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Gambit's The Big Bar Guide 2015: Gretna 

Cucos Mexican Cafe
2766 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, (504) 393-7766; www.cucosmex.com
Restaurant bar
The cantina-style bar invites guests to unwind with specialty cocktails and 13 types of margaritas, like the Blue Monday (a house margarita blended with Blue Curacao). There's a sizeable selection of burritos, enchiladas and classic Mexican combos. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Gattuso's Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-1114; www.gattusos.net
Restaurant bar
Play trivia Tuesday, buy a pint of beer and keep the glass Thursday and hear live music Friday and Saturday. There's outdoor seating at this dog-friendly bar, and the restaurant's menu is available until 9 p.m. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Mon.-Sat.

The Red Maple
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, (504) 367-0935; www.theredmaple.com
Restaurant bar
This West Bank restaurant and bar has been an upscale destination for locals for a half-century. It is known for its warm decor resembling the inside of an Alpine lodge. The drinks selection includes beer, wine and classic cocktails like Manhattans. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Vinnie's Sports Bar & Grill
2766 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, (504) 393-0155; www.vinniessportsbar.com
Sports bar
Regulars can shoot pool, throw darts or belt it out at karaoke every Wednesday at 10 p.m. There are specials available on beer buckets, wings and draft pitchers during NFL and LSU games. Vinnie's extensive menu ranges from house-made meatball sliders to rib-eye steaks. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

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