4529 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-9066
The vibe: This low-frills, low-ceilinged bar is a haven for Boston Red Sox fans, darts players and music club goers before and after shows at nearby Tipitina's.
What you'll drink: Regional craft beers on draft.
7538 Maple St., 504-861-7615; www.brunostavern.com
The vibe: If your parents' parents drank Dixie Beer at Bruno's, it was at the old location across the street. The new location is a college bar that's pleasantly raucous.
What you'll drink: Buckets of beer, or imports by the bottle. Nightly specials.
Chuck's Sports Bar
510 Gravier St., 504-524-9485
The vibe: Dark, dirty, one of the rare holes-in-the-wall in the CBD.
What you'll drink: Mixed drinks may not be top-shelf, but they'll knock you on your ass.
Corporation Bar & Grill
931 S. Peters St., 504-527-6069
The vibe: A casual neighborhood bar that hasn't changed as the Warehouse District has changed around it. Plenty of conventioneers wander in to join the locals.
What you'll drink: Abita and inexpensive American beers.
Garden District Pub
1916 Magazine St., 504-267-3392; www.gardendistrictpub.com
The vibe: A cozy, pet-friendly lounge tucked away in the Lower Garden District.
What you'll drink: Local brews and cocktails.
3200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-833-6870
The vibe: The corner spot has a cool neon sign, a dive-bar look and neighborhood bar charm, and regulars know to ignore the "couples only" sign leading to the back barroom space, where there's a shuffleboard game and karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights.
What you'll drink: Budweiser, Miller and Abita beers and shot specials.
The Holy Ground Irish Pub
3340 Canal St., 504-821-6828; www.facebook.com/theholygroundirishpub
The vibe: Darts fly in the back room, where there also is a pool table, and the neighborhood spot feels more like a sports bar than Irish pub.
What you'll drink: Pints of Guinness or any of nearly 40 other beers.
1307 Lyons St., 504-891-2373; www.kingpinbar.com
The vibe: Kitschy-cool neighborhood bar with Elvis on the walls, along with shuffleboard and darts.
What you'll drink: Draft beer, nothing fancy.
Lots a Luck Tavern
203 Homedale St., 504-483-0978
The vibe: Somebody's house from the outside; somebody's rec room on the inside.
What you'll drink: Top shelf. Why not? It's dirt cheap.
2483 Burgundy St., 504-267-5869
The vibe: No-frills, cash-only neighborhood bar in the Faubourg Marigny.
What you'll drink: Potent bloody marys; beer-and-a-shot.
Mid-City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., 504-483-2517; www.midcityyachtclub.com
The vibe: Sports bar without obnoxious jock attitude.
What you'll drink: Draft beer from one of the dozens of taps.
Old Point Bar
545 Patterson Drive, 504-364-0950
The vibe: A roadhouse on the Algiers levee, with live music and lots of locals.
What you'll drink: Ice-cold beer.
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-831-9540; www.oscarsold- metairie.com
The vibe: A divey bar on tony Metairie Road, with lots of regulars and great burgers.
What you'll drink: Stick to the basics: mixed drinks, local beer.
949 N. Rendon St., 504-488-7257; www.palslounge.com
The vibe: Regulars down cocktails and play pinball and air hockey. There are vintage pin-up posters, and the bathrooms feature soft porn (Burt Reynolds nude on a bearskin rug for the women). There also are frequent restaurant pop-ups.
What you'll drink: The signature Gingerita is a spicy version of the margarita.
3449 River Road, Jefferson, 504-834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com
The vibe: Quirky roadhouse on the river, with kitschy decor, live music and families.
What you'll drink: Bottled beer, mixed drinks.
St. Roch Tavern
1200 St. Roch Ave., 504-945-0194
The vibe: Hipsters, crust punks, dirt-cheap beer — the diametric opposite of the St. Roch Market across the street.
What you'll drink: PBR by the pitcher.
Sidelines Bar & Grill
1229 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-831-4002
The vibe: Although it's housed in a former drive-through restaurant spot (and regulars know they can still get food and closed-container drinks at the window), Sidelines has a neighborhood feel, where guests play video golf and poker or grab one of the umbrella-covered tables on the patio.
What you'll drink: Blue Moon or Abita Amber on draft, or Abita Strawberry, Purple Haze or Wrought Iron IPA in a bottle.
2604 Magazine St., 504-897-5413; www.traceysnola.com
The vibe: The Irish channel spot offers cold beer, po-boys, pool and sports on 20 TVs.
What you'll drink: Beer, whiskey, cheap mixed drinks.
141 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-1600; www.witsinn.com
The vibe: Friendly sports bar with a number of Mid-City characters.
What you'll drink: Specialty drinks like the Witmaker and the Monsoon.