1135 Decatur St., 571-1863
Formerly Rubyfruit Jungle, this bar named after its street address caters to a different subculture just about every night: Wednesday hosts glam nights and burlesque acts; Friday brings a retro '80s dance party and Sunday pulls in a goth and fetish crowd. Upstairs, Ruby Moon croons sultry jazz and blues tunes on Friday and Saturday. Open Wed.-Sun. Smoking allowed.
1123 Decatur St., 523-3800
You won't find any monks at this Abbey, which has been open since 1933, but you will find the ashes of previous owners and loyal patrons — they're kept on a top shelf. There's live music on Tuesdays and Sundays, a free cookout every Saturday, and you can get the bar-favorite 12-oz. PBR and a Fireball whiskey shot for $5 any time. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: no.
75 Bar813 Bienville St., 523-5433
You can drink whatever you want at this cigar bar, but bartender Chris Hannah's specialty is craft cocktails and forgotten classics served from a bar built in the 1800s. Cocktails are made with fresh ingredients, and homemade syrups and liqueurs. Cigars are available. The food menu is upscale and you can eat at comfortable tables or in a window booth overlooking Bienville Street. Open daily. Smoking yes. Food: restaurant menu.
Attiki Bar & Grill
230 Decatur St., 587-3756
Bar goers get a taste of the Mediterranean with flavored hookah tobaccos, weekly belly dancing nights (11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Fri.-Sat.) and a menu including Greek standards served until 1 a.m. Happy hour offers $3 imported beers, $2 domestics and $4 house wines. The bar offers a large menu of flavorful martinis and an extensive wine list. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
1207 Decatur St., 680-8454
In a city thick with dive bars, Aunt Tiki's distinguishes itself as one of the grittiest, partly because of its spooky black-light glow and Halloween decor, partly because it's cheap enough that even the chronically under-employed can afford to lose their weekends there. The jukebox's standout selection is as eclectic as the crowd. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed.
504 Esplanade Ave., 522-2940
Where Decatur Street meets Esplanade Avenue is where the music starts. Before the Frenchmen Street main course, this music hall houses everything from brass bands to salsa ensembles to rock 'n' roll on its main stage and patio every night of the week. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
820 N. Rampart St., 324-6045
A craft cocktail bar that prides itself on customer service, Bar Tonique uses fresh-squeezed juices and tomatoes, house-made syrups, tonics and other mixers in its drinks. It also makes its own ginger beer and infuses bacon in Russian vodka for its Bloody Marys. Changing daily drinks are $5, except on Tuesday. Open Mon.-Thu. and Sat.-Sun. Smoking allowed.
Beach on Bourbon
227 Bourbon St., 523-3800
This dance club not only claims to have the largest dance floor on Bourbon Street, where you can move your feet to music by live bands, MCs and DJs, but it also boasts the only mechanical whale ride. If you like to watch more than do, check out sports on the TV. Happy hour features three-for-one drinks from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and noon to 9 p.m. weekends. Open: daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Belli Baci Lounge
117 Decatur St., 529-2154
The spacious lounge adjoining Cafe Giovanni is a plush perch for sipping martinis and sampling Italian dishes. The Ponchatoula strawberry and house martinis are some of the more popular drinks. Get two-for-one well drinks and domestic beers during happy hour. Open daily. No smoking. Food: upscale bar menu. Happy hour 5:30 p.m-7 p.m. daily.
Bistreaux New Orleans
1001 Toulouse St., 648-6153
Pianist Paul Longstreth provides musical accompaniment from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with other musicians filling in other nights. Try an infused berry martini while sitting outdoors and check out the menu of inspired comfort food. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
830 Conti St., 586-0972
Outfitted in the style of a fine English pub, with overstuffed wingback chairs, a bar serving 50 different martinis and an intimate courtyard, the Bombay Club offers an upscale menu of American contemporary cuisine accompanied with daily live music. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu.
Bootleggers Bar and Grille
209 Decatur St., 525-1087
This restaurant bar next door to the House of Blues has occasional live music, a foosball table and screens NFL and college football games on its six large-screen TVs. The food menu features a red beans and rice burger, which you can enjoy accompanied by a beer and a shot for $13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu.
241 Bourbon St., 581-2410
Strap on your chaps and take a ride on the bucking mechanical bull or throw beads from one of the largest balconies on Bourbon Street. You can watch TV sports or dance to DJs nightly. Happy hour gets you three-for-one drinks. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: no. Happy hour 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri, noon-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Bourbon Pub and Parade
801 Bourbon St., 524-3788
The self-proclaimed largest gay bar in New Orleans is fun for everyone. Its philosophy about music is "if you can't hum it, we won't play it," and Thursday nights feature the So You Think You Can Sing? karaoke contest. The bar also hosts a drag king show (Tuesday), a pop music night (Friday) and drag queen performances (Wednesday and Sunday). Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
429 Decatur St., 522-5800
Flat-screen TVs show sporting events as well as the movie Forrest Gump. Trivia games and house music provide additional entertainment. The restaurant menu is available, including fresh fish, shrimp, salads, ribs and more. Favorite drinks include Lt. Dan's Pomegranate Punch and Bubba Gump's original sweet tea cooler. Open daily. No Smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
Cafe Lafitte in Exile
901 Bourbon St., 522-8397
Gay barA frequent haunt of writer Tennessee Williams back in the day, Cafe Lafitte In Exile claims the title of oldest gay bar in the U.S. With two floors of music and video, as well as an upstairs pool table and balcony overlooking Bourbon Street, this bar hosts karaoke on Wednesday and The Original Trash Disco on Sunday. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Cajun Mike's Pub
116 Baronne St., 566-0055
Restaurant barIt's a neighborhood bar with a passion for sports, offering cheap drinks all day Saturday and plenty of sports memorabilia to get you in the mood for watching games. Happy hour brings $2 domestics and wells, and $2.50 imports. Cuban sandwiches, red beans and other bar eats are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and all day Sat.
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 523-3341
Hotel barOne of New Orleans' most famous and elegant bars, drawing celebrities like Michael Jordan and Gregg Allman, the 25-seat bar rotates under a canopy of stars (there's even a periodic comet). The less adventurous can sit in stationary booths or at tables while enjoying original libations such as the Vieux Carre Cocktail or The Goody invented here. Open daily. No smoking.
Court of Two Sisters, 613 Royal St., 522-7261
Restaurant barLegend has it that if you touch the black iron Charm Gate as you enter this old-fashioned bar, you will have good luck. Whether or not that is true, you are sure to find drinks as classic as the dark wood and brick bar, including mint juleps, Bloody Marys and the signature Bayou Bash. Partake in the adjoining restaurant's daily jazz brunch buffet or order a la carte at night. Open daily. No smoking.
701 Bourbon St., 523-2788
Karaoke barYou can be a star at this karaoke bar with vermilion paw prints all over its yellow walls, or exercise your dance moves to MCs and DJs who perform daily. The Hurricane is the most popular drink, and you can enjoy one on a balcony patio overlooking Bourbon Street. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
300 Chartres St., 522-1708
There's a nautical theme to this neighborhood bar but no gimmicks, just cheap drinks, a good mix of tourists and locals, and a friendly atmosphere. Football games are shown on the TV, and a jukebox features retro tunes. Regular drink prices are akin to most bars' happy hour, with $2 draft beers, $3 well drinks and $4-6 call brands. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Dog friendly.
1201 Burgundy St., 522-9715
This laid-back watering hole is a gathering place for people who want to catch up over jukebox tunes, play trivia games, darts, pool or watch sports on TV. Tuesday and Thursday are service industry nights. Get $1 off draft beer until 7 p.m. Pizza, burgers and sandwiches are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu.
Coyote Ugly Saloon-New Orleans
225 N. Peters St., 561-0003
In January 2000, New Orleans transplant "Lil Spill" opened the French Quarter location of her chain of bars, made famous in an eponymous movie in 2000. You can count on raucous customers and pretty employees using their bodies as shot glasses and dancing on the bar. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., 522-0571
The French Quarter's only microbrewery creates five unique beers you can enjoy while listening to live jazz nightly (beginning at 6 p.m.). Innovative New Orleans cuisine is available. The historic building that houses the brewpub originally was a private residence, then a fur-processing plant. Restoration of the building won Crescent City Brewhouse a Vieux Carre City Council award for preservation. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, 921 Canal St., 524-1331
Grammy-nominated crooner and jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport plays early Thursday and early and late on Friday and Saturday with no cover charge. Order the signature Davenportini, a Sazerac, Ritz-Carlton Pimm's Cup (with fresh seasonal fruit) or a Ritz-Carlton martini (with gin and cucumber). Food comes from the adjoining M Bistro. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
Deja vu Bar & Gril
l400 Dauphine St., 523-1931
You can end your night here or start your morning with breakfast — it's always open and serving cheap drinks and food. All drinks are half-price during weekday happy hours, or get a $5 Absolute Bloody Mary Saturday and Sunday. There are seven draft beers — three of them craft beers — you can drink while watching sports, surfing the net or listening to music. Tuesday and Thursday nights feature an 8-ounce New York Strip with a side for $5.99. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The Dungeon and Front of the Dungeon
738 Toulouse St., 523-5530
Describing itself as a haunted house and a haven for rockers and metalheads, The Dungeon has four bars, two jukeboxes and DJs to help visitors rock out. The front bar screens sports and has video poker and a pool table. Thursday features two-for-one mixed drinks and half-price pitchers of draft beer from 10:30 p.m. until closing. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed. Food: no. Happy hour 10 p.m.-til closing Thu.
811 Conti St., 523-8619
An old-fashioned, fully stocked bar and friendly atmosphere makes this a comfortable neighborhood hangout for locals, musicians, service industry workers and tourists. The jukebox has a wide variety of classics and local music, and there's free Wi-Fi, sports on TV and video poker. Frozen Irish coffee, Guinness and other drinks are complemented by tater tots, cheese sticks and egg rolls. Look for late-night beer specials and "Wake Up and Live" specials from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
301 N. Peters St., 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 and $3 margaritas and $3.50 sangrias. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu.
Fritzel's Jazz Club
733 Bourbon St., 586-4800
Celebrating its 42nd anniversary this year, Fritzel's is a mecca for musicians and music lovers alike, with live traditional jazz music nightly. The most popular libations here are absinthe and Hurricanes, but one of its claims to fame is that it was the first bar in the U.S. to serve Jagermeister. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
727 Bourbon St., 523-1960
Aye! matey. You'll not find any brigands at this pirate's den, but you will find pirate-related decor and drinks that may shiver ye timbers, including Hand Grenades, Tropical Itches, Shark Attacks and Horny Gators. This blues music club features live performances, often by Big Al and the Blues Masters, daily. There is a patio. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour noon-8 p.m. most days.
914 N. Peters St., 595-3400
Visit on the last Sunday of any month, grab a sangria and test your groove during Tango night, or stop in for live music every Friday and Saturday. If you like wine, let sommelier Aaron Angelo recommend a vintage. Get $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Galvez's Sunday brunch, or get drink specials and $5 tapas during a daily happy hour, as well as specials during Saints and LSU games. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour daily.
Good Friends Bar
740 Dauphine St., 566-7191
"Snappy casual" is the dress code at this Quarter gay hangout favorite, which features two stories of bars and a wraparound balcony (the VIP viewing stand for the annual Krewe of Barkus). Tuesday nights are for karaoke, and piano sing-alongs are held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Good Friends draws a big crowd for all Saints games. Try a "separator" — the house special tastes like a frozen milkshake and packs a serious kick. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Thu., 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
The Green Bar
Westin Canal Place, 100 Iberville St., 11th-floor lobby, 566-7006
Take a seat at the round bar and look out over downtown New Orleans from 11 stories up while you sip a signature Bubbly Martini made from citrus vodka and Champagne or the equally popular cucumber Bloody Mary, a spicy drink that uses both cucumber-infused vodka and pepper vodka. Make your own liquid meal on Saturdays and Sundays, when you can dress your own Bloody Mary with everything from spicy green beans and pickled okra to prosciutto-wrapped melon and a variety of meats and cheeses. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
808 Bienville St., 581-3467
With its extensive wine list — more than 100 labels, 60 of them available by the glass — the bar has earned Wine Spectator magazine's Award of Excellence every year from 2002 to 2011. And executive chef Tenney Flynn's daily menus of fresh, seasonal seafood secured GW Fins a spot in Esquire's list of the top 20 restaurants in America. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
Hard Rock Cafe
418 N. Peters St., 529-5617
There is plenty to look at in this restaurant and bar dedicated to rock 'n' roll. Examine signed mementos and memorabilia ranging from guitars owned by stars to their costumes and lots of photographs. Music videos play constantly on strategically placed screens. There are seasonal drink specials, and the restaurant's classic American menu is available. Open daily. Smoking: balcony patio only.
725 St. Louis St., 581-4422
Opened by Antoine's restaurant in 2009, the grandeur of the restaurant's classic dining rooms extends into the Hermes Bar. The ambience is sophisticated, with bow-tied bartenders, but it isn't stuffy. Watch TV or come for live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. The bar is known for classic New Orleans drinks like the Sazerac, sidecar and Pimm's Cup. The menu features a signature oyster Foch po-boy, oysters Rockefeller and more. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sun.
309 Decatur St., 943-1101
Of course, 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 and there are drink specials for women. Open Thu.-Sat. Smoking allowed.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St., 310-4999
Designed with the ambience of an old Southern Delta juke joint, this club features local, national and international bands and a gospel brunch on Sunday in the music hall. Bands play in the main venue downstairs and The Parish, a smaller room upstairs, with bars open only when music plays. Other times, you can drink in the restaurant or the courtyard and explore the 268 pieces of folk art hanging on the walls. Open daily. Smoking: patio only.
Huck Finn's Cafe
135 Decatur St., 529-8600
When he's not out finding adventure on the Mississippi River, Huck Finn hosts Saints game watching parties with almost wall-to-wall plasma-screen TVs, Black & Gold shots and other drink specials. Try the bar's signature Gator Bite cocktail, or go for the $1 drafts during happy hour. Seafood and Cajun cuisine is on the menu. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
321 N. Peters St., 299-3944
Craft cocktails are made with homemade liquors, juices, syrups and infusions. Enjoy them on the patio or sit at the bar, where you also can order small plates or choose from the full restaurant menu. The most popular drink is the Holy Water, made with coconut shoju, sake, Thai basil, coconut-carrot foam, mango Steen bitters and smoked salt. Open Mon. and Wed.-Sat. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu.
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
300 Bourbon St., 553-2299
Celebrate a good day at work — or recover from a bad one — with the daily Five at $5 special featuring a menu of drinks and appetizers to mix and match. The real draw is the live jazz staged nightly with musicians and the Grammy-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Popular drinks include a pomegranate mango martini, cucumber basil margarita and pear flower martini. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Food: bar menu.
Jax Brewery Bistro Bar
620 Decatur St., 333-6914
Heavy beams and exposed brickwork frame this bar with views and a patio overlooking the Mississippi River. Patrons also can watch sports on 13 large-screen TVs, and buckets of iced domestic beers are $10 during Saints and LSU games. Specials include ladies' night on Fridays from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. with $2 martinis and $3 flavored vodka drinks. The kitchen serves a menu of seafood, steaks, burgers, po-boys, salads and soup. Open Wed.-Mon. Smoking on the patio.
Jazz Parlor Saloon
125 Bourbon St., 586-9022
Evoking New Orleans' famed Storyville with its decor, this music club books blues and jazz bands nightly, including regulars Brian Lee and Benny Turner. Get three-for-one cocktails during happy hour. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe
1104 Decatur St., 592-2565
Free live music is performed daily at Jimmy Buffett's two-story restaurant/bar. Daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. features $2 Land Shark Lager drafts, $2.50 well drinks, $3 wine and $4 Hurricanes and mojitos. Patrons can order from a menu inspired by Gulf Coast cooking. Open daily. No smoking.
Johnny White's Bar
733 St. Peter St., 525-3197
Established in 1969, this neighborhood bar never closes. Take advantage of $2 Miller High Lifes during happy hour Sunday through Thursday, and $5 Bloody Marys any time. Watch sports on TV, play trivia games, listen to the jukebox or pet the dogs that frequent the bar with their owners. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. Food: no. Happy hour Sun.-Thu.
Johnny White's Hole in the Wall Bar
718 Bourbon St., 568-9803
Locals and tourists alike wander in to this dog-friendly bar, which offers cheap drinks — Bloody Marys are $5 all the time, and Miller High Lifes are $2 during liberal Happy hour. Food is available from Johnny White's Pub and Grill upstairs. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour Sun.-Thu.
Kerry Irish Pub
331 Decatur St., 527-5954
As with any Irish pub, there's plenty of Harp and Guinness on tap at Kerry, and it also has Smithwick's ale and cider on draft. The bar has carved out a niche with its nightly live entertainment schedule, featuring a mix of folk and roots music with Irish bands typically filling two nights per week. There's a jukebox for when the stage is empty, and there's a pool table as well. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar
941 Bourbon St., 593-9761
Built in the early 1700s and boasting it is the oldest bar in the United States, Lafitte's is frequented by ghost tours, pirate lovers and neighborhood regulars. Legend has it that in the early 19th century, pirate Jean Lafitte and his brother Pierre used the bar to fence their ill-gotten goods. Today it houses a piano bar and offers a full bar and a patio. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Little Tropical Isle
435 Bourbon St., 525-1689
This is a smaller version of its sister bar (Tropical Isle Original), with an upscale twist. There is live music daily from 4:30 p.m. until closing, or patrons can imbibe in the French Quarter courtyard. Popular drinks are the Tropical Itch, Shark Attack, Horny Gator and Hand Grenade. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Molly's at the Market
1107 Decatur St., 525-5169
This lower Decatur Street hangout is both a New Orleans newspaperman museum and a bastion of local Irish artifacts. The bar's Halloween and St. Patrick's Day parades make it a go-to spot for those holidays, and when the front bar is full, there's another in the back — as well as a kitchen slinging fried bar snacks and burgers. Open daily till 6 a.m. Smoking allowed.
Morton's Bar 12.21
Morton's The Steakhouse, 365 Canal St., 566-0221
The recently expanded bar at this classic Chicago-style steak house has booths for cozy conversation or high-top tables for shorter stays. Both a small-plates bar menu and the restaurant's full menu of steaks, salad, side dishes and dessert. Popular drinks include Spa-Tinis, which are in under 200 calories, the bar's signature Mortini and selections from Morton's award-winning wine cellar. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close Sun.-Fri.
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St., 524-9752
Savor the historic, quintessential 19th century New Orleans ambience and try the house specialty Pimms cup, a British gin- and lemonade-based drink with a cucumber garnish. Sit in the front bar and watch French Quarter passersby or choose the more intimate courtyard and imagine our city fathers scheming to rescue Napoleon Bonaparte from exile and bring him to New Orleans. The bar is known for its muffuletta and po-boys. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu.
734 Bourbon St., 575-9789
True Blood shots, mojitos and $3 martinis are the most popular drinks served at this French Quarter martini bar. DJs spinning music, free Wi-Fi, sports and music videos provide entertainment. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour noon-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and noon- 11 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
One Eyed Jacks
615 Toulouse St., 569-8361
The red velour-meets-Goth parlor bar — flanked by a vintage Playboy pinball machine and glowing bottles of booze — serves as the appetizer for the inside stage, where another bar lubricates the dance floor. Fast Times '80s Night is 10 p.m. Thursday, and the venue regularly hosts local and touring indie rock and metal mammoths. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930
Choose from a list of 75 wines by the glass or more than 250 different bottles at this wine bar near Preservation Hall. There's a player piano to add ambience, and a lovely courtyard for soaking in the French Quarter atmosphere. The menu includes locally inspired cuisine. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio/sidewalk tables.
800 Bourbon St., 593-9491
Gay dance club
With bass-pumping speakers, flickering light shows, a top-notch roster of celebrated drag queens and other performing acts and a jumpin' dance floor, Oz sets the bar for gay dance clubs (or straight ones, for that matter). Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m-8 p.m. daily.
718 St. Peter St., 525-4823
This famous French Quarter spot isn't just for tourists, though you may want to leave the signature Hurricane to out-of-towners. For casual or romantic ambience, there's a courtyard with a flaming fountain, or step inside the piano bar or a lounge with a jukebox. Saints fans get free hot dogs before games and $2 beer specials before and up to an hour after the game. American, Creole and Cajun cuisine available. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Patrick's Bar Vin
730 Bienville St., 200-3180
Under the guidance of veteran New Orleans maitre'd Patrick Van Hoorebeek, who manages this wine bar, the wine list is varied and carefully selected, and can be paired with cheese and charcuterie boards or small plates from a menu developed by Louis XVI Restaurant executive chef Agnes Belle. There also are Belgian beers and signature cocktails including Angella Kisses (Champagne shots), the Halle Berry, the James Bond, the St. Germain cocktail and more, which can be enjoyed in a private courtyard. Open Tue.-Sun. Food: small plates.
1113 Decatur St., 581-1112
Step into pre-Revolutionary Russia (Pravda means "truth" in Russian) at this comfortable lounge dominated by red decor, chandeliers and walls plastered with early Soviet propaganda. There's also a large courtyard with a fountain and pond. The drink menu includes one of the largest absinthe selections around and more than 50 types of vodka. Opens at 7 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 2 p.m. Thu.-Sun. Smoking allowed. Food: Thurs.-Sun. 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. Free Wi-Fi. Dog friendly.
740 Burgundy St., 525-8106
Kick-start weekend mornings with $3.50 Jameson Irish coffee or a $6 spicy Bloody Mary at this French Quarter leather bar. Bring your own meat from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, and the bar will supply a salad and baked potato. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.- Fri. and 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
The Recovery Room
533 Toulouse St., (718) 908-9241
It's a tasteful place to party at night amid a diverse art collection, comfortable seating and decor in rich earth tones. Return by day to recover from the night before with the bar's specialty cocktail menu of drinks (with or without the hair of the dog). The Mexican fusion menu includes a grilled Mexican pizza and sauteed tilapia tacos. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu.
Rita's Tequila House
419 Bourbon St., 298-8227
There are more than 135 tequilas available, displayed on shelves with blue backlighting. Fajitas, yucca fries and other Tex-Mex specialties made with fresh ingredients are cooked to order over mesquite. Enjoy them in a lively atmosphere inside or in the courtyard. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
339 Chartres St., 587-0990
Serving the official pizza of the New Orleans Saints, this restaurant bar also has something special for fans: all-day Happy hour with changing daily specials. Most days feature beer specials, but Wednesday offers $4 double wells and Friday $6 double call brands. A menu of pizza, calzones, pasta, sandwiches and salads is available and there are daily lunch specials. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Food: restaurant menu.
416 Bourbon St., 525-0999
DJs provide the music at this gentlemen's/dance club, which also has video poker and a pool table. Beer, wine and a full range of liquor are available. Girls dance on stage in bikinis or topless. There sometimes is a cover charge or drink minimum. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Somethin Else Cafe
620 Conti St., 373-6439
Bring your dog to the patio and soak in the French Quarter atmosphere or go inside and surf the web or 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: patio only. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
325 Bourbon St., 527-0825
A neon stiletto marks the spot for this adult entertainment dance club with music provided by DJs. Topless dancers are the main attraction, and there are Champagne rooms in the courtyard, as well as a wine loft, video poker and VIP suites. Open 7 p.m. daily. Smoking allowed.
516 Bourbon St., 523-3800
If you're feeling adventurous, take a ride on the mechanical "thang" in the balcony bar, or sip cocktails in the large courtyard. Test your dancing skills to live music staged on weeknights. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: no.
625 Chartres St., 265-8123
A mishmash of Old World-ambience (a courtyard and colonial-inspired decor nod to the French Quarter location's history) and new-school culinary trends (craft cocktails and unorthodox menu pairings, like Veuve Clicquot and hand-cut fries, abound) have created quite a buzz for this new bar and bistro. A full menu of classic American entrees with Italian, French and Southern twists is available. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
1000 Bienville St., 523-4111
There are TVs for watching sports, a jukebox, free Wi-Fi and video poker. Tango's has two happy hours each night when $2 beers and well drinks can be purchased. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7p.m. and 1 a.m.-close daily.
Three Legged Dog
400 Burgundy St., 412-8335
Serious sports fans appreciate the 12-foot TV, and there's a 52-inch high-definition Golden Tee for gamers. You can get two-for-one drinks all day to get you warmed up for trivia games, darts and video poker. Burgers, smoked ribs and brisket, tacos and more are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu.
Tropical Isle Bayou Club
610 Bourbon St., 529-1702
This music club features live zydeco music every night starting at 5 p.m. (1 p.m. Friday through Sunday). Check out specialty drinks like the Hand Grenade, Shark Attack, Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Tropical Isle Original
600 Bourbon St., 529-1702
Live music starts early here — at 1 p.m. daily — and continues until closing. The bar invites song requests via a pneumatic tube like a bank drive-up window. There are sports broadcasts on big screen TVs and trivia games to challenge your brain. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Tubby's Golden Lantern
1239 Royal St., 529-2860
The Golden Lantern sits on the beginning spot of the annual Southern Decadence parade route, and the bar hosts a drag show every Saturday. Other weekly events include bingo with Sister Mary Isawhore on Thursday and line dancing lessons on Wednesday's country night. Patrons can also enjoy trivia games, free Wi-Fi, and the bar is dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour noon-3 a.m. Mon.-Tue. and 8 a.m.-3 a.m. Wed.-Sun.
Turtle Bay Food & Spirits
615 Bourbon St., 524-6014; 1119 Decatur St., 586-0563
This pair of bars is friendly to sports fans, and there is a 10-foot projection screen at the Bourbon Street location. The Decatur Street bar has 25 beers on tap and a courtyard for visiting with friends. Popular drinks include Turtle Bay tea, the Turtle Bay basher and pink lemonade. For food options, choose from pizza, steaks, burgers, nachos, wings and more. Open 24 hours Thu.-Sun. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Vive! at Hotel Le Marais
717 Conti St., 525-2300
This low-key neon bar has a modern look with LED lighting and features an array of signature cocktails. There's a heated pool and seating in the courtyard, and $5 martinis from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays. Open daily. No smoking.