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click to enlarge Old Point Bar is a popular gathering spot in Algiers. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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  • Old Point Bar is a popular gathering spot in Algiers.

You can tell a lot about the character of a neighborhood by stopping into a neighborhood bar. These spots cater to people who live nearby, but all are worth checking out regardless of where your home might be.

Kingpin
Uptown without the attitude. Cheap drinks, hubcaps on the wall and shuffleboard in a bar that looks like a comfy rec-room with faded linoleum. Drink at the bar or hang out in the split-level area in the back, where you'll find tables, dartboards and seriously wonderful leopard-skin wallpaper and black velvet paintings. 1307 Lyons St., (504) 891-2373; www.kingpinbar.com

Lost Love Lounge
When Lost Love opened in the Marigny, it was an immediate hit with the younger crowd that moved into the neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina and the floods. Today Lost Love is busy every night of the week and has free comedy shows on Tuesdays (with $2 Tecate) and a Vietnamese kitchen in back that serves pho, bun and banh mi for bar food. 2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009, www.lostlovelounge.com; @LostLoveLounge

Markey's Bar
What used to be a classic old-men's corner bar has adapted to the changes in the neighborhood and now draws an eclectic Bywater crowd all day and night, while managing to keep out the pretentious. There's a fine selection of beer on tap now — but the retro Markey's sign, and the classic New Orleans vibe, still remain. 640 Louisa St., (504) 943-0785; www.facebook.com/markeysbarnnola

Mimi's in the Marigny
The big brick building has seen a lot of changes over the years, but its current incarnation fits the Marigny perfectly — chill hangout with good drinks downstairs, DJs upstairs and delicious tapas served till 4 a.m. Try the Perfect Storm, Mimi's take on the traditional Dark 'n' Stormy. 2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868; @MimisMarigny

Molly's at the Market
The Monaghan family joint has drawn a great mix of people in the Lower Quarter since 1974. On Thursdays, you'll find members of the local media knocking back Harp and La. 31 on tap, but any time is a good one to check out the more intimate back patio bar or grab a window seat for people-watching on the Decatur strip. You're guaranteed to meet someone new. 1107 Decatur St., (504) 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net, @mollysdecatur

Old Point Bar
The corner bar in Algiers Point is best known for stiff cocktails, cheap drinks and free live music. The dark wood walls are decorated with license plates, old signs, photos and oddities, and it's a favorite location of filmmakers (Contraband, Green Lantern, Ray). There's seating outside (it can get smoky indoors), pool tables and darts inside and it's a few blocks' walk from the Algiers ferry. 545 Patterson Drive, (504) 364-0950

Mid-City Yacht Club
Tucked away on a residential street near the Mid-City cemeteries, the Yacht Club has full meals as well as bar snacks (crawfish cheese fries), dozens of beers and a friendly down-to-earth crowd (some of whom play sports at the park across the street). The main bar is now non-smoking, and there's a big patio out back. 440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517; www.midcityyachtclub.com, @mcycNOLA

Oscar's
A low-key oasis on trendy Metairie Road, Oscar's is famous for its slightly rundown "Hollywood" decor (movie star photos and giant gold stars on the walls), great hamburgers and large space that accommodates dozens of thirsty (and hungry) Jefferson Parish folks who aren't in the mood for a fancy spot. Nice crowd of regulars. 2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540; www.oscarsoldmetairie.com

Rivershack Tavern
The longtime roadhouse that bills itself as "Home of the Tacky Ashtray" still has plenty of them on the bar, but it's now non-smoking, so you can enjoy "snack-a-tizers" and "boigers" in a smoke-free environment. There's live music four nights a week and always the chance to take a walk on the levee just across the street. 3449 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 849-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com, @TheRivershack

Wit's Inn
This friendly sports bar and Mid-City anchor also has a few secret identities. Of course, it's packed for all sorts of sporting events, but also gets a good crowd for darts, pool, giant "Witmaker" cocktails and pub grub ($5 personal pizzas on Thursdays). Wit's has become a hangout for actors as well, especially on Tuesdays — but there's lots of regulars there at any hour. 141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600; www.witsinn.com,@WitsInnNOLA

Yuki Izakaya
Just like an izakaya in Japan, this dimly lit, cozy tavern serves drinks and snacks, including Japanese beers, sake and shochu and rice balls, shumai dumplings and raw tuna preparations. Video projections and the small posters for Japanese films make the space somewhat bilingual, but weekly music offerings have a New Orleans focus and don't get lost in translation. 525 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-1122; www.facebook.com/yukiizakaya




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