This downtown Covington hot spot has a 50-cent pool table and karaoke on Sunday, but its real bragging rights come from its calendar of live music (no cover charge on Monday), live mics and burlesque shows. Gyros are available late on Wednesday through Saturday. 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 also offers two-for-one mixed drinks during happy hour on weekdays, darts, pool, late-night pizza and free Wi-Fi. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8.pm. Mon.-Fri.
A rowdy and revered institution, Le Bon Temps operates as a neighborhood bar in one half of its building, with pool tables and drinks as the main attraction. The back part is a top-shelf music venue that hosts popular local bands nightly, highlighted by the Soul Rebels' long-running Thursday night gig. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Round up some mates and drink like a (historically accurate) pirate at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, billed as one of the oldest bars in the country. Named after privateer Jean Lafitte, the bar draws locals and tourists to the quieter end of Bourbon Street for classic cocktails, "Frozen Voodoo Juice" and rustic ambience. Open daily. No food.
There's live music every night and the lineup of performers is eclectic. Get into the Irish spirit with a pint of Guinness or Harp beer and watch sports on TV or take a turn at the pool table. Open daily. No food.
On an otherwise quiet and narrow strip off Prytania Street, The Kingpin stays busy with shuffleboard players, New Orleans Saints fans, movie crowds squeezing in a pre-show round, and beer drinkers (more often nearby Uptowners than college crowds). Food trucks are available Monday through Saturday. Open daily. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
What started as a warehouse space converted to a music hall more than 35 years ago has become a local music institution. Tipitina's presents a mix of local and touring bands, and the bars are open when the club is open for shows, including Sunday afternoon's Cajun dance party. Open for concerts. 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 saintly spot is known for its religious iconography, such as crosses that have been given to the owners over the years, that hang from the ceiling and on the walls. Peruse the selection of beer, bourbon and Irish whiskey before shooting pool, or head to the paper lantern-adorned back patio with one of the bar's signature blueberry mojitos. Open daily. No food.
This storied, former speakeasy has live music on weekends 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.
Fish Marigny features a fried fillet topped with Gulf shrimp in Creole cream sauce. New Orleans-style shell-on barbecue shrimp are sauteed with butter, garlic, rosemary and cayenne. Reservations accepted. Dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
The dog-friendly dive bar is a favorite late-night haunt for people who just don't want the party to end (it doesn't open until 7 p.m.). Tucked in an Uptown residential area, the bar is decked in Christmas lights year around and the Santa statue sports a New Orleans Saints jersey. Beers and shots are popular choices, and happy hour features $2.50 well drinks and $2 beer. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.
The Sazerac Bar carries with it the history and lore of its namesake drink. Paul Ninas murals flanking the African walnut bar take you back to the grandeur of old New Orleans — a time when Huey P. Long strolled in to order a Ramos gin fizz. The elegant barstools and plush banquettes of today's Sazerac Bar invite locals and visitors to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and conversation. Open daily. No food.