La Louisiane, 725 Iberville St., (504) 378-7330; www.21st amendmentnola.com
Step into this bar and feel the ambience of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, with Tommy guns and framed photos of mobsters covering the walls inside an 1880s building. The Canned Heat cocktail combines basil, jalapeno-bell pepper tequila, ginger liquor and lime. There's live traditional jazz Wednesday through Saturday nights. Happy hour includes $4 house wine, $3 domestics and $5 well drinks. Open daily. No smoking. No food. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. daily.
1123 Decatur St., (504) 523-7177
Get a beer and a shot for $5 before sidling up to video poker or listening to spontaneous live music. The grizzled open-all-hours dive is dog-friendly, and photos of patrons past and present line its walls. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Alibi Bar & Grill
811 Iberville St., (504) 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com
The Alibi is the stuff of late-night legend (and Playboy magazine accolades) for its festive mix of service-industry workers, strippers and colorful regulars that gather for burgers, stiff drinks and an extensive international beer list that goes from Guinness to hard-to-find German brews to Thailand's Singha. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
American Sports Saloon
1200 Decatur St., (504) 300-1782; www.theassbar.com
The saloon says it has the largest balcony in the French Quarter, a good place to people-watch while trying the signature Strong-Ass cocktail. The bar offers game nights, wing specials and lots of big-screen TVs. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Attiki Bar and Grill
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com
Sip a basil gimlet or the popular raspberry truffle (Champagne with raspberry, flaming arak, Bouchard wine and chocolate wine) while watching belly dancers on Friday and Saturday. The bar also has wines from around the world, martinis and beer, as well as a hookah bar and a menu of Mediterranean food. Open daily. Hookah smoking only. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
1207 Decatur St., (504) 680-8454
Dive BarWith the exception of a few tiki-related items, this dive bar is more Halloween-themed than tiki-themed. Guests enjoy playing the classic jukebox, video poker and drinking no-frills drinks like straight shots and PBR cans on ice for $2.25. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Backspace Bar & Kitchen
139 Chartres St., (504) 322-2245; www.backspacenola.com; @backspacenola
Original craft cocktails such as Death in the Afternoon's lovingly lethal blend of Champagne and absinthe have a literary theme, as do some of the menu items, like the Hemmingway Cuban sandwich and Whitman roast beef. Daily specials include $3 Abita Amber and Blue Moon drafts and $4 house wine. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
820 N. Rampart St., (504) 324-6045; www.bartonique.com; @bartonique
Behind an unremarkable facade on the edge of the French Quarter is this lounge with a large U-shaped bar, some banquette seating and an extensive menu of classic and original cocktails. The bar uses house-made tonic water, juices and syrups in its drinks, and there is a wide selection of premium spirits and beers. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Hyatt French Quarter, 800 Iberville St., (504) 565-4572; www.frenchquarter.hyatt.com
This hotel bar is known for artisan whiskey, bourbon infusions and barrel and flask service, but it also offers a full line of handcrafted cocktails and local spirits. A popular drink is the bacon-bourbon Manhattan. Shared plates and entrees are available. Each week there's one specialty drink served for $7 during happy hour. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Beach on Bourbon
227 Bourbon St., (504) 522-9764; www.beachonbourbon.com; @beachonbourbon
Beach on Bourbon caters to sports fans by day and becomes a high-energy dance club by night, complete with glow sticks and elaborate mixed drinks. The bar has one of the largest dance floors on Bourbon Street and often stages live music. A brick courtyard features a flaming fountain. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29
Bienville House Hotel, 321 N. Peters St., (504) 609-3811; www.latitude29nola.com; @latitude29_no
The restaurant bar in the Bienville House Hotel brings the beach to the French Quarter with mai tais, zombies and other tropical concoctions. Patrons can soak up tiki decor inside or head to the patio area. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
410 Bourbon St., (504) 524-9630; www.beerfestnola.com
Draft beer is the specialty here, and there are 72 ice-cold taps with a variety of brands from which to choose. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Belli Baci Lounge
117 Decatur St., (504) 529-2154; www.cafegiovanni.com
This upscale lounge offers martinis, cocktails and Italian-style tapas. Opera singers from the adjoining Cafe Giovanni occasionally drop in for an aria. Drink specials include the Belli Baci Martini. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Big Mama's Lounge
229 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans; www.facebook.com/bigmamaslounge; @BigMamasLounge
The bar offers free live music by local bands on Friday and Saturday, open-mic comedy on Tuesday and the All Star Comedy Revue on Thursday. All shows start at 8 p.m. People also come for cheap drinks, craft cocktails like the popular Dark and Stormy and a bar menu of Irish nachos, grilled cheese, wings and more. Open Thu.-Sat. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Maison Dupuy, 1001 Toulouse St., (504) 586-8000; www.maisondupuy.com/bistreaux; @maisondupuy
rMurals of Impressionistic art accent the elegance of the Maison Dupuy's casual-concept restaurant and bar, which offers live music by singer-songwriters such as Aaron Lopez-Barrantes. The bar features 12 specialty cocktails and classic New Orleans drinks like the Pimm's cup and Sazerac. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
301 Dauphine St., (504) 586-0972; www.thebombayclub.com
This longtime French Quarter favorite for cocktails, piano music and small plates has been closed for renovation, but is scheduled to reopen in December.
Bourbon Bad Boys
632 Bourbon St., (504) 442-3223; www.bourbonbadboys.com; @BourbonBadBoys
Bourbon Bad Boys features an all-male revue, a variety of drink options and a DJ to keep the party going. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
241 Bourbon St., (504) 581-2410; www.bourboncowboy.com; @bourboncowboyno
In addition to its famous mechanical bull rides, this Western-themed bar and honky-tonk saloon also offers sports fans a place to watch the game. The balcony offers a prime vantage point for people-watching, and the bar offers three-for-one happy hours and $3 tooters. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
711 Bourbon St., (504) 324-4669; www.711bourbonheat.com; @bourbonheat
The dog-friendly bar offers something for everyone, with a low-key courtyard for drinking and dining, an indoor bar that fills up after dark and an upstairs dance club with DJs spinning tunes. Warm up for the dance floor with The Heat, made with Malibu Red and fruit juices. Thursday is ladies night (until 4 a.m.). Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com; @bourbonhouse
The bar at this seafood restaurant specializes in small-batch and single-barrel bourbons and uses them in cocktails including a frozen bourbon milk punch. Oysters are $1 each, with specially priced glasses of white wine or Abita Amber for $3. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Bourbon O Bar
730 Bourbon St., (504) 571-4685; www.bourbono.com
Mixologist Steven Lemley serves hand-crafted cocktails, house-made ginger beer, warm apple cider and more. There's live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday, and bar food is available Tuesday through Saturday. Bar director Cheryl Charming has published several cocktail-themed books. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
Bourbon Pub & Parade
801 Bourbon St., (504) 529-2107; www.bourbonpub.com; @bourbonpub
The balcony at this high-energy gay dance club is among the best people-watching spots on Bourbon Street. There's karaoke on Thursday and drag shows on Sunday. The bar is dog-friendly (during the day) and bartenders keep treats on hand for canine guests. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 5 a.m.-1 p.m. daily.
The Burgundy Bar
931 Canal St., (504) 522-5400; www.theburgundybar.com
Rich, dark woods, bordello-inspired decorative accents and plenty of seating invite patrons to linger over craft cocktails from the bar's Seven Deadly Sins Cocktail Collection, including Greed, a mango- and jalapeno-based drink; and Lust, a Champagne cocktail with rose water and wild hibiscus. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Cafe Lafitte in Exile
901 Bourbon St., (504) 522-8397; www.lafittes.com; @cafelafitte
With a spacious balcony overlooking a corner at the epicenter of local gay culture, Cafe Lafitte in Exile is a destination for those looking to enjoy conversation over cocktails, dance until dawn during Trash Disco on Sunday or enjoy its popular bloody marys. Tuesday means karaoke from 9 p.m. to midnight, and service industry nights are Monday and Thursday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-9 p.m. & 5 a.m.-1 p.m. daily.
Cane & Table
1113 Decatur St., 504-581-1112; www.caneandtablenola.com; @caneandtable
This lower Decatur Street newcomer's elegant interpretation of classic Quarter charm is a fitting home for a food menu as adventurous-yet-timeless as its array of original cocktails. In addition to libations featuring house-made spiced rum, original cocktails include the popular In the New Moon's Arms, a bourbon drink with notes of banana and cloves complemented by almonds. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Carousel Bar & Lounge
214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com; @carouselbar
This classic bar in the Hotel Monteleone is New Orleans' only revolving bar (yes, it's a carousel, but the only animals are carved on the chairs) and has attracted celebrities for decades. Local singers and musicians play the piano, and bartenders mix classic cocktails such as the Sazerac. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Carriageway Bar at Court of Two Sisters
613 Royal St., (504) 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com
The old-style bar is located in the historic Court of Two Sisters restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter and offers signature drinks such as the chilled Two Sisters Toddy and the Bayou Bash, which mixes Southern Comfort, fruit juices and red wine for a cocktail that won an award from Culinary Concierge Magazine. A menu of small plates is available beginning at 5 p.m. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
701 Bourbon St., (504) 523-2788; www.catskaraoke.com; @catskaraoke
Now in its 25th year, Cat's Meow has seen the rise, fall and rebirth of karaoke's popularity with little to no change in its successful formula for a packed dance floor of rowdy partygoers and those who want to hold the mic and feel like a star. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
411 Bourbon St., (504) 523-2121; www.centerfoldsneworleans.com
Featuring Champagne and bottle service, Centerfolds offers adult entertainment, women dancers on a main stage, VIP areas, full service bars, billiards and hookahs. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
300 Chartres St., (504) 522-1708
With a laid-back atmosphere, professional but unpretentious bartenders and an overall no-frills approach, the Chart Room has long been a locals' oasis in the middle of a touristy section of the Quarter. Having one of the city's best jukeboxes — featuring local favorites from James Booker to Honey Island Swamp Band — doesn't hurt. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
601 Chartres St., (504) 586-8383; www.chartreshouse.com; @chartreshouse
Whether looking to relax after a day's work or energize with Creole or Southern comfort food before a night of revelry, Chartres House offers a wide variety of beers, from international ales to regional favorites such as Bayou Teche, Lazy Magnolia, Abita and Tin Roof. For cocktails, local classics such as bloody marys and Sazeracs are popular options. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Claire's Pour House
233 Decatur St., (504) 558-8980
The alcohol is always pouring here, with $4 well drinks, $2.50 PBRs and Miller High Lifes, wines by the glass and three dozen types of beer. Patrons get a free shot every time the New Orleans Saints score a touchdown. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
1109 Decatur St., (504) 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net
Restaurant BarWhile the line outside of Coop's is typically for those looking to sample its signature Cajun fare, such as the rabbit and sausage jambalaya, Coop's bartenders are their own attraction, serving sass along with regional beers, wines and cocktails. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Copper Monkey Bar & Grill
725 Conti St., (504) 527-0869; www.coppermonkeygrill.com
A seemingly forever-festive cast of Quarter characters sidle up to the bar here to drink anything from absinthe to a local microbrew and eat anything from BLTs to house-original "Monkey Buns," banana-filled beignets topped with powdered sugar. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
Cosimo's French Quarter Bar
1201 Burgundy St., (504) 522-9715; www.cosimosbar.com
This old-school New Orleans bar has a neighborhood hangout atmosphere with darts, pool, free Wi-Fi and more. Pizza and bar fare are available. Beer and a full range of cocktails are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour open-7 p.m. daily.
Coyote Ugly Saloon
225 N. Peters St., (504) 561-0003; www.coyoteuglysaloon.com/neworleans; @coyotelil
French Quarter partiers enjoy a variety of daily drink specials from foxy bartenders — just don't order a water or you will get sprayed. There's a Kegs-and-Eggs special with a $5 breakfast buffet, $2 drink specials and a ride to New Orleans Saints Sunday noon home games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com
The French Quarter's only brewpub offers live jazz every night, house-brewed beers and a variety of New Orleans-style dishes. Featured brews include the malty Black Forest, Vienna-style Red Stallion, light Old World pilsner, golden Weiss beer and a specialty brew each month. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Crossroads at House of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans/crossroads; @hobnola
Comedy shows, live music and karaoke (with a live band providing music) make up specialty nights at this restaurant, which offers eye candy with a wealth of folk art, along with drinks including the popular Insane Hurricane. There's also a gospel brunch on Sunday. Diners who eat here before a concert get to "pass the line" to get into the event. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Daisy Dukes Seafood Market and Bar
121 Chartres St., (504) 561-5171; 123 Carondelet St., (504) 522-2233; 5209 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 883-5513; www.daisydukesrestaurant.com
See CBD/Warehouse District for restaurant description.
Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, 921 Canal St., (504) 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com
With a wine and cocktail list fitting its upscale Ritz-Carlton home, the Davenport Lounge transitions from afternoon tea (1 p.m.-3 p.m.) into a swanky nightclub named in honor of smooth-jazz crooner and trumpet player Jeremy Davenport, who performs regularly, with sets starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The bar offers a large wine list, and shared plates, sandwiches, flatbreads and more are available. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m. daily.
841 Iberville St., (504) 581-1316; www.deanies.com
A longtime favorite seafood purveyor of locals, Deanie's dinner menu includes dishes like boiled crabs, shrimp remoulade, fried calamari and seafood done most ways. Popular drinks include a hurricane and Deanie's signature Voodoo Juice. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Deja Vu Bar & Grill
400 Dauphine St., (504) 523-1931; www.dejavunola.com
This 24/7 bar and restaurant is popular with service industry workers looking for a cheap post-shift drink and revelers looking for a meal (the kitchen never closes). Bloody marys are $5 and come with a souvenir cup. Tuesday and Thursday are steak nights — an 8-ounce New York strip and side for $6.99, starting at 6 p.m. — and Monday night features fried chicken and red beans and rice. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Deja Vu Showgirls
226 Bourbon St., (504) 525-5801; www.dejavuneworleans.com
There are three main stages for live entertainment, plus a VIP lounge, a private bar and a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street. Champagne is available by the glass. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap
132 Royal St., (504) 309-4797; www.olesaint.com; @olesaintnola
Memorabilia from former New Orleans Saint Deuce McAllister's football career with the Saints and at Ole Miss decorates the interior of this bar inside the Wyndham New Orleans hotel. Ole Saint features a large selection of local, regional and national craft beers and serves Southern coastal cuisine. Wednesday is Service Industry Night, with two-for-one draft beers and $1 off bottle beer, cocktails and glasses of wine. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
716 Iberville St., (504) 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com; @dbsteakhouse
The swanky bar is separate from the restaurant and has a clubby ambience. Get $5 craft cocktails and small plates (the menu changes weekly) during daily happy hours or order from the restaurant menu. The popular Irish Channel combines Kilbeggan whiskey, sweet vermouth, house-made cinnamon simple syrup and apple bitters. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Broussard's Restaurant, 819 Conti St., (504) 581-3866; www.broussards.com; @nolabroussards
The Empire Bar is an elegant place to sip bartender Paul Gustings' Improved Pimm's cup and sample the Creole-French cuisine prepared by Broussard's Restaurant. Nods to Napoleon dot the cocktail menu (the Napoleon Complex is popular), while an adjoining courtyard provides a view of the French Quarter rarely seen from the street. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
811 Conti St., (504) 522-3573; www.erinrosebar.com
Erin Rose keeps Quarterites and visitors going with its 10 a.m. "wake up and live" happy hour. Spin the Wheel O' Deal during the New Orleans Saints games for chances to win prizes. The bar's frozen Irish coffee is a specialty. Killer Poboys, located in the back, offers food Wednesday through Sunday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.
Fais Deaux Deaux
325 1/2, 327 1/2, 411, 420 and 632 Bourbon St.; @faisdeauxdeaux
Patrons of the five Bourbon Street watering holes in the The Fais Deaux Deaux family can get $3 beers and drinks to go. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
1136 Decatur St., (504) 553-2155; www.fiorellasnola.com
There are two patios and a balcony for enjoying drinks in the fresh air, and the restaurant serves Italian, American and Cajun cuisine. The hurricane is one of the most popular drinks. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
813 Bienville St., (504) 523¬5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com
French 75 specializes in authentic New Orleans cocktails and has an upscale but comfortable ambience. Both GQ and Esquire magazines have named the French 75 one of the best bars in the country. Patrons can order dishes from a special bar menu or Arnaud's main dinner menu. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
The Funky Pirate
727 Bourbon St., (504) 523-1960; www.tropicalisle.com
Part of the Tropical Isle brand of bars in New Orleans, The Funky Pirate offers live blues performances and stiff drinks, including the Hand Grenade and Tropical Itch. Big Al Carson & the Blues Masters play daily, and other musicians also perform. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
209 Bourbon St., (504) 335-3932; www.galatoires33barandsteak.com
Cocktails and traditional steak house fare are the specialties at this elegant restaurant and bar in a restored historic building. Preferred cocktails include Sazeracs, old fashioneds and brandy milk punches. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
1016 Decatur St., 504-525-8899; www.gazebocafenola.com
With the sounds of traditional New Orleans jazz wafting through this shaded space on the edge of the French Market, Gazebo Cafe offers a variety of drinks to enjoy at your table or to go, including its popular ice cream daiquiris, which come in flavors from White Russian to strawberry. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
Gold Mine Saloon
701 Dauphine St., (504) 586-0745; www.goldminesaloon.net
While some may hit this storied spot for an array of vintage video games or the Thursday night poetry reading series, for most, Gold Mine is the place to dance late into the night on weekends. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
1239 Royal St., 504-529-2860
A far cry from the booming sounds and wild crowds at many other gay bars in the neighborhood, Golden Lantern offers a laid-back neighborhood atmosphere, complete with a killer jukebox, colorful regulars and delicious bloody marys. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Good Friends Bar & Queens Head Pub
740 Dauphine St., (504) 566-7191; www.goodfriendsbar.com
Good Friends has balcony seating, four 42-inch flatscreens for watching sports, billiards and shuffleboard. There's also karaoke, piano singalongs 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday and more. The ice cream-based Separator is the signature cocktail. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Hard Rock Cafe
125 Bourbon St., (504) 529-5617; www.hardrock.com/cafes/new-orleans
The rock 'n' roll-themed international chain restaurant's new Bourbon Street location offers live music, open-mic nights, karaoke and a varied food menu. Signature drinks include the Hard Rock hurricane and Hard Rock red berry press. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422; www.antoines.com/hermes-bar.html
Occupying one of Antoine's former dining rooms, Hermes serves mixed drinks, fine wines and other libations. Lunch features 25-cent cocktails with the purchase of the lunch special or an a la carte entree. Patrons can also order escargot, gumbo Creole and more around the block at Antoine's. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310¬4999; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans
The music club features live performances throughout the week and comedy shows on Tuesday and Thursday. Gospel brunch every Sunday includes live gospel music, an all-you-can-eat buffet and bottomless mimosas. There are several venues within the club, such as the Voodoo Garden patio, The Parish and the exclusive Foundation Room. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Ice House Bar
Hotel Provincial, 1024 Chartres St., (504) 581-4995; www.hotelprovincial.com
The upscale bar adjacent to the lobby of the Hotel Provincial serves classic New Orleans cocktails including Sazeracs, hurricanes and bloody marys, as well as beer, wine and more. Open daily. No smoking. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2299; www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans
Award-winning New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield lends his name to this cozy Bourbon Street club inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Cocktails, including the house favorite Almond Delight, are $5 until 7 p.m. on weeknights. The playhouse hosts live jazz performances nightly. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour open-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar
620 Decatur St., (504) 333-6914; www.jaxnola.com; @jaxnola
The bistro bar turns into a nightclub and dancing hot spot every Friday and Saturday night. Patrons can choose the main room, an intimate patio area, the Decatur bar or mezzanine lounges. The bar has a large selection of local craft beers and hosts sports-viewing parties, live entertainment, holiday bashes and more. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Jester Mardi Gras Daiquiris
200, 401 and 619 Bourbon St., (504) 581-6665; www.mardigrasdaiquiris.com
The namesake daiquiri is made with strawberry kiwi, Everclear and 151 dark rum — and is bright green. It's served in a souvenir cup. The local owners call it "the world's strongest drink." There's also video poker and pizza by the slice. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
141 Chartres St., (504) 524-0493; www.thejimani.com
This late-night haunt is "home of the mysterious mixer drink" and draws not-so-late-night sports fans who come to watch the New Orleans Saints or a UFC match on TV. There's a full food menu and daily specials for the service industry. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe
1104 Decatur St., (504) 592-2565; www.margaritavilleneworleans.com; @margaritaville
Looking for your lost shaker of salt? Find it here, along with a huge selection of tropical libations, live music and fellow Parrotheads scanning the restaurant in hopes of spotting its namesake owner, who is a New Orleans Saints fan and occasional visitor to the restaurant. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m. daily.
Jimmy J's Cafe
115 Chartres St., (504) 309-9360; www.jimmyjscafe.com
The Jimmy J's hurricane is a favored drink here. The restaurant offers breakfast dishes, like eggs ranchero and seafood omelettes, all day and night. It also has a varied menu of po-boys, salads, burritos, burgers and desserts. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Johnny White's Bar
733 St. Peter St., (504) 371-5411; www.johnnywhitesfrenchquarter.com
The St. Peter Street location of this French Quarter stalwart is known as the "original" Johnny White's. The bar is popular with bikers, Who Dats and tourists looking for a cheap cocktail or cold beer. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
Johnny White's Pub and Grill & Hole in the Wall Bar
718-720 Bourbon St., (504) 581-9200; www.johnnywhitesfrenchquarter.com/pubandgrill.html
There is a restaurant area where you can sit back and enjoy some grub, and an upstairs balcony perfect for people-watching. The food menu includes barbecue shrimp, hamburgers and more. Johnny White's features daily drink specials. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
The Kerry Irish Pub
331 Decatur St., (504) 527-5954
The neighborhood watering hole has served cold brews for more than 30 years, and features a varying lineup of music performers, including locals Dave James and Chip Wilson. Stout drafts and Irish whiskey are the most popular libations. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005; www.cocktailbarneworleans.com
Former Gov. Huey P. "Kingfish" Long lends his nickname to this Louisiana-themed bar and restaurant. The lunch and dinner menus include shrimp waffle pirogues, smoked rabbit gumbo and alligator wings confit to go along with a Pimm's cup, Bramble or Queens Park Swizzle cocktails. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
941 Bourbon St., (504) 593-9761; www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com
This 18th-century hangout was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Named for famed privateer Jean Lafitte, the bar is a popular place for both locals and tourists. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop offers its patrons a dimly lit, historic atmosphere and classic cocktails. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Larry Flynt's Hustler Barely Legal Club
423 Bourbon St., (504) 571-6340; www.barelylegalnola.com
This multi-story gentlemen's club features several bars and stages, along with VIP rooms and bottle service. Champagne and beer are the most popular drinks. Special events include Champagne parties and football-themed Sunday Fun Day. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. Sun.-Thu.
Larry Flynt's Hustler Club
225 Bourbon St., (504) 524-0010; www.neworleanshustlerclub.com
The adult entertainment venue has a patio area and balcony overlooking Bourbon Street. The establishment has women dancers and entertainers who perform on four stages throughout the club. The grill is fired up during New Orleans Saints games, and snacks are offered other nights.Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour noon-8 p.m. daily.
806 Conti St., (504) 529-1833
The bar has a friendly atmosphere, TVs for watching sports, pony beers — a favorite here — cheap drinks and a menu that includes popular spicy wings and burgers. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 586-0300
The small hotel bar is a perfect spot for watching people in the French Quarter. Patrons can order a cigar to enjoy with a Moscow Mule or Dark and Stormy. Sporting events are shown on 58-inch TVs. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
819 St. Louis St., (504) 561-8340
With enough authentic Quarter charm to scare off most tourists, LeRoundup opens its doors 24/7 to a colorful cast of characters that comes in for cheap drinks and conversation in a dimly lit, intimate bar free from the normal restraints that come with the time of day. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Lipstixx Gentlemen's Club
420 Bourbon St., (504) 244-0850; www.lipstixxnola.com
Lipstixx offers adult entertainment, a full bar, Champagne by the glass and private VIP areas. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Little Tropical Isle
435 Bourbon St., (504) 525-1689; www.tropicalisle.com
This location is one of several Tropical Isle locations on Bourbon offering drinks and live music daily. Home of the Hand Grenade, Little Tropical Isle offers other signature drinks including the Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Hand Grenades come in a souvenir glass. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
735 Bourbon St., (702) 785-7441; www.luckypierresnola.com
With as many as six DJs spinning until dawn, live shows at Lucky Pierre's feature drag queens and burlesque dancers in addition to special events, such as the recent Taboo Masquerade & Fetish Ball. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
Mahogany Jazz Hall
125 Chartres St.; (504) 813-8297
There's live music nightly, and two-for-one happy hour specials during breaks in performances. Absinthe is the club's signature drink. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour when no live music is playing.
1041 Dumaine St., (504) 522-5478; www.martisnola.com; @martisnola
Tennessee Williams frequented the original Marti's that once operated at this location, and the restaurant features murals of the peristyle at City Park from its previous life as Peristyle restaurant. The small plates menu for bar guests features items that can be prepared in about three minutes, such as eggplant puree and oyster fritters. The popular Marti's Curtain Call martini combines cappuccino, Kahlua and Galliano. Open Tues.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
May Baily's Place
Dauphine Orleans Hotel, 415 Dauphine St., (504) 586-1800; www.dauphineorleans.com/nightlife; @dauphineorleans
The French Quarter bar once was a bordello run by Madam May Baily, and the Madam martini was created in her honor. The bar plans a Best-Dressed Madam contest Feb. 5, 2015, to raise funds for Covenant House. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Maximo's Italian Grill
1117 Decatur St., (504) 586-8883; www.maximosgrill.com; @maximosgrill
Maximo's Grill features an eclectic array of amari, grappas, liqueurs and vermouths to complement the kitchen's Italian fare. The bar and restaurant also has an extensive wine list and craft cocktails, including the Pimm's Italiano. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour all night Wednesday.
Molly's at the Market
1107 Decatur St., (504) 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net; @mollysdecatur
For the past 30 years, national and international media figures, politicians, tourists and hipsters have flocked to this French Quarter dive bar for cheap drinks and people-watching through the window overlooking Decatur Street. The signature drink is the Frozen Irish coffee. On Thursday night the bar offers $1 Miller High Life specials, and a High Life and shot of Jameson is $5 every day. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St., (504) 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com
rThe courtyard is a big draw to this bar, located in an historic building an early owner reportedly offered to French leader Napoleon Bonaparte for his exile. Visitors can sip classic cocktails such as the Sazerac and Pimm's cup, and the front bar opens onto a French Quarter street for people-watching. The menu features muffulettas, po-boys and classic New Orleans dishes. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
734 Bourbon St., (504) 237-4144; www.napoleonsitch.com
Originators of the Bourbon Street Experience during Southern Decadence, Napoleon's Itch has staked its claim at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann streets with a reputation for expertly made martinis, hot bartenders and mojitos prepared with choices of plain, tart or sweet versions made with blackberries, blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, watermelon or cucumbers. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m. daily.
817 St. Louis St., (504) 304-3991; www.notenola.com
Set in an 1850s house, the jazz bar has an enclosed patio and a piano bar with live music on Friday and Saturday, with an Internet jukebox providing music other times. The bar serves classic cocktails, martinis, premium liquor, wine and local beer. A popular drink is the mint Serrano daiquiri. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
534 St. Louis St., (504) 522-6652; www.emerilsrestaurant.com/nola-restaurant; @NOLA Restaurant
The NOLA Lemonade at this Emeril Lagasse restaurant is kicked up a notch with Bacardi Limon and a hint of lemon juice. The bar uses house-infused pineapple vodka in its signature version of the classic cosmopolitan. The cuisine is Creole and Acadian. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Old Absinthe House
240 Bourbon St., (504) 524-0113; www.oldabsinthehouse.com
The Old Absinthe House Frappe is a frothy green concoction that a mixologist invented in 1874 at this historic bar, which has walls covered with years' worth of business cards from around the world and helmets hanging from the ceiling. Other classic cocktails, from the old fashioned to the Ramos gin fizz, are mixed using traditional methods and can be paired with small plates. Dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
One Eyed Jacks
615 Toulouse St., (504) 952-0940; www.oneeyedjacks.net
The club features a wide variety of live music performances and a popular '80s night every Thursday. The Matador is the signature drink. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro
720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com
Situated behind the St. Louis Cathedral, the Orleans Grapevine was built in 1809 during the peak of Theatre d'Orleans. The wine bar offers flights of wines, with each comprising three wines with similarities in varietal or tasting notes. There are also wines by the bottle or glass, and a seasonal food menu with various cheeses, soups, salads and entrees. During Bacon Happy Hour, offered daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight, the bar offers complimentary bacon, $5 glasses of wine and cocktails and gambling at the bar. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
800 Bourbon St., (504) 593-9491; www.ozneworleans.com; @ozniteclub
A dance club grooving to the beats of award-winning DJ JRB, Oz keeps the party going every day with specials that range from "Drink and Drown" from 6 p.m.-9 p.m Sunday, when it's all-you-can-drink for $10, and service-industry night on Monday, with half-priced drinks. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com; @palacecafe_nola
Bloody marys are a specialty at the traditional bar, which also offers cocktails including the signature Palace Planters Punch, made with New Orleans amber rum, lemon, orange, Orgeat and cardamom syrup. Select small plates and craft cocktails are $5 each from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Sunday brunch includes a bloody mary and Champagne bar. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Pat O'Brien's Bar and Courtyard Restaurant
718 St. Peter St., (504) 525- 4823; www.patobriens.com; @patobriensbar
Since 1933, the motto of this venerable French Quarter standard has been "Have fun!" — and bridal parties to international tourists have followed that rule with the aid of Pat O'Brien's signature Hurricane, served in a large souvenir glass. The old carriageway entrance takes guests to the "heart and soul" of the bar's patio, the flaming fountain. One guest is chosen nightly to light it. Visitors can place requests at the piano bar. During the holiday season Santa visits every Saturday night. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Patrick's Bar Vin
730 Bienville St., (504) 200-3180; www.patricksbarvin.com; @patricksbarvin
The upscale bar opens onto a front patio that offers a lush place to sip wine or cocktails and nibble on a cheese plate. The French 75 is a popular drink here, or choose a shot of Champagne Veuve Clicquot for $5. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Pirates Alley Cafe
622 Pirates Alley, (504) 524-9332; www.piratesalleycafe.com
Locals are as likely as tourists to spend some at this hang-out. Located on an alley said to be one of privateer Jean Lafitte's regular haunts, the bar is known for its absinthe pirates punch. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave., (504) 523-0120; www.portofcallnola.com
The New Orleans burger stalwart specializes in drinks with a tropical flair. Neptune's Monsoon is 32 ounces of rum (two kinds) and tropical fruit juices, served in a signature cup. The bar also has bottled beer. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
511 Bourbon St., (504) 522-5100; www.razzoo.com
Sip on a 32-ounce hurricane — or triple-fist it during the bar's three-for-one happy hour — and soak in Razzoo's sensory-overload dance floor and TV-crammed patio (with a flaming fountain). Tuesday night offers double-shot loaded margaritas. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., noon-9 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Red Fish Grill Oyster Bar
115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com; @redfishgrill
The playful art on the distressed walls of this historic building gives the Red Fish Grill a casual, comfortable ambience just right for consuming oysters and a variety of drink specials. Highlights include the Smokey Chipotle Mary, served with Stoli vodka infused with chipotle peppers, house-made bloody mary mix and all the fixin's. Other specialties include Moonshine Punch and the Orleans Streetcar. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Richard Fiske's Martini Bar and Restaurant
301 Dauphine St., (504) 586-0972; www.richardfiskes.com; @richardfiskes
There's live music daily, and select martinis are $3 during happy hour. The martini bar serves breakfast daily, dinner Thursday through Sunday and jazz brunch Saturday and Sunday. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
315 Bourbon St., (504) 524-4222; www.iknowrick.com; @ricksnola
Rick's Cabaret has operated in the French Quarter for more than 40 years. Bottle service is available, and a seasonal food buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. It's a popular spot for bachelor parties. Open nightly. Smoking allowed. Food available.
Rick's Sporting Saloon
522 Bourbon St., (504) 552-2510; www.ricks-saloon.com
The offshoot of Rick's Cabaret is a two-story bar featuring a sports lounge, dancers, saloon and trophy room. Scantily clad servers deliver beer and booze. On Tuesday, the bar features $2 specialty shots, and Wild Wednesday features half-price drinks. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Saints and Sinners
627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307; www.saintsandsinnersnola.com; @sandsnola
Actor Channing Tatum's Storyville-inspired Saints and Sinners serves specialty cocktails amid red satin decor. Drinks include the Cajun Sinner, featuring Fireball, peach schnapps and cherry limeade; and the Burlesque Stress, with Absolut, Malibu, pineapple juice and cranberry juice. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
416 Bourbon St., (504) 525-0999; www.scoresnola.com
Scores Mansion has two full-service bars, three stages where dancers perform, one-on-one VIP rooms and bottle service. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
135 Chartres St., (504) 587-7701; www.sneakypetesnola.com
Grand Marnier is $5 on Monday and bloody marys are $4.50 on Sunday (featuring NFL Sunday Ticket) at this dog-friendly bar, which was started by a group of French Quarter bartenders. Other popular drinks include ice-cold beer and hurricanes. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095; www.sobounola.com; @SoBouNola
Draft beer and wine are self-serve from taps built into the tables at this modern Creole saloon, and bartenders mix a range of craft cocktails. Enjoy $3 to $6 Sips and Snacks from a menu of New Orleans classics 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Spirits on Bourbon
615 Bourbon St., (504) 524-6014; www.spiritsonbourbon.com
Hear dueling pianos nightly at this French Quarter bar, which was featured on Spike TV's Bar Rescue. There's courtyard seating where you can try the signature Resurrection cocktail, served in a blinking skull mug. There's a menu of gumbo, po-boys, burgers, sliders and more. Bar open 24 hours Thu.-Mon.. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
325 Bourbon St., (504) 527-0825; www.stilettosnola.com
Dancers entertain and there's a full bar in the main room, a VIP lounge and bottle service. The mezzanine provides a good view of the French Quarter outside. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com
Sylvain offers craft cocktails, wines by the glass or bottle, local beers and after-dinner elixirs. The Creole Contentment is made with cognac, madeira, vin de liqueur and bitters. The dinner menu includes dishes such as fried eggplant, braised beef cheeks, Gulf shrimp and hominy and more. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
616 St. Peter St., (504) 934-3463; www.tableaufrenchquarter.com; @tableau_nola
In an elegantly restored three-story building that connects with Le Petit Theatre, there are two bars with conversation seating indoors or intimate seating on a balcony overlooking Jackson Square. Cocktails are handcrafted with freshly squeezed juice and chilled with 1-inch-by-1-inch ice cubes (for a slow melt). There's wine on tap and French Creole small plates are available. Live music Thu.-Sat. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
327 Bourbon St., (504) 525-4470; www.temptationsnola.com; @temptationsnola
Temptations has a stage where dancers perform, and there's a VIP bar with bottle service. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Tropical Isle Bayou Club
610 Bourbon St., (504) 529-1702; www.tropicalisle.com; @tropical_isle
Cajun, zydeco and folk are the music styles played at this club, which offers live performances daily. During happy hour, get $1 off draft beers and three-for-one well drinks. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Felipe's Taqueria,301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406; www.facebook.com/tikitolteca; @tikitolteca
The tiki lounge on the second floor of Felipe's Taqueria won Food & Wine Magazine's 2014 "best new bar" competition. The bar features a $10 all-you-can-eat enchilada bar 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The drink menu features the Chef's Reserve mai tai, hurricanes, Latin American spirits including mezcal, pisco and cachaca. All drinks are made with freshly squeezed juices and house-made liqueurs. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Tropical Isle Bourbon
721 Bourbon St., (504) 529-4109; www.tropicalisle.com; @tropical_isle
The bar features rock cover bands every day. Customers can choose from a range of drinks including the bar's signature Hand Grenade, tropical cocktails, beer and more. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-4 p.m. daily.
Tropical Isle Original
600 Bourbon St., (504) 529-1702; www.tropicalisle.com; @tropical_isle
Popular drinks include the Hand Grenade, Horny Gator and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
823 Decatur St., (504) 525-8676; www.tujaguesrestaurant.com
This French Quarter watering hole has retained the same cypress stand-up bar and antique Parisian mirror that it hung over the bar when Tujague's opened in 1856. Over the years the restaurant and bar, decorated with memorabilia relating to its history, has attracted notable guests including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Cole Porter, John D. Rockefeller and others. Famous drinks include the Sazerac, Ramos gin fizz and Pimm's Cup. The bar also has an extensive wine and Champagne list. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
1119 Decatur St., (504) 586-0563; www.turtlebayneworleans.com
The Resurrection is a popular drink at this 24-hour bar, which also has free Wi-Fi and video poker.The restaurant serves burgers, steaks, pizza and wings. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Upper Quarter
1000 Bienville St., (504) 523-4111
The bar is strategically located directly behind the New Orleans Athletic Club, within walking distance of Louis Armstrong Park and the Saenger and Joy theaters, and offers beer and shot specials all day. Cocktails are made with fresh fruit and pure juices, and the hurricane is house-made. During New Orleans Saints games, owners offer treats like free homemade jambalaya and free shots for Saints touchdowns. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
717 Conti St., (504) 525-2300; www.hotellemarais.com/nightlife
Located inside Hotel Le Marais, the bar serves specialty drinks such as a violet pear martini and the Pink Dragon. Every Wednesday is Deals for Heels, where patrons receive a 15 to 50 percent discount depending on the height of their heels. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
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