Boston Street Pub
517 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9907; www.facebook.com/BostonStreetPub
The straightfoward cash-only joint in downtown Covington offers a laid-back ambience, and you can play pool while drinking your beer — domestics are $2 during happy hour. Open Tue.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
The Chimes Restaurant and Taproom
19130 W. Front St., Covington, (985) 892-5396; www.thechimes.com
The ambience is casual and comfortable — the handcrafted bar top is made with wood from every continent — but the drinks are refined. The dog-friendly bar offers a large array of draft beers, an extensive list of top-shelf bourbon, Scotch, tequila, gin and rum. Specialty martinis are $5 during happy hour. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. & midnight-2 a.m. Mon.-Sat.
Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues Cafe
407 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-9949; www.rocknbluescafe.com
Columbia Street offers live music, DJs and a jukebox, as well as game nights, free Wi-Fi, karaoke and a menu of Louisiana-inspired dishes. The kitchen is open late every night. Open Tue.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
Columbia Street Tap Room
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985)-898-0899; www.covingtontaproom.com; @columbiataproom
The Columbia Street Tap Room is housed in a 125-year-old building and its constantly rotating beer selection highlights local brews. The pub stages live music Thursday through Saturday and offers a menu that includes grilled fish, po-boys and burgers. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The Green Room
521 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-2225; www.greenroomcovla.com
This downtown Covington hot spot has a 50-cent pool table and karaoke on Sunday, but its real bragging rights come from its calendar of live music (no cover charge on Monday), live mics and burlesque shows. Gyros are available late on Wednesday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 2 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Jerk's Island Grill & Daiquiri Bar
70437 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 893-1380; www.jerksislandgrill.com; @JerksIsland
A straw hut bar stands in the middle of this family-friendly, beach bum-inspired bar and grill that specializes in original rum-based tropical drinks. Its menu of frozen daiquiris bears names like Monkey Love and Pain Killer, made with 151 and spiced Sailor Jerry rums and a blend of tropical fruits — all for $5 during happy hour. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
1645 Highway 190, Covington, (985) 327-5407; 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 644-4155; 8227 Oak St., (504) 345-8229; www.facebook.com/MellowMushroomCovington
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The Tap Room, 434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.seilerbar.com; @seilerbar
The Seiler Bar offers patrons an upscale perch from which to sip a Moscow Mule or a seasonal fruit martini and look out onto a New Orleans-style courtyard. The bar is inside the Columbia Street Tap Room, a local pub, and serves a Creole-style menu with an emphasis on fish. Open Wed.-Sat. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.
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