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Gambit's The Big Bar Guide 2015: Riverbend/Carrollton/University Area 

click to enlarge Frozen daiquiris and wings are the foundations of the menu at Bourree at Boucherie Uptown.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Frozen daiquiris and wings are the foundations of the menu at Bourree at Boucherie Uptown.

8124 Oak St., (504) 324-6558;;
Beer pub
The beer hall complements wine bar Oak, with which it shares an outdoor deck. There are 30 beers on draft, including brews by NOLA Brewing, Parish Brewery and Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Monday night beer flight specials offer series of five-ounce beers. There also are specialty cocktails, daily drink specials, gourmet pub grub,
free Wi-Fi, video poker and more. Open daily. Food available.

The Boot Bar & Grill
1039 Broadway Ave., (504) 866-9008;;
College bar
The Boot is in the middle of college row and offers daily specials including double drinks during Tulane's football games and triple shot mixed drinks on Wednesdays. Pizzas, burgersand wings are served from The Boot Pizza & Grill next door. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-close Wed., 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri.

Bourree at Boucherie
1510 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 510-4040;;
Restaurant bar
Nathanial Zimet took two local favorites — wings and frozen dai-
quiris — and built a restaurant around them. The daiquiris focus on local fruits and ingredients like Old New Orleans Rum, and there's even a gin-and-tonic-flavored daiquiri perfect for hot New Orleans days. Open Tue.-Sun.Full restaurant menu.

1506 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-5514;
Restaurant bar
The bar specializes in craft cocktails at this contemporary Southern restaurant, such as the Sophia Loren made with Russian Standard vodka, Campari, prosecco, grapefruit juice and basil. The bar menu includes steamed mussels and boudin balls. Open Tue.-Sat. Full menu available.

Bruno's Tavern
7538 Maple St., (504) 861-7615;;
Sports bar
Featuring an old mahogany bar and plenty of outdoor patio seating, Bruno's Tavern is popular among sports fans for airing games on more than 15 TVs. There are different drink specials every night, and menu favorites include burgers and cheese fries. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily; student happy hour 3 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar
509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104;;
Sports bar
With 20 TVs and 400 beers, 82 of which are on tap, Cooter Brown's may seem like just a sports bar, but the walls are decorated with more than 30 sculptured celebrity caricatures, each imbibing from an oversized beer bottle. The Snooty Cooter bar in the back offers craft beers. Outdoor seating is available, and the food menu features oysters, po-boys, burgers and daily specials. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Madigan's Bar
800 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9455
Neighborhood bar
You can always get Miller High Life and PBR for $2. There are pool tables and an Internet jukebox, and patrons can order American fare from G.B.'s Patio Bar & Grill next door. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. daily.

Maple Leaf Bar
8316 Oak St., (504) 866-9359;;
Music Club
The Oak Street institution has live music every night and seafood boils on Sunday. Rebirth Brass Band plays at 10 p.m. every Tuesday, and the music calendar also features funk, rock, jazz, jam bands and touring acts. A weekly poetry reading at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons honors the late Everette C. Maddox, the Maple Leaf's poet laureate. Open daily. No food.

8118 Oak St., (504) 302-1485;;
Wine Bar
There's an outside patio where you can sip wine, craft cocktails or martinis. Inside is a more sophisticated but comfortable atmosphere with seasonal small plates. There's live music Thursday through Saturday and free wine tastings on Thursdays. Wednesdays feature half-priced bottles of wine. Open Tue.-Sat. Full restaurant menu.

Rock 'N' Bowl
3016 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-1700;;
Music Club
The father/son team of John and Johnny Blancher has established this fabled venue as an easy-going hangout spot offering top-shelf regional blues (Eric Lindell) and zydeco (Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas), draft beer, wine and cocktails, bowling after midnight, and a revamped menu boasting loaded fries, wings and Boudin Douziane. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

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