Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, 504-302-9357; www.bayoubeergarden.com
The vibe: There's a cool, dark interior and a pool table inside and a sprawling wood deck with umbrellas, TVs and an outdoor bar in back. There also are trivia and themed nights.
What you'll drink: The Wake-up Call, a grapefruit vodka and Lagunitas cocktail, or one of 15 beers on tap.
The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar
7900 Lakeshore Drive, 504-284-2898; www.thebluecrabnola.com
The vibe: Grab a seat on the deck looking over Lake Pontchartrain at this seafood restaurant.
What you'll drink: Beer, wine or the Crab Trap, made with rum, gin and fruit juice.
3641 Magazine St., 504-891-1810; www.boulignytavern.com
The vibe: Chef John Harris' clubby lounge offers a menu of charcuterie and small plates, and there's patio seating between it and neighboring Lilette.
What you'll drink: Craft cocktails, wine by the glass.
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave., 504-899-9308; www.thecolumns.com
The vibe: The Victorian-era hotel draws an Uptown crowd to the porch overlooking St. Charles Avenue and the side courtyard.
What you'll drink: A hurricane, a strawberry mojito, beer, wine and classic cocktails.
437 Esplanade Ave., 504-309-5628; www.rareformnola.com
The vibe: Strings of hanging lights illuminate an expansive brick patio filled with lush vegetation and umbrella-covered cast iron tables. There's also live music and a weekend jazz brunch.
What you'll drink: Rare Form's namesake cocktail features gin, basil and lime; there's also the Recently Deflowered Girl, a bubbly cocktail with peach vodka and basil.
869 Magazine St., 504-322-2188; www.warehousegrille.com
The vibe: The Warehouse District bar hosts live music, crawfish boils and game nights and the new sand horseshoe pits and outdoor area are bigger than the bar.
What you'll drink: Mimosas, classic cocktails and 40 beers on tap.
531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-831-8705; www.facebook.com/ winstonspubpatio
The vibe: The cozy pub has a refined air inside and a much more casual back deck with seating surrounding a palm tree.
What you'll drink: Specialty cocktails with seasonal fruit and herbs (most recently homegrown mint for mojitos) and craft beer on tap.