640 Louisa St., 504-943-0785; www.facebook.com/MarkeysBarNOLA
The vibe: The laid-back neighborhood bar draws a mixed crowd to watch sports, hang out, eat pub grub or play shuffleboard.
What you'll drink: There are 30 taps with a rotating slate of beers available and well-made cocktails.
2533 Constance St., 504-302-1543; www.parasolsbarandrestaurant.com
The vibe: The Irish Channel joint has a narrow, old-timey bar in the front, but the real draw is the selection of po-boys served in the back dining room. Try the Irish Sundae: potato salad with roast beef debris.
What you'll drink: Jameson shots, PBR, Irish beers and mimosas.
718 St. Peter St., 504-525-4823; www.patobriens.com
The vibe: It's been a mainstay of the local bar scene since Prohibition. There's the main bar, a mostly standing-room only tavern where locals gather; a piano bar with dueling baby grands; and the courtyard with a large flaming fountain and the feel of old New Orleans.
What you'll drink: The Hurricane is the most famous drink here, but there is a menu of fruity weather-themed cocktails and classics such as the mint julep.
St. Charles Tavern
1433 St. Charles Ave., 504-523-9823; www.stcharlestavern.com
The vibe: A diverse clientele moves through this dive bar, which encourages people to drink up with $1.25 drafts every afternoon and three-for-one well drinks and beer Wednesday afternoons.
What you'll drink: The house specialty is a Streetcar rum punch, but there also are $1.25 drafts of Budweiser, Bud Light and Miller Light during daily happy hours.