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Gambit's The Big Bar Guide 2015: Faubourg Marigny


13 Monaghan
517 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-1345;;
Restaurant bar
Start off your day-drinking Frenchmen Street stroll the right way with an eye-opening frozen Irish coffee (extra Jameson shot for the win) from the same Monaghans behind Molly's at the Market. Or cap off your night with a bite from the vegan-friendly menu (breakfast served all day/night) and local draft brew such as its NOLA Brewing selection. Open 24 hours daily. Full restaurant menu.

AllWays Lounge & Cabaret Club
2240 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778;
Music club
You'll find an array of live entertainment and artful expression on AllWays' main stage, home to everything from the "Big Easy bluegrass" of the Tanglers to the nouveau jazz of Chapter Soul to Esoterotica, "original stories by local authors" at 7 p.m. every other Wednesday. There's also the smaller Theatre at St. Claude in the back. Find food trucks outside at night and weekends. Open daily. No food.

Apple Barrel
609 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-9399
Music Club
This longtime Frenchmen Street staple upgraded its intimate interior with an elevated viewing area to watch (for no cover charge) some of the best unsung local talent in funk, blues and rock. The intimate club's lack of pretense also extends to its drink prices. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

514 Frenchmen St., (504) 944-8461;;
Music club
There's live music daily, usually with no cover for local talents in jazz, blues, funk and more. There are multiple shows every night, and several bars keep the drinks flowing with taps of local brews such as NOLA Brewing's Hopitoulas, Abita's Andygator and Catahoula Common from Gnarly Barley. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Big Daddy's Bar
2513 Royal St., (504) 948-6288
Gay bar
One of those Marigny hangs that's just as much neighborhood dive as gay bar, Big Daddy's held down its corner long before the area got fancy, and Daddy's still keeps it real. During the day and early evening, it's a joint for regulars; late at night (particularly on weekends) it gets a spillover crowd from Mimi's in the Marigny across the street. Open 24 hours daily. No food. Happy hours 4 p.m.-8 p.m. & 4 a.m.-8 a.m.

Blue Nile
532 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-2583;;
Music club Now
presiding over Frenchmen Street like a cool uncle, Blue Nile (a decade-plus residing at the former Dream Palace) brings in top touring talent from all genres in addition to standing weekly gigs with local favorites such as Little Maker (Thursdays). Upstairs has a spacious balcony and music genres from emerging experimental acts to roots-reggae DJs booming deep into the night. Open Mon.-Sat. No food.

Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038;;
Neighborhood bar
Beyond its dog-friendly barroom lined with a delightful cast of local riff raff, Buffa's backroom (featuring recent acoustic enhancements) is home to live music six nights a week and hosts a rotation of local R&B/rock/jazz from the likes of Arsene DeLay with Antoine Diel Monday nights, along with one-off pairings such as a recent show with Camile Baudoin (Radiators) and Papa Mali. The 24-hour kitchen cooks Louisiana-inspired bar food and Sunday brunch. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 a.m.-6 a.m. & 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Cafe Negril
606 Frenchmen St., (504) 944-4744;
Music Club
A vibrant mural of Bob Marley overlooks the stage, as live bands get crowds moving to reggae beats. If you work up an appetite, Ruben's Taco Truck serves fresh Latin American fare, including tamales, tacos and pupusas. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Checkpoint Charlie
501 Esplanade Ave., (504) 281-4847
Music Club
Part Laundromat, this Marigny watering hole's live entertainment makes laundry day less of a chore. Open 24 hours, the venue hosts live music on Saturday, an open mic night on Sunday and karaoke on Monday. Comfort food, like burgers, fries and chicken nuggets, is available. Open 24 hours daily. Food available.

618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731;;
Music Club
This music hall features two live performances nightly and offers a large selection of single-malt Scotches and American craft beers, as well as brews from around the world. The bar has no-cover early music shows (usually 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.) every day except Saturday. Open daily. No food.

The Dragon's Den
435 Esplanade Ave., (504) 940-5546;;
Music club
Live music, DJs and burlesque shows draw a crowd to this Marigny bar with an opium den theme downstairs and a music room upstairs. There's reggae on Wednesdays, Latin nights on Fridays and Church with Unicorn Fukr on Sundays. The Big Cheezy serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Open daily. Food available.

Faubourg Wines
2805 St. Claude Ave., (504) 342-2217;;
Wine Bar
This dog-friendly wine shop has a huge selection of wines by the bottle and specializes in bottlings by small producers. Weekly free wine tastings are hosted on Wednesdays and feature different producers and regions. Cheese from St. James Cheese Co. and fresh bread from Bellegarde Bakery are served along with cured meats and olives. Open Tue.-Sun. Food available.

Feelings Cafe
2600 Chartres St., (504) 945-2222;
Restaurant bar
The restaurant and bar is a romantic spot whether you are dining inside or sitting on the patio. It hosts occasional live music, and there is a Sunday brunch. A daily happy hour features $5 cocktails and beer and wine specials. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. daily.

Festival Hall Theater/ The Frenchmen Theater
516 Frenchmen St., (504) 231-4668; www.festivalhall;
@FRENCHMENTHEATE Music Club There's live music daily, and dancing is encouraged at this Frenchmen Street bar, where beer is the favored beverage, and bar fare is on the menu. Open daily. Food available.

Hi Ho Lounge
2239 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-4446;;
Music club
The club features live music and DJs including a bluegrass picking party on Monday and DJ Soul Sister's Hustle party on Saturday. Food is offered by different pop-ups throughout the week, including Congreso Cubano Thursday to Saturday. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour opening-8 p.m.  daily.

The John
2040 Burgundy St., (504) 942-7159;
Dive bar
The permanently dim dive hugs the end of a lively Frenchmen Street strip. Inside: toilets as chairs, ping pong and more toilets as chairs — including "gold"-plated thrones if you're feeling royal — and a long bar with cheap drinks and a pink-hued jukebox. Open 24 hours daily. No food.

Kajun's Pub
2256 St. Claude Ave., (504) 947-3735;;
Music Club
This karaoke hot spot is open 24/7, and there are more than 50,000 songs to which you can sing your heart out — or watch others do so. The bar has video poker and sports on TV. It is dog-friendly and has a courtyard. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Lost Love Lounge
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009;;
Neighborhood bar
This casual neighborhood bar has pool tables and a jukebox. It hosts Comedy Catastrophe, a standup comedy show on Tuesday evenings, with table seating in a back room where budget-friendly Vietnamese food is served until late. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Mag's 940
940 Elysian Fields Ave. (504) 948-1888;
Neighborhood bar
The dog-friendly bar hosts live music and variety performances, as well as the weekly country and folk night, the All-Star Covered Dish Country Jamboree, on Tuesdays. Popular drinks include white Russians and Champagne. Open daily. No  food.

The Maison
508 Frenchmen St., (504) 371-5554;;
Music club
With a bandstand right at its door on Frenchmen Street, this spacious music club with three stages draws in crowds with a mix of jazz, brass and funk bands, Cajun and zydeco music and more. The bar offers classic cocktails, including the Proud Mary, its spicy bloody mary. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

The Mayhaw at St. Roch Market
2381 St. Claude Ave., (504) 609-3813;;
Craft cocktails
At the back of the bright, airy St. Roch Market is The Mayhaw, a marble-top bar offering classic and original cocktails, Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boys and draft beer. The market hosts live music on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868;;
Neighborhood bar
The casual corner bar is a dog-friendly neighborhood spot until 6 p.m. and more of a late-night destination after dark. There's a pool table, dart board and vintage video games on the first floor. Upstairs, there's a lounge with table seating and a kitchen serving Spanish tapas until 2 a.m. Open daily. Food available.

R Bar
1431 Royal St., (504) 948-7499;;
Neighborhood bar
This Marigny mainstay is a destination for everything from a $10 haircut-and-a-shot on Monday nights, Friday evening communion around steaming pots of jambalaya or boiled shrimp, and late-night hangouts. Look for microbrew tastings and house cocktails such as the Red Berry Blotter: spiced rum, fresh raspberries, basil, lemon and Champagne. Open daily. No food.

2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855;;
Music Club
A revered, rocking anchor to the "Four Corners" collection of nightclubs along St. Claude Avenue, a block downriver from Elysian Fields, Siberia has become a top music destination with a packed roster of metal, local singer-songwriters, burlesque, comedy and more. In-house kitchen Kukhnya's Slavic soul food is complemented by the bar's selection of rare Eastern European bottled beers and Monopolowa Vodka shots. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
626 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-0696;
Music club
There's live music every night at this restaurant and club housed in a historic 19th-century space. Each of its three rooms features something different (a restaurant, a bar and a music room), and there's a full menu of regional fare, seafood and sandwiches. Branford Marsalis headlines four days in December. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

The Spotted Cat Music Club
623 Frenchmen St., phone n.a.; Music club There's no cover at this cash-only jazz and blues club, which features live music nightly. There is a one-drink minimum per set. Open daily. No food.

Three Muses
536 Frenchmen St., (504) 252-4801;;
Music club
A changing small-plates menu pairs easily with an extensive wine list, beer or original cocktails such as The Other Redhead (Jameson Irish Whiskey, Domaine de Canton, Ancho Reyes and orange bitters). Enjoy noshing in an intimate, elegantly decadent setting that's home to top-notch local jazz/blues musicians like Luke Winslow King. Open Wed.-Mon. Full restaurant menu.

Yuki Izakaya
525 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-1122;
Restaurant bar
An izakaya is a Japanese tavern that serves drinks and small plates. Yuki has a full bar and serves an array of sake and shochu cocktails, such as the lychee martini and green lagoon. It's decorated with some Japanese lanterns and kitsch and projects Japanese films on the wall. There's also live music daily. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

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