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 craft cocktail bar has a unique list of spirits and the bartenders mix drinks like alchemists mix secret formulas. Housed in a renovated firehouse with an exposed brick interior and contemporary decor, there’s banquette seating inside or chairs on the patio. Small plates and tapas are served until midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
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.
A fountain crafted from beer taps flows perpetually on the patio, and the taps behind the bar inside are in constant use, too. As if the huge draft selection wasn’t enough, the Bulldog’s fridge stocks everything from Chimay to Singha. Keep your decorated Bulldog pint glasses on Wednesdays. Open daily. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Smoking: yes.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Lazily sipping a Bloody Mary as you take in the grandeur of a lush, tree-lined Uptown landscape from the porch of your very own St. Charles Avenue mansion is a pleasure you may never experience on your own dime. But, for the price of a drink, you can live the dream (without the mortgage) at the historic Columns Hotel. Belly up to the massive mahogany bar in the Victorian Lounge imposing with its 15-foot ceilings and 12-foot, 300-pound solid mahogany doors, yet decidedly inviting with its dimly lit nooks and corners or enjoy table service from the hotel's stately porch. On weeknights, happy hour drink specials are followed by live music with artists like Ricardo Crespo and Fredy Omar.
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.
Scalibut, a combination of scallops and halibut, comes with Maine lobster risotto and pea shoot butter. The crispy fried soft-shell crab is served with creamy brown butter and toasted cashews. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$