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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.