The Gold Mine offers flaming Dr. Pepper shots and a DJ booth for dancing most nights, but Thursday features a literary reading and open mic poetry night. On other nights, intellectual stimulation is left to the vintage video game machines.
This Uptown cocktail hot spot becomes a haven for wine connoisseurs on Thursdays with 40 percent off bottles of wine, $5.50 classic cocktails and wines by the glass at happy hour. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The only thing outnumbering the large HD TVs lining the walls here are the available beers. Cooter Brown's invites all to take a "trip around the world" in sampling its array of brews, all of which pair perfectly with raw oysters or burgers. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-close Tue.
You get to keep your beer glass during Wednesday's Pint Night at this dog-friendly pub with patio seating. Other days offer changing drink specials, Rockbot (patrons choose the songs) and trivia. There's a large variety of beers on tap, including local drafts Abita, NOLA, Parish and Tin Roof, and The Bulldog specializes in craft beers and imports. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri
The dog-friendly bar stocks treats for its four-legged friends and hangs pictures of its favorite canines. You can sit at a table or booth and sip top-shelf cocktails, the lounge's popular mojito, wine or beer. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and till 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
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.
Come in to watch the Saints, LSU or Monday Night Football and get $8 buckets of longnecks during the games. Saturday night features karaoke, or take a turn at video poker or darts. Hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and appetizers are available. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Ernst Cafe is located in charming turn-of-the-century building and retains the flavor of old New Orleans. The Always Sunny on Fulton is a popular drink made of orange juice, mint and Barcadi, though PBRs are an old standby. Casual comfort food is served late into the evening. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Found in a head-turning structure, the Eiffel Society is a showcase for contemporary art, performance, cuisine and craft cocktails. Chef Ian Schnoebelen designed the tapas-style menu, while bartender Alan Walter created a list of “nieux classic” cocktails. Wednesday is salsa night with dance lessons starting at 7 p.m. Open Wed.-Sat. Smoking: no.
Signature martinis and steak night on Tuesday (an 8-ounce steak with potatoes and vegetables is $12.95) are among the things that draw in regulars. There also is live music most Fridays and happy hour prices for women from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday during ladies night. Hamburgers, chicken tenders, tuna, wraps and salads are on the menu. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The long bar at The Delachaise offers dozens of wines by the bottle or glass, imported beers on tap and by the bottle and cocktails made with liquors scribbled on chalkboards overhead. An outdoor patio is decorated with twinkling lights, making the bar an intimate perch from which to look out on St. Charles Avenue and share a cheese plate. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
You won't find Budweiser on the global selection of premium, often-obscure beers, but you will find good vibes and music nightly by regularly booked local icons (Walter "Wolfman" Washington's in residence on Wednesdays) and touring acts in the blues/roots/rock vein. Open nightly. No smoking. No food.
Pan-seared shrimp balls are served with Creole tomato sauce with horseradish cream. The jumbo lump crab cake comes with a fried green tomato and topped with lemon grass beurre blanc. No reservations. Breakfast and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
This classic bar in the Hotel Monteleone is New Orleans' only revolving bar and has attracted celebrities including Tennessee Williams for decades. There's a piano bar and classic cocktails as well as signature drinks such as the Vieux Carre Cocktail, made with whiskey, vermouth, bitters, Benedictine liqueur and a cherry. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Chef Tenney Flynn offers a mix of local and cold-water fish and shellfish. Lobster dumplings are poached and served with lobster butter, fennel and tomato concasse. Scalibut features scallops and halibut and is served with Maine lobster risotto and pea shoot butter. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$