This downtown Covington hot spot has a 50-cent pool table and karaoke on Sunday but earns its real bragging rights from its calendar of live music (there's no cover charge on Monday), live mics and burlesque shows. Late-night gyros are available Wed.-Sat. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 2 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Known for long and wild weekend nights, this dog-friendly bar has two-for-one mixed drinks during happy hour on weekdays, darts, pool and free Wi-Fi. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8.pm. Mon.-Fri.
Toss back a cold one and commune with the tiled alligators in the back bar of this neighborhood tavern, play a game of pool or just visit with the bartenders and regular patrons. The Soul Rebels play every Thursday; a variety of other musical acts perform on other nights. Friday features free oysters. Open daily. Smoking: yes.
Located in an 18th-century cottage, this bar attracts attention, especially from French Quarter tourists, even if there's no proof it was owned or visited by pirate Jean Lafitte. But the dimly lit interior, fireplace and piano in the back room make it feel like a suitable place for a secret rendezvous, and it's a good last stop on the end of the Bourbon Street strip. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Kerry Irish Pub turned 30 in October, celebrating another year of being home to stout drafts, prized Irish whiskeys such as Tullamore Dew and the local folk/country/bluegrass scene. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Known for its Elvis Presley-themed decor and biannual Elvis parties (celebrating the King's birth and death), this eclectic neighborhood pub serves free food during New Orleans Saints games and is a stop for food trucks Friday and Saturday nights. There's also shuffleboard. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
It began as a neighborhood juke joint in the 1970s and as a place for New Orleans music legend Professor Longhair to perform. Over the years, however, it became an institution where local musicians and traveling music stars took the stage — sometimes together. There often are food trucks outside during music shows. Open weekends and when music is scheduled. No smoking. No food.
You might trip over a small pack of scruffy dogs or have to dodge the occasional outbreak of fisticuffs, but big-screen TVs, $6 PBR pitchers and a full menu of Mexican and vegetarian fare (alongside bar food staples and the occasional pot of free red beans and rice) make these negligible risks. Open daily. Smoking: yes
This Uptown bar is known for its blueberry mojitos and its covered patio, lighted by the soft glow of paper lanterns. Inside, dark wood and saintly iconography give the bar a church-like feel. Open daily. Smoking on patio. No food.
The jazz and blues club features live music every day and free swing dance lessons from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dancing is encouraged. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Live music is scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights, with acts ranging from national touring bands to local rock, metal and cover bands. DJs also perform. There are drink specials during live music. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Jazz, R&B and big band musicians perform live at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. every night off the main bar of this club, which has drawn locals and visitors to the Faubourg Marigny for 30 years, long before Frenchmen Street became hip. The restaurant specializes in burgers and steaks, and a popular drink is the Monsoon. There's also an extensive wine list. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
The name of this small, late-night dive bar has crept into song lyrics and has become a staple of the New Orleans college vernacular. It was voted one of Playboy's top bars in America. Christmas lights stay on all year long. Happy hour includes $2.50 well drinks and $2 Budweiser and Miller. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.
The dark wood paneling, New Orleans murals and storied past as a favorite haunt of Huey P. Long and others makes the bar a good backdrop for date night, business meetings or sharing witty banter with friends. It's the place to get the namesake Sazerac, or go for Long's favorite, the Ramos gin fizz. Open daily. No smoking. No food.