A bicycle rider pedals past a mural on St. Claude Avenue.

The thoroughfare connects Faubourg Marigny, St. Roch, Bywater and the Lower 9th Ward with a long stretch of restaurants, galleries, bars and late-night attractions, from the 24-hour rogue’s gallery outside Hank’s Supermarket parking lot (and on its Instagram, @hanks_supermarket) to the crowd spilling out of dance parties at Saturn Bar. The lounge trinity — AllWays Lounge, Hi-Ho Lounge and Siberia Lounge — at the intersection of St. Claude Avenue and Marigny Street packs drag, comedy, house music, singer-songwriters, Balkan music and everything else into its corners, and Kajun’s nearby is the go-to karaoke after-party. Travel up or down the road on second Saturdays for art gallery crawls, or stay put at your bar of choice and watch the parties pass by.

Who’ll you see: Gentrifier caricatures, lost Airbnbers, night owls, artists and service industry

Where to eat: Romantic no-frills French bistro N7, tucked away behind a hidden courtyard off St. Claude.

Where to drink: Queenie’s or Gene’s for a giant neon daiquiri.

Where to play pinball: Kebab hosts a rotating selection of classic pinball machines from the Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball, a sampling of the arcade at its elusive Pin Church.


Press Street at St. Claude is named Homer Plessy Way in honor of the New Orleans civil rights hero who boarded a whites-only train car near the street, leading to the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous “separate but equal” ruling in 1896.