The Rivershack Tavern
3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938
Restaurant barFree live music draws crowds on Thursdays through Saturdays. Other times, people watch sports on TV, listen to the jukebox, take advantage of all-night happy hour on Tuesday or sample the menu of burgers, salads and po-boys. Oh yeah, then there's the decor: bar stools made with mannequin legs and on the bar, portraits tchotchkes and its renowned collection of tacky ashtrays. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., all night Tue.
10801 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-9083
This longtime River Ridge gathering place keeps patrons occupied with WII bowling tournaments on Tuesdays, karaoke on Saturdays and a monthly birthday bash for customers. Free food is served for Saints and LSU Games; other times bulk up on crawfish pies and pizza snacks. The bar also is home to Nick Stipelcovich, who holds the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival record in the crawfish-eating contest, downing 55.75 pounds in 45 minutes. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
1200 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 832-0830
This neighborhood bar has something for everyone with pool tables, dartboards, video poker, sports on TV, free Wi-Fi, karaoke (Saturdays) and live music some nights. There's a Friday night fish fry and the kitchen regularly offers tamales, burgers, boudin and alligator sausage. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and all day Sun.