Ale on Oak
@AleonOak 8124 Oak St., (504) 324-6558
The vibe: The sleek, modern pub features cool tones and a warm wood interior suggesting sophistication and comfort at the same time. It shares a patio with neighboring Oak wine bar. What you'll drink: Try the latest offerings from breweries including Bell's Brewery and Evil Twin Brewing.
The Avenue Pub
@AvenuePubNOLA 1732 St Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com
The vibe: This two-floor beer bar features dark wood downstairs and shiny chrome upstairs, plus a beer garden in back. It's a comfortable setting to drink some of the best beers in the world. What you'll drink: There's a variety of Louisiana and American craft beer, but explore one of the best Belgian beer lists in the South with something from 3 Fonteinen, La Brasserie Senne, Hof ten Dormaal or Brasserie de Blaugies. De La Senne Taras Boulba is a great introduction to Belgian beer.
@BlackPennyBar 700 N Rampart St., (504) 304-4779
The vibe: Head to the crumbling elegance of this bar on the edge of the French Quarter for a large selection of canned beer. What you'll drink: One of the 100-plus canned selections, which include local beers by NOLA Brewing Company and Urban South Brewery, as well as national brands like Oskar Blues Brewery and Destihl Brewery.
The Barley Oak
@BarleyOak 2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420; www.thebarleyoak.com
The vibe: Between the plush leather couches surrounding the fireplace and the expansive deck overlooking Lake Pontchartrain, there's a comfortable spot for everyone here, and dogs are welcome. What you'll drink: Try beer from nearby Northshore breweries Covington Brewhouse, Abita Brewing Company and Chafunkta Brewing Company.
@Bulldog_Uptown, @Bulldog_MidCity 3236 Magazine St., (504) 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4191; www.bulldog.draftfreak.com
The vibe: Not only dog-friendly, but dog-focused, both Bulldogs have courtyards where patrons can bring their pooches. There's also a huge selection of craft beers on tap and bottles from around the globe. What you'll drink: Try Lagunitas Brewing Company's A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', North Coast Brewing Company's Brother Thelonious or Rogue's Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout.
Cooter Brown's Tavern
@CooterBrowns504 509 S Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com
The vibe: Sports bar meets craft beer bar meets neighborhood joint. This Riverbend institution has rows of long tables, plenty of TVs and a huge selection of beer. What you'll drink: Try beers from one of the newer breweries to hit the state, like Bell's Brewery's Oatmobile or Left Hand Brewing Company's Milk Stout on Nitro.
Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap
@olesaintnola 132 Royal St., (504) 309-4797; www.olesaint.com
The vibe: A bright, airy bar and restaurant sits in a hotel just off Canal Street. The bar's 54 taps are dominated by American craft beers. What you'll drink: During happy hour (3 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday) enjoy two-for-one pints of local and regional beers such as Gnarly Barley Brewing Company's Radical Rye or Great Raft Brewing's Commotion.
Lager's International Ale House
@Lagers_Metairie 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923; www.lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com
The vibe: Located on bustling Veterans Memorial Boulevard, this Old World-inspired bar has a wall of taps and a menu of pub fare. What you'll drink: Try one of the new flights ($8-$9) — "The Dark Side," "Mo' Hop Mo' Betta," "Drink Local" or "Light and Bright" — each featuring samples of four beers.
World of Beer
@wob_usa 300 Julia St., (504) 299-3599; www.worldofbeer.com/locations/warehousedistrict; 4100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 266-2689; www.worldofbeer.com/locations/metairie
The vibe: Both locations of this national chain feature a long wooden bar, exposed brick walls and shiny tap handles. What you'll drink: See what's available in the infusion tower, a 6-foot-tall tube into which hops, fruits or other flavor additives are placed to enhance the beer running through it.