Visit Cooter Brown's, a pub that's Uptown at the Riverbend. It's definitely on the dumpy side as far as venues go, but the beer list is killer http://www.cooterbrowns.com/beers.html
and their raw ersters are great.
Get a one-day streetcar pass for $3. Stop at the Columns Hotel and spend a lazy hour on the front porch with a snack plate watching the world go by (or, inside in their fabulous bar) with the help of a few Sazeracs. Then go further uptown to Cooter Brown's for sumbeers and ersters; and mosey a couple of blocks over to Camellia Grill.
Two blocks off the St. Charles streetcar is Commander's Palace. Go for lunch or brunch for the best bang for your buck. Food and service are the best, and for lunch you can order $.25 Martinis (full martinis, not small or watered down). But limit 3, "cause that's enough."