a hookah, weekly belly dancing nights (11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday) and a menu including Greek standards served until 1 a.m. The bar offers a large menu of martinis and an extensive wine list. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Backspace Bar & Kitchen
139 Chartres St., (504) 522-2216;
Backspace pays homage to literary traditions, both local and larger, with drinks like the popular Hemingway Cuba Libre libation. Food includes the Whitman roast-beef sandwich with an oysters option and a meatloaf sandwich with bacon. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
610 Bourbon St., (504) 525-1689;
Live Cajun and zydeco music starts at 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, plus there's sports on TV, nachos and wings to snack on and popular drinks like the Skinny Hand Grenade (you can get it with the regular calories as well), the Cable Guy bloody mary, Shark Attack and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans, (504) 586-8000;
Housed in the Maison Dupuy Hotel, Bistreaux offers nightly music, and patrons can enjoy house-infused pineapple vodka martinis, bloody marys and cucumber fizzes. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (and during New Orleans Saints and LSU games).
830 Conti St., (504) 586-0972;
The Bombay Club is home to live music nightly, flash-fried Asian-style calamari and signature drinks like Breathless: 360 double chocolate vodka, Godiva chocolate liqeur, dark creme de cacao, sweet coconut rum and a chocolate stick. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
711 Bourbon St., (504) 324-4669;
Find the heat on two dance floors at this club, with music ranging from zydeco to jazz to guest DJs weekends. The Sunday Funday special offers three-for-one drinks, and specialty libations include the Heat, bloody mary and Hurricane. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Carousel Bar & Lounge
214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341;
This classic New Orleans hotel bar was remodeled earlier this year. It still has a spinning carousel at which the bartenders stand still and the bar and barstools revolve. There's also more space at the large back bar, and there's live music Tuesday through Saturday. Open daily. No smoking. Bar food.
725 Conti St., (504) 527-0869
The Copper Monkey's kitchen prepares wraps, jambalaya, red beans and more to go with a full complement of libations. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
1201 Burgundy St., (504) 522-9715;
This cozy Quarter classic offers a variety of top-shelf liquors, sports on five TVs, a pool table and a lounge area. Munchies include bar food and rotating specials such as chicken pot pie. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
Coyote Ugly Saloon
225 N. Peters St., (504) 561-0003;
This is the local satellite of the famous New York bar that inspired the 2000 film of the same name. If the Coyote Ugly franchise didn't actually invent bar-top dancing, it certainly franchised it successfully. The bar has a weekly karaoke night on Thursday, a "Kegs and Eggs" special before every New Orleans Saints home game and all the beer you can drink for $25 during the game. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571;
Crescent City Brewhouse is the French Quarter's only microbrewery. It serves New Orleans cuisine with a modern flair and a choice of five handcrafted brews. It also features live jazz each evening at 6 p.m. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4961;
Enjoy dinner with live music or grab a bite before a show at neighboring House of Blues. Crossroads' walls are covered with folk art, and you can enjoy nightly specialty events with live music three nights a week. Open: daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- Bayou Beer Garden keeps plenty of cold beer ready for celebrating (or drowning your frustrations) during New Orleans Saints and LSU games.
301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406;
Latin American craft cocktails and made-to-order margaritas made with fresh-squeezed Key limes are the specialties, and ginger beer also is popular. Changing daily drink specials include $2 cocktails, $2.50 pints of Dos Equis, $3 margaritas and $3.50 sangrias. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
The Funky Pirate
727 Bourbon St., (504) 523-1960;
Big Al Carson and the Bluesmasters take the stage daily at this Bourbon Street club, starting at 5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., and 1 p.m. Fri.-Sun. There's no kitchen here, but food can be ordered through the Funky Pirate takeout provider. Specialty cocktails include the Hand Grenade, Horny Gator, Tropical Itch and more. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
725 St. Louis St., 581-4422;
The historic French Quarter institution Antoine's has a bar serving up cocktails and a small menu of po-boys and other classics like shrimp remoulade and oysters Rockefeller. Open daily. No smoking. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
309 Decatur St., (504) 943-1101;
The Hookah offers a large selection of flavored tobaccos for smoking in hookahs. The modern lounge's decor has eastern accents and the club features live music and DJs. Friday is college night and Saturday is ladies night. Open Thu.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999;
The Decatur Street music club offers near-nightly concerts from local and touring performers. The venue's folk art and juke joint feel extends to the upstairs space The Parish, open only for performances. The restaurant and courtyard keep the bars open daily. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Ice House Bar
1024 Chartres St., (504) 581-4995;
The Ice House Bar is located inside of Hotel Provincial, and it presents its own take on the city's infamous drink, offering "Provincial" style hurricanes. Enjoy free red beans and rice Mondays or a house favorite Bloody Mary. Open daily. No smoking. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
321 N. Peters St., (504) 299-3944;
Pull up a chair in Iris' pretty courtyard and order inventive cocktails like the Spicy Ginger Margarita or the Apple Blossom, or enjoy a perfectly mixed version of a standard such as a Manhattan or Sazerac. Along with the ambitious specialty cocktails comes innovative cuisine. Open Mon-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
141 Chartres St., (504) 524-0493;
Sit at the copper-top bar or one of a dozen tables at this dive bar/restaurant. It promises cold beer, music, sports on 10 big-screen TVs, plus nightly trivia games and drink specials ranging from beer buckets to Jell-O shots. The restaurant menu includes Cajun dishes, burgers, steaks, salads and appetizers. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
Johnny White's Bar
733 St. Peter St., (504) 281-4829;
In the southern city that never sleeps, Johnny White's stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Known for their Bloody Mary's, this French Quarter family bar is now run by the founder's daughters. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar
Johnny White's Hole in the Wall Bar
718 Bourbon St., (504) 568-9803
It's happy hour all day, every day at this French Quarter neighborhood bar. Enjoy food from sister restaurant Johnny White's Pub &
Grill and the house favorite Bloody Mary. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
Kerry Irish Pub
331 Decatur St., (504) 527-5954;
Rare Irish whiskeys are the draw at
this pub, along with live nightly performances by singer-songwriters, local musicians and touring acts. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-til Sat.-Sun.
Little Tropical Isle
435 Bourbon St., (504) 523-1927;
There's live music every day at this bar, which shares a cocktail menu with Tropical Isle Original down the street. For sports fans, there are plenty of TVs for watching games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No
The Lounge at Broussard's
819 Conti St., New Orleans, (504) 581-3866;
The Lounge at Broussard's provides patrons a combination of classic New Orleans ambience and fine dining to sip on its signature drinks the Broussard Smile and Cajun bloody mary. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Napoleon House Bar
500 Chartres St., (504) 524-9752;
This historic landmark has a courtyard patio where patrons enjoy the house specialty Pimm's cup and classic New Orleans fare such as red beans and rice and jambalaya. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
817 St. Louis St., (504) 304-3991;
Try a variety of cocktails inspired by or originating in New Orleans, including Sazerac, Hurricane and French 75. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. No food.
Old Absinthe House
240 Bourbon St., (504) 523-3181;
This historic building was built in 1807 and housed many businesses until a mixologist crafted the Old Absinthe House Frappe in 1874, when the name of the bar was born. Try the namesake drink or many other craft cocktails and small plates offerings. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
One Eyed Jacks
615 Toulouse St., (504) 569-8361;
One Eyed Jacks hosts weekly DJ dance parties, a monthly burlesque show, and local and touring bands. Monday night is Service Industry Night and Thursday brings '80s and '90s dance night. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar &
720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930;
Choose a table streetside, in the climate-controlled courtyard or closer to the player piano inside and settle in for the bar's wine flights in which patrons can sample three wines that are similar in quality, country of origin or varietals. The bar opens at 4 p.m.;
dinner begins at 5 p.m. Open daily. Smoking on the patio. Full restaurant menu.
Patrick's Bar Vin
730 Bienville St., (504) 200-3180;
Ask for "Patrick's Best Kept Secret" for a special glass of wine for $5 at the French Quarter wine bar. A variety of small plates are available to complement any wine selection. Or try the most popular drink, Angella Kisses, which is a shot of Veuve Clicquot. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Bar food.
511 Bourbon St., (504) 522-5100
This dance club is in the heart of the French Quarter, offering a dance floor and occasional karaoke. The club has a patio with a flaming fountain where patrons can enjoy happy hour drinks. Razzoo has a DJ Sunday through Thursday nights. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour until 8 p.m. Sun.-Thu., until 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Red Fish Grill &
115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200;
Red Fish Grill's oyster bar provides fresh bivalves to enjoy with a selection of more than 24 wines by the glass, 70 bourbons and 12 signature cocktails. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
315 Bourbon St., (504) 524-4222;
This gentlemen's club has been an upscale model for the industry on Bourbon Street since the mid 1990s. Boasting 18,000-square-feet across three stories, Rick's customers can surely find a space to be entertained. The free Friday buffet is a favorite. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant
Rick's Sporting Saloon
522 Bourbon St., (504) 552-2510;
Rick's Sporting Saloon plays the dual role of sports bar and gentlemen's club. There are plenty of specialty nights including margarita Monday and half-priced drinks on Wednesday. This bar is known for featuring UFC events and HBO boxing on the big screen, and claims to be the "ultimate man cave." Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Saints and Sinners
627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307;
Designed to conjure the Storyville era, actor Channing Tatum's bar and restaurant features specialty cocktails of the 1890s to 1920s. The restaurant offers Creole and Cajun dishes and there's a late-night bar food menu. Wine is half-off on Wednesday. Open daily. Smoking allow on patio. Full restaurant menu.
135 Chartres St., (504) 587-7701;
A cozy, jukebox-casual atmosphere awaits at Sneaky Pete's, where you'll find everything from local craft beers on tap to Jaeger bombs to hurricanes and bloody marys. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- Friends converse over answers to questions on trivia night at Pal's Lounge in Mid-City.
310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095
Pour your own draft beers from taps built into the tables or sample craft cocktails like the Faubourg Tall Boy, Rum Dum Dum and Charbonneau Way. Take advantage of 25-cent martinis during lunch Monday through Friday. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Somethin' Else Cafe
620 Conti St., (504) 373-6439;
Bring your dog to the patio and soak in the French Quarter atmosphere or go inside to watch sports on TV. DJs spin music some nights. Don't be surprised if the smell of Cajun cuisine entices you to stay for dinner. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Tropical Isle Bourbon &
Top of the Trop
721 Bourbon St., (504) 523-1927;
Home of the Hand Grenade cocktail, this club stages live entertainment starting at 5 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 1 p.m. Fri.-Sun. It also has TVs for watching sports. Popular drinks include the Shark Attack, Tropical Itch and Horny Gator. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Tropical Isle Original
600 Bourbon St., (504) 523-1927;
Make drinking an adventure with popular concoctions like the Hand Grenade, Shark Attack, Tropical Itch and Horny Gator. There's live music daily, starting at 1 p.m., as well as sports on TV. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
823 Decatur St., (504) 525-8676;
This classic New Orleans bar and restaurant has stood the test of time. The cocktails served at its cypress bar —
the oldest standing bar in New Orleans —
include a Grasshopper (a chocolate mint cookie in a glass) and Pimm's Cup. The food is Creole/Cajun (you won't find chicken bon femme on the menu, but trust us: order it). Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.