Riverbend/ Carrollton/ University Area
1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-9008;
This college bar features a 50-cent night on Tuesday, with 50-cent well drinks and shots and $1 domestic beers. Hump Day happy hour consists of triple-shot mixed drinks. Pizza, burgers and cheese fries are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-close Wed., 4 p.m-10 p.m. Fri.
7538 Maple St., (504) 861-7615;
An Uptown staple since opening in 1934, Bruno's offers a football-frenzy vibe on Saturday and Sunday, while offering $2 for anything on Tuesday and imports on Thursday. There's also an extensive wine list. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104;
Take a trip with the global array of beers available at this old-school joint, where sports watching and oyster shucking dominate the fall. Trivia night is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-close Tue.
7537 Maple St., (504) 570-6440;
Pair sushi rolls with hot or cold sake, house wines or draft beers. Specials include two-for-one sake on Tuesday, $2 well drinks Wednesday and $1 sake bombs for women on Thursday. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu.
800 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9455
This Riverbend bar is known for its burgers, available from neighboring G.B.'s Patio Bar &
Grill. Enjoy an afternoon happy hour and play pool in a semi-private back room. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Maple Leaf Bar
8316 Maple St., (504) 866-9359; www.mapleleafbar.com
Some serious jams are staged in the pressed-tin confines of the self-described "oldest music club outside the French Quarter," where you'll find the Rebirth Brass Band on Tuesday and a menu of cocktails including the Southern Whuppin'. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-til daily.
8118 Oak St., (504) 302-1485; www.oaknola.com
This swanky Oak Street wine bar houses a vast cellar with an impressive selection of varietals, including dozens available by the glass. There also are specialty cocktails and craft beers on tap. It also has a menu of small plates from Patois chef Aaron
Burgau. Open daily. No smoking. Bar food.
Rendon Inn's Dugout Sports Bar & Grill
4501 Eve St., (504) 826-5605;
This sports bar and grill has a variety of nightly specials, including Wednesday steak night, Thursday Disco Amigos and Saturday college night. Rendon's recently added a shuffle board to the pool and dart board mix, or patrons can sit back and enjoy one of 12 TVs, including a projector. Open daily. Smoking Allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
1715 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 309-4975;
Riverbend Brewhouse, formerly Pat Gillen's, hosts Friday night karaoke with DJ Bobby Blaze. Come in for a drink and game of pool or catch a game on TV. Enjoy Cajun and Creole dishes, burgers or crab balls. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
1201 Magazine St., (504) 299-1888;
The Bridge Lounge has nightly happy hours. This bar's mojitos are a favorite, along with other craft cocktails and local drafts. The lounge features booths and tables in a dimly light space in the evenings. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-close Mon.-Thu., 3 p.m.-close Fri., 5 p.m.-close Sat.-Sun.
Bronx Bar at
New York Pizza
4418 Magazine St., (504) 324-7126;
The Bronx Bar offers an all-day-every-day special of $5 for a pint of beer and slice of pizza. Happy hour features $5 pitchers. The restaurant menu includes wings and salads, and popular drinks include bloody marys and bourbon Smash. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
3236 Magazine St., 891-1516;
See "Mid-City" section for bar description
3442 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-0858;
Take advantage of the $5 wine specials on the board or choose from the vast array of vintages and beers available. This upscale wine bar also offers cheese plates, frog legs, french fries and other small plates. Take a seat outside overlooking St. Charles Avenue or claim a table indoors. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 894-9880;
The specialty cocktails at this restaurant bar change seasonally, but the most popular drinks are the Champagne Tchouptail, Buffalo Soldier and Patio Sipper, which you can consume on the patio of the mid-19th century bargeboard building. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, and the menu is American regional with some twists. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Down the Hatch
1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909;
Exposed-brick walls, a stone floor and gourmet bar food make this a place where locals like to hang out. There are more than 10 different types of burgers —
and a full bar that runs daily specials. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Gourmet
bar menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
4330 St. Charles Ave.,
With large doors opening to St. Charles Avenue, Fat Harry's attracts a lot of college students, but there also are plenty of patrons who have come to this neighborhood bar for decades to enjoy specials like $4.50 pitchers of beer (Monday), $1 off pints (Wednesday) and happy hour until extends to midnight Thursday. Watch sports, play pool, video poker or trivia. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
6215 S. Miro St., (504) 309-2776;
See "French Quarter" section for bar description.
Garden District Pub
1916 Magazine St., (504) 267-3392;
A low-key, laid-back, dog-friendly neighborhood dive with a twist (it serves absinthe and has couches), Garden District Pub has high-end beers, board games and mean martinis. Complimentary snacks are served during New Orleans Saints, LSU and New Orleans Hornets games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Limited bar food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Gott Gourmet Cafe
3100 Magazine St., (504) 373-6579;
Sample Gott Gourmet's cuisine and drinks made with juices and mixes concocted in-house, including the popular weekend brunch options of strawberry and blueberry mimosas. Open Tues.-Sun. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
530 Lyons St., (504) 899-9211
The dog-friendly bar has two-for-one mixed drinks during happy hour Monday through Friday, darts, pool and free Wi-Fi. The Blue Oak Kitchen makes its home at the bar, serving barbecue and more. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8.pm. Mon.-Fri.
Henry's Uptown Bar
5101 Magazine St., (504) 324-8140
This corner bar has been open for 112 years, owned and operated by the same family. Patrons watch sports on large-screen TVs, play darts and video poker and there's a jukebox. Prices are cheap, with $2 domestic beers and $3 well drinks all the time. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 595-6755;
This Irish pub features live traditional Irish music on Monday night and live music Friday and Saturday. The menu offers a taste of Ireland with a slight Cajun spin and there's Guinness beer. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
3715 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 897-3415
Marlene's offers free pool play and holds pool and dart tournaments. Popular drinks include its bloody mary and the Van Halen. Open Mon.-Fri. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
5908 Magazine St., (504) 891-8495;
Martinique's extensive wine list pairs well with its French/Caribbean-inspired, locally sourced menu. Choose from the restaurant's menu or have a drink at the cozy bar inside or al fresco in the heated courtyard. Open Tues.-Sun. No smoking.
1505 Amelia St., (504) 895-9163
Ring the bell and get buzzed into this dive bar with fun decor. It has pool tables, video poker and a mega-jukebox. A neighborhood bar for more than 40 years, the Mayfair has held onto some old-school traditions: it's cash only, doesn't have much of a beer selection and its cocktails are very strong. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine St., (504) 899-4800
Named for the small hill in Audubon Zoo where many locals recall playing as children, this lushly appointed lounge is an upscale neighborhood bar serving fine wines and cocktails. There are large, comfortable couches for seating, a pool table, video poker and large-screen TVs equipped with NFL Sunday Ticket. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
2533 Constance St., (504) 302-1543;
If all you know of Parasol's is its legendary St. Patrick's Day bash, you don't really know Parasol's. This beloved, longtime neighborhood joint has po-boys, draft and craft beers from all over the country and a popular daily happy hour. Dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
The Prytania Bar
3445 Prytania St., (504) 891-5773;
An intimate live-music hub in the shadows of Touro, the Prytania hosts acts from Rebirth Brass Band
to Happy Talk Band along with trivia night on Wednesday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-8
5535 Magazine St., (504) 899-3744
This Magazine Street bar is known for its blueberry mojitos and its covered patio, lit by the soft glow of paper lanterns. Inside, dark wood and saintly iconography give the bar a chapel-like feel. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. No food
3226 Magazine St., (504) 371-5809;
All drinks here are prepared with fresh-squeezed juices and fresh-muddled fruits. Mojitos and sangrias are among 20 house specialties. On Thursday night, receive a free bottle of wine with a paella order. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Samuel's Blind Pelican
1628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-9398;
The 25-cent oysters and $10 buckets of beer available during the joint's daily happy hour is a popular reason to visit. There's also free Wi-Fi, sports on TV, a patio —
and you can bring your dog. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Superior Bar & Grill
3636 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-4200;
Whether it's Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day or Cinco de Mayo, Superior holds court with its popular margaritas and Tex-Mex fare. Get two-for-one margaritas and mixed drinks during happy hour. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
501 Napoleon Ave., (504) 566-7096;
There's a reason Tipitina's is one of New Orleans' venerable music spots, and we think it has everything to do with the spirit of Professor Longhair, whose famed song gave the club its name. Rub the head of his statue for respect when you come in, and be prepared to catch (and dance to) local, regional, national, and international music acts. Open Thu.-Sun. No smoking. No food.