Rock 'n' Bowl
Founded in 1989, Rock 'n' Bowl moved a few blocks down Carrollton Ave from its original location after Katrina flooded it. The new spot has expanded outdoor seating and more dining options, but still feels burnished by generations of New Orleanians' fun. It opens at lunchtime -- because it's a bowling alley -- and live music, adjacent to the lanes, starts in the evening. The bill is dancer-friendly, with lots of rockabilly, swing, and zydeco to draw folks onto the floor. That's for plain ol' guests, though; owner John Blancher, a bona fide local character, likes to climb up on the bar and boogie down at least once an evening.