Babylon Music & Sports Bar
2917 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 324-9961
This hot spot for the local service industry hosts live music throughout the week. Wednesday is karaoke night, and Thursday features music by Charlie Cuccia from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Local bands take the stage Friday and Saturday. The bar opens at 8 a.m. on Sundays for Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
6115 Airline Drive, Metairie, 267-5853
This bar keeps the fun going with specials on drinks and wings. Wednesday features free wings while supplies last and $3 Scotch or whiskey shots. Thursday brings $3.25 Jagermeister shots all day, and Saturday features a shot and a beer special. There's barbecue on Sunday during football games. Other amusements include dartboards, pool tables, video poker and free Wi-Fi. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
The Beach House
2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470
Bobby Cure's beach club-inspired music bar has a casual atmosphere and the attitude of an old-line New Orleans neighborhood bar. Watch live music, sports on TV, and enjoy drink specials and a menu with changing dinner specials. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Big's Trudeau Tavern
717 Trudeau Drive, Metairie, 469-2221
Someone wins a bar tab every time the Saints or LSU scores, and if they score in the last 2 minutes of either half, the value of the tab doubles. There are ping-pong tables, seven TVs (three with 50-inch screens), a dartboard, pool table and a punching bag for boxing fans. There also are food and drink specials at game time. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Bobby Jack's Critic's Choice
4725 Quincy St., Metairie, 887-9809
This neighborhood sports bar has a Saints game day spread, with food, drink specials and giveaways. Wednesday is steak night, offering a $12 8-ounce filet. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
C Beever's Bar of Music
2507 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 887-9401
Open since 1974, this bar is known to regulars as "The Beeve." It hosts live music and DJs (on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights), and there's open mic comedy on Sunday nights. Dart leagues compete Tuesday and Friday. There are 2-for-1 drink specials Friday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
4628 Rye St., Metairie; 888-0078
Cafe East serves a mix of Asian cuisines, especially Chinese and Japanese dishes. Head to the bar for a list of signature cocktails with Asian accents like the Beijing Bellini or the Geisha Girl, with vodka, plum wine and pineapple. Other popular drinks include Long Island Iced Teas and Sex on the Beach. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 3 p.m.-on Sat.
Capri Blu Bar
3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583
Tucked inside Andrea's Restaurant, this elegant refuge just off Causeway Boulevard serves a full range of cocktails, a broad selection of wines by the glass, as well as aperitifs, digestifs, Cognacs and grappas. Chef Andrea Apuzzo prepares small plates from his Italian kitchen for bar nibblers. Live piano music from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
2221 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 888-6685
The playbook at this neighborhood bar includes an especially lengthy happy hour, stretching from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. A DJ spins on Friday nights, and on Saturday, bands take the stage to rock the house. Regulars sip the potent house punch and play darts, pool and shuffleboard. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
4450 Wabash St., Metairie, 885-2426
The casual surroundings provide a fun-loving atmosphere that draws revelers both college age and more mature. Flat-screen TVs play Saints and LSU games, and customers get free shots for every Saints and LSU score. There are darts, pool tables and movie, bingo and trivia nights. Open 24 hours Wed.-Sun. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Fri.
Cucos Mexican Cantina
5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005
This casual Mexican cantina satisfies bar patrons with tequila and margarita specials. Wednesday brings $2 Jose Cuervo margaritas beginning at 5 p.m., and there are $1 margaritas during Saints games. The ultimate margarita is made with Jose Cuervo Gold and comes with a side shot of Grand Marnier. There also are taco specials and the kitchen serves burgers, burritos, nachos and Mexican favorites. Open daily. No smoking.
DBC Bar & Grill
1001 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 838-2282
Watch the Saints games here on Sunday and enjoy bucket specials and free food. Other days bring a rotation of drink specials (and a $12 rib-eye steak special on Wednesday), which you can enjoy at the picnic tables in the patio. The dog-friendly bar also has dartboards, TVs for sports watching, a ping-pong table and a ring game. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar food. Happy hour Mon.-Fri.
The Dive Bar
3408 28th St., Metairie, 324-9428
Check in Tuesday night for karaoke, where you can hop on stage and sing with a live band. Drink specials are available all week, including three-for-one drinks from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays. Wear purple and gold or black and gold for game day and get $1 off drinks. There also projection screens, pool tables and more. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Don's Seafood Hut Restaurant and Oyster Bar
4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-1550
Monday night features 25-cent raw oysters, which you can wash down with one of Don's popular bayou-centric drinks: Swamp Water, Cajun Sunset, Riptide Rita or Grand Isle. For something more inland, try an Old Fashioned or an Oreotini. The restaurant features nightly dine-in specials from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
452 Aurora Ave., Metairie, 828-7619
A meeting place for friends to play pool, watch sports on TV or listen to the jukebox and throw back some icy beers. A daily special has PBR for $1.25. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Joe's Caddy Corner Bar & Grill
4532 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 885-1164
Show up for barbecues during Saints games and take advantage of well drinks for $2.25, available all day, every day. Pool and dart leagues play every night. Patrons can watch sports on seven TVs. Food choices include burgers, steak, seafood, po-boys, plate specials and Monday is steak night. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7p.m. Mon.-Thu.
Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Eatery
3535 Severn Ave., Suites 10, Metairie, 888-5858
This bar takes sports seriously, with a 96-inch big-screen TV, 15 flat-screen TVs and baseball and NFL sports packages so no one misses a game. There are eight specialty beers on tap, wine and other drinks, and you can pair them with wraps, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Kool Kats Bar
3224 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-5911
Regulars come to Kool Kats to watch sports and enjoy trivia, Texas Hold 'Em poker, darts, and free Wi-Fi. Food options include barbecue on Sundays, wings on Wednesdays and free food on Fridays while it lasts. On Saturdays, every non-well shot comes with a free domestic beer. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Lager's International Ale Hous
e3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923
This beer bazaar in the Bulldog family of pubs features more than draft beers and 200 bottled beers, as well as a menu of bar snacks and sandwiches. There are drink specials throughout the week, like $3 Bloody Marys on Sundays, and you can keep your decorated pint glasses on Wednesdays. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
2708 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 887-3877
The "Wall of Fame" has pictures of friends of the bar and other luminaries, and a schedule of live music and DJs keeps the party going at Legends. Thursday is ladies night, with free drinks for women, and there's a video DJ. The bar also has dartboards, pool tables, trivia games, free Wi-Fi, video poker and sports on TV. There's a menu of burgers, fries and bar snacks. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
1624 Hesiod St., Metairie, 832-8166
Since opening in 1946, the management has learned some things about running a successful bar: Give customers what they want. At Mama's Place that means $2 ice-cold longnecks and $1.75 18-ounce schooners of draft beer — all the time. Mama's serves free food during Saints games, and there's a pool table and a jukebox to keep you busy other times. Homemade muffulettas, hot tamales and wraps curb the munchies. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
2501 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 885-1677
Spend Sundays with the Y'at Pack at this quaint, old-time lounge in the heart of Metairie. Popular drinks include chocolate and dirty martinis and "aspirin," and drinks are two-for-one from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. There is live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and a video DJ on Saturday. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Melius Bar & Cafe
1701 Lake Ave., 828-9446
Melius proudly proclaims itself "the only sports bar in Bucktown" and works hard to help its customers work some muscles, whether toning arms through lifting drinks while watching sports on the nine flat-screen TVs, legs and shoulders playing shuffleboard, or hand muscles with pool or darts. All that exercising can cause a mighty hunger; answer it with Melius' signature handmade half-pound burger (the grill is open late). Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Out of Bounds Sports Bar and Grill
3802 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-7350
The bar is serious about sports. It has three 100-inch high-definition projectors, 10 large high-def TVs, and you can play Wii and Golden Tee on 110-inch screens. If you get tired, you can watch sports on TV and swill a $5 double Crown Royal, a $6 double Belvedere vodka or anything else you want, from cocktails to beer. Get $2 domestic beers and well drinks during happy hour. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Oscar's Restaurant & Bar
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540
The generous weeknight happy hour isextended to midnight on Thursdays to give patrons plenty of time to inspect the collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia displayed here. The atmosphere is friendly, and customers can try their hand at pool or darts. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 324-9080
See restaurant description under "Harahan" section.Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
2012 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-6853
Whether you want to exercise your vocal cords or your elbow, you can get a workout at this sports bar. There's karaoke on Sunday night, pool leagues on Wednesday and dart league play on Tuesday and Thursday. Watch sports on the bar's six TVs, or try your luck at video poker and trivia games. The drink of choice is the $1.50 20-ounce schooner of beer. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Ricky Dean's Bar & Grill
4617 Sanford St., Metairie, 780-1700
Watch (or play) pool and dart matches during the week, watch sports on TV and play trivia games other times, or shake a leg to a high-def video DJ on weekends. If you want to drink like the regulars, try the Fleur D'Lishous Apple Pie. It might make you hungry for the bar's specialty Cuban sandwich or the steak, sandwiches, soups and salads on the menu. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Sidelines Bar & Grill
1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-4002
Head to the courtyard of this sports bar to catch games one of three large HD TVs. Popular drinks include mimosas, Bloody Marys and ice picks (vodka with iced tea). There are trivia games, dartboards, free Wi-Fi and video poker. Steak night on Thursdays features $10 filets. The kitchen also serves sandwiches, wraps and salads. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Happy hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Sports Beat Pub & Cafe
3330 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 838-9563
Sports barThis sports bar gets rowdy when LSU or Saints games are on its 14 flat-screen TVs. On other days, join in a friendly game of darts or move your feet to the jukebox or DJs who make regular appearances. The cafe serves burgers, po-boys and salads. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Sun Ray Grill
619 Pink St., Metairie, 837-0055
You don't need a happy hour to get a $5 margarita made with fresh-squeezed limes and house-made sour mix — you can get one any time here. Sun Ray recently introduced house-infused El Jimador silver tequilas, featuring pineapple and Serrano pepper-infused tequilas. You can order from the restaurant menu of Southwest cuisine, seafood, steaks and burgers — or choose something from the brand new Aloha Sushi bar, which offers half-price sake from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
Tarpon Joe's Bar & Grill
2205 David Drive, Metairie, 887-9944
Get hooked on casual fare and a relaxed environment at Tarpon Joe's. The bar offers more than 30 beers including local microbrews. There are dartboards, pool tables, video poker and live music on some nights. The kitchen serves daily specials ranging from red beans and rice to Baja fish tacos and noshing items like nachos and Buffalo wings. Enjoy free food and shots during Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Winston's Pub & Patio
531 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-8705
Neighborhood barThe atmosphere is that of an English pub or cigar bar, with dark woods, comfy couches, respectably stiff drinks and a large beer selection. You can watch TV, play board game or sit converse on the patio. Popular drinks include the Hwy. 90, Pimm's Cup, martinis, Scotch and beer. Food choices include burgers, fish 'n' chips and small plates, and they're served late. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu.