After spending all day at Jazz Fest, you don’t want the music to stop. Head to one of many fantastic bars in the city that also happen to feature live music.
Inspired by exquisite cocktails, outstanding local music and delicious cuisine, Three Muses on Frenchmen Street exemplifies the things New Orleans does best. With bartender Kimberly Patton-Bragg behind the stick, you’ll enjoy creative concoctions like Earl Grey Gardens with Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Earl Grey syrup, fresh lemon juice and thyme. Just kick back; munch on chef Daniel Esses’ seared scallops with chorizo; and listen to live, local music from performers like Glen David Andrews, Gal Holiday, the Shotgun Jazz Band and more. If you’re lucky, you may even catch an act with the Three Muses diva herself, Miss Sophie Lee. 536 Frenchmen St., (504) 252-4801, 3musesnola.com
Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar and Restaurant
Named after the well-loved and respected operator of The Bombay Club, Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar and Restaurant is an elegant spot to enjoy the essence of the French Quarter. Located inside the Chateau LeMoyne Hotel, the bar offers live music seven nights per week — featuring local talent like Anais St. John, Tony Seville, Monty Banks and Lucas Davenport. Richard Fiske’s is a place to delight in every kind of martini under the sun, not to mention outstanding cuisine from acclaimed chef Nick Guile. 301 Dauphine St., (504) 586-0972, richardfiskes.com
Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse
Just steps off Bourbon Street inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse is a luxurious reminder of a bygone era — thanks to the velvet-covered cushions, extraordinary jazz and finely crafted libations. Aside from the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter himself, the club plays host to talent like Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, Germaine Bazzle, Joe Krown, Jason Butler, and Gerald French & The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. Sit back in a velvet-cushioned chaise lounge — and immerse yourself in the emotional and eclectic movements of jazz — while sipping on a Sazerac or refreshing Pimm’s Cup. 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2299, sonesta.com/royalneworleans
Located Uptown in the Carrollton neighborhood, Oak is a chic wine bar that serves up sumptuous bar snacks as well as live music every weekend. Although the wine cellar offers a remarkable selection of varietals, the bar also offers signature cocktails — like the 8118 (also the address), which features Russian Standard Vodka, fresh lemon and lime juice, and bruised basil leaves. On Friday and Saturday nights, Oak features popular local musicians like Billy Iuso, Jenn Howard Glass, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and The Tangle. 8118 Oak St., (504) 302-1485, oaknola.com