700 N. Rampart St., 504-304-4779
The vibe: This neighborhood bar cultivates faded French Quarter chic ambience and there are nearly 100 beers available in cans as well as cocktail specials and occasional restaurant pop-ups.
What you'll drink: Evil Twin Nomader Weisse sour ale, Finch's Fascist Pig Red Ale or Young's Double Chocolate Stout.
8115 Jeannette St., 504-510-4040
The vibe: Chef Nathanial Zimet's upscale wing shack keeps it simple with a few varieties of wings, daiquiris and local beers.
What you'll drink: Regional craft beers such as Gnarly Barley Catahoula Common or Chandeleur Brewing Surfside or a daiquiri version of the hurricane made with passion fruit juice, Old New Orleans Rum and Peychaud's Bitters.
The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery,535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119; www.comperelapin.com
The vibe: The refined, rustic-style new restaurant opened by Top Chef New Orleans runner-up Nina Compton.
What you'll drink: Abigail Gullo and Ricky Gomez's original and reimagined classic cocktails.
St. Roch Market, 2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813; www.strochmarket.com
The vibe: The bar at the St. Roch food court is bright and airy.
What you'll drink: Classic cocktails, wine by the bottle or glass.
1800 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.,504-881-1775; www.primitivonola.com
The vibe: Chef Adolfo Garcia's restaurant follows a "primitive" hearth-cooking theme, and there's a long bar and cocktail tables in the barroom.
What you'll drink: Regional craft beers on draft or in a bottle and house cocktails such as the Marie Louise with Canadian Club and house-made citrus soda.
Revival Bar & Grill
4612 Quincy St., Metairie, 504-373-6728; www.facebook.com/revivalbarandgrill
The vibe: The new bar features live music, darts competitions, pool tables, steak nights and a full kitchen.
What you'll drink: Local craft beers on draft, Guinness.
611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-309-8765; www.ursamajornola.com
The vibe: A star theme features constellations of hanging lights over the spacious dining room.
What you'll drink: Cocktail lists change monthly with the zodiac signs, and the current Cancer list includes Three Banana Emojis (Cana Brava rum, orange oil, Giffard Banane du Bresil) and the Shady Court (Sazerac rye, madeira, aperol, orange bitters).
W XYZ Bar
Aloft New Orleans Downtown, 225 Baronne St., 504-581-9225; www.aloftneworleans- downtown.com
The vibe: A brightly lit, sleekly designed, modern space off the hotel lobby.
What you'll drink: NOLA Brewing Hopitoulas IPA on draft, Parish Canebrake in a bottle or craft cocktails such as the Rouge Sazerac with Compari or the Blu Bon Temps (Grey Goose vodka, Cointreau, muddled blueberries and basil).