21st Amendment at La Louisiane
725 Iberville St., (504) 378-7330; www.21stamendmentlalouisiane.com
The Prohibition-era speakeasy theme plays out in photos of historic crime figures and tommy guns mounted on the walls, as well as in drinks like the 21st Amendment, made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, benedictine, bitters and absinthe. There's live music daily. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-5p.m. Sun.-Thu.
811 Iberville St., (504) 522-9187; www.alibineworleans.com
Fabulously and unabashedly scandalous to the point of making the pages of Playboy magazine as one the city's best bars, Alibi offers plenty of excuses to take the party deep into the night. A colorful cast of Quarter characters converge here to enjoy anything from a post-shift burger to stiff drinks to hard-to-find imported beers among the selection of 150-plus brews. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
American Sports Saloon
1200 Decatur St., (504) 300-1782: www.theamericansportssaloon.com
While the NFL package here allows guests from all over to root for the home team, Who Dats are invited to the Black and Gold Room: a spacious, airy and bright second-floor space adjoining what's reportedly the largest gallery (balcony on support poles) in the Quarter. Tile floors and pressed-tin ceilings complete the historic charm. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Arnaud's French 75
Bar 813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com; @thefrench75
The Golden Age of Paris meets Creole spice at this century-old New Orleans institution, which still attracts a sophisticated crowd. The bar may be vintage, but it's home to innovative concoctions such as The Contessa, a Negroni variation spun from fresh, house-made ingredients. Elevated bar snacks include souffle potatoes. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m-5:30 p.m. Fri.
Attiki Bar and Grill
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com
Sip a cucumber mojito 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 offers an extensive wine menu, along with beer and martinis. Food is served until 4 a.m. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
1207 Decatur St., (504) 680-8454
This dive bar is open at all hours, and draws in an eclectic bunch of locals. Aside from some funky backroom furniture, Aunt Tiki's doesn't have much of a tiki theme. Instead it looks like it's always decorated for Halloween, which may attract its colorful regulars, who come in to play the jukebox and video poker and get a shot and a beer. Open 24 hours daily. No food.
B.B. King's Blues Club
1104 Decatur St., (504) 934-5464; www.bbkings.com/new-orleans
Featuring blues music daily, this club also boasts a bustling dance floor at its restaurant and bar, which serves Southern comfort food such as shrimp and grits, barbecue ribs, burgers and po-boys. B.B. King's Blues Club All-Star Band is a regular, playing danceable blues, soul, jazz and rock 'n' roll. Open daily. Food available.
Balcony Music Club
1331 Decatur St. (504) 301-5912; www.facebook.com/balconymusicclubnola
A lively spot where the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street vibes converge, Balcony Music Club recently revamped its space to accommodate a bigger bar and stage for live music. The club charges no cover and hosts music nightly from blues, jazz, rock and brass bands. Open nightly. Food available. Happy hour until 6 p.m. daily.
The Bar at Maison Soule
720 St. Louis St., (504) 304-4636; www.cafesoule.com; @cafesoule720
Cafe Soule is housed in a four-story mansion constructed in 1830. The kitchen serves a fusion of French and Louisiana cuisine (service ends at 10 p.m.) and the bar offers a signature cocktail menu. The Seven Pear Sour combines pear-infused vodka, thyme syrup, lemon and grapefruit bitters. The Peach Thyme Old Fashioned is made with Bulleit bourbon, peach puree, thyme, lemon and bitters. Open Wed.-Mon. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Bar Mon Cher
817 St. Louis St., (504) 644-4278; www.barmoncher.com
Set in a 1779 Creole townhouse, the elegant jazz bar has an intimate, living-room ambience and hosts live jazz, blues and soul music on Friday and Saturday. DJs spin for a dance party Thursday, and Monday features burlesque Bingo. Popular drinks include blue Champagne, Sazeracs, Pimm's Cups and more. Open Thu.-Mon. No food.
777 Bienville St., (504) 553-2277; www.revolutionnola.com; @RevolutionNOLA
The "liquor library" at this restaurant bar displays ingredients to craft cocktails inspired by drinks from the pre-Prohibition era against lacquered red walls and an indigo-stained wood bar. Bartenders update classic drinks such as absinthe cocktails and cobblers by using small-batch spirits, house-made bitters and ratafias. Sunday jazz brunch features music by Don Vappie. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
820 N. Rampart St., (504) 324-6045; www.bartonique.com; @BarTonique
Across from Armstrong Park, this comfortable lounge bar serves specialty cocktails with house-made tonic water, juices, cane syrups and bitters. Open daily. No food. Happy hour noon-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Beach on Bourbon
227 Bourbon St., (504) 231-8519; www.beachonbourbon.com
Take a seat around the flaming water fountain in the courtyard at this Bourbon Street party bar or stay inside for live music and late-night DJ dance parties. Happy hour features three-for-one beer and triple-shot mixed drinks. Open daily. No food. Happy hour opening to 8 p.m. daily.
Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29
321 N. Peters St., (504) 609-3811; www.latitude29nola.com; @Latitude29_NOLA
The restaurant and bar is a charming tiki haven with a cocktail menu developed by owner Jeff "Beachbum" Berry after 20 years of researching lost exotic cocktails. The Latitude 29 is made with eight-year Demerara rum, passion fruit puree, Madagascar vanilla syrup, orange, pineapple and lemon. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
410 Bourbon St., (504) 524-9630; www.beerfestnola.com; @beerfestnola
There are 72 beers on tap at this bar, which has no-nonsense rustic decor and plenty of stools at the bar. Open daily. No food.
Big Easy Daiquiris
216 & 501 Bourbon St., (504) 301-3799; 409 & 617 Decatur St., (504) 301-3799; www.bigeasydaiquiris.com
Get a slice of pizza and a frozen daiquiri in your choice of flavors at these four daiquiri shops in the French Quarter, where you can grab and go or stay to watch sports or play video poker. Open daily. Food available.
Black Duck Bar
Palace Cafe, 605 Canal St., (504) 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com; @palacecafe
The rum-focused bar on the second floor at Palace Cafe has more than 140 rum selections, and the cocktail menu includes rum-based takes on classics such as the Manhattan and Sazerac. The bar also has a large selection of tequilas, draft beers and wine. The full restaurant menu is available at the bar, or there are small plate options including brie fondue and house-made charcuterie. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
700 N. Rampart St., (504) 304-4779; www.facebook.com/blackpennynola
The hanging signs on Rampart and St. Peter streets that read "Black Penny" note explicitly that this joint is a neighborhood bar. In addition to offering a low-key vibe for Quarter rats, the bar also serves a wide variety of canned craft beers. The Old Portage pops up to serve food every other Saturday. Open daily. No food.
The Bombay Club
Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., (504) 577-2237; www.bombayclubneworleans.com; @bombayclubnola
Themed after an English gentlemen's club, this elegant restaurant and barroom is the backdrop for a bar serving perhaps the largest selection of martinis in the city, including the signature Bombay Club, made with Old Raj gin, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, Regan's orange bitters and an orange twist. European-inspired New Orleans dishes are on the menu, and there's live jazz nightly. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bourbon Bad Boys
632 Bourbon St., (504) 442-3223; www.bourbonbadboys.com; @bourbonbadboys
The club hosts an all-male revue of exotic dancers/strippers who perform on a stage on the main floor. Beer, cocktails and wines are available, and customers can book private dances and VIP rooms. Open Thu.-Mon. No food.
241 Bourbon St., (504) 523-3800; www.bourboncowboy.com
The party is always on at this Bourbon Street saloon, where a mechanical bull holds court over adventurous visitors and happy hour features three-for-one beers and triple-shot mixed drinks. There's a wraparound balcony overlooking Bourbon and Bienville streets. Inside, DJs spin country and Southern rock tunes. Open daily. No food. Happy hour opening-8 p.m. daily.
144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com; @bourbonhouse
Brightly colored decor sets a lively tone for eating seafood and drinking bourbon. The restaurant has more than 250 American whiskey options and plenty of ways to mix them in drinks. Bourbon House is known for its frozen bourbon milk punch, but its Manhattan and New Fashioned (an update of the Old Fashioned) also get high marks. The restaurant serves a variety of seafood dishes. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bourbon O Bar
Bourbon Orleans, 730 Bourbon St., (504) 571-4685; www.bourbono.com; @BourbonOBar
There's live traditional jazz every night (from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) at the bar at the Bourbon Orleans hotel. The bar serves classic New Orleans cocktails, cocktails made with fresh seasonal ingredients and local beers on tap. The food menu includes gumbo, jambalaya, mini muffulettas and bread pudding. Open Mon.-Sat. Food available.
Bourbon Pub & Parade
801 Bourbon St., (504) 529-2107; www.bourbonpub.com; @BourbonPub
The reigning royalty of gay nightlife located in the heart of the city's LGBTQ culture, Bourbon Pub has seen — and hosted — it all. With patrons swaying nightly to dance-friendly DJs, it's also a great spot to watch music videos on TV. Dance, sing karaoke and watch burlesque and drag shows at Parade upstairs. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 5 a.m.-1 p.m. daily.
Brennan's Roost Bar
417 Royal St., (504) 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com/the-roost; @BrennansNOLA
Take flight in the avian-themed bar of this storied institution with "Bubbles at Brennan's," which offers deep discounts on bottles of Champagne and Champagne cocktails during happy hour. Complete with ostrich barstools and lanterns, feathered friends rule the Roost. The Rooster Royale cocktail has house-made citrus liquor, cranberry juice and sparkling wine, Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.
Cafe Lafitte in Exile
901 Bourbon St., (504) 522-8397; www.lafittes.com
The oldest continuously operating gay bar in New Orleans offers karaoke on Wednesday and a dance-all-night Trash Disco party starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The "Fully Dressed" Bloody Mary is a popular choice at this 24/7 watering hole. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Cane & Table
1113 Decatur St., (504) 581-1112; www.caneandtablenola.com; @caneandtable
Come in for the rustic colonial cuisine featuring jerked yardbird and grilled coulotte steak, and stay for original tiki-inspired cocktails. The Paint It Gold is a "tropical cobbler" made with white wine, cognac, Jamaican spices and citrus. The Lucky #2 has floral aromas with espadin mezcal, amburana-aged cachaca, and aromatized wine. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Carousel Bar & Lounge
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com; @carouselbar
A preferred drinking spot of the city's many literary lions — from Tennessee Williams to Truman Capote — this stalwart spot still exudes the decadent glory of the French Quarter's Golden Age. Today there's a menu of New Orleans Saints-inspired drinks, plus old school classics like the Sazerac, which have been served here for decades. Open daily. Food available.
Carriageway Bar at Court of Two Sisters
613 Royal St., (504) 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com
The Carriageway Bar sits within the Court of Two Sisters restaurant in the French Quarter, and there's live local music in the courtyard during the restaurant's daily jazz brunch. Food is available at the bar beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sip a classic French 75 before sampling small plates of blackened alligator and jalapeno bacon-wrapped duck. Open daily. Food available.
701 Bourbon St., (504) 523-2788; www.catskaraoke.com; @catskaraoke
You don't need perfect pipes to rock the stage at the Bourbon Street-based Cat's Meow, which has been dubbed the best karaoke bar in the world. The dance floor is usually packed at this place featuring such libations as Hurricanes and triple-shot cocktails. Happy hour offers three-for-one drinks. Open daily. No food. Happy hour opening-8 p.m. daily.
300 Chartres St., (504) 522-1708; www.facebook.com/thechartroomneworleans
The no-frills, nautical- themed cash-only bar offers stiff drinks and cold beer, including Miller High Life on draft. The bar is dog-friendly, has outdoor seating and stays open until 4 a.m. There's no kitchen, but Zapp's chips are available. Open daily. No food.
1109 Decatur St., (504) 525-9053; www.coopsplace.net
Don't be the person who comes into Coop's and orders a mojito, causing a scramble for mint in the kitchen and under-breath rants from Coop's drink slingers. Come to Coop's for tastes of Louisiana, such as spicy bloody marys, seasonal Abita brews and the kitchen's famed rabbit and sausage jambalaya. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Copper Monkey Grill
725 Conti St., (504) 527-0869; wwwcopper- monkeygrill.com; @monkey_copper
The neighborhood bar and restaurant always offers service industry specials and late-night food service (until 6 a.m.), including hand-formed burgers, gumbo, etouffee and more. The bar features a large selection of absinthe and cocktails include Spank the Monkey, which comes in a large bowl for sharing with friends. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Cosimo's French Quarter Bar
1201 Burgundy St., (504) 522-9715
Think of this long-serving (since 1931) hidden gem as the cozy living room of your delightfully dysfunctional family of French Quarter characters. Equally ideal for crazy nights on the town as it is for sipping a cold one in solitude, Cosimo's offers specialty mojitos on Mondays and $2 tacos on Tuesdays. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. daily.
Coterie Restaurant and Oyster Bar
135 Decatur St., (504) 529-8600
The Cajun restaurant offers a laid-back atmosphere for enjoying bloody marys made with St. Roch infused vodka. The food menu includes alligator sausage, crawfish egg rolls, gumbo, boudin balls, seafood , burgers and vegetarian options. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0511; www.crescentcity- brewhouse.com
Beer pub When Crescent City Brewhouse opened in 1991, it was the first brewpub to open in the city and presaged the rising popularity of home brewing and craft beers. The pub offers freshly brewed beer daily, including four standards and a special brew monthly. Food offerings include New Orleans cuisine, seafood, sandwiches and more. There's outdoor seating and live music Monday through Saturday. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
301 Royal St., (504) 717-4198; www.curionola.com; @curionola
The bistro and bar has only been open a short while and offers wine, beer and cocktails in a building on the corner of Royal and Bienville streets in the French Quarter. The full restaurant menu of American food with a Creole bent is available during regular serving hours. On off hours (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.), bar customers can order from the "Brick-A-Brack" menu, which includes steamed whitewater mussels, candied fried pork ribs and grilled salmon. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Deja Vu Bar and Grill
400 Dauphine St., (504) 523-1931; www.deja- vunola.com
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served 24/7 at this restaurant and bar, which features sports on TV and $6 bloody marys. There is beer, wine and popular drinks like the Irish Car Bomb. Tuesday and Thursday are $8.99 steak nights. Open 24 hours daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Desire Oyster Bar
Royal Sonesta, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2281; www.sonesta.com/desireoysterbar; @DesireOysterBar
A tin ceiling and black-and-white checkered floors are holdovers in a recently renovated space with a new contemporary bar, high boy tables and a char-grill station for oysters. The hurricane is the most popular drink, and here it's made with fresh passion fruit juice. The food menu includes shrimp and grits, gumbo and blackened catfish Lafitte. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap
Wyndham New Orleans, 132 Royal St., (504) 309-4797; www.olesaint.com; @olesaintnola
Memorabilia from former New Orleans Saint Deuce McAllister's football career decorates the interior of this bar inside the Wyndham New Orleans hotel. Ole Saint features Southern coastal cuisine and a large selection of local, regional and national craft beers. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
716 Iberville St., (504) 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com
The elegant steakhouse has a large bar with picture windows looking out on Iberville Street. There's a selection of martinis and classic cocktails as well as many Irish whiskies. A small bar menu includes a burger and appetizers — and there are $5 specials at happy hour. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
620 Chartres St., (504) 267-3500; www.doris- metropolitan.com
; @DorisMetNOLA Restaurant bar Doris Metropolitan is a steakhouse with a few Middle Eastern accents on the menu. The extensive wine list offers many premium red wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone, Italy and California, as well as wines from around the globe. The cocktail menu has original drinks, such as the Roman Holiday, a version of a Negroni made with house-made grapefruit soda, amaro and elderflower liqueur. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
1036 N. Rampart St., (504) 509-7644; www.nolabubbles.com
Wine bar The bar specializes in bubbles, offering Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world by the glass and bottle. Besides Champagne, the wine list includes French cremants, Italian prosecco and moscato, Spanish cava and sparkling wines from the West Coast and new world regions. There also are cocktails made with bubbly and a small menu of caviar, snacks and desserts. Happy hour features wine specials. Courtyard seating available. Open Wed.-Sun. Food available. Happy hour opening-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.
El Gato Negro
81 French Market Place, (504) 525-9752; www.elgatonegronola.com
See CBD/Warehouse District listing for restaurant description.
The Empire Bar at Broussard's
819 Conti St., (504) 581-3866; www.broussards.com
; @BroussardsNOLA Restaurant bar There's indoor and outdoor seating at this stately Napoleon-themed bar offering classic cocktails with a twist. The raspberry Alexander is made with Delacour brandy, raspberry syrup, dark crème de cacao and cream. Food offerings include shrimp remoulade salad, frites fondue, oysters Rockefeller and beef brochette. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
811 Conti St., (504) 522-3573; www.erinrosebar.com
This late-night Irish bar is located just steps off Bourbon Street. Almost every inch of wall space is covered with signs, old photos of employees and regulars or patches left by patrons. Regulars know to order frozen Irish coffees and bloody marys. Killer Poboys serves a short menu of gourmet sandwiches in the back room. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.
Fais Deaux Deaux
325, 327and 420 Bourbon St.; www.bourbonbeertogo.com
Fishbowls filled with Hurricane punch are the hot item at this walk-up bar with four locations on Bourbon Street. Other popular drinks include $3 beers and shots of Jameson and Patron. Open daily. No food.
Felipe's Mexican Taqueria
301 N. Peters St., (504) 288-8226; www.felipestaqueria.com; @felipesnola
The Mexican restaurant offers margaritas frozen and on the rocks, along with a "Made in LA" drink menu, which features cocktails mixed with local ingredients, including the Oryzing Sun made with Oryza gin from Thibodaux, grapefruit, Campari and jalapeno simple syrup. There's a full menu of Mexican dishes. Wednesday features margarita specials. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
1136 Decatur St., (504) 605-4816; www.fiorellasnola.com
Restaurant bar The cocktail menu at this New Orleans-style restaurant is playful and creative, with eccentric offerings like Slithering Swamp Water (vodka, gin, rum, melon liqueur and lemonade). The food menu includes small plates, po-boys, soups and salads. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Foundation Room at House of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4976; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans/fr; @HOBNOLA
The Foundation Room is tucked inside House of Blues. Members receive benefits and are invited to exclusive parties. There's live music Tuesday through Saturday. Popular drinks include martinis, seasonal craft cocktails and classics like the Sazerac. A lounge menu is available in addition to a fine-dining menu. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
727 Bourbon St., (504) 523-1960; www.thefunkypirate.com
Part of the Tropical Isle family of bars, this one has a pirate theme and offers live music daily and a courtyard. Favorite drinks include the Hand Grenade, Horny Gator, Shark Attack and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Bar snacks available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Wed., noon-4 p.m. Thu. and Sun., noon-2 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Gold Mine Saloon
701 Dauphine St., (504) 586-0745
Dance until dawn at this local late-night hub. Take a break from the packed dance floor and check out the establishment's collection of vintage video games, or grab a round of the saloon's signature flaming Dr. Pepper shots. Open Wed.-Sat. No food.
1239 Royal St., (504) 529-2860 Gay bar A longtime home to Southern Decadence events, Golden Lantern hosts live music every Friday and Saturday, as well as DJs, karaoke, drag shows and more. There's free food on Sundays. Bloody marys are the house drink. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Good Friends Bar
740 Dauphine St., 504-566-7191; www.goodfriendsbar.com; @GoodFriendsNOLA
This laid-back gay bar is home to The Separator, an original special that's a frozen version of a Brandy Alexander. The bar is known for its neighborhood vibe. Tuesdays are for Kocktail Karaoke, which comes with free shots and a bar tab to a lucky singer. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 5 a.m. Mon.-9 p.m. Fri.
834 N. Rampart St., (504) 267-3615; www.facebook.com/grandpres
There's lots to do at this gay bar, from Boylesque and drag shows to regular Wednesday game nights, Thursday trivia, karaoke and music videos. Watermelon mojitos and apple pie shots are the most popular drinks. Open daily. No food. Happy hour noon-9 p.m. daily.
Hard Rock Cafe
125 Bourbon St., (504) 529-5617; www.hardrock.com/cafes/new-orleans; @HardRock_NOLA
The walls of this chain restaurant and bar are filled with rock 'n' roll memorabilia, and the menu is American cuisine with local specialties. There are interactive live music shows from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday, and music videos play on TVs around the bar all the time. Hard Rock Hurricanes are hand-crafted. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
900 Chartres St., (504) 524-1107
This cash-only, dog- friendly neighborhood dive draws locals and tourists looking to catch football games on TV and hoist a stiff bloody mary. Music is courtesy of a jukebox. Open daily. No food.
Hermes Bar at Antoine's Restaurant
725 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422; www.antoines.com/hermes-bar.html; @AntoinesNOLA
Decorated with memorabilia from the Krewe of Hermes Carnival organization, the elegant Hermes Bar is a great place to soak in the flavor of New Orleans with classic cocktails (Sazerac, Pimm's Cup, French 75, Ramos gin fizz, Sidecar) and dishes from Antoine's Restaurant — without reservations or a wait. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The Hideaway Hip Hop Club
418 Bourbon St., (504) 201-9543; www.facebook.com/hideawaynola
Located upstairs from Sing Sing, the Hideaway is a hip-hop dance club with music spinning from 8 p.m. on. There's a full bar and stiff drinks, plus a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street. Open Wed.-Sun. No food.
House of Blues Restaurant and Bar
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com/neworleans/restaurant; @HOBNOLA
There's live music nightly from a range of performers covering a variety of genres. Friday features a shrimp boil at 5 p.m. in the dog-friendly Voodoo Garden with live music. American and international dishes are available, and make sure you check out the artwork on the walls, much of it by local artists. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The Jazz Playhouse
Royal Sonesta New Orleans, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2299; www.sonesta.com/jazzplayhouse; @JazzPlayhouse
The club features a variety of jazz musicians nightly, and there's a burlesque performance at 11 p.m. Fridays. The bar features seasonally inspired cocktails with jazz themes and small plates, including char-grilled oysters, chicken and waffles, and jumbo shrimp remoulade. Open daily. Food available.
337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005; www.kingfishneworleans.com; @kingfishnola
The restaurant has a rustic but polished atmosphere, with exposed brick softened with light blue paint. There's live jazz Friday through Sunday and the drink menu has classics and new concoctions. Popular drinks are the Pimm's Cup, mint julep, Sazerac and Blueberry Hill, made with blueberry Stolichnaya vodka, lemon, sugar and blueberries. The full restaurant menu of Louisiana dishes is available at the bar during regular serving hours; otherwise the bar offers a small bites menu (2 p.m.-7 p.m.). Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
941 Bourbon St., (504) 593-9761; www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com
Housed in a historic building constructed in the early 1700s, the famed Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is a frequent stop for tourists and a regular hangout for folks in the neighborhood. There's live piano music starting at 9 p.m. nightly at the dog-friendly bar, and favored drinks include hurricanes and Purple Voodoo daiquiris, a potent mix of bourbon, Everclear 190 and grape flavoring. Open daily. No food.
Larry Flynt's Hustler Barely Legal Club
423 Bourbon St., (504) 571-6340; www.barelylegalnola.com; @barelylegalnola
An offshoot of the older, if not wiser, Hustler Club, exotic dancers are a big draw for bachelor parties and group celebrations. The multi-story club features several bars and stages, VIP rooms and bottle service. It also has two-for-one drink specials Sunday through Thursday in the VIP lounge starting at 9 p.m. Open daily. No food. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. Sun.-Thu.
Larry Flynt's Hustler Club
225 Bourbon St., (504) 524-0010; www.neworleanshustlerclub.com
Sex-and-skin (and First Amendment) enthusiast Larry Flynt recently offered $10 million for anyone with dirt that could lead to the impeachment of President Donald Trump. There are no impeachments at his bar, however, as customers are greeted with plush seating and female dancers on four stages on two floors. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour noon- 8 p.m. daily.
Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 586-0300; www.sonesta.com/lebooze
The bar at the Royal Sonesta Hotel features a large selection of bourbons and whiskeys from around the world. It also serves bar fare like cheeseburgers, hot wings and roast beef debris cheese fries. Get drink specials and half-price appetizers during happy hour. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
420 Bourbon St., (504) 527-0744; www.lipstixxnola.com
; @Nolalipstixx Gentleman's club Exotic dancers perform at this lounge, which has club chair seating, a courtyard and private VIP areas. There's also a DJ and a drink menu that includes Champagne, wine, beer and cocktails. Open daily. No food.
Maison Bourbon Jazz Club
641 Bourbon St., (504) 522-8818; www.maisonbourbon.com
The music club is dedicated to jazz and stages live performances every day (music starts at 3:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; 7:30 p.m. other days). There's comfortable seating, and cocktails run to the classics such as Sazeracs, hurricanes and Pimm's Cups. Open daily. No food.
May Baily's Place
Dauphine Orleans Hotel, 415 Dauphine St., (504) 586-1800; www.dauphineorleans.com/nightlife; @DauphineOrleans
Built in 1821, the French Quarter bar once was a bordello run by Madam May Baily. It is currently under renovation through December and operating from a cozy annex with courtyard seating. The Miss Kitty cocktail is made with vodka, fresh strawberry puree and moscato. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-till Mon.-Thu., noon-till Fri.-Sat.
942 N. Rampart St., (504) 569-9979; www.meauxbar.com; @Meauxbar
The intimate neighborhood gastropub arranges its cocktail menu by the type of spirit and the mood the drink is designed to evoke. Popular drinks includes the "bright and cool" tequila cocktail and the "sultry and sophisticated" Aperol cocktail. The food menu offers modern seasonal dishes with Southern and New Orleans influences. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Mr. B's Bistro Bar
201 Royal St., (504) 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com; @MrBsBistro
The bar has an elegant clubby bistro ambience and is known for twists on classics including a pear Cosmopolitan and a blood orange margarita. The full restaurant menu is available during regular serving hours, and an abbreviated menu is available between lunch and dinner service and late night. Weekday lunch diners can order a $1.50 martini or bloody mary from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open daily. Food available.
Molly's at the Market
1107 Decatur St., (504) 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net; @mollysdecatur
Local journalists, New Orleanians and tourists alike flock to Molly's for its signature frozen Irish coffee. A Miller High Life and a shot of Jameson is $6, and on Thursday the Champagne of bottled beers is only $1. Junction FQ serves hamburgers Wednesday-Sunday. Open daily. Food available.
My Bar@635/ Ticklers Piano Bar
635 Bourbon St., (504) 267-7170; www.mybar635.com; @vieuxcarrevenues.com
There's live music nightly, including popular "dueling pianos" shows. The bar has been restored, with distressed walls, music-themed decor, cushy seating and rich, dark woods. The downstairs bar opens onto Bourbon Street, and there's an upstairs bar with a balcony. The Purple Voodoo daiquiri is a popular drink. Open daily. No food.
500 Chartres St., (504) 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com; @NapoleonHouseNO
Take a seat in the front bar, which opens onto busy French Quarter streets in good weather, and sip a classic cocktail in a historic setting, or head to the courtyard for a slower New Orleans ambience. Pimm's Cup (gin, lemonade, 7 Up and cucumber) is a popular drink choice and the food menu includes muffulettas, jambalaya, po-boys and gumbo. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
734 Bourbon St., (504) 237-4144
The elegant two-story building on the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann streets offers a comfortable, upscale LGBT-friendly atmosphere, top-shelf liquors and craft cocktails. The dog-friendly bar offers a variety of mojitos, martinis and margaritas and a long list of shot concoctions. Open daily. No food.
534 St. Louis St., (504) 522-6652; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/nola-restaurant; @NOLARestaurant
The newly renovated large bar area has TVs and plenty of seating. The food menu is rustic Louisiana fare and is heavy on local ingredients. The signature NOLA lemonade (limon rum, raspberry shrub and lemon juice) and Ode to Miki (Hendrick's gin, cucumber juice, jalapeno juice, lime juice and simple syrup) are popular drink selections. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Old Absinthe House
240 Bourbon St., (504) 524-0113; www.ruebourbon.com/old-absinthe-house.com
Sample the once-forbidden "green fairy" with a traditional sugar cube pour or the signature Absinthe House Frappe — first mixed in 1874 — at this historic pub that has been a staple of the Vieux Carre for 200 years. Sazeracs, Ramos gin fizzes and other classic cocktails are prepared the old-fashioned way. Bar fare includes jambalaya and cheese fries, and is available beginning at noon. Open daily. Food available.
One Eyed Jacks
615 Toulouse St., (504) 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net; @oejnola
The club features a wide variety of live music, burlesque performances, comedy events, DJ dance nights and a popular '80s night on Thursday. Vixens and Vinyl is every Wednesday night. The bar serves classic cocktails, cheap Miller High Life and PBR shot specials. Open daily. No food.
Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro
720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com
Live piano music, a courtyard fountain and lush accommodations in a historic 1800s building make this a place to relax. There are 65 wines and Champagnes by the glass and hundreds of wines by the bottle, as well as classic cocktails including Sazeracs and Pimm's Cups. The food menu includes pork chops with crawfish sausage, Gulf fish, steak and lobster. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight daily.
800 Bourbon St., (504) 593-9491; www.ozneworleans.com; @OzNiteClub
This gay dance club hosts events ranging from karaoke and drag shows to comedy, strip contests and a Boylesque show. DJs provide dance music. There's also free Wi-Fi, but who needs it? Open daily. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Pat O'Brien's Bar
718 St. Peters St., (504) 525-4823; www.patobriens.com; @PatOBriensBar
There's a barroom for every taste here: a stand-up bar at the entrance, a piano bar and a large courtyard bar with a postcard-worthy flaming fountain. Servers in green tuxedo jackets lend an Old New Orleans air, and potent tropical drinks such as the signature Hurricane and Cyclone come in logoed glasses customers can take home. A menu of local and American dishes is available. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Patrick's Bar Vin
Hotel Mazarin, 730 Bienville St., (504) 200-3180; www.patricksbarvin.com; @PatricksBarVin
General Manager Patrick van Hoorebeek, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor with a campaign slogan "More Wine, Less Crime," operates the elegant wine bar in the Hotel Mazarin. The wine bar offers a long list of vintages available by glass and bottle, as well as original cocktails. Cheese and charcuterie plates are available. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
RF's Martini Bar & Restaurant
301 Dauphine St., (504) 586-0972; www.rfsnola.com; @RichardFiskes
This French Quarter oasis is known for serving a wide selection of martinis while getting locals grooving to nightly live music. Relax in one of two courtyards or slip into a private booth for date night. The bar menu has po-boys, sliders and classic Cajun fare. Happy hour features $3 margaritas. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Razzoo Bar and Patio
511 Bourbon St., (504) 522-5100; @RazzooNOLA
The Phunky Monkeys perform Sunday through Thursday, and other nights feature karaoke, DJs and more. There's a high-energy dance floor, a patio with a flaming fountain and three-for-one beer and cocktail specials during happy hour. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Red Fish Grill's Oyster Bar
115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com; @RedFishGrill
The triad of cold beer, raw oysters and Saints football is a winning combination on Sunday afternoons, when Dixie drafts are $3, specialty cocktails are $6 and barbecued oysters are buy six, get six free 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Original drinks in the casual, coastal-themed spot include the Honeysuckle mule (Cathead vodka, pressed lime and ginger sugarcane syrup). Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Ryan's Irish Pub
241 Decatur St., (504) 523-3500
With its open-air feeling in a quaint pub space, Ryan's somehow seems to remain off the beaten path, quiet and calm, amid busy Decatur Street. It's a go-to spot for locals looking for quality draft beer and $5 car bombs and for sports fans seeking games outside the Louisiana State University-New Orleans Saints spheres, particularly NHL hockey. Open daily. No food.
91 French Market Place, (504) 522-5851; www.stcecilianola.com
This bright and bustling newcomer hosting meandering tourists and knowing locals alike. Hearty Italian cuisine is offered along with several freshly made daiquiris and inventive original cocktails such as the namesake Saint Cecilia, a mix of green-tea vodka, lemon, St-Germain and soda. Full restaurant menu. Open Thu.-Mon. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Saints and Sinners
627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307: www.saintsandsinnersnola.com: @SandSNOLA
When the kitchen closes at 9 p.m., this bordello- chic bar and restaurant turns into a nightclub complete with bottle service, go-go dancers and a DJ. Popular cocktails include the Saint (made from clear liquors like vodka and gin) and the Sinner (made from dark liquors including bourbon and amaretto), both served in souvenir glasses. Boiled crawfish are served in season. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Scores New Orleans
416 Bourbon St., (504) 525-0999; www.scoresnola.com; @scoresmansion
Housed in a former mansion, Scores has an elegant bar with carved wood molding, chandeliers and a pressed-tin bar front. Exotic dancers and a DJ provide entertainment. You can reserve the balcony over Bourbon Street, and there's also a billiards room. Champagne and wine are popular drinks. Open daily. No food.
418 Bourbon St., (504) 529-2201
Bar patrons become the stars on karaoke nights Sunday through Thursday. There's also sports on TV, video poker and a DJ. Open daily. No food.
310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095: ww.sobounola.com; @SoBouNola
The bar is known for craft cocktails. Burlesque brunch is every Sunday, and the third Thursday of the month features a literary roundtable with a cocktail inspired by the book of the month. Creole cuisine inspired by Louisiana and Caribbean street food is available. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
325 Bourbon St., (504) 309-3376; www.stilettosnola.com; @stilettosnola
There are dancers on the mezzanine balcony and in private VIP rooms. A DJ provides music. Open daily. No food.
516 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9400; www.bourbonswamp.com; @BourbonSwamp
A mechanical "Swamp Thang" bull gator draws patrons to the bamboo-lined courtyard for a ride, but there's also a main bar inside and an upstairs bar with a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street. Happy hour features three-for-one beers and triple-shot cocktails. DJs spin music most nights. Open daily. No food. Happy hour opening-8 p.m. daily.
625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com; @sylvainnola
The gastropub occupies a cozy nook near Jackson Square and serves takes on classic drinks like the Moscow mule and original cocktails. Take a seat in the romantic courtyard and order gourmet pub food like the popular Chick-Syl-Vain sandwich. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
616 St. Peter St., (504) 934-3463; www.tableaufrenchquarter.com; @tableauNOLA
Dickie Brennan's Creole restaurant on the corner of Jackson Square has bars on two floors, a wraparound balcony and a courtyard. The drink menu includes classic cocktails such as French 75s and Negronis and originals such as the Black Creek Summer, combining honeysuckle vodka, black tea, blackberries and lemon. Happy hour includes $5 small plates Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
327 Bourbon St., (504) 525-4470; www.temptationsnola.com; @temptationsnola
The converted antebellum townhouse has multiple floors with pole dancing, private VIP rooms and a billiard hall. DJs provide music. Open daily. No food.
The Tequila House
419 Bourbon St., (504) 568-0446; www.facebook.com/thetequilahouse
The dog-friendly bar has more than 100 tequilas and mixes them into a variety of drinks including the popular Fantasma Rita: ghost pepper-infused Ghost tequila, Bittermen's hopped grapefruit bitters, sour mix, cucumber and lemon. Wicked Southern Barbecue provides tacos, nachos, sandwiches and plates like The Biggety (four meats, four sides). Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
301 N. Peters St., (504) 288-8226; www.tikitolteca.com; @TikiTolteca
The tiki culture is evident at this bar upstairs from Felipe's Taqueria. Mai tais, the quintessential tiki drink, and hurricanes are $5 from opening to 7 p.m. Some of its signature drinks are potent, tropical and large enough to split. One quirky "snack" includes a trio of booze-soaked, massive gummy bears. Food is available from Felipe's downstairs. Open daily. No food. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Tropical Isle bars
Little Tropical Isle, 435 Bourbon St., (504) 525-1689; Tropical Isle Original, 600 Bourbon St., (504) 529-1702; Tropical Isle's Bayou Club, 610 Bourbon St., (504) 529-1702; Tropical Isle Bourbon, 721 Bourbon St., (504) 529-4109; www.tropicalisle.com
This family of French Quarter bars focuses on potent specialty drinks such as the Hand Grenade (in a souvenir green grenade long-neck cup), the Horny Gator, Shark Attack and Bushwacker. The clubs have live music daily, mostly rock and trop-rock. The Bayou Club is decorated in a Cajun theme and features live Cajun and zydeco music. Tropical Isle Bourbon has a wrap-around balcony overlooking Bourbon Street, and Little Tropical Isle has a courtyard. Open daily. Bar snacks available. Happy hour varies by location.
823 Decatur St., 504-525-8676; www.tujaguesrestaurant.com
The grasshopper, a classic cocktail combining green and white cremes de menthe, creme de cocoa, heavy cream and brandy, is a popular choice, and there are new takes on classics such as the bourbon flaming, a mix of Henry McKenna bourbon, lemon, apricot brandy and ginger ale. The restaurant, founded in 1856, offers traditional New Orleans cuisine. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The Upper Quarter
1000 Bienville St., (504) 523-4111
There are beer and shot specials all day, and the dog-friendly bar has a long list of Louisiana rums. Pudding shots are served when the Black and Gold score a touchdown, there's free food and drink specials on game days. Open daily. No food.
Hotel le Marais, 717 Conti St., (504) 525-2300; www.hotellemarais.com/nightlife
Modern decor and lively LED lighting draw in people looking for a specialty cocktail (poire violette, bubbly Vive, hurricane a la Vive) and a place to unwind. The lounge opens onto a courtyard with a pool. There's a Star Wars marathon the fourth of every month, and on Wednesdays, patrons wearing high heels receive drink discounts based on the height of their heels. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.