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100+ Top Bars: Neighborhood Bars 

One mark of a great neighborhood bar is that even if it's not in your neighborhood, you'll feel welcome there. From Algiers to Metairie, Chalmette to Uptown and everywhere in between. Here are some of New Orleans' favorites

click to enlarge Bullet’s Sports Bar is a popular neighborhood watering hole in the 7th Ward.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Bullet’s Sports Bar is a popular neighborhood watering hole in the 7th Ward.

The Pour House Saloon
The saloon has live music on Fridays and Saturdays, $1 drinks for women and open-mic on Wednesdays, and steak dinners on Mondays. The covered outdoor area and country and Western jukebox are also customer favorites. 3501 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 831-9310

Bullet's Sports Bar
Music, food vendors, consistent drinks and family keep this 7th Ward joint jumping. Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers play Mondays, Glen David Andrews gigs Thursdays and Guitar Slim Jr. performs on Fridays. Food vendors can be found outside selling barbecue chicken, smoked sausage, hot sausage, char-broiled oysters and more. 2441 A. P. Tureaud Ave., (504) 948-4003; @bulletsportsbar

Katie's Restaurant and Bar
The bar bites at this friendly joint include char-grilled oysters and the Boudreaux pizza (a cheesy, garlicky cochon de lait feast on a crispy crust). Enjoy classic New Orleans cocktails like Pimm's Cups or brandy milk punch, or drink your fill of bottomless mimosas, bloody marys or sangrias during Sunday brunch.  3701 Iberville St., (504) 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.com.

Jimani
This tavern serves food and drink and some hybrid of the two in its bacon bloody mary. The mix of offerings includes sports on TV, Creole cuisine and Jello shots. 141 Chartres St., (504) 524-0493; www.thejimani.com

Lamplighter Lounge
Serving food 24 hours, Lamplighter is a no-frills lounge where frequent guests are treated like family. The bar is known for its shots, the laundry facilities, bar-top games, dartboards, pool tables and chess sets. 908 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 832-9909

Liuzza's by the Track
The beer comes in big icy schooners, and regulars swear by the potent bloody marys laden with citrus, spicy beans and olives. Enjoy a drink with Liuzza's Creole gumbo or a po-boy stuffed with barbecue shrimp. 1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888; www.liuzzas.com.

Mimi's in the Marigny
Hot and cold tapas and a great vibe make this a Marigny hot spot. The downstairs bar has more of a pub ambience, with a pool table and smoking permitted. The upstairs bar is non-smoking, and has some deep couches and tables for dining. 2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.net

Mr. C's Billiards and Gameroom
Shooting pool is free from noon until 3 p.m. and drinks are poured cheap and heavy by creative bartenders. Al's Sexy Senorita and Captain on the Beach are two of the popular cocktails. 6510 Morrison Road, (504) 245-8758

Old Point Bar
There's Algiers memorabilia all over the walls at this bar just behind the levee. There's live music daily, usually with no cover. The beer selection features local seasonals and stand-bys and popular craft beers from out-of-state breweries, like Fat Tire. 545 Patterson Drive, Algiers, (504) 364-0950

Pal's Lounge
The dog-friendly bar serves craft cocktails and cheap canned beer in a very casual neighborhood spot. The drink menu features Pimm's Cups, Gingeritas (ginger margaritas), spiked iced coffee and more. Seasonal drinks include watermelon mojitos and drunken Arnold Palmers, and there's also a wide selection of sparkling cocktails. 949 N. Rendon St., (504) 488-7257; www.palslounge.com; @palslounge

Parlay's
This Lakeview bar has something for everyone, including local brews on tap, burgers off the grill, pool tables, sports on TV, a cocktail menu, karaoke night and more. 870 Harrison Ave., (504) 304-6338; www.parlaysbar.net, @ParlaysbarNOLA

Silky's
A frequent stop on second line routes, this dive bar features DJs playing "grown folks' music" from artists like Mel Waiters, Jeff Floyd and Bobby Womack and is famous for its Wednesday fish plates. 3816 Magnolia St., (504) 896-2297

Wherehouse Bar & Grill
Chalmette's 24-hour bar and grill is full of warehouse-themed decor, like barstools made from old hand trucks, and features live music of all genres on weekends. There are pool tables, dartboards and big screen TVs for sporting events, including those on pay-per-view. 1351 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, (504) 277-0732; www.wherehousebarandgrill.com

Wit's Inn
Complementing its extensive pizza menu are red, white and sparkling wines, plus a variety of bottled and draft beers. If any LSU team is playing, it'll be on TV here. House specialty drinks include the Mid-City Monsoon, a 32-ounce powerhouse of three different rums with sweet and sour fruit juices. 141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600; www.witsinn.com, @WitsInnNOLA




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