The AllWays Lounge & Theatre
2240 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778;
The lounge features nightly music, theater or burlesque performances. And the theater is open for full-stage productions on the weekend. Drink of choice is the Health Drink: vodka, water and lemon. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
532 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-2583;
Blue Nile was the first bar to offer live music on Frenchmen Street, and is a staple of the block. Grab a drink, relax and listen to the tunes of regular players Kermit Ruffins, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Micah McKee and Gravity A. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed. No food.
Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038;
Buffa's is a dog-friendly dive bar in front and a family-friendly neighborhood restaurant with New Orleans comfort food in back. Buffa's has live local entertainment five nights per week, plus special seasonal events such as Sunday viewings of HBO's Treme, followed by live music from performers featured on the series. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731;
In addition to a regular and rotating roster of local musicians performing early and late sets, d.b.a.'s extensive offerings range from regional and imported craft beers, ports and whiskeys. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
2600 Chartres St., (504) 945-2222;
In addition to its outdoor patio and full restaurant menu, Feelings Cafe has a wine and cheese bar called Sentiments on its second floor and live music on Friday. Open Wed.-Sun. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
2256 St. Claude Ave., (504) 947-3735;
Karaoke, cabaret, blues and football-watching parties are just some of the reasons why Kajun's Pub and its owner, JoAnn Guidos, were featured in the best-selling book Nine Lives. This quirky bar on the edge of the Marigny also has a pool table, Wi-Fi, a jukebox and SmokeEaters air purifiers. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
508 Frenchmen St., (504) 371-5543;
No cover charge grants access to Frenchmen Street regulars, dance DJs and touring bands. Bar specialties include the Southern peach (peach and ginger-infused vodka, coconut Ciroc vodka and a splash of Sprite). Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9869;
Mimi's is well-known for its menu of Spanish-inspired tapas and frequent live music and DJ nights. The bar has two floors and a balcony overlooking the neighborhood. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855;
Siberia has something to offer each night of the week. Sometimes there's comedy, trivia on Tuesday, a dance party on Wednesday, and live music every other night. Get a $5 beer and shot during the daily happy hour. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
525 Frenchmen St., (504) 932-1122;
Traditional Japanese cuisine is available into the wee hours every night, and there are libations such as ginger beer and coconut-lemongrass sake. Cash only. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
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