8124 Oak St., 504-324-6558; www.aleonoak.com
The vibe: Sturdy wooden tables and comfy corner seats draw craft beer fans to this Carrollton area bar, and the menu includes duck confit queso fundito and Two Run Farm beef debris fries.
What you'll drink: Southern Tier Live Pale Ale or other local beers such as 40 Arpent Milk Stout or Chafunkta Bayou Blaze red ale.
Aline Street Beer Garden
3445 Prytania St., 504-891-5774; www.facebook.com/AlineStreet- BeerGarden
The vibe: The German-style beer hall features orange beer hall tables from Munich and a wide selection of German beers.
What you'll drink: On Thursdays, pints of local cask-conditioned ale are $3.50. Or order a two- or three-liter glass "boot" of lager.
The Avenue Pub
1732 St Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com
The vibe: The 24-hour casual corner bar is a font of craft beers from all over the U.S., Belgium, Italy, Germany, England and Scandinavia.
What you'll drink: De La Senne Taras Boulba, a complex yet easy-drinking Belgian ale; Mahr's Brau Ungespundet Hefetrub, aka "Mahr's U," a German kellerbier; and Unibroue Blanche de Chambly, a classic wheat beer from Quebec.
2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420; www.thebarleyoak.com
The vibe: Located on the lakefront in old Mandeville, the two-story bar has a balcony on which to grab a table and enjoy the view of Lake Pontchartrain.
What you'll drink: There's a large selection of craft beers on draft, including local options from Abita, Chafunkta, NOLA Brewing and Gnarly Barley, as well as bottled beers from around the world, from American craft brewers (Rogue) to Belgian favorites (Chimay).
5135 Canal Blvd., 504-488-4191; www.bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com
3236 Magazine St., 504-891-1516; www.bulldog.draftfreak.com
The vibe: These low-key, dog-friendly beer havens offer patio seating.
What you'll drink: Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale, Gnarly Barley Catahoula Common or Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse.
509 S Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com
The vibe: Tucked in the back of the student-friendly sports bar and oyster shack, the Snooty Cooter is a craft beer specialty bar with 46 taps.
What you'll drink: New Belgium La Folie, Oskar Blues G'Knight and Stillwater Classique.
Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap
132 Royal St., 504-309-4797; www.olesaint.com
The vibe: Nestled in a nexus of Canal Street hotels, the Ole Saint focuses on local beer and Southern cooking.
What you'll drink: NOLA Brewing's Irish Channel Stout or Abita's new Wrought Iron IPA. There are many options from regional craft breweries.
329 Decatur St., 504-373-4852; www.evangelineneworleans.com
The vibe: A sleepy-looking, brick-walled, French Quarter oasis with a long bar and courtyard in back.
What you'll drink: The draft lineup includes Bayou Teche's Acadie, a hard-to-find farmhouse ale, and Southern Prohibition's Fire Ant Imperial Red Ale.
3021 St. Claude Ave., 504-272-0205; www.junctionnola.com
The vibe: The railroad-themed bar slings burgers and the jukebox features CDs from co-owner Lloyd Miller's personal collection.
What you'll drink: North Coast Scrimshaw pilsner, Yalobusha River Ale or Lazy Magnolia Timber Beast.
World of Beer
4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-266-2689; www.worldofbeer.com/ Locations/Metairie
The vibe: The national chain features bars that focus on their local craft beer scene. There are iPads to help patrons learn about the many draft and bottled beers.
What you'll drink: Great Raft Commotion pale ale, St. Bernadus Abt 12 Belgian quadruple-style abbey ale and Stone Imperial Russian Stout.
Wood Pizza Bistro & Tap House
404 Andrew Higgins Drive, 504-281-4893; www.woodpizzanew- orleans.com
The vibe: The restaurant has a short list of wood-fired pizzas, a long list of craft beers and a large patio.
What you'll drink: Regional craft beers from Abita, NOLA Brewing, Tin Roof Beer, Southern Prohibition, Lazy Magnolia, Saint Arnold and others.