Every night feels like a neighborhood block party at Lagniappe. This New Orleans-inspired bar in Midtown always has a festive vibe, so corral a few of your closest friends for an evening of wine, music, and conversation. Things work a little differently here compared to most night spots, so do as the locals do and you’ll fit in just fine. First off, grab a bottle of wine, and then some cheese and charcuterie–maybe a hunk of gouda and a few slices of beef bresaola–from the bar’s refrigerators. Next, take it up to the counter where they will uncork your bottle and plate your meats and cheeses. Food served and tab paid, head on out to the lovely outdoor patio–which really does feel like someone’s backyard–and grab a table under the strings of white lights. Is that a jazz band playing? Yes it is. There’s live music here nearly every night of the week, and not just jazz, but funk, soul, R&B, and more. Then sit back and take it all in. The music rises. Palm fronds dance in the warm breeze. You hear the laughter of your friends, and see the satisfied smiles creep across their faces. When the band takes a break, raise your glasses in a toast to the good life with friends, because this is about as good as it gets.