4301 Burgundy St.
This dive is a gem hidden away in the lower Bywater. B.J.'s offers darts and pool, televised sports, a jukebox and an eclectic mix of Upper 9th Ward clientele. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com; @bacchanalwine
While famous for its wines, Bacchanal also features craft cocktails along with imported beers and a changing food menu to be enjoyed inside or in the bar's spacious courtyard. The music — typically cutting-edge local jazz — starts at 7:30 p.m. weeknights and 4 p.m. weekends. There are free wine tastings from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m Saturday. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083; www.barredux.com; @barredux
The old-style juke joint is decorated with music and movie memorabilia and serves Creole/Caribbean cuisine with daily specials. The bar offers traditional New Orleans cocktails with modern flairs and holds frequent trivia, comedy and movie nights. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
Booty's Street Food
800 Louisa St., (504) 266-2887; www.bootysnola.com; @bootys
Matching its funky Bywater locale with monthly bathroom-art installations and international street-food cuisine, Booty's prepares original drinks such as the Bywater Bomber (a housemade cocktail of Old New Orleans Crystal Rum, pineapple, lime, orange and rosewater) and Protect Your Snacks (Old New Orleans three-year aged rum, lime, molasses, coconut milk and Teddy Grahams). Teachers get two-for-one wine, beer and tacos with faculty ID on Tuesday. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Bud Rip's Old 9th Ward Bar
900 Piety St., (504) 945-5762
R Bar owners Bailey Smith and Greg Dulli took over this mainstay in May, but Bud Rip's remains the same: a legendary dive bar filled with local characters enjoying cheap drinks, draft beers and games of pool, darts and video poker. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m. daily.
The Country Club
634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com; @countryclubnola
Though patrons now have to keep their clothes on (nude swimming was allowed until recently), this 19th-century Italianate cottage has an outdoor saltwater pool, sauna and hot tub. New Orleans Saints and LSU games are screened on a 25-foot projector at the pool. Saturday brunch features a bottomless mimosa and build-your-own bloody mary bar with 50 ingredients. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
J&J's Sports Lounge
800 France St., (504) 942-8877; www.jjssportslounge.com
Popular with service ndustry workers and assorted characters of the night, the party here doesn't end until you say so, with the bar staying open until 4 a.m. or later. Watch sports on a projector screen or tune in to TVs showing pro football, baseball and soccer. Beer is the main drink, and there are 10 on tap. It's always happy hour, with a choice of six $2 beers available all the time. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Rice Mill Lofts, 2900 Chartres St., (504) 598-5700; www.marizaneworleans.com
Sit at the wraparound bar and watch the goings-on in the kitchen or choose a table in the bustling dining room. The popular ByWater Manhattan is bourbon, Amaro Averna, Regan's orange bitters, cherry and an orange twist. The restaurant serves Italian-inspired cuisine, oysters on the half-shell, pasta, pizza, cured meats and more. Open Tue.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
640 Louisa St., (504) 943-0785
Since the 1940s, Bywater residents have gathered at the long bar in this corner spot. Watching sports on an array of TVs is the current attraction, and draft beers are the popular drinks. The bar's kitchen serves upscale pub food 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. There's also shuffleboard and video poker. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
3200 Burgundy St., (504) 267-0072; www.maurepasfoods.com; @maurepasfoods
The Bywater restaurant and bar uses local ingredients for its innovative cuisine and cocktails. Drinks are mixed with fresh herbs and juices and feature seasonal twists. Open Thu.-Tue. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
3162 Dauphine St., (504) 267-4776
Part of the booming Bywater dining scene, Oxalis matches its "new American" cuisine with an extensive wine list, beer choices and an array of whiskeys (such as Knob Creek Nine Year) and original cocktails such as the Rosemary Mash: bourbon, dry curacao, Demerara syrup and fresh lemon and rosemary. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
3067 St. Claude Ave., (504) 949-7532; www.saturnbar.com
While many things in the Bywater are changing, don't count this classic watering hole among them. This unpretentious bar serves beer and booze and on some nights hosts live music from neighborhood favorites such as singer-songwriter Alex McMurray. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
4229 Dauphine St., (504) 947-5562
Vaughan's brought the world to the 9th Ward, thanks to decades of hosting Kermit Ruffins on Thursday night. That tradition ended, but Vaughan's didn't miss a beat, booking Corey Henry's Treme Funktet and other talents at this friendly, no-frills watering hole. There's free food during halftimes of New Orleans Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
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