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
Bruno's has been the hotspot for drinks before, during and after sporting events since 1934. The tavern offers $3 drinks Tuesday, half-price food for undergrads Wednesday and grads Thursday, and trivia Sunday. The Willing Way daiquiri is the signature drink. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The downstairs space at Balcony Bar & Cafe looks like a college hangout, with pool tables and dozens of beer taps. Upstairs, there's a smaller bar, table seating, a kitchen that serves pizza, sandwiches, wraps and bar food, and access to a long wraparound balcony overlooking Magazine and Harmony streets. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
The courtyard is a big draw to this bar in a historic building. Visitors can sip popular drinks such as the Sazerac and Pimm's Cup, and the front bar opens onto a French Quarter street for people-watching. The menu features appetizers, sandwiches, classic New Orleans dishes and desserts. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.