908 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 832-9909
A glamorous neon sign beckons from Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Located next to Colonial Bowling, the Lamplighter offers cheap drinks, sports on TV and interesting characters.
Open 24 hours daily. Food available.
1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-1705; www.phils-grill.com;
Known for its burgers, Phil's is a favorite neighborhood burger spot with a full bar. Happy hour brings half-priced well drinks, beer and wine, as well as $2 Kobe sliders, $2 meat pies and $1 duck or chicken wings. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
1855 Dock St., Harahan, (504) 729-4442; www.shimmyshack.net
Unique bar stools are a standout feature at the Shimmy Shack, a place that also offers video poker, game nights and a selection of New Orleans-style dishes. Popular drinks include the sushi martini, Nashville Negroni and Bloody Right mary. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.