Before Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, St. Claude was a gritty, workaday boulevard of furniture stores, knick-knack shops and fast-food joints. It roared back big time with several music clubs, the New Orleans Healing Center complex and a fascinating patchwork of restaurants.
Who you'll see:
Musicians and artists on bikes; Airbnb tourists wheeling luggage; neighborhood folks just trying to get by.
Where to eat:
Junction serves burgers and a few salads in a low-key New Orleans pub atmosphere (you must be 21 to enter), with 40 kinds of beer, a back patio and late-night dining till 1:30 a.m.
Where to drink:
Pull up a stool to the horseshoe-shaped bar at AllWays Lounge and you might see burlesque queens, drag queens, musicians and others on the cabaret stage — or bending an elbow next to you.
Where to hang out:
The New Movement comedy theater has cheap (or free) stand-up, sketch and improv shows, and the back patio bar (Rosewood) has some of the best prices on St. Claude ($2 PBRs).
You oughta know
The surreal Saturn Bar has held down its 9th Ward corner of St. Claude for more than 50 years.