100+ Top Bars: Bourbon Street Gauntlet_lowres

There are craft cocktails at the Storyville-themed Saints & Sinners on Bourbon Street.

21st Amendment

Just off Bourbon Street, the space that formerly housed the Creole restaurant La Louisiane has been converted into a sleek, modern bar with the retro stylings of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The craft cocktail menu, however, is quite contemporary. 725 Iberville St., (504) 378-7330; www.21stamendmentnola.com

The Beach on Bourbon

This party spot goes from being a sports bar to a live music venue to a dance party, depending on the night of the week. It features a slew of TV screens, an indoor VIP balcony, a massive dance floor, and an air-conditioned outdoor courtyard with a flaming fountain. 227 Bourbon St., (504) 523-3800; www.beachonbourbon.com, @BeachonBourbon

Bourbon "O"

Since taking the helm at Bourbon "O" last spring, mixologist and cocktail book author extraordinaire Cheryl Charming has updated the bar with a lounge area, absinthe fountain and menu of craft cocktails. The ultimate summer cooler? Charming's root beer float: Creole cream cheese, ice cream, Abita root beer and dark rum. Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St., (504) 523-2222; www.bourbonorleans.com

Bourbon Pub & Parade

Whether it's amateur strip night (Fridays), drag king shows (Tuesdays) or karaoke (Thursdays), a dull moment is hard to find at this 24-hour gay club. The downstairs dance floor is pumping, and the second-floor wraparound balcony offers refuge for the more sedate crowd. 801 Bourbon St., (504) 529-2107; www.bourbonpub.com, @BourbonPub

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

It's one of the oldest buildings in French Quarter — and purportedly a former pirate's den — and it feels the part, with mostly candle lighting, a piano, fireplace and the ambience of a neighborhood dive bar. It also has a courtyard. 941 Bourbon St., (504) 593-9761; www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com

Le Booze in the Royal Sonesta Hotel

Big-screen TVs at this cigar bar play all major football, baseball and hockey games. If sports isn't your thing, take a microbrew, dark and stormy or Moscow mule outside and people watch from Le Booze's second-floor balcony, which overlooks Bourbon Street.  The Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 586-0400; www.sonesta.com

Saints and Sinners

The trompe l'oeil, bronzed chandeliers, wooden deck, celebrity owner (Channing Tatum) and full menu of New Orleans dishes give this Bourbon Street newcomer a distinctly elegant, non-Bourbon Street vibe. OK, there's a stripper pole and a cocktail named Burlesque Stress — but all sins are forgiven on Sundays, when the bar offers all-you-can-eat crawfish. 627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307; www.saintsandsinnersnola.com, @SandSNOLA

Tropical Isle

The iconic Hand Grenade, melon-flavored and potent, is served in a grenade-shaped container, but there's also the Horny Gator, which comes with a toy alligator, and the Shark Attack, featuring a toy shark. "Adults are just big kids," explains co-owner Pam Fortner. There are five Bourbon Street locations. 435 Bourbon St., 600 Bourbon St., 610 Bourbon St., 721 Bourbon St., 727 Bourbon St., 504-529-4109; www.tropicalisle.com, @Tropical_Isle

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