Situated on a residential street named for the civil rights attorney credited with fighting local Jim Crow laws, this gritty 7th Ward bar comes alive with a bullet on Fridays when the all-female Pinettes brass band plays, and on Thursdays when trumpeter Kermit Ruffins holds sway. The crowd is friendly, bartenders efficient, and the experience pure booty-shaking NOLA. There’s often a barbecue truck outside for eats. Although it's only 2 miles and change from Bourbon Street, it’s best to take a cab.