Oak Street is an alternately sleepy and slammed thoroughfare in a neighborhood shared by university students, professors and longtime neighborhood residents. There are vegan baked goods at Z'otz and a raft of artisanal breads and pastries at Breads on Oak. Eclectic shops include the comics store More Fun Comics. At night, the street comes alive with boisterous crowds at restaurants like Jacques-Imo's and La Casita Taqueria. The Maple Leaf Bar rocks well past midnight with the Rebirth Brass Band every Tuesday and a regular diet of New Orleans jazz and funk.
Who you'll see:
College students, music fans, aging hippies
Where to eat:
DTB, chef Carl Schaubhut's upscale take on rustic Louisiana food, inspires its acronym ("Down the Bayou").
Where to drink
Ale on Oak. Grab a pint of craft beer at this sleek bar sharing a wooden deck with neighboring Oak wine bar.
Where to watch the sun rise:
Snake & Jake's Christmas Club Lounge. You don't have to go home, even when the sun rises. Enjoy a can of Schlitz. Or several.
You oughta know
The Maple Leaf Bar's patron saints, formerly honored with busts mounted on golf carts in the Krewe of OAK parade, include James Booker, aka The Bayou Maharajah.