Banks Street Bar & Grill
4401 Banks St., (504) 486- 0258; www.banksstreetbarandgrill.com
The bar showcases an eclectic mix of local musicians, with live music every night — and there's never a cover charge. There are dance lessons during Americana-bluegrass-country night on Thursday. The bar has indoor and outdoor seating, large-screen TVs and pool. Pizza is available late at night from Lazaro's. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 302-9357; www.bayoubeergarden.com
This dog-friendly bar offers a sprawling scene, mixing a sports bar with a beer emporium. Whether hanging out on the deck, in the courtyard, inside or on the front porch, Bayou Beer Garden is a popular place to catch a New Orleans Saints game or play trivia on Tuesday. About 170 beers complement a full menu of gravy fries, 10-ounce burgers and more. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-till.
Beachcorner Bar & Grill
4905 Canal St., (504) 488- 7357; www.beachcornerbarandgrill.com
The grill is open late at this neighborhood bar, which features a wide selection of draft beers. During all New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, LSU and Tulane games, the bar offers $10 domestic beer buckets. There's a full bar, pool tables, skee ball, video poker and other games. The bar is home of the 10-ounce Beachburger, and offers spicy meat pies, potato skins and more. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Bob Roth's Lounge
5129 Canal Blvd., (504) 486-7684; http://www.bobrothslounge.com
Located at the gateway to Lakeview, where Canal Boulevard meets City Park Avenue, this lounge's neighborhood roots run deep. Until 1956 it was called Ray's Bar, and then it was taken over and operated by Bob Roth Sr. until 1972. Now operated by Roth's son, the bar has a friendly staff and an easy-going crowd with lots of regulars. Patrons can play pool or video poker. Opens Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.
3236 Magazine St., (504) 891-1516, www.bulldog-draftfreak.com; 5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4191, www.bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com
This dog-friendly bar caters to beer enthusiasts, specializing in craft beers and imports. The bar offers more than 100 bottled beers and 60 on tap, including local brands Abita, NOLA, Parish and Tin Roof. During Yappy Hour on the third Thursday of each month, 20 percent of all sales are donated to animal charities. The menu includes nine different kinds of burgers and "Porter Fries" loaded with cheeses, chili and wing sauce. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bullet's Sports Bar
2441 A.P. Tureaud Ave., (504) 669-4464; @BulletsSportsBar
Featured on HBO's Treme, Bullet's Sports Bar offers live R&B on Sunday, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers on Tuesday, Neshia Ruffins & Zero Gravity on Thursday and the all-girl brass band Pinettes on Friday. Five different R&B bands play on Sundays at 7 p.m. Open daily. No smoking. Food trucks available during live shows.
Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal St., (504) 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com; @chickiewahwah
This spacious music club hosts an array of local bands, with a focus on roots music, singer/songwriters and touring Americana musicians. The club's small kitchen is run by Blue Oak Barbecue, which serves barbecue, burgers, smoked chicken wings and a slew of sides. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.–Fri.
DMac's Bar and Grill
542 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 304-5757; www.dmacsbarandgrill.com; @dmacsbarngrill
There's live music and daily food specials, and several nights a week the bar offers specials with varying themes. Whiskey Wednesday offers $4 whiskey and $1 PBRs and Thursday means $6 Dark and Stormies. Lady pool players receive drink specials on Saturday. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
4501 Toulouse St., (504) 482-1677
The bar is popular among neighborhood residents and service industry professionals, and has free Wi-Fi as well as cellphone and laptop charging stations. The Counselor and the old fashioned are two popular drinks. The bar has a steady group of regulars for football games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com
This dog-friendly locale calls itself New Orleans' premier soccer pub. Monday night features the city's longest-running pub quiz, and there are billiards, darts and other game nights. Along with its popular frozen and iced Irish coffees, Finn McCool's offers pub fare like shepherd's pie and fish and chips. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
The Holy Ground
3340 Canal St., (504) 821-6828
Leagues play darts on Tuesday and pool on Thursday, and there's an open dart tournament every Friday. The Irish pub is known for its Guinness pints and St. Patrick's Day festivities. The bar offers an eclectic food menu Monday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Katie's Restaurant and Bar
3701 Iberville St. (504) 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.com; @katiesmidcity
The bar at this Mid-City eatery offers original creations including the Mid-City punch, in addition to offering nightly specials on wine and beer. Stop in for bottomless brunch on Sunday for $15 and enjoy Cajun takes on egg dishes. The bar has local craft beers and an large wine selection. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Kermit's Treme Mother-In-Law Lounge
1500 N. Claiborne Ave., (504) 947-1078
Earlier this year, local jazz legend Kermit Ruffins took over ownership of the vibrant club, once home to eccentric musician Ernie K-Doe. The club features a live music roster of top 6th Ward talents in jazz and blues along with servings of local cuisine such as gumbo, hot sausage and more. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888; www.liuzzasnola.com; @liuzzas
This bar isn't just for stopping in on the way to the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots or the Jazz and Heritage Festival. The neighborhood restaurant and bar serves plenty of Abita Amber and bloody marys to diners seeking barbecue shrimp po-poys or a cozy spot to meet friends. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com
Beer is served in ice-cold, frosted schooners at this neighborhood joint, which has been in operation since 1947. You can sit at the long bar or at tables in the front room and revel in the ambience of a New Orleans tradition. The restaurant is known for its Frenchuletta (a muffuletta on French bread) and award-winning Cajun andouille gumbo, plus fried seafood, po-boys and Italian fare. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. daily.
Mid-City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517; www.midcityyachtclub.net; @mcycnola
With a large park right across the street, the dog-friendly Mid-City Yacht Club is an inviting spot for sports types to gather after a game of kickball or football. There's also an outdoor patio equipped with Jenga and other board games, and inside patrons can play pool, darts or join in game nights. Bloody marys can be paired with a menu of burgers, gumbo, crawfish cheese fries or an ahi tuna melt. Look for frequent drink specials, including $1 off well drinks daily until 5 p.m. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.
5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 885-5555; www.mizadococina.com
The Taste Buds restaurateurs opened this Latin restaurant on the site previously home to one of the group's Semolina restaurants. The bar serves craft cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices and top-shelf tequilas, including the owners' special double barrel Herradura tequila. The Miz is 47 ounces of citrus, pineapple and coconut juices, plus three kinds of rum and tequila. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar
1931 Orleans Ave., (504) 435-3384
There's live music Friday through Monday, a DJ on Wednesday and game nights three times a week, plus the bar frequently holds second lines (it supplies the umbrellas). The signature Ooh Poo Pah Doo cocktail is popular, and patrons stop in from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday for two-for-one char-grilled oysters. Food trucks park outside on Wednesday and Saturday through Monday. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available.
949 N. Rendon St., (504) 488-7257; www.palslounge.com; @PalsLounge
The neighborhood bar has regular pop-up food service with tacos on Tuesday, Houla's Pub Grub on Wednesday, Stickball Meatball on Thursday, Indochow on Friday and NOLA-Q BBQ on Saturday. There's free red beans and rice on Mondays, and chili dogs and nachos on Saints' Sunday games. The Gingerita is a popular drink made with ginger vodka, ginger elixir, lime, sour and soda. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
910 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 482-2680; www.facebook.com/pages/parkview-tavern
There's a free food buffet during New Orleans Saints games, and a flat-screen TV is set up on the front patio for game viewing. Bloody marys are made to order. The bar offers pool and video poker. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Parkway Bakery and Tavern
538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047; www.parkwaypoorboys.com; @parkwaypoorboys
This Mid-City landmark is known for its roast beef po-boy. The Parkway Pimm's Cup and the Mid-City Streetcar are popular mixed drinks. Service industry night is 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday. Open Wed.-Mon. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Pearl Wine Co.
American Can Company, 3700 Orleans Ave., Suite 1C, (504) 483-6314; www.pearlwineco.com; @nolawinebar
Pearl Wine Bar features a large selection of small production wine, beer and liquor, and hosts a different event every night. Mani and Martini Monday means $20 for a manicure and a drink from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Live jazz starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Patrons can always choose from more than 600 wines in the adjoining wine shop. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Ralph's on the Park
900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.com; @ralphsonthepark
Overlooking City Park, Ralph's on the Park is an inviting place to have drinks after work or wait for a table in the adjoining restaurant. Jazz pianist Joe Krown plays some nights and for Sunday brunch. Happy hour specials extend beyond cocktails and wine to items such as fried smoked oysters and truffle fries. The bar offers as many as 10 appetizers at any time. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu.
Rendon Inn's Dugout Sports Bar and Grill
4301 Eve St., (504) 826-5605; www.facebook.com/therendoninn; @rendoninn
PBR is always $1 at this sports bar, which hosts steak night on Wednesday and a disco party on Thursday. Shuffleboard, ping pong, video poker and pool keep patrons entertained, and house-made burgers and daily lunch specials accompany New Orleans Saints games and other sporting events. The bar has a patio for outdoor seating. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Rock 'N' Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-1700; www.rocknbowl.com; @rock_n_bowl
The bowling alley has a dance floor for boogies between strikes and has live music by local and regional bands four nights a week. A menu of cheeseburgers, jambalaya, fried pickles and more complements a full bar. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Food available.
Shamrock Bar and Grill
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938; www.shamrockparty.com; @shamrocknola
Shamrock has enough games to keep a patron busy for days, including mini bowling, ping-pong, foosball, air hockey and more. It has Jell-O shots and plenty of room for playing darts, soccer and arcade games. There's live music from 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. Saturday, and the grill is open late. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
1931 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-9654; www.sweetlorrainesjazzclub.com; @sljcnola
This venerable jazz club hosts national touring acts as well as local favorites — just as it has for more than 30 years. Wednesday is comedy night. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Swirl Wine Bar
3143 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 304-0635; www.swirlinthecity.com
This eclectic wine shop and bar offers a mostly European selection of wines by the glass or bottle that customers can drink amid the works of local artists and the sounds of WWOZ radio. Some outside seating is available. On Tuesday, wine selections are paired with cuisine from The Fat Falafel food truck. Wednesday features wine flights for $15, and on Friday the bar offers free wine tastings with tapas from a rotating list of chefs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
Therapy Ultra Lounge
3001 Tulane Ave., (504) 784-0054; @therapy_nola
The sleek nightclub and lounge serves wine and cocktails. Flavored Long Island iced tea is a popular drink, and all drinks are $3 while a DJ keeps the party going on Friday. Thursday is char-grilled oyster night, and Seafood Friday offers grilled oysters, shrimp and lobster from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Open Wed.-Sun. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday.
3835 Tulane Ave., (504) 304-4878; www.treonola.com; @treonola
The restaurant and gallery hosts monthly art openings and a monthly Exposed: Live Art Show. The bar offers a large menu of craft cocktails including The Mistress, Treo's take on a French 75, made with gin, blueberry syrup, lemon and sparkling rose; and the Farmacist, a cocktail made with tequila blanco, fresh basil and grapefruit and ginger liqueurs. Open Tue.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Twelve Mile Limit
500 S. Telmachus St., (504) 488-8114; www.facebook.com/twelve.mile.limit; @twelvemilelimit
Visit this dog-friendly bar on Monday and get free food starting at 7 p.m. and comedy shows. The last Thursday of the month features a live dating show, and trivia night starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. There's a dance party one Saturday a month. The bar has pool tables, craft cocktails, cheap beer and gourmet desserts. Shortall's BBQ serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600; www.witsinn.com; @witsinnnola
This old-school Mid-City bar is equally at ease hosting pizza parties, church-affiliated discussions and wild nights out with friends. Dozens of TVs show nearly every sporting event. Wednesday night features three-for-one shots, and Thursday is $5 pizza night. The kitchen is open late. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
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CBD/Warehouse District/Central City
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French Quarter | Lakeview/Lakefront
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