BottomLine Beach Club
3408 28th St., Metairie, 504-324-5777; www.bottomlinebeachclub.com
The vibe: A covered wood deck features seating around a couple of sandy volleyball courts. The bar also features live music.
What you'll drink: Frozen Beach Bum, shots, buckets of iced bottled beer.
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks St., 504-486-9080;www.finnmccools.com
The vibe: The bar is a hub for watching soccer games from around the globe (sometimes at odd hours) as well as all other local sports in season, and patrons compete in weekly quiz games.
What you'll drink: Guinness and a mix of imports and local craft beers on draft; Irish coffee in hot or iced versions.
600 Fulton St., 504-208-5569;
The vibe: The upscale bowling alley has a dozen lanes, shuffleboard and other games and ample bar and dining space.
What you'll drink: Craft cocktails and a deep selection of whiskey, local beers and PRB tall boys.
J&J's Sports Lounge
800 France St., 504-942-8877; www.jjssportslounge.com
The vibe: Bywater's version of a sports bar is a very casual corner bar with a host of TV sports subscription packages.
What you'll drink: craft beers or hipster favorites (Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller High Life) on draft and buckets of iced domestic beers.
Perry's Sports Bar & Grill
5252 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-456-9234; www.perryssportsbar- andgrill.com
The vibe: Sports fans can grab one of the tall communal bar tables in the center of Perry's and be surrounded by large-screen TVs on all walls. There's also darts, video poker and shuffleboard and a pool table in the back room.
What you'll drink: All sorts of bottled beer; Newcastle, Falstaff Ale and Abita beers on draft; chilled shots of Jagermeister, Fireball Whiskey and Wild Turkey American Honey.
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-301-0938; www.shamrockparty.com
The vibe: There's sports on TV, but Shamrock is a giant cavern (filling the second-floor space that used to house Mid-City Lanes Rock 'n Bowl) and it attracts competitors in the games of billiards, darts, foosball, air hockey, mini bowling and more. There also is live music, karaoke and bar food.
What you'll drink: Inexpensive American beers and shot specials such as Jameson's.
5216 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-5242
The vibe: There's unassuming charm to the clutter of neon liquor signs and posters covering every patch of wall at the dimly lit bar. The large central island bar is stocked with a wide array of beers and spirits and there's pool tables, video poker, video golf, skee ball, darts and more.
What you'll drink: The large selection of local beers includes Abita Andygator, Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout, Lemon Wheat and Wrought Iron IPA, NOLA Blonde and Hopitoulas, and there are buckets of iced beers.