The Basin Irish Pub
152 Harrison Ave., 309-6887
This neighborhood bar offers trivia games, darts, a pool table, video poker, a jukebox and TVs for watching sports. Mix-and-match domestic beers are five for $9 during the day and five for $11 at night. On game days, there's free food and $9 domestic beer buckets. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Dog friendly. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. daily.
618 Homedale St., 488-5519
Established in 1937, this neighborhood bar is a local favorite, with a well-stocked jukebox and sports screenings. There are also trivia games on Wednesdays, and steak night is Thursday. There's free food for Saints games and $3 Bloody Marys on weekends from noon-3 p.m. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour noon-7 p.m.
870 Harrison Ave., 304-6338
Parlay's 65-foot-long bar may be the longest in the city, and it's stocked with 40 different beers and a full complement of liquor. The friendly atmosphere and changing slate of afternoon drink specials keep customers coming back. Karaoke draws singers out on Thursdays, and a hand-selected jukebox playlist keeps music lovers moving. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: no.
The Steak Knife Restaurant & Bar
888 Harrison Ave., 488-8981 or 488-3229
Restaurant barA popular restaurant and local gathering place, The Steak Knife has a front bar with 20 chairs and white cloth-draped tables to accommodate another 40. Popular drinks include martinis, old fashioneds, Irish coffee and brandy Alexander freeze. The restaurant's menu of appetizers, steaks and seafood is available at the bar. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu.
The Velvet Cactus
6300 Argonne Blvd., 301-2083
This Mexican cantina has ample patio seating and a separate barroom offering a long list of tequilas, specialty margaritas and cocktails, and sangria. Try the Velvet Heat margarita. Full menu of Mexican cuisine. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. features specials on mixed drinks, draft beer and frozen margaritas, and happy hour resumes at 10 p.m. at the bar only from Sun.-Thu.
Zachary's by the Lake
7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 872-9832
Watch your favorite sporting event while you toss back a couple of cold ones at this restaurant bar, or enjoy your libations on one of two patios. The restaurant offers a menu of American and seafood dishes. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Food: restaurant menu.