Free red beans and rice on Mondays used to be an institution at many local watering holes, but some places have expanded on the old favorite. Here are a few spots offering something extra to complement bar offerings.
Handsome Willy's (218 S. Robertson St., 525-0377; www.handsomewillys.com)
Get a free dinner (steak tacos, fried pork chops, burgers and brisket are in the rotation) every Friday during happy hour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funkiest former brothel in town.
The Maison (508 Frenchmen St., 371-5543; www.maisonfrenchmen.com)
Maison grills up free barbecue every Thursday at 7 p.m., inviting patrons to protein-load before hitting the dance floor.
Mick's Irish Pub (4801 Bienville St., 482-9113; www.mickspub.com)
Red beans and rice are what's for dinner every Monday night at Mick's. Anything from hot dogs to chicken pot pie might be on the Mid-City bar's free lunch menu Tuesday through Friday. On weekends, you're on your own.
Pal's Lounge (949 N. Rendon St., 488-7257)
Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays at roughly 6 p.m., Pal's dishes up free red beans and rice, hot wings and pasta, respectively.
Rendezvous Tavern (3101 Magazine St., 891-1777)
Spicy chicken curry and vegetarian fare from Nirvana Indian Cuisine are free every Sunday afternoon and provide a flavorful counterpoint to cold brews.
Yellow Moon Bar (800 France St., 944-0441; www.yellowmoonbar.com)
Bring your finger-snapping and your appetite to poetry night on Wednesdays, when the Yellow Moon owners cook up chicken, spaghetti, salads and more to serve as the cornerstone for a potluck dinner.