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Acadian Brewery -- 201 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-3038 -- Dark and dim, Acadian Brewery provides the perfect ambience to sip on their hand-crafted selections, with the pilsner and amber ranking among the most popular. Dinner nightly. Credit cards. $ (F-5)

Bruno's -- 7601 Maple St., Riverbend, 861-7615 -- Young professional types and grad students converge upon Bruno's for the after-work happy hour (until 8 p.m.), free food on Friday evenings, and to catch the game. Open 3 p.m.-4 a.m. Mon-Fri, noon-4 a.m. Sat-Sun. (E-5)

The Bulldog -- 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516 -- Young business types love its vast beer selection (both local and imports) and relaxed environment. Opens at 2 Sun-Thu, at 11 Fri-Sat; grill opens at 4 Mon-Fri and for lunch on weekends and special events. (G-6)

Circle Bar -- 1032 St. Charles Ave. (Lee Circle), 588-2616 -- It's like being in your living room, only you're lit, and you're surrounded by similarly lit people, and there's a K&B drugstore clock on the ceiling. Open 4-4 daily. (P-4)

El Matador -- 504 Esplanade Ave., 569-8361 -- Eclectic crowds flock to its dark, subdued-cool ambience, with a jukebox that shows musical knowledge and a nod toward the campy. Limited beer selection. Opens at 9 Mon-Thu; at 4 Fri-Sat. (U-4)

F&M Patio Bar -- 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784 -- *Voted 'Best Jukebox' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- It's 3 a.m., dancing-on-pool-tables rowdy, with kick-ass cheese fries. Opens at 5 daily. (F-6)

Joe's Bar -- 1500 Cleveland St., 581-9809 -- Situated near the Charity and Tulane hospitals' emergency rooms, this comfy 52-year-old bar may not get your doctor's approval, but it will serve plenty of microbrews and import beers. Opens at 11 Mon-Fri. (G-5)

Mo's Chalet -- 3201 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 780-2961 -- Whenever you get the urge for a cool drink and a little bar music, head on over to Mo's Chalet, open 24 hours a day and featuring live music six nights a week. You can also sate your hunger with some treats from the grill. (D-2)

Parlay's -- 870 Harrison Ave., 482-4700 -- If you're in the mood for a little late-night dancing to a jukebox with a great selection of drinks to wet your whistle, this neighborhood bar in Lakeview provides the place. (F-3)

Polynesian Joe's -- 869 Magazine St., 525-9301 -- Though a popular bar, a solid line-up of sandwiches and a buffet on the lunch menu, and plate dinners such as the pork chop and seafood plates make Polynesian Joe's a great eatery, too. (G-5)

R Bar -- 1431 Royal St. 948-7499 -- One of the best-decorated bars in town, displaying a campy collector's mentality and occasional kitschy films (with no sound, thank God). A popular late-night niche for the hipper-than-thou. Open 3-5 a.m. Sun-Thu, 3-6 a.m. Fri-Sat. (V-4)

Rivershack Tavern -- 3449 River Rd., Jefferson, 834-4938 -- Weird collections of kitsch (tacky ashtrays, "character" barstools, all things Elvisian), plus crowd-pleasing bands, make this unpretentious spot worth the trek. Live music Wed and Sat. Opens at 11 daily. (E-5)

St. Joe's -- 5535 Magazine St., 899-3744 -- *Voted 'Best Neighborhood Bar' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- This religiously irreverent dive is the best place to "sin" in town, with great martinis and a dark, loud, lively atmosphere. Opens at 5 Mon-Sat. (F-6)

Tyler's Beer Garden -- 3841 Orleans Ave., 482-7207 -- A colorful joint known for its oysters, beer and professionals who converge here to unwind. Opens at 11 daily. (G-4)

Vic's Kangaroo Café -- 636 Tchoupitoulas St., 524-4329 -- Straight-shooting Australian-themed hangout featuring live blues on Saturdays, and Vic's signature meat pie. Open 11-3 a.m. daily. (Q-5)

Whiskey Blue -- 333 Poydras St., W Hotel, 207-5016 -- *Voted 'Best Bar Decor' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- Sleek, chic place to see and be seen. Open 4-4 daily. (R-4)

735 Club -- 735 Bourbon St., 581-6740 -- *Voted 'Best New Club/Bar' in the 2000 Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- Dress to impress and dance like a rock star in this hot-hot-hot nightspot, whose theme parties have become hipster magnets. Opens at 10 nightly. (T-3)

The Dungeon -- 738 Toulouse St., 523-5330 -- Aptly named gothic lair featuring drink specials and dance music nightly. Opens at midnight; closed Mon. (T-3)

Gold Mine --701 Dauphine St., 586-0745 -- Low cover, cheap drinks (especially "$2 Flaming Dr. Peppers") and good dance tunes. Come spin the Wheel of Booze on Saturdays. Opens at 9 p.m. Fri-Sat. (T-3)

Bourbon Pub/Parade -- 801 Bourbon St., 529-2107 -- *Voted 'Best Place to Dance,' 'Best Club DJ,' 'Best Late-Late Night Club,' 'Best Bartender' and 'Best Gay Bar' in the Gambit Weekly Readers' Poll* -- With all that love, what more can we say? Bourbon Pub (downstairs) open 24 hours; Parade (upstairs dance club) opens at 9 a.m. daily. (T-3)

Oz -- 800 Bourbon St., 593-9491 -- This uninhibited dance club features smoke, strobe lights, and mesmerizing videos of nude men doing gymnastics. There's also Drag Bingo from 5-7 on Thu-Fri. Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. Open 24 hours. (T-3)

Illusions -- 3551 18th St., 779-5757. A gentleman's club far removed from the sounds and smells of Bourbon Street, this Metairie club offers all the typical amenities in a comfortable suburban environ. (D-4)Larry Flynt's Hustler Club -- 225 Bourbon St., 524-0010. -- Beautiful women and Hustler "honeys" are found inside. Monday night is the Amateur Night Contest. Open daily at noon. (S-3)

click to enlarge What a Drag -  - Sleek, Asian-influenced, eclectic décor makes for a hip hang at Lucky Cheng's (720 St. Louis St., 529-2045). Paintings by local artists hang on the walls, illuminated by candlelight and the reflection from gold tabletops. All of the waitresses are drag queens who give new meaning to the word "flamboyant." These sexy, sparkling beauties sing along to '80s radio hits and emit frequent yelps and cackles in grand Southern bitch style, keeping up the pace of the continuous party. -  - Take your time with the drink menu, which features five different martinis, a drink for every waitress (how about "Opal's Orgasm," or "Natasha's Trick"), and a variety of specialty drinks ("Voluptuous Melons" and "Lucky Charm" are favorites). When you step up to order a "Flaming Queen," grab a few condoms from the big bowl on the bar. They're on the house.-- Cristina Diettinger
  • What a Drag

    Sleek, Asian-influenced, eclectic décor makes for a hip hang at Lucky Cheng's (720 St. Louis St., 529-2045). Paintings by local artists hang on the walls, illuminated by candlelight and the reflection from gold tabletops. All of the waitresses are drag queens who give new meaning to the word "flamboyant." These sexy, sparkling beauties sing along to '80s radio hits and emit frequent yelps and cackles in grand Southern bitch style, keeping up the pace of the continuous party.

    Take your time with the drink menu, which features five different martinis, a drink for every waitress (how about "Opal's Orgasm," or "Natasha's Trick"), and a variety of specialty drinks ("Voluptuous Melons" and "Lucky Charm" are favorites). When you step up to order a "Flaming Queen," grab a few condoms from the big bowl on the bar. They're on the house.-- Cristina Diettinger

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