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 and food truck 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 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
Sit at the long bar and order from a menu of local, microbrewed and imported beers or classic cocktails like an old fashioned or Sazerac, nestle into a pew around the pool table or a seat in a paper lantern-bedecked covered patio. There's religious art and icons decorating the bar, but the signature blueberry mojito likely gets the most praise. Open daily. No food.
There's no cover at this cash-only jazz and blues club, which features live music nightly. There is a one-drink minimum per set. 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.
There's live music every night at this restaurant and club housed in a historic 19th-century space. Each of its three rooms features something different (a restaurant, a bar and a music room), and there's a full menu of regional fare, seafood and sandwiches. Branford Marsalis headlines four days in December. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
The "dive bar" descriptor gets tossed around a lot these days, but with its omnipresent Christmas decor, an exterior fit for a shantytown and an interior cluttered with warped couches, darkness and bad decisions, Snake and Jake's not only deserves the designation, but elevates it to David Lynchian standards. 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.