Preservation hall is always a good call. I have a special place in my heart for Rock and Bowl. If y'all are going uptown and find yourself on Magazine street, Sucre has been voted as one of the best king cakes in NOLA (though this is highly contested, especially in my house...my husband is a fan of Tastee Donuts king cake which is also really good). I used to go to the Maple Leaf, Howling Wolf, and The Circle Bar back in the day when I was a little punk, but I haven't been out there in a while. I did recently get to the Ace Hotel for a yoga fest and I love that place.