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New Orleans' Best Bars 2012 

Whether it's a 3 p.m. craft cocktail lounge or a 3 a.m. dive bar, we've got you covered

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Gambit keeps tabs on the local bar scene.

There's plenty of reasons to raise a toast this week as the nation celebrates Independence Day and the Essence Music Festival kicks off in the Superdome. Raising a glass also may help keep the summer heat in check. But whatever the reason, there's a perfect drink or cold draft and suitable location to enjoy the occasion. Gambit surveyed the local bar scene and here are some of our top picks to find refined cocktails, neighborhood hotspots, places with bar food and fancy dining, signature drinks or a nightcap.

Cheers.

Neighborhood Bars

Bars with Food

Beer Bars

Late-Night Bars

Hotel Bars

Wine Bars

Craft Cocktail Bars

Bourbon Street Bars

Jefferson Parish Bars

Live Music Bars

Signature Drink Bars

Sports Bars

Outdoor Bars

Gastropub Bars

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Celebrities check out the local bar scene

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Swanky starts and sketchy finishes

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