It's appropriate that Gambit's 2012 Fall Bar Guide arrives just as the winter holidays get rolling. Celebrations with friends and family often beget visits to bars, and in New Orleans there is a watering hole for every taste and mindset. Here's a chance to revisit past favorites and learn about some new ones, whether you're in the mood for a dive bar, neighborhood joint, craft cocktails, dinner and drinks, an eclectic mix of patrons or a good date spot. The guide is arranged by neighborhood, and includes information about alcohol selections, live music, specialty nights, food choices, happy hours and more. So drink in the holiday season and beyond with a toast to New Orleans' drinking culture.
Dry Dock Cafe
133 Delaronde St., (504) 361-8240;
Dry Dock Cafe plays on the famous beach drink with its original Sex on the Levee cocktail. The rum punch also is popular. The restaurant offers seafood, burgers, po-boys and daily specials. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Old Point Bar
545 Patterson Drive, (504) 364-0950;
Housed in a 100-year-old former dry goods store, the bar stages live music nightly and offers darts, pool, Wi-Fi and killer bloody marys, martinis and margaritas. It's the cornerstone of the annual Friendship Day street party. Dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Microwaveable food available.
Vine & Dine
141 Delaronde St., (504) 361-1402;
There are more than 100 wines by the bottle on the menu, a wide range of wines by the glass and a selection of artisanal beers. The cozy wine bar is situated behind the retail wine and cheese shop. There's a full menu of cheeses, soups, appetizers, focaccia and more, all with recommended wine pairings. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full menu available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
1511 S. Rendon St., New Orleans, (504) 304-4713
Bands play live music six nights a week at this Broadmoor bar, which is housed in an old aircraft hangar. Specialty nights include honky tonk Tuesday, burlesque Wednesday and homegrown bands on Sunday. Food can be ordered from the Rendon Inn next door. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
4301 Burgundy St., (504) 945-9256
This dive bar draws an eclectic mix of patrons looking for cold beer and cheap prices. King James plays live music on Monday night, which also features free red beans and rice. On Saturday and Sunday, BJ's opens its back patio from noon to 9 p.m. and serves free food during New Orleans Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111;
Cheese plates and other cuisine are on the menu when Chef Joaquin Rodas cooks Wednesday through Saturday. Guest chefs cover the menu Sunday. There is plenty of seating in the courtyard, and a wide variety of wines. Open
daily. Smoking allowed. Full menu available.
The Country Club
634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742;
The Country Club sits near the levee in the Bywater, and its backyard includes a pool, hot tub, sauna and fire pit. Inside, there's a walk-around island bar and a calendar of specialty nights. Saturday brunch features a build-your-own bloody mary bar. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
2239 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-4446;
The Hi-Ho experience ranges from wild Jazz Fest nights to mellow, smoke-free bluegrass jams and red beans and rice on Monday and Lil' Stooges band and barbecue on Thursday. The Wandering Buddha prepares Korean and vegan fare. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
J&J's Sports Lounge
800 France St., (504) 942-8877;
This is the type of neighborhood bar that makes people want to move to the neighborhood. Strong, cheap drinks? Check. Bartenders/hosts who greet you by name? Check plus. Regulars ready to make conversation? Check double plus. Add video poker, darts, pool, a great jukebox, and sports viewing, and that's J&J's. Dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Bar & Grill
801 Poland Ave., (504) 304-5411;
Starting this month, Jughead's (housed in The Joint's original location) presents its permanent menu that maintains its signature cheesecake but adds breakfast along with specialty martinis and cocktails, including the Key-lime pie and s'more martinis and a creamsicle cocktail. Open Wed.-Mon. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
640 Louisa St., (504) 943-0785;
The Markey family has owned and operated this Bywater bar since 1945. Today, the worn-in pub has staples like a pool table and shuffleboard, as well as sliders and onion rings and other bar snacks. There are plenty of TV screens for game day. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
4229 Dauphine St., (504) 947-5562
Neighborhood bar Vaughan's is a great bar for watching New Orleans Saints games. Free food at halftime is one reason, plus special chants and cheers that all the regulars know (and the newbies are quick to adopt). This is the place to be on Thursday nights when Kermit Ruffins jazzes up the joint. It's the Bywater epicenter for sprawling block parties and holiday bashes. Complimentary seafood on Fridays. Dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
7 on Fulton
701 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 525-7555;
A popular cocktail at the restaurant serving contemporary New Orleans cuisine is the Saintsation, a mix of vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, pineapple juice and a Champagne floater. Daily drink specials and a menu of sandwiches, appetizers and some entrees also are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Bar food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.
The Bricks Courtyard
Bar and Grill
735 St. Joseph St., (504) 525-2396;
The most popular drink at this neighborhood joint is John Daly on tap, which can be enjoyed in the courtyard along with the popular Buffalo-style chicken wings. The dog-friendly bar also has darts, sports on TV, and free Wi-Fi. Open Wed.-Mon. Smoking allowed on patio. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Cajun Mike's Pub-n-Grub
116 Baronne St., (504) 566-0055;
Check in with your peeps with free WiFi and a dog-friendly atmosphere. Cajun Mike's is home to festival and football fans during the fall and has gnoshing staples such as jambalaya, gumbo and red beans. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7p.m. daily.
1100 Tulane Ave., (504) 587-3737;
It's little surprise that the buzz and bounce of a vodka Red Bull makes it the most popular drink at this South Beach/Vegas-style dance club, which hosts themed parties and top touring DJs on weekends. Open Fri.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.
Cocktail Bar at
300 Gravier St., (504) 523-6000;
Explore an array of specialty cocktails inspired by pre-Prohibition styles and ingredients. Open Tue.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
711 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 301-1476;
An old industrial space reclaimed as a neighborhood watering hole, The District's heritage shows in its weathered brick walls and cypress woodwork. The kitchen turns out duck quesadillas, roast beef po-boys and black-and-blue wraps to keep everyone on an even keel. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
600 S. Peters St., (504) 525-8544;
Housed in a building that dates back to 1902, Ernst Cafe offers a variety of soups, salads and Louisiana fare. It also has a jukebox, video poker and screens televised sports. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Extreme Sports Bar
535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-6999;
Along with a variety of appetizers, wings and burgers, patrons get extreme with bloody marys, hurricanes and mimosas or LA 31 and Abita on draft. Get $15 beer buckets during New Orleans Saints, LSU and New Orleans Hornets games. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Bar food.
Fulton on Tap
608 Fulton St., (504) 212-6476;
In addition to top-shelf liquors and an extensive wine list, Fulton taps into its 160-year history to offer more than 90 craft, imported and domestic beers. There are large-screen projectors for watching sports. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
200 Poydras St., (504) 552-2739;
The brewpub's half-dozen beers are brewed in house, with one changing seasonally. Seating is available in the bar/cocktail lounge, or you can sit outside on the patio. There's a full menu of American cuisine with international influences, including Southwest egg rolls, cedar-plank salmon, Cajun pasta and pizzas. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Happy's Irish Pub
1009 Poydras St., (504) 304-9537;
This pub serves two-for-one drinks at its wraparound oak bar during weekday happy hours. Choose from 30 beers on tap, or try Happy's most popular drink, the Irish Car Bomb shot. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Irvin Mayfield's I Club
614 Canal St., (504) 527-6712;
Located inside the JW Marriott Hotel, the musician and bandleader's second club features both classic and creative cocktails, a wine list, a menu of small plates and nightly live music by artists including Glen David Andrews, Sasha Masakowski and Brass-A-Holics. Open Wed.-Sat. No smoking. Bar food.
Lucy's Retired Surfers
Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995;
Surf the waves of beers and beer buckets available or hang 10 for specialty drinks like Da Killer Blue Whale: Stoli blueberry, coconut rum with lemonade and splash of 190 proof alcohol. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour starts at 7 p.m. daily.
519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118;
Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning opened this sports bar and restaurant, which features more than 30 flat-screen TVs and one huge mega-screen, as well as plenty of Manning memorabilia. The signature Razzle Dazzle cocktail complements a menu of Delta-inspired dishes with a Louisiana twist. Open daily. No smoking.
Metropolitan Nightclub/Generations Hall
310 Andrew Higgins Drive, (504) 568-1702;
Now in its 23rd year, this mega-sized dance club with two floors and ample lounging space offers everything from quarterly theme parties to a New Year's Eve extravaganza to touring DJs. Open Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.
Polo Club Lounge
Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., (504) 5220-1994;
A 2009 Travel + Leisure "World's Greatest Bartender," Roger Blais celebrates his 18th anniversary at the Polo Club, which offers classic jazz by performers including Shannon Powell and Robin Barnes in the ambience of an English gentry club. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Republic New Orleans
828 S. Peters St., (504) 528-8282;
This artsy velvet-rope dance spot caters to all audiences —
as long as they're stylish, hip, and cool. A diverse rotation of DJs and events means a broad variety of music genres: bounce, dubstep, hip-hop, top 40 and more. Its setting in a chic, renovated 160-year-old warehouse only adds to the charisma. VIP Bottle Service available upon request. Open Thu.-Sun. No smoking. No food.
The Rusty Nail
1100 Constance St., (504) 525-5515;
With its bare wood walls and vintage feel, this well-hidden bar is worth seeking out. Catch open mic night on Tuesday, or Boozin Bingo on Thursday. During football season, the doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. for New Orleans Saints home games, with a breakfast and bloody mary bar. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fri.
St. Charles Bar
736 St. Charles Ave., (504) 561-9256
A dive bar in the center of the action downtown, St. Charles has friendly bartenders serving a diverse mix of locals and tourists, cops and EMTs. Play pool, listen to the jukebox, play video poker and have interesting interactions with other denizens of the night. There's a great selection of olives for your martini. Dog friendly. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Swizzle Stick Bar
Cafe Adelaide, 300 Poydras St., (Loews Hotel), (504) 595-3305;
Pair chef Chris Barbato's Creole cuisine with mixologist Lu Brow's specialty cocktails. The bar offers specials like free "Hat-tinis" for patrons who wear fashionable hats (no baseball caps) at Sunday brunch. Order an entree for lunch on weekdays and get 25-cent martinis. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Tommy's Wine Bar
752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103;
Tommy's Wine Bar specializes in wine and martinis. The Cruvinet temperature-controlled wine dispensing system keeps the whites chilled just right. The bar has live music nightly, with a jazz band on Friday and Latin music on Saturday. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Vic's Kangaroo Cafe
636 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 524-4329
Vic's is an Australian-themed neighborhood bar and a popular late-night hangout for area restaurant employees. Get $1 off all drinks all day Monday, $1 off pints on Wednesday. Smoking allowed. Full menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
Walk On's Bistreaux & Bar
1009 Poydras Ave, (504) 309-6530;
This sports bar has more than 40 big-screen TVs and features table taps so customers can pour their own beer without leaving their seat, and it offers "breakfast in a glass," better known as a bloody mary. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
The AllWays Lounge & Theatre
2240 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778;
The lounge features nightly music, theater or burlesque performances. And the theater is open for full-stage productions on the weekend. Drink of choice is the Health Drink: vodka, water and lemon. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
532 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-2583;
Blue Nile was the first bar to offer live music on Frenchmen Street, and is a staple of the block. Grab a drink, relax and listen to the tunes of regular players Kermit Ruffins, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Micah McKee and Gravity A. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking allowed. No food.
Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038;
Buffa's is a dog-friendly dive bar in front and a family-friendly neighborhood restaurant with New Orleans comfort food in back. Buffa's has live local entertainment five nights per week, plus special seasonal events such as Sunday viewings of HBO's Treme, followed by live music from performers featured on the series. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731;
In addition to a regular and rotating roster of local musicians performing early and late sets, d.b.a.'s extensive offerings range from regional and imported craft beers, ports and whiskeys. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
2600 Chartres St., (504) 945-2222;
In addition to its outdoor patio and full restaurant menu, Feelings Cafe has a wine and cheese bar called Sentiments on its second floor and live music on Friday. Open Wed.-Sun. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
2256 St. Claude Ave., (504) 947-3735;
Karaoke, cabaret, blues and football-watching parties are just some of the reasons why Kajun's Pub and its owner, JoAnn Guidos, were featured in the best-selling book Nine Lives. This quirky bar on the edge of the Marigny also has a pool table, Wi-Fi, a jukebox and SmokeEaters air purifiers. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
508 Frenchmen St., (504) 371-5543;
No cover charge grants access to Frenchmen Street regulars, dance DJs and touring bands. Bar specialties include the Southern peach (peach and ginger-infused vodka, coconut Ciroc vodka and a splash of Sprite). Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9869;
Mimi's is well-known for its menu of Spanish-inspired tapas and frequent live music and DJ nights. The bar has two floors and a balcony overlooking the neighborhood. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855;
Siberia has something to offer each night of the week. Sometimes there's comedy, trivia on Tuesday, a dance party on Wednesday, and live music every other night. Get a $5 beer and shot during the daily happy hour. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
525 Frenchmen St., (504) 932-1122;
Traditional Japanese cuisine is available into the wee hours every night, and there are libations such as ginger beer and coconut-lemongrass sake. Cash only. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
1123 Decatur St., (504) 523-7177
This lower Decatur Street watering hole has roots dating back to the 1930s (check the top shelf for urns filled with ashes from seven humans and two dogs). Poetry nights, a jukebox and a $5 Fireball shot and PBR are popular draws. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
Attiki Bar & Grill
230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756;
Bar patrons get a taste of the Mediterranean with flavored tobaccos smoked from a hookah, weekly belly dancing nights (11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday) and a menu including Greek standards served until 1 a.m. The bar offers a large menu of martinis and an extensive wine list. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Backspace Bar & Kitchen
139 Chartres St., (504) 522-2216;
Backspace pays homage to literary traditions, both local and larger, with drinks like the popular Hemingway Cuba Libre libation. Food includes the Whitman roast-beef sandwich with an oysters option and a meatloaf sandwich with bacon. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
610 Bourbon St., (504) 525-1689;
Live Cajun and zydeco music starts at 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, plus there's sports on TV, nachos and wings to snack on and popular drinks like the Skinny Hand Grenade (you can get it with the regular calories as well), the Cable Guy bloody mary, Shark Attack and Tropical Itch. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans, (504) 586-8000;
Housed in the Maison Dupuy Hotel, Bistreaux offers nightly music, and patrons can enjoy house-infused pineapple vodka martinis, bloody marys and cucumber fizzes. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (and during New Orleans Saints and LSU games).
830 Conti St., (504) 586-0972;
The Bombay Club is home to live music nightly, flash-fried Asian-style calamari and signature drinks like Breathless: 360 double chocolate vodka, Godiva chocolate liqeur, dark creme de cacao, sweet coconut rum and a chocolate stick. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
711 Bourbon St., (504) 324-4669;
Find the heat on two dance floors at this club, with music ranging from zydeco to jazz to guest DJs weekends. The Sunday Funday special offers three-for-one drinks, and specialty libations include the Heat, bloody mary and Hurricane. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Carousel Bar & Lounge
214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341;
This classic New Orleans hotel bar was remodeled earlier this year. It still has a spinning carousel at which the bartenders stand still and the bar and barstools revolve. There's also more space at the large back bar, and there's live music Tuesday through Saturday. Open daily. No smoking. Bar food.
725 Conti St., (504) 527-0869
The Copper Monkey's kitchen prepares wraps, jambalaya, red beans and more to go with a full complement of libations. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
1201 Burgundy St., (504) 522-9715;
This cozy Quarter classic offers a variety of top-shelf liquors, sports on five TVs, a pool table and a lounge area. Munchies include bar food and rotating specials such as chicken pot pie. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
Coyote Ugly Saloon
225 N. Peters St., (504) 561-0003;
This is the local satellite of the famous New York bar that inspired the 2000 film of the same name. If the Coyote Ugly franchise didn't actually invent bar-top dancing, it certainly franchised it successfully. The bar has a weekly karaoke night on Thursday, a "Kegs and Eggs" special before every New Orleans Saints home game and all the beer you can drink for $25 during the game. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571;
Crescent City Brewhouse is the French Quarter's only microbrewery. It serves New Orleans cuisine with a modern flair and a choice of five handcrafted brews. It also features live jazz each evening at 6 p.m. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4961;
Enjoy dinner with live music or grab a bite before a show at neighboring House of Blues. Crossroads' walls are covered with folk art, and you can enjoy nightly specialty events with live music three nights a week. Open: daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406;
Latin American craft cocktails and made-to-order margaritas made with fresh-squeezed Key limes are the specialties, and ginger beer also is popular. Changing daily drink specials include $2 cocktails, $2.50 pints of Dos Equis, $3 margaritas and $3.50 sangrias. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
The Funky Pirate
727 Bourbon St., (504) 523-1960;
Big Al Carson and the Bluesmasters take the stage daily at this Bourbon Street club, starting at 5 p.m. Mon.-Thu., and 1 p.m. Fri.-Sun. There's no kitchen here, but food can be ordered through the Funky Pirate takeout provider. Specialty cocktails include the Hand Grenade, Horny Gator, Tropical Itch and more. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
725 St. Louis St., 581-4422;
The historic French Quarter institution Antoine's has a bar serving up cocktails and a small menu of po-boys and other classics like shrimp remoulade and oysters Rockefeller. Open daily. No smoking. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
309 Decatur St., (504) 943-1101;
The Hookah offers a large selection of flavored tobaccos for smoking in hookahs. The modern lounge's decor has eastern accents and the club features live music and DJs. Friday is college night and Saturday is ladies night. Open Thu.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999;
The Decatur Street music club offers near-nightly concerts from local and touring performers. The venue's folk art and juke joint feel extends to the upstairs space The Parish, open only for performances. The restaurant and courtyard keep the bars open daily. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Ice House Bar
1024 Chartres St., (504) 581-4995;
The Ice House Bar is located inside of Hotel Provincial, and it presents its own take on the city's infamous drink, offering "Provincial" style hurricanes. Enjoy free red beans and rice Mondays or a house favorite Bloody Mary. Open daily. No smoking. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
321 N. Peters St., (504) 299-3944;
Pull up a chair in Iris' pretty courtyard and order inventive cocktails like the Spicy Ginger Margarita or the Apple Blossom, or enjoy a perfectly mixed version of a standard such as a Manhattan or Sazerac. Along with the ambitious specialty cocktails comes innovative cuisine. Open Mon-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
141 Chartres St., (504) 524-0493;
Sit at the copper-top bar or one of a dozen tables at this dive bar/restaurant. It promises cold beer, music, sports on 10 big-screen TVs, plus nightly trivia games and drink specials ranging from beer buckets to Jell-O shots. The restaurant menu includes Cajun dishes, burgers, steaks, salads and appetizers. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
Johnny White's Bar
733 St. Peter St., (504) 281-4829;
In the southern city that never sleeps, Johnny White's stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Known for their Bloody Mary's, this French Quarter family bar is now run by the founder's daughters. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar
Johnny White's Hole in the Wall Bar
718 Bourbon St., (504) 568-9803
It's happy hour all day, every day at this French Quarter neighborhood bar. Enjoy food from sister restaurant Johnny White's Pub &
Grill and the house favorite Bloody Mary. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
Kerry Irish Pub
331 Decatur St., (504) 527-5954;
Rare Irish whiskeys are the draw at
this pub, along with live nightly performances by singer-songwriters, local musicians and touring acts. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-til Sat.-Sun.
Little Tropical Isle
435 Bourbon St., (504) 523-1927;
There's live music every day at this bar, which shares a cocktail menu with Tropical Isle Original down the street. For sports fans, there are plenty of TVs for watching games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No
The Lounge at Broussard's
819 Conti St., New Orleans, (504) 581-3866;
The Lounge at Broussard's provides patrons a combination of classic New Orleans ambience and fine dining to sip on its signature drinks the Broussard Smile and Cajun bloody mary. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Napoleon House Bar
500 Chartres St., (504) 524-9752;
This historic landmark has a courtyard patio where patrons enjoy the house specialty Pimm's cup and classic New Orleans fare such as red beans and rice and jambalaya. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
817 St. Louis St., (504) 304-3991;
Try a variety of cocktails inspired by or originating in New Orleans, including Sazerac, Hurricane and French 75. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. No food.
Old Absinthe House
240 Bourbon St., (504) 523-3181;
This historic building was built in 1807 and housed many businesses until a mixologist crafted the Old Absinthe House Frappe in 1874, when the name of the bar was born. Try the namesake drink or many other craft cocktails and small plates offerings. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
One Eyed Jacks
615 Toulouse St., (504) 569-8361;
One Eyed Jacks hosts weekly DJ dance parties, a monthly burlesque show, and local and touring bands. Monday night is Service Industry Night and Thursday brings '80s and '90s dance night. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar &
720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930;
Choose a table streetside, in the climate-controlled courtyard or closer to the player piano inside and settle in for the bar's wine flights in which patrons can sample three wines that are similar in quality, country of origin or varietals. The bar opens at 4 p.m.;
dinner begins at 5 p.m. Open daily. Smoking on the patio. Full restaurant menu.
Patrick's Bar Vin
730 Bienville St., (504) 200-3180;
Ask for "Patrick's Best Kept Secret" for a special glass of wine for $5 at the French Quarter wine bar. A variety of small plates are available to complement any wine selection. Or try the most popular drink, Angella Kisses, which is a shot of Veuve Clicquot. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Bar food.
511 Bourbon St., (504) 522-5100
This dance club is in the heart of the French Quarter, offering a dance floor and occasional karaoke. The club has a patio with a flaming fountain where patrons can enjoy happy hour drinks. Razzoo has a DJ Sunday through Thursday nights. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour until 8 p.m. Sun.-Thu., until 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Red Fish Grill &
115 Bourbon St., (504) 598-1200;
Red Fish Grill's oyster bar provides fresh bivalves to enjoy with a selection of more than 24 wines by the glass, 70 bourbons and 12 signature cocktails. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
315 Bourbon St., (504) 524-4222;
This gentlemen's club has been an upscale model for the industry on Bourbon Street since the mid 1990s. Boasting 18,000-square-feet across three stories, Rick's customers can surely find a space to be entertained. The free Friday buffet is a favorite. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant
Rick's Sporting Saloon
522 Bourbon St., (504) 552-2510;
Rick's Sporting Saloon plays the dual role of sports bar and gentlemen's club. There are plenty of specialty nights including margarita Monday and half-priced drinks on Wednesday. This bar is known for featuring UFC events and HBO boxing on the big screen, and claims to be the "ultimate man cave." Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Saints and Sinners
627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307;
Designed to conjure the Storyville era, actor Channing Tatum's bar and restaurant features specialty cocktails of the 1890s to 1920s. The restaurant offers Creole and Cajun dishes and there's a late-night bar food menu. Wine is half-off on Wednesday. Open daily. Smoking allow on patio. Full restaurant menu.
135 Chartres St., (504) 587-7701;
A cozy, jukebox-casual atmosphere awaits at Sneaky Pete's, where you'll find everything from local craft beers on tap to Jaeger bombs to hurricanes and bloody marys. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095
Pour your own draft beers from taps built into the tables or sample craft cocktails like the Faubourg Tall Boy, Rum Dum Dum and Charbonneau Way. Take advantage of 25-cent martinis during lunch Monday through Friday. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Somethin' Else Cafe
620 Conti St., (504) 373-6439;
Bring your dog to the patio and soak in the French Quarter atmosphere or go inside to watch sports on TV. DJs spin music some nights. Don't be surprised if the smell of Cajun cuisine entices you to stay for dinner. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Tropical Isle Bourbon &
Top of the Trop
721 Bourbon St., (504) 523-1927;
Home of the Hand Grenade cocktail, this club stages live entertainment starting at 5 p.m. Mon.-Thu. and 1 p.m. Fri.-Sun. It also has TVs for watching sports. Popular drinks include the Shark Attack, Tropical Itch and Horny Gator. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Tropical Isle Original
600 Bourbon St., (504) 523-1927;
Make drinking an adventure with popular concoctions like the Hand Grenade, Shark Attack, Tropical Itch and Horny Gator. There's live music daily, starting at 1 p.m., as well as sports on TV. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
823 Decatur St., (504) 525-8676;
This classic New Orleans bar and restaurant has stood the test of time. The cocktails served at its cypress bar —
the oldest standing bar in New Orleans —
include a Grasshopper (a chocolate mint cookie in a glass) and Pimm's Cup. The food is Creole/Cajun (you won't find chicken bon femme on the menu, but trust us: order it). Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Bob Roth's Lounge
5129 Canal Blvd., (504) 486-7684;
Housed in McNulty's Ale House's former space, this crossroads spot keeps a 60-year tradition alive with such offers as a "Happy Meal" of a PBR or High Life with a shot of Jameson and plans to offer Memphis-style barbecue. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
618 Homedale Ave., (504) 488-5579;
This neighborhood bar opened in 1937. Come in for trivia night on Wednesday or steak night on Thursday. Throw a game of darts or catch the big game on multiple HD TVs. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
870 Harrison Ave., (504) 304-6338;
Parlay's 65-foot-long bar may be the longest in the city, and it's stocked with 40 different beers and a full complement of liquor. The friendly atmosphere and changing slate of afternoon drink specials keeps customers coming back. Karaoke draws singers on Thursday, and a hand-selected jukebox playlist keeps music lovers moving. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
888 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-8981;
This Lakeview institution marks its 41st year in December. Its longevity is built on its namesake food item as well as a lively atmosphere marked by a 18-seat bar, four TVs and specialty cocktails like the brandy Alexander freeze. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking.
Banks Street Bar &
4401 Banks St., (504) 486-0258;
This Mid City spot hosts a variety of live, local music acts nightly, and it has a full bar and pub amenities. It offers free red beans on Monday, free BLT sandwiches when Major Bacon performs and free barbecue during Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., (504) 302-9357;
This neighborhood spot just off the end of Bayou St. John offers a large selection of craft and imported beers, and there are frequent beer bucket specials. There's also patio seating and live music Thursday through Saturday. The bar is dog-friendly and there is a pool table and darts. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Beachcorner Bar & Grill
4905 Canal St., (504) 488-7357;
Lingerie shows begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, perfect times for dining on a 10-ounce Beachburger with house-made hickory sauce and a signature Beach margarita. Cash in on beer-bucket specials during LSU, Tulane and New Orleans Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191;
The bar has been voted Best Beer Selection and Best Bar Food by Gambit readers in the Best of New Orleans poll. There are 50 beers on tap and 100 more in bottles, plus a menu of casual pub grub, wraps and sandwiches. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bullet's Sports Bar
2441 A.P. Tureaud Ave., (504) 948-4003
Rollen "Bullet" Garcia isn't just the owner of this neighborhood bar with great live music;
he's also a noted community leader and contributor. The bar features weekly gigs with Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers (Tuesday) and Treme Brass Band (Thursday). Featured on HBO's Treme and Travel Channel's Trip Flip, Bullet's has a loyal local customer base, but tourists are catching on too. Open daily. No smoking during live shows. No food.
DMac's Bar and Grill
542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., (504) 304-5757;
Find a regular cast of local singer-songwriters here in addition to popular local bands most nights on the week. The kitchen prepares standard bar fare plus daily specials like chicken-fried steak on Thursday. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080;
This Mid-City Irish pub is packed with soccer fans Saturdays and New Orleans Saints fans Sundays. Ex-pats enjoy Irish coffee, hot or frozen, several drafts, and food from Boo Koo BBQ including house favorite fish and chips. Monday nights bring trivia and there are daily bucket specials. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
The Holy Ground
3340 Canal St., (504) 821-6828;
This Irish pub offers Guinness, Irish coffee and Belfast Bombers along with darts, pool and free food during New Orleans Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Mid-City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517;
Patrons crowd around the 10 televisions during sporting events, when $10 buckets of domestic beers are the special. There's also free food during all LSU, New Orleans Saints and Ohio State University games. The bar serves 10 vodkas infused in house, and it also makes its own bloody mary mix. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
949 N. Rendon Street, (504) 488-7257;
Ten-dollar haircuts and $2 shots on Monday, taco night on Tuesday and trivia games on Thursday are part of this Mid-City bar's weekly line-up. The dog-friendly bar features specialty drinks like gingerita, beergarita, house-made sangria and watermelon mojitos. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047;
This well-known, deeply rooted po-boy joint offers diners and barflies beer, wine and specialty cocktails such as Parkway's Pimm's Cup, Mid-City Street Car and Pinky's Afternoon Delight. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Ralph's on the Park
900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000;
Have drinks with a meal in the storied dining room at Ralph's (take in the murals on the walls), or sit at the bar and sip specialty cocktails while you eat truffle fries, boudin balls or a cheese plate. Happy hour features $5 cocktails and wines. Jazz pianist Joe Krown performs on some nights. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu.
3835 Iberville St., (504) 309-3570;
Be redeemed with New Orleans-inspired cuisine and an extensive offering of specialty cocktails, wines and beers. No corkage fees on Thursday, and on Friday get half-off selected appetizers and drinks, plus 25-cent martinis with a lunch entree from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour starts at 5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938;
Shamrock's 16,000 square feet are home to 23 pool tables and five ping-pong tables, plus skee-ball, arcade games and more. There's a full bar and a kitchen that serves burgers and gumbo. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant
menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
3143 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 304-0635;
The wines in this eclectic, dog-friendly neighborhood wine shop come from around the world. Swirl has more than 30 wines by the glass and a list of 250 bottles for sale. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Limited menu available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sat.
Twelve Mile Limit
500 S. Telemachus, (504) 488-8114;
Dog-friendly and with free food on Monday nights, this neighborly dive also offers free Wi-Fi, a jukebox and pool table. There's barbecue Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. and pizza Sun. night. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600;
With a menu that includes pizza, calzones and gourmet subs, a TV everywhere you look and a relaxed atmosphere, Wit's Inn is a popular place to grab an after-work drink, get a meal or watch a game. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
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.
3449 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 834-4938;
The "Home of the Tacky Ashtray" has much more than just whacky ashtrays and barstools with "people legs." It's got live funk, rock 'n' roll, blues and jazz on most nights, as well as pool, darts and video poker. Rivershack also serves bar grub that Guy Fieri praised on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It's dog-friendly and has food and drink specials daily. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar
Fat Molly's Pizza & Beer
2400 21st St., Kenner, (504) 305-1017;
A restaurant in the heart of Kenner near the airport, Fat Molly's offers 30 different beers served at the 20-seat bar or the 10 surrounding tables. Works by local artists adorn the walls, and there are flat-screen TVs for watching sports. The kitchen slings popular pizzas like barbecue shrimp and a Cajun pie with boudin. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Liuzza's Sports Bar
2500 W. Metairie Ave., Kenner, (504) 712-0786
Liuzza's boasts a local sports hall of fame featuring area all-stars from prep to pro. Cheer for the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints, who earn everyone a free Jell-O shot with each score. The kitchen prepares items from cheese sticks to chicken cordon bleu. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
2204 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 466-3852;
Live music from international recording artists and local bands fills this Kenner bar, while patrons enjoy signature drinks like the Vegas Bomb, Swag and Walk Me Down. There is free barbecue during New Orleans Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Andrea's Capri Blu
Andrea's Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583
Enjoy live piano music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Try the house special Capri Blu martini, a chocolatini or any of the other cocktails on the menu. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700;
"Thirst and Ten" on New Orleans Saints and LSU game days is 10 "sideline" snacks for less than $10, along with $5 glasses of wine and cocktails made with fresh juices and mixes. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
3505 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 885-1771;
So you think you can dance? Grab a partner and hit the floor at this upscale club where you can show off your moves —
or learn some new ones. Take lessons in cha cha, ballroom, West Coast or Jamaica swing, Latin, waltz, tango and more. There's a large floating dance floor and a smaller floor upstairs, and live music Friday night. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
4450 Wabash St., Metairie, (504) 885-2426;
Darts are big here, with tourneys and teams. There are costume parties, dance parties, trivia contests, Men's Night Mondays with lingerie models, and free shots every time the New Orleans Saints score. Swing by and order a Vegas Bomb. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Cucos Mexican Cafe
5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 454-5005;
This Mexican cantina has two-for-one margaritas, sangria and cocktails from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. every day and $1 tacos on Wednesday, along with a full menu of flautas, fajitas, burgers, Mexican pizza and quesadillas. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. daily.
DBC Bar & Grill
1001 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 838-2282;
DBC's bustling drive-thru daiquiri business complements a dog- and ping pong-friendly interior, where a grill cooks up beef-brisket burgers. Specialty drinks include strawberry-lemonade daiquiri and baby car bombs plus $1 PBRs. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., after sundown Fri.
452 Aurora Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-7619
This neighborhood bar is located just off Bonnabel Boulevard south of I-10. The Electric Cocktail boasts all the amenities a neighborhood bar needs: a pool table, jukebox, video poker and TVs for watching sports. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 934-4900;
Nosh withAbita Amber-battered onion rings, brisket sliders and the popular ginger old-fashioned: ginger-infused Makers Mark, bitters, an orange wedge and cherry. Cocktails are $5 at happy hour, starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 5 p.m. other days. Open Mon.-Fri. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Joe's Caddy Corner
4532 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, (504) 885-1164
Twelve-dollar steak night on Monday helps ease patrons into the return to the work week, or one can enjoy the Caddy burger any night. Pinball, pool and darts provide additional entertainment. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
3535 Severn Ave., Suite 10, Metairie, (504) 888-5858;
Enjoy Knuckleheads' twist on a classic drink with the Bloody Knuckle. This sports bar has 17 TVs and carries the NFL and MLB packages for sports fans. Its food menu includes burgers, salads, sandwiches, appetizers and seafood on Friday. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923;
Lager's features 75 taps with a wide selection of craft, imported and regional beers, as well as multiple happy hour opportunities to enjoy them. On weekdays catch happy hour from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and late-night happy hour starts at 11 p.m. Lager's also offers burgers, signature sandwiches and salads. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Melius Bar & Grill
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-9446;
Peanut shells are tossed on the floor during happy hour, when the nuts are free. Specialty nights include Martini Mondays, Beer Bucket Tuesdays and Margarita Thursdays. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. daily.
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540
If you'd like a good juicy burger or well-dressed po-boy with your beer, you can get it at this old-school place that's loaded with charm —
and a good selection of liquors and beers. It's got darts, video poker, pool, Wi-Fi and sports on TV. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
2012 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, (504) 885-6853
Order a frosty 20-ounce schooner of beer for $1.50 and watch sports on one of the big-screen TVs here, or enter trivia contests, join a darts or pool league. You also can crank up the jukebox or try your luck at video poker. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Sportsbeat Pub and Cafe
3330 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, (504) 838-9563
This Metairie sports bar has 16 TVs with an assortment of packages for the sports fanatic. Along with the classic dart board, customers can play skee ball and enjoy a full menu and daytime drink specials. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Waloo's Sports Bar & Grill
1300 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-6474;
Watch sports on big-screen TVs or join in the fun with foosball, a punching bag machine, bar-top arcade games, darts, pool, trivia and beer pong. Waloo's has theme nights including Bottomless Margarita and Drunk Bingo Wednesday, comedy night Thursday and karaoke Friday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Cucos Mexican Cafe
2766 Belle Chase Highway, Gretna, (504) 393-7766;
See "Metairie" section for bar description.
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-1114;
Nestled in Gretna's historical district, Gattuso's is one of the most popular places for outdoor drinking and dining on the West Bank. It boasts a lengthy bar menu and has live music on weekends. The 14 draft beers on tap include Gattuso's Amber. Dog friendly. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837;
Located in the building where Abita's beers were brewed until 1994, the restaurant and bar offers Abita's lagers, ales and root beer as well as some brews available only at the brew pub. Every week, patrons can sample a featured beer from breweries around the world. The restaurant menu offers salads, sandwiches, pasta and more, some made with Abita beer. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
22067 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs;
This local watering hole offers a range of beers on tap and a large array of local and import labels by the bottle. You can join a dart league (or play as an amateur), shoot pool or watch sports on TV. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
517 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9907
This neighborhood bar in downtown Covington has a laid-back attitude. There is a big-screen TV for New Orleans Saints and LSU games, a pool table, jukebox and a full bar. Open Tue.-Sat. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
19130 W. Front St., Covington, (985) 892-5396;
This bar and grill started near LSU's campus in Baton Rouge and is popular with the scholarly crowd there. The Covington location has a broader customer base who comes to sample the 60 beers available from 20 countries. Culinary specialties include barbecue shrimp, seafood lasagna, po-boys and more. Get $1 off all pints during daily happy hours, and 20-ounce mimosas and bloody marys for $5.50 during Sunday brunch. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., midnight-2 a.m. Mon.-Sat.
Columbia Street Tap Room
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899;
Take a seat in the courtyard and start sampling the 30 beers on tap. Power up with burgers and po-boys while watching TV, or listen to live music Thursday through Saturday. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant men. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Green Room Music Club
521 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-2225
Offering live local music on the Northshore since 2005, the Green Room also offers DJs with karaoke
on Sunday and '80s Night Tuesday. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Food available late-night Wed.-Sat. Happy hour 2 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Jerk's Island Grill & Daiquiri Bar
70437 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 893-1380;
This Covington establishment offers an island escape on the Northshore where patrons can enjoy margaritas made with fresh ingredients as they sit among island decor. The full menu includes island fare, ribs, burgers and tacos. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The Barley Oak
2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420;
This European-style pub has 47 taps and more than 100 bottles of beer from around the world. The food menu includes Louisiana favorites, German appetizers, cheese plates and the option of pretzel bread for your sandwich. Specialty beer nights feature discounts on brews from selected countries. Dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Pub food.
Beach House Bar &
124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331;
Push your toes in the sand and sip a cocktail made with fresh fruit and mint while sitting on the beach —
or stay high and dry on a deck overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Open Tue.-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Howlin' Wolf Northshore
1623 Montgomery St., Mandeville, (985) 626-1616;
The original Howlin' Wolf earned a reputation for bringing national touring acts to town as well as providing a performance space for local musicians and eclectic bands. It also has a variety of domestic and imported bottled beers and mostly regional brews on tap. Open Fri.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.
Interference Sports Bar
2213 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-1655;
This sports bar features NFL Sunday Ticket, a high-definition projection TV and shows all LSU and New Orleans Hornets games. It also has trivia games, darts and free Wi-Fi. Sip a mango margarita or California Bomb and dine on burgers and other pub grub. Open daily. Bar food. Happy hour noon-6 p.m. daily, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Sun.-Thu.
Obelisk Wine Bar & Art Gallery
22 St. Ann Drive, Mandeville, (985) 674-4215;
Soak in some culture at this lounge, which has rotating exhibits by local artists and live music in a range of genres such as blues and jazz. The wine cellar-style setting is a comfortable spot to sip martinis or one of the bar's 72 wines by the glass. Happy hour specials include half-price martinis, $4 well drinks, $2 domestic beers and more. Specialty nights include tango dancing, comedy, DJs and more, Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.--7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Rookies Sports Cafe
1600 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 231-7661
Watch your favorite teams on big-screen TVs and choose the right libation to fire you up or wash away your disappointment. Dine on barbecue and burgers among strands of sports pennants and beer signs. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
840 Lamarque St., Mandeville, (985) 626-9748;
Ruby's has been slinging booze since FDR was president and the Northshore was mostly piney woods, and it has roadhouse funk including graffiti on the ceiling and layers of memorabilia on the walls. Weekends feature live music (mostly blues, zydeco and oldies). Pool and dart teams play during the week, and there are trivia games nightly. Well drinks ar $4 and 16-ounce draft beer is $2 every day. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
The Wine Loft Mandeville
1901 Hwy 190, Suite 15, Mandeville, (985) 674-5988;
A haven for oenophiles, the Mandeville establishment features a free wine tasting on Wednesday, half-priced bottles of wine on Tuesday, live music on Saturday and couples nights on Friday, where duos can enjoy two glasses of wine and two menu items for $30. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. Bar food. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. daily.
1540 W. Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-2191;
BarThere's always something special going on at this nightclub: comedy shows, live music, DJs, karaoke, an open mic and more. The bar's mixologists maintain a steady slate of drink specials. Future plans call for a restaurant. Open Thu.-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. No food.
Landlubbers Pub & Club
3606 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 641-9218;
This smoke-free pub and music club opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and stages live performances by bands including Andre Bouvier and the Royal Bohemians, Luther Kent, Lynn Drury and John Lisi and Delta Funk. Thursday is bike night and Wednesday is Ladies Night. Open Wed.-Sat. No smoking. No food.
3154 Pontchartrain Blvd., Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.net
The bar at this Slidell restaurant serves 10 draft beers delivered from the tap at 33 degrees. There's an 80-inch high-definition TV for watching sports, and happy hour prices are in effect during New Orleans Saints and LSU games. Bloody marys and mimosas are $5 from 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sunday. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-8 p.m. Sun.
158 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 646-1728;
After dark, this restaurant and bar becomes a dinner and entertainment venue with live music, karaoke, DJs, comedy, dinner theater and more. It recently got a dispensing system that chills beer to 32 degrees. There's an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet weekdays and a Sunday Champagne brunch. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
4808 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 201-8096
Listen to live music on Saturday nights. On other days, play trivia games, darts and pool, watch sports on TV or dance to a DJ or jukebox. Domestic drafts are $1 during happy hour. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
8751 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 309-7548
Wash down a 10-ounce Brewster burger with a Boom-a-lache: a mixture of fruit juices blended with light, dark and 151-proof rums and served in a 32-ounce Brewster's cup with cherries on top. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., all day Sun.