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Gambit's The Big Bar Guide 2015: Bywater 

B.J.'s Lounge
4301 Burgundy St.; www.facebook.com/bjs.bywater
Neighborhood bar
While King James and the Special Men Monday nights swam upstream to the 7th Ward this summer, world-class musicians (Robert Plant, anyone) have visited this long-serving dive bar to see favorite local musicians like Little Freddie King. B.J.'s offers darts and pool, televised sports, a jukebox and an eclectic mix of day drinkers and night people. Open daily. No food.

Bacchanal
600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com;
@bacchanalwine
Wine Bar
Bacchanal founder Chris Rudge died earlier this year, but his legacy lives on in this corner compound, home to a wine shop, upstairs bar and a charming courtyard with local jazz from the likes of Helen Gillet and Roamin' Jasmine. Free wine tastings 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Bar Redux
801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083; www.BarRedux.com;
@barredux
Neighborhood bar
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 touches and holds frequent trivia, comedy and movie nights. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Booty's Street Food
800 Louisa St., (504) 266-2887; www.bootysnola.com;
@bootys
Restaurant bar
Booty's take on global craft cocktails and international street food is as interesting as the mural of a gallop ing skeletal unicorn on the bar's back wall. On week- day mornings, customers can grab Stumptown coffee and baked goods from Girls Gone Vegan. At night, the Bywater Bomber daiquiri is a popular drink. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Bud Rip's Old 9th Ward Bar
900 Piety St., (504) 945-5762;
@BudRips
Dive bar
New owners upgraded the look and amenities at this dive bar in 2014, and the investment has paid nice dividends. Day drinkers enjoy Bud Rip's blue-collar appeal of pool, video poker and cheap booze, and evenings now include Boudin Man and Quintron spinning records, pop-up Morning 40 Federation shows and late-night raves to DJ Swede. Open daily. No food.

The Country Club
634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com;
@countryclub
Neighborhood bar
Behind the stately center-hall Creole cottage is a large pool and patio, and the Bywater hangout has indoor and outdoor bars and a restaurant. A monthly schedule of events includes drag brunches and dinners, trivia nights and more. There's also a pool table and hot tub. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.

J&J's Sports Lounge
800 France St., (504) 942-8877; www.jjssportslounge.com Sports bar It's all about sports at this laid-back neighborhood joint. New Orleans Saints fans can get raucous with fellow Who Dats while watching every game on J&J's projector screen. The bar's multiple TVs will ensure you'll never miss a play while shooting pool or throwing darts. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Junction
3021 St. Claude Ave., (504) 272-0205; www.junctionnola.com;
@junctionNOLA
Beer pub
The railroad-themed bar hosts beer launches by local and national craft breweries on the first and third Thursday of each month. Wednesday is cheap date night featuring free movies and popcorn at 10 p.m. The food menu includes specialty burgers made with grass-fed, hormone-free beef, salads and bar food. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Mariza
2900 Chartres St., (504) 598-5700; www.marizaneworleans.com
Restaurant bar
Sit at the wraparound bar and watch the goings-on in the kitchen or choose a table in the bustling dining room. The popular Spritz is made with Aperol, prosecco, club soda and orange. The restaurant serves Italian-inspired cuisine, oysters on the half-shell, pasta, pizza, cured meats and more. Open Tue.-Sat. Full restaurant menu.

Markey's Bar
640 Louisa St., (504) 943-0785; www.facebook.com/markeysbarnola
Neighborhood bar
Bywater residents have gathered at the long bar in this corner spot since the 1940s. Watching sports on an array of TVs is the current attraction, and draft beers are the popular drinks. The bar's kitchen serves pub food 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. There's also shuffle- board and video poker. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Oxalis
3162 Dauphine St., (504) 267-4776; www.oxalisbywater.com;
@OxalisBywater
Craft cocktails
Housed in a building that originally was a German grocery in the 1860s, Oxalis invites guests to relax in its rustic but comfortable dining room or on the patio. The Man in the Tan Jacket combines bourbon with a touch of grapefruit bitters. The Branch bar in the courtyard serves its new American menu until 2 a.m. Thu.-Sat. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Saturn Bar
3067 St. Claude Ave., (504) 949-7332
Neighborhood bar
The shabby chic hangout's walls are covered with murals, neon, old photos and some graffiti, and the bar hosts local and touring bands and DJ nights. There's free Wi-Fi. Happy hour features $2 well drinks and domestic beers. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Vaughan's Lounge
4229 Dauphine St., (504) 947-5562
Neighborhood bar
The dog-friendly neighborhood watering hole features live jazz and funk acts every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Longtime patrons come to watch LSU and New Orleans Saints football on the weekends. The popular Gingerita is made with fresh house-made ginger juice. Open daily. No food.

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