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Top Choice Bar in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Mimi's in the Marigny

The name of this bar could justifiably change to ‘Mimi’s is the Marigny’ – it's impossible to imagine the neighborhood without this institution. It's an attractively disheveled place, with comfy furniture, pool tabl…
Top Choice American in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Bacchanal

From the outside, Bacchanal looks like a leaning Bywater shack; inside are racks of wine and stinky but sexy cheese. Musicians play in the garden, while cooks dispense delicious meals on paper plates from the kitche…
Top Choice Italian in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Pizza Delicious

The thin-crust pies here are done New York–style and taste great. The preparation is simple, but the ingredients are fresh and consistently top-notch. An easy, family-friendly ambience makes for a lovely spot for a …
Top Choice Bar in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Buffa’s

Buffa’s wears a lot of hats. First and foremost, it’s a neighborhood bar with a backroom stage that hosts the occasional band, quiz night, open-mic night and TV/movie screening. Second, it’s a 24-hour spot that serv…
Top Choice Theater in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

AllWays Lounge

In a city full of funky music venues, AllWays stands out as one of the funkiest. On any given night of the week you may see experimental guitar, local theater, thrash-y rock, live comedy, burlesque or a '60s-inspire…
Top Choice Live Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Spotted Cat

The Cat might just be your sexy dream of a New Orleans jazz club, a thumping sweatbox where drinks are served in plastic cups, impromptu dances break out at the drop of a feathered hat and the music is always except…
Top Choice Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Louisiana Music Factory

Here’s your first stop if you’re looking for music. The selection of new and used CDs delves deep into the musical culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, with recordings from the 1900s to the present. The listening s…
Top Choice Live Music in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Hi Ho Lounge

Hip-hop, punk, brass bands, dance parties, live storytelling events and Mardi Gras Indians regularly pop up at Hi Ho, one of the most eclectic venues in an eclectic city. It can get pretty packed, but this remains o…
Top Choice Breakfast in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Cake Café & Bakery

On weekend mornings the line quite literally extends out the door here. Biscuits and gravy (topped with andouille), fried oysters and grits (seasonally available) and all the omelets are standouts. Lunch is great, t…
Top Choice Chinese in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Red's Chinese

Red's has upped the Chinese cuisine game in New Orleans in a big way. The chefs aren't afraid to add lashings of Louisiana flavor, yet this isn't what we'd call 'fusion' cuisine. The food is grounded deeply in spicy…