517 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-1345; www.13monaghan.com; @13monaghan
Located on the Frenchmen Street music strip, this casual diner and bar has satisfied many late-night customers with its signature "Tater Tachos" and a variety of hearty sandwiches. 13 also offers drink specials during New Orleans Saints games Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
520 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-2576; www.3090-nola.com
The bar's upscale design incorporates hand-hewn cypress beams, brick walls and polished concrete floors and bar tops. There's live music daily and an atrium patio with a projection screen of live music onstage. The bar serves local beer and New Orleans cocktails. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
The AllWays Lounge & Theater
2240 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778; www.theallwayslounge.net
Always expect the unexpected at AllWays. A welcoming space on the edge of the bohemian frontier, AllWays can work as a chill watering hole or as the hip host of community-minded gatherings of everything from erotic poetry readings to drag bingo to live jazz. Pop-up restaurants supply street food throughout the week. Open Tues.-Sun. Food available.
609 Frenchmen St., (504) 949-9399
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.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- Breonna Jordan and Darold Alexander practice their moves on the dance floor at Bamboula’s in Faubourg Marigny.
514 Frenchmen St., (504) 994-8461; www.bamboulas.com; @bamboulasnola
Housed in a former print shop, Bamboula's offers live music daily, swing dance lessons on Wednesday and beer and wine anytime. Po-boys, salads and bar fare are available. Open daily. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
532 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-2583; www.bluenilelive.com; @BlueNile
Live 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 on Thursday. Upstairs has a spacious balcony and music ranging from emerging experimental acts to roots-reggae DJs booming deep into the night. Open daily No food.
Brieux Carre Brewing Co.
2115 Decatur St., (504) 304-4242; www.brieuxcarre.com; @BrieuxCarre
This microbrewery crafts a changing array of beers including IPAs, porters, stouts, sour and more. Specialty beers include the Falcon Warrior, an IIPA featuring citrus aromatics, and Three Threads, a black beer with bitter chocolate character and full body. Open daily. No food.
Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www.buffasbar.com; @Buffasbar
This 24-hour bar slings food and drinks to a rotating cast of offbeat locals and tourists. The back room hosts an open mic on Wednesday, buffeted by other daily live music and entertainment. The regular menu features burgers and sandwiches, chicken wings and breakfast, with a special menu for Sunday's jazz brunch. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 a.m.-6 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
606 Frenchmen St.; www.cafenegrilonfrenchmen.com
A large mural of Bob Marley and tropical decor set a fun mood, and the nightly music offerings seal the deal. Higher Heights Reggae plays on Friday, and the rest of the week is filled with a variety of genres. A favorite drink is the prophetic Frenchmen Punch: three kinds of rum, amaretto and a special blend of juices. Pizza and Mexican food are available. Open daily. Food available.
Check Point Charlie
501 Esplanade Ave., (504) 281-4847
The tenacious anchor to a raucous corner, Check Point is the place where many roads lead, whether you want a burger and beer, need to do laundry, crave conversation with colorful characters or are seeking some of the best unknown musical talents in the city. Open 24 hours daily. Food available.
618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731; www.dbaneworleans.com; @dbaneworleans
The windowed booths inside d.b.a. offer superior people-watching. Crowds fill the wood-walled bar for regular music shows by John Boutte, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Treme Brass Band, Little Freddie King and others. Behind the bar, you'll find a great selection of spirits and 20 beers on tap. Open daily. No food.
The Dragon's Den
435 Esplanade Ave., (504) 940-5546; www.dragonsdennola.com; @dragonsdennola
There's live music, comedy acts, burlesque, DJs, dance parties and more at this bar, which has an opium den theme downstairs and a music room and dance floor upstairs. Open daily. No food.
The Elvis Bar & Courtyard Lounge
New Feelings Marigny Cafe, Bar & Courtyard Lounge, 535 Franklin St., (504) 446-0040; www.feelingscafebar.com, @feelingscafebar
Feelings is a converted plantation home with dining rooms on two floors, and there's a bar and courtyard seating. There are specials throughout the week, including tacos and margaritas on Tuesdays and mint juleps on Fridays. Pokey punch is pineapple- and mango-infused vodka with orange juice. Open Tue.-Sun. Full restaurant menu.
2239 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-4446; www.hiholounge.net
The bar is home to the Monday night Bluegrass Pickin' Party, improvisational jazz on Wednesdays and comedy on Sundays and there also are DJs and burlesque shows. The Fry & Pie pop-up serves food Monday through Friday nights. Open daily. Food available.
2040 Burgundy St., (504) 942-7159
Flush all pretense when entering this beloved corner hideaway. This dark dive's toilet theme comes accented with freaky films projected on the wall and a ping-pong table well-suited for up-past-dawn hijinks. Cheap, no-frills cocktails are poured strong into mason jars without a trace of hipster irony. Open 24 hours daily. No food.
Lost Love Lounge
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com
The corner bar serves a wide array of beers and there's a mystery drink special. Vietnamese food is available from the back kitchen. The bar also holds comedy nights, TV watching events and more. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
508 Frenchmen St., (504) 371-5543; www.maisonfrenchmen.com; @TheMaison508
This spacious club has three stages that host a mix of jazz, brass, funk, Cajun and zydeco bands. The bar offers classic cocktails, including the Proud Mary, its spicy bloody mary. The food menu features Creole and Cajun dishes. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Marigny Brasserie & Bar
640 Frenchmen St., (504) 945-4475; www.marignybrasserie.com
There's live music and sports on TV at this corner restaurant and lounge. Local draft beers are available and craft cocktails include Sazeracs and original drinks such as Mama's Moonshine, with fresh mint, strawberry moonshine and house-made ginger lemonade. There's outdoor seating and a mix of New Orleans and Cajun cuisine. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
St. Roch Market, 2381 St. Claude Ave., (504) 609-3813; www.strochmarket.com; @eatatstroch
Derek Brumfield helms the bar program at this marble-top bar in the St. Roch Market. The bar menu includes more than 80 wines, beer and classic, tiki and signature cocktails made with juices, syrups and mixers that are made fresh daily. There are food vendors in the market. Seating is available at communal tables or on a front patio. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868; www.mimismarigny.com; @MimisMarigny
This casual neighborhood mainstay gets lost in the '80s on Tuesday nights, with '80s music, a themed specialty cocktail and old school Nintendo 64 video games. Spanish-style tapas are served late into the evening. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-till Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-till Sat.-Sun.
The Phoenix Bar
941 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 945-9264; www.phoenixbarnola.com; @phoenixbarnola
The TV return of Will & Grace inspired a cocktail menu at The Phoenix bar. Gin and Regret combines Bombay Sapphire gin, pear SKYY Vodka, dry vermouth and blue curacao. There also are more than 40 craft beers. Friday night beer busts benefit local organizations. Happy hour 6 a.m.-10 a.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. Open Mon.-Sat.
437 Frenchmen St., (504) 402-3285; www.rareformfrenchmen.com
There's live music daily and specialty nights including the monthly horror movie night and Mystic Menagerie, a fair of tarot card readers, arts and crafts and other mystic doings. The Musician's Choice beer and shot menu is based on the favorites of performing musicians. Food includes po-boys, burgers, seafood and nachos. Open daily. Food available.
St. Roch Tavern
1200 St. Roch Ave., (504) 945-0194; www.facebook.com/strochtavern
This neighborhood tavern may sell more Pabst Blue Ribbon than any other bar in New Orleans. There's live music on Mondays, a dance party on Saturdays and karaoke on Tuesdays. Also on Tuesday, $10 gets you a haircut and a PBR. Open daily. No food.
2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855; www.siberianola.com; @siberiaNOLA
The club specializes in local and touring rock and underground music groups and hosts live music Thursday through Sunday. There also are burlesque and comedy acts, trivia games, a pool league and "Slavic soul food." Eastern European bottled beers are popular choices. Open daily. Food available.
1200 St. Bernard Ave., (504) 224-2672; www.sidneyssaloon.com
The neighborhood bar serves more than 50 craft beers, craft cocktail daiquiris, frozen Vietnamese coffees and more. Weekly events include pub quiz on Tuesdays, comedy on Thursday nights and live music and DJs. Patrons also can play darts, pool or video poker. Happy hour is 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Spotted Cat Food & Spirits
2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 371-5074; www.spottedcatfoodspirits.com
An offshoot of Frenchmen Street's Spotted Cat Music Club, this restaurant serves food and drinks and has live music during weekend brunch and Friday nights. Original cocktails include the Rusty Rainbow, combining St. Roch vodka, muddled strawberries, orange syrup and El Guapo bitters. Happy hour is 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. until closing Wednesday through Saturday. Open Wednesday-Sunday. Full restaurant menu.
The Spotted Cat Music Club
623 Frenchmen St.; www.spottedcatmusicclub.com, @SpottedCat623
A full lineup of live local music, particularly traditional jazz and blues, draws crowds inside the small space, and the crowd of listeners often overflows out the door. The bar serves local beers and the house specialty, the Spicy Kitty, combining Sailor Jerry rum, Fireball whiskey and root beer. Cash only. Open daily.
536 Frenchmen St., (504) 252-4801; www.3musesnola.com; @ThreeMusesNola
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 hosts top-notch local jazz/blues musicians such as Linnzi Zaorski, Tom McDermott and Arsene DeLay. Open Wed.-Mon. Full restaurant menu.