735 Club -- 735 Bourbon St., 581-6740 -- Dress to impress and dance like a rock star in this hot-hot-hot nightspot, with theme parties that have become hipster magnets. 18 and older on Thu. Dancing starts at 9 p.m. nightly.
Acme Oyster House -- 724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 7306 Lakeshore Drive, 282-9200; 519 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 898-0667 -- Since 1910, Acme has created its own legend with local dishes and specialties of an oyster bar and oyster po-boy. Hours vary by location.
Ampersand (&) -- 1100 Tulane Ave., 587-3737 -- Monthly guest DJs and weekly theme nights, two levels and two bars, with Thu. Latin Night, Fri. R&B/hip-hop and Sat. "Starf*cker." Opens at 10 p.m. Thu.-Sat.
Balcony Bar & Grill -- 3201 Magazine St., 895-1600 -- Twentysomethings flock to the vast balcony of this beer garden overlooking über-hip central Magazine Street. Open 4 p.m.-4 a.m daily.
Belle Forche -- 1407 Decatur St. 940-0722 -- On Mardi Gras, Belle Forche stays open all day to offer its cafe menu, featuring popular dishes such as the "sticky" chicken, grillades and grits, and mussels with French fries. Open 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sun.- Thu., 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mardi Gras Day.
Bombay Club -- Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 586-0972 -- Upscale jazz spot with live piano music, a smoking-club feel and notorious martinis. The Bombay Club trio performs Fri. and Sat. Opens at 4 p.m. daily.
Blue Nile -- 532 Frenchmen St., 948-2583 -- The former home of the Dream Palace, the legendary spot where the Radiators got their start, has a new ownership and new name and spotlights superb world music-influenced New Orleans acts. Opens at 7 p.m. daily.
The Boot -- 1039 Broadway St., 866-9008 -- Cheap brew, party tunes and scores of college students. 18 and over. Opens at 11a.m. daily.
Bourbon Pub/Parade -- 801 Bourbon St., 529-2107 -- Bourbon Pub/Parade are perennial favorites in the Gambit Weekly Best of New Orleans© readers' poll. 18 and over. Bourbon Pub (downstairs) open 24 hours; Parade (upstairs dance club) opens at 10 p.m. 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., 11 a.m. Fri. and Sat.; grill opens at 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and for lunch on weekends and special events.
Cafe Brasil -- 2100 Chartres St., 949-0851-- A culturally diverse melting pot, meaning both the clientele and the nightly live music (Latin, reggae, hip-hop, world beat, alternative). 18 and over. 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 hour 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Trash Disco Sun. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Open 24 hours.
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., Riverbend, 865-9190 -- A favorite spot to catch hot local alternative, blues and roots rock bands in an intimate setting. 18 and over on live music nights, Thu.-Sun. Opens at 3 p.m. daily.
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. 18 and over. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Thu.; 4 p.m.-4 a.m. Fri.; 2 p.m.-4 a.m. Sat. and Sun.
Check Point Charlie -- 501 Esplanade Ave., 949-7012 -- For when you're in the mood to do laundry, chow on pub grub, watch promising bands and drink like a sailor. Live music nightly. Open 24 hours.
Chris Owens Club -- 500 Bourbon St., 523-6400 -- Owens has been a New Orleans institution for years, and you'll see why. The show is followed by a DJ spinning dance music late-night. Shows 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Circle Bar -- 1032 St. Charles Ave. (Lee Circle), 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. Mon.-Fri., 5 p.m.-4 a.m. Sat. and Sun.
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.
Columns Hotel -- 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308 -- Its bordello-esque atmosphere and freewheeling crowds embody the decadent grandeur of New Orleans. Open 3 p.m.-midnight Sun.-Thu., 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri. and Sat.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 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily.
Coyote Ugly Saloon 225 N. Peters St., 561-0003 One
of New Orleans' newest additions to the bar circuit, complete with rowdy girls.
Open noon-4 a.m. daily.
Crescent City Brewhouse -- 527 Decatur St., 522-0571 -- This spacious restaurant and brewpub always has several original beers on tap and is home to a snazzy jazz combo and scenic balcony. Live music nightly. All ages. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri. and Sat.; bar stays open one hour later than restaurant.
d.b.a. -- 618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731 -- This hot bar with an edgy Manhattanesque vibe offers a stellar selection for the beer connoisseur. Open 4 p.m.-4 a.m. Sun.-Thu., 4 p.m.-5 a.m. Fri. and Sat.
The Dock -- 1926 West End Park 284-DOCK (3625) -- In addition to regular menu items of local cuisine such as seafood platters, The Dock rocks this Mardi Gras with live music nightly and drink specials on hurricanes, beer and more. 11 a.m. to 5 a.m. daily.
Donna's Bar & Grill -- 800 N. Rampart St., 596-6914 -- The undisputed home of the area's finest brass bands. Donna's has an old-school New Orleans jukebox as well as live music and is so small you have to walk through the band to get to the bathroom. Opens at 6:30 p.m. Thu.-Mon.
The Dungeon -- 738 Toulouse St., 523-5330 -- Aptly named gothic lair featuring drink specials and dance music nightly. Opens at midnight, closed Mon.
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. Limited beer selection. Opens at 9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
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 6 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.
Friendly Bar -- 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 -- Great New Orleans food and music at this dim, intimate old-school club. A wildly diverse crowd comes to listen to live music nightly, with sets at 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight. Opens at 7 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.-Wed., opens at noon Thu.-Sun.
Gold Club -- 727 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. and Sun.
Good Friends -- 740 Dauphine St., 566-7191 -- Fun watering hole downstairs, with a mahogany bar, neon lilies and a 4 p.m.-9 p.m. happy hour. Upstairs is the opulent Queen's Head Pub, an English-style club. Open 24 hours.
Gold Mine -- 701 Dauphine St., 586-0745 -- Low cover, cheap drinks (especially "$2 Flaming Dr. Peppers") and good dance tunes. Come play classic arcade games or spin the Wheel of Booze on Saturdays. Opens at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.
Grand Casino -- 305 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, Miss., (800) 354-2450 -- Full-service casino offers gambling, shopping, several dining choices and live entertainment. Open 24 hours.
The Gumbo Shop -- 630 St. Peter St. 525-1486 -- In addition to a variety of Cajun and Creole favorites, The Gumbo Shop's namesake item consistently wins Gambit Weekly's Best of New Orleans Reader's Poll for the city's best gumbo. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
The Hangar -- 1511 S. Rendon St., 821-2215 -- This new Uptown bar and music club attracts Tulane and Loyola students and features live music for the college crowd -- from rock and brass to hip hop and emerging New Orleans talent. Open 3 p.m.-3 a.m. 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 with live alternative music. Opens at 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., at 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
House of Blues -- 225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE (2583) -- Yeah, it's a franchise. But this one is New Orleans-centric enough (the food, the folk art, the always-impressive musical lineup) to make us forget. Happy hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Live music nightly. Call for age restrictions and hours.
Howl at the Moon 135 Bourbon St., 410-9000 French Quarter rock 'n' roll club offering dueling pianos and tons of audience participation. Opens at 4 p.m. daily.
Howlin' Wolf -- 828 S. Peters St., 529-5844 -- A groovy warehouse featuring a diverse menu of local and national talent playing lots of live music. 18 and over. Opens at 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Italian Pie -- 417 S. Rampart St. 522-7552; 901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 832-1121; 1530 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey 362-3657; 1914 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette 278-0001; 3600 Williams Blvd., Kenner 469-4999; 4350 Hwy. 22, Mandeville (985) 626-5252; 4840 Bienville St. 483-9949; 5219 Elysian Fields Ave. 288-0888; 5538 Magazine St. 894-0005; 5406 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 887-9977; 5650 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson 734-3333; 7770 Read Blvd. 244-7200 -- Italian Pie answers the munchies with pizzas, salads, calzones, sandwiches and more. Delivery, dine-in or take-out. Hours vary by location.
The Jimani -- 141 Chartres St., 524-0493 -- Local staple for down-home American cooking, plus cocktails until dawn. Open 11:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. daily.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville -- 1104 Decatur St., 592-2565 -- Parrothead paradise features live music and island-themed food. 21 to drink or enter the bar. Restaurant open 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily; music from 3 p.m.-midnight daily.
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 of locals. Open noon-4 a.m. daily.
Kims 940 -- 940 Elysian Fields Ave., 258-2224 -- 1970s and 1980s music. Thu. nights are "cheap date nights" with drink specials from 9 p.m.-midnight. Opens at 5 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, which features 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. Tue. is Amateur Night, with a contest every week. Opens at noon daily.
Le Bon Temps Roule -- 4801 Magazine St., 895-8117 -- A favorite all-around place to drink local brews, grab a burger and see live bands Wed.-Mon. There are free oysters on Fridays, low covers and a truly rockin' jukebox. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.
Le Chat Noir -- 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812 -- Theater, music and cabaret in the Cabaret Room five to seven nights weekly. All ages. Bar opens at 7 p.m. Tue.-Sat., and some Sun.-Mon., depending on show schedule. Tango dancing 7:30 Tue.
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. Sat.-Thurs., 4 p.m. Fri.
Loa 523 -- 523 Camp St., 200-6523 -- Loa's new edition is sure to be as attractive and interesting as the first. Opens at 5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar -- 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995 -- A tropically decorated bar with fun, loud music and healthy pseudo-Mexican food. All ages. Opens at 11 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. Sat. and Sun.
Maple Leaf Bar -- 8316 Oak St., Riverbend, 866-LEAF (5323) -- An out-of-the-way mecca with tons of personality and a loyal crowd. Tue. ReBirth Brass Band shows are a guaranteed good time. Live music nightly. Opens at 3 p.m. daily.
Martin Wine Cellar Deli and Catering -- 3827 Baronne St. 896-7380; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350 -- Stop by either Martin's convenient parade location to stock up on a varied selection of wines and spirits and food from the to-go deli. Uptown store open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Metairie store Mardi Gras hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; both closed Mardi Gras Day.
Mermaid Lounge -- 1100 Constance St., 524-4747 -- Party with a casual, alternative crowd in this hard-to-find local favorite. It boasts great mermaid art, an outdoor garden and new bands you won't find anyplace else: rockabilly, alternative, funk and more. 18 and over. Open Wed.-Sat., call for hours.
Metropolitan -- 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, 568-1700 -- Mainstream clubhoppers converge upon this place for dancing and flirting. Opens at 9 p.m. Sat.
Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl -- 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133 -- This laidback, friendly bowling alley is one of the favored places in town to catch the best in zydeco, blues, roots rock and more. Live music Tue.-Sun. 18 and over unless accompanied by adult. Opens at noon daily.
Molly's at the Market -- 1107 Decatur St., 525-5169 --
Popular gathering space for a diverse range of people, from reporters to
grandpas to gutter punks. Try the "Frozen Irish" coffee daiquiri. Open 10 a.m.-6
Molly's on Toulouse -- 732 Toulouse St., 568-1915 -- A fun bar with a great jukebox, pool table, weekday happy hour 5-8 p.m. and Sunday Bloody Mary specials. Open noon-4 a.m. (or later) daily.
Mona's Cafe -- 504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115; 3149 Calhoun St., 861-2124; 3901 Banks St., 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St., 894-9800 -- Delicious Middle Eastern standards for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Hours vary by location.
Monaghan's Erin Rose -- 811 Conti St., 523-8619 -- Irish New Orleans-style with local atmosphere and food. Opens at noon daily.
Mulate's -- 201 Julia St., 522-1492 -- This restaurant/bar features hearty authentic Louisiana fare, which will fortify you for a night of Cajun two-stepping on the dance floor. Live music nightly. All ages. 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. All ages. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. and Mon., 11 a.m.-midnight Tue.-Thu., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Fri. and Sat.
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. Hours vary with location.
New York Pizza -- 208 N. Carrollton Ave., 482-2376; 5201 Magazine St., 891-2376 -- Big Apple-style thin crust and wide slices brought to the Big Easy. Hours vary by location.
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. All ages. 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.
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 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu. and Fri., 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sun. 18 and over. Open 24 hours.
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 at 8 p.m. Open 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Wed.-Sun.
Parasol's -- 2533 Constance St., 897-5413 -- Beloved neighborhood fixture. Go Irish or go home. All ages. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.
Pat O'Brien's -- 718 St. Peter St., 525-4823 -- The Hurricane: it stains your mouth red, it packs a rum-fueled one-two punch, and you're not allowed to leave the city without drinking one (preferably in Pat O's loud, lush courtyard). All ages. Open 11 a.m.-3a.m. Sun.-Thu., 10 a.m.-4 a.m. Fri. and Sat.; piano bar opens at 2 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; restaurant open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Patout's Cajun Cabin -- 503 Bourbon St., 529-4256 -- Casual Cajun restaurant houses Shuck's Oyster Bar and offers live Cajun music performances nightly. Open 11 a.m. until 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. Call for schedule.
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. All ages. Open 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri. and Sat.
Praline Connection Gospel and Blues Hall --907 S. Peters St., 523-3973 -- Authentic gospel music performed live by rising stars and New Orleans mainstays. The Sun. gospel brunch is a don't-miss. All ages. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri., first brunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and second brunch 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
Preservation Hall -- 726 St. Peter St., 522-2841 -- Jazz institution extraordinaire, featuring the city's finest traditional New Orleans-style jazz performances, live. 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. and Sat.
Ragin' Rooster -- 228 Bourbon St., 528-9315 -- This Bourbon Street bar and grill features live rock 'n' roll, karaoke and late-night eats. Opens at 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11:30 Sat.-Sun.
Rawhide 2010 -- 740 Burgundy St., 525-8106 -- Leather and Levis bar known for its hot late-night and early-morning scene, impressive cigar selection and eclectic crowds. Happy hour daily 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Open 24 hours.
Red Eye Grill -- 852 S. Peters St., 593-9393 --Down-to-earth spot next to the Howlin' Wolf, with food and drink specials that have built a strong late-night following of service industry types and music buffs. Opens at 11 a.m. daily.
Rene Bistrot -- 817 Common St., 412-2580 -- An extensive wine list complements a mix of cutting-edge and classic French cuisine. Open 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sun., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
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. and Sun.
Rocky's -- 3222 Magazine St., 891-5152 -- Its strong drinks and excellent pizza lure Uptown yuppies and starving college students (especially on 2-for-1 Tuesdays). Nice outdoor seating. Open 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sun., Mon., Wed. and Thu., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Tue., Fri. and 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.
St. Joe's -- 5535 Magazine St., 899-3744 -- This religiously irreverent dive is the best place to "sin" in town, with great mojitos and a dark, loud, lively atmosphere. Opens at 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. (except 10 p.m. the Sun. before Mardi Gras).
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. All ages. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.
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 -- This hip nightclub attracts bohemians and eclectic music lovers alike with national punk and rock bands and the Shim-Sham Revue, a burlesque show that pays homage to the glory days of authentic striptease on Bourbon Street. 18 and over. 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 that's worth the frustration of trying to find it (hint: look for the Christmas wreath). Opens at 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat, 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.
The Spotted Cat 623 Frenchmen St., 943-3887 Local legends provide the music in this intimate setting, featuring classically mixed drinks. Opens at 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon Sat. and Sun.
The State Palace Theatre 1108 Canal St., 522-4435 Historic, live-performance venue opens for shows and seats 3,000. Call for ages and times.
Sugar Magnolia -- 1910 Magazine St., 529-1110 -- Innovative Louisiana Contemporary cuisine served in an indoor/outdoor setting. Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m. to 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. All ages. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Tue.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wed. and Thu.; 11 a.m.-midnight Fri. and 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.
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 noon Mon.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun.
Tipitina's -- 501 Napoleon Ave., 891-7994 -- A "favorite son" New Orleans landmark for live music shows. Don't forget to rub Professor Longhair's head for good luck. Call for ages. Opens at 9 p.m.Tue.-Sun.
Tropical Isle -- 738 Toulouse St., 525-1689; 721 Bourbon St., 529-4109 -- Two can't-miss stop during a French Quarter bar crawl, due to their knockout drinks and bands that play fun party songs. Locals prefer the Toulouse location. Live music nightly at both clubs. Toulouse open noon-2 a.m. Sun.-Thu., noon-3 a.m. Fri. and Sat.; Bourbon open noon-3 a.m. Sun.-Thu., noon-6 a.m. Fri. and Sat.
Uncle Bucks Cajun & Creole Cabin Grill -- 811 Conti St. 299-8496 -- Uncle Bucks adds to its menu of local favorites with Mardi Gras special of 2 lbs. of Louisiana crawfish with potatoes and corn for $6.50. Special Mardi Gras Hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. through Mardi Gras Day.
Utopia -- 227 Bourbon St., 523-3800 -- Dance to the best contemporary music Fri. and Sat.; live music Sun.-Thu. Call for age restrictions and hours.
Vaughan's -- 4229 Dauphine 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 Thu.-night performances are legendary. Opens at 11 a.m. Mon.-Fri., noon Sat.-Sun.
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.