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Gambit's 2014 Fall Bar Guide: Lakeview/Lakefront 

The Basin Lakeview
152 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 482-6066
Neighborhood Bar
The dog-friendly neighborhood bar has free Wi-Fi, video poker and pool. A five-domestic beer bucket is $12 during the day and $14.50 at night, or try the popular Blue Hawaiian cocktail. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.

The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar
7900 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 284-2898;; @thebluecrabnola
Restaurant Bar
The drink menu includes beer, wine and cocktails including the popular Blue Crab Collins, made with Tito's vodka, fresh blueberries and lemon; and the Lakesider, which puts Bacardi rum, with pineapple, cranberry and orange juices and a floater of Bacardi 151. You can sip them while looking out over Lake Pontchartrain. There is live music on some Fridays and 75-cent raw oysters and drink specials during New Orleans Saints games. The restaurant menu features seafood fried, boiled or broiled, oysters on the half-shell, sandwiches, steak, chicken and more. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri.

Homedale Inn
618 Homedale St., (504) 488-5519;
Neighborhood Bar
The bar has served as a neighborhood hangout since 1937. Guinness and Abita Amber are on draft, and there are affordable shots, wine and spirits. There's an outdoor patio, and regulars come to enjoy Dart Night and World Famous Trivia Night. The bar shows all New Orleans Saints, LSU and New Orleans Pelicans games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Messina's Runway Cafe
Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., (504) 241-5300;
Restaurant Bar
The Walnut Room Bar at this restaurant in the restored art deco Lakefront Airport overlooks the runway and is adjacent to the dining room, which serves breakfast and lunch daily. The bar specializes in classic cocktails, mimosas (bottomless during Saturday and Sunday brunch), bellinis, bloody marys and old fashioneds. The food menu includes crabmeat and brie omelets, handmade burgers and gourmet salads. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Parlay's Bar
870 Harrison Ave., (504) 304-6338;; @parlaysbarnola
Neighborhood Bar
There's a different drink special every night at this dog-friendly hangout, which is known for its specialty shots and 60-foot bar. The 25-year-old neighborhood bar has plenty of TVs for watching sports, plus pool tables, skee ball and Golden Tee. Ladies night is Wednesday, where $5 at the door gets women free well drinks, wine and Miller draft. Karaoke on Thursday features $3 Fireball drinks, and Sunday offers $3 bloody marys and mimosas. There's a free buffet for New Orleans Saints and LSU games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-midnight daily.

The Steak Knife Restaurant & Bar
888 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-8981;
Restaurant Bar
Locally owned and operated, the Steak Knife specializes in steak and seafood. Veal medallions, filet mignon, and shrimp bordelaise pair nicely with the Steak Knife's signature brandy freeze. Open Tues.-Sat. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.

The Velvet Cactus
6300 Argonne Blvd., (504) 301-2083;
Restaurant Bar
This colorful cantina features kaleidoscopic Day of the Dead-inspired decor in the large dining room and its separate bar. A large brick patio is a good place to sip margaritas made with fresh lime juice and sugar cane while tasting classic Mexican-inspired dishes. The large selection of tequilas and Mexican beers as well as specialty margaritas and cocktails promises to make you feel like you're on vacation. There are daily drink specials. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Fri.

New Orleans
Algiers | Bywater
CBD/Warehouse District/Central City
Citywide | Faubourg Marigny
French Quarter | Lakeview/Lakefront
New Orleans East
Riverbend/Carrollton/University Area

Jefferson Parish East Bank
Harahan/Jefferson/River Ridge
Kenner | Metairie

Jefferson Parish West Bank
Gretna | Harvey

Abita Springs | Covington
Madisonville | Mandeville


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