The Spotted Cat is an intimate, slightly formal bar for all those cool cats and kittens who enjoy live jazz with a local flavor. This place, however, is for purists — if you're looking for flamboyant performances and gimmicks, you won't find them here. Jazz outfits such as the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Jeremy Lyons and the Deltabilly Boys, and Tin Men perform at the Spotted Cat on a regular basis.
This is one of those places that make you wonder if they ever close. Open doors and no cover charge lure tourists and locals to listen to some of the best music in town. Authentic jazz that is loud and lively is almost non-stop from mid-afternoon to the wee hours of the morning at Maison Bourbon. Players include Wallace Davenport, Steve Slocum and Tommy Yetta. Patrons must be 21 or older. There is a one-drink minimum.
Funky Pirate, this premier blues club on Bourbon Street features Big Al Carson and the Blues Masters and offers great drinks at local prices. It is not unusual to find a bouncer standing outside one of the many entrances with a sign declaring, "No cover, come on in!" With that kind of open-door policy it is hard to resist the blaring blues riff created by the talented guitarist. Plain and simple, if you want blues, this is the place to visit.
There are several bars on Bourbon Street that are indistinguishable from one another after several drinks. Razzoo Bar & Patio separates itself from the others with an incredible back courtyard, ample seating and live music that is usually pretty good. The musicians here play with soul, which is a rare thing to hear on Bourbon Street. Drink prices are reasonable and there is a daily three-for-one happy hour.
Fancy good music and a cold beer at the end of your day? Head to d.b.a., where they host live performances and serve draft beer, Belgian draft beer, and hand-drawn ales. There is also a wine list, a whiskey list and a brandy list. The amount of liquor served here is mind-boggling. If you're there for the live music, you won't be disappointed.
If you are down on Bourbon Street and your feet are tired from walking and you have had your fill of raucous mayhem, you need only walk a little further to find this famous bar. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar is (as its name implies) located in a former blacksmith's shop and safe house for smugglers during the 1800s. It boasts of having survived the fire that burned down the French Quarter in the late 1800s and being the oldest building to house a bar in the United States. In the back of the bar, a musician plays a grand piano and croons through drunken sing-a-longs like Piano Man and You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling. The bar has reasonably priced drinks compared to many of its Bourbon Street counterparts.
Launched in 2007, the Twist of Lime is a favorite among locals as well as visitors to Metairie. Open from noon until 5a, this watering hole is always buzzing with patrons. It features an impressive list of beer and spirits to choose from. Enjoy your drink with some video poker, or shoot some pool or play a game of darts. The jukebox provides great entertainment, while live bands take over on weekends.
For the people of New Orleans, this is an evening nest and a place to relax. The "refurbished flood damaged wood" interiors, lend an air of absolute simplicity to the interiors. Don't worry about dress codes, just walk right in for drinks and conversations. You'll find most people hooked to TV screens watching a hard contested baseball match or gaming away with beer in one hand and WiFi controllers in the other. Whether you are interested in sports or not, the lively atmosphere combined with spontaneous laughter and smiling bartenders provides good enough reason for you to visit again.
A classic juicy 10 oz ground sirloin Burger with beer? What do you think of that? Well, this is the main attraction at Beachcorner Bar & Grill, as they serve up the best Burger in town for a very small price. Besides the famous burgers, foodies will relish the hot and spicy wings, quesadillas and onion rings. Looking for more variety? Select from the long list of sandwiches which are good enough for a meal and come in different combinations. When you have had your fill of tasty food, you can pass your time with a game of pool or test your aiming skills at the dartboard. A great place to enjoy and rewind after work.