If you're looking to grab a bite without climbing off a barstool, here are some bars that offer snacks and full menus.
3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com
Both Bulldogs offer hearty and original bar food, from burgers to crawfish banditos.
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.com
The Spanish and Latin American tapas selection at Mimi's is one of the best gourmet options in town for bar food, especially for those looking to get a few small plates after midnight.
725 Conti St., 527-0869
For hearty and pleasing bar food, many service-industry workers and late-night French Quarter revelers head to the Copper Monkey.
1109 Decatur St., 525-9053
Rabbit and alligator sausage jambalaya and spicy Cajun dishes make Coop's a popular destination on lower Decatur Street.
811 Iberville St., 522-9187
The Alibi has a full range of bar and deep-fryer favorites to graze after a late night on Bourbon Street.
3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com
Cheese plates and French fries cooked in duck fat are some of the complements to the Delachaise's quality selection of wine and spirits.
141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600; www.witsinn.com
Wit's Inn's kitchen puts out pizzas but diners can also get salads at this Mid-City tavern.
525 Frenchmen St., no phone
Salmon roe with shredded radish may not be your idea of bar food, but it is expected at a true Japanese "izakaya." Or try other authentic Japanese bar snacks.
517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345
New Orleans is hard enough on vegetarians, but this bar/restaurant offers more than the usual choices at odd hours.
2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446
Hi-Ho keeps up a local Monday night tradition by serving red beans and rice during the bluegrass pickin' party.
Fox & Hound
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Elmwood, 731-6000
This sports palace has more than 30 screens, including extra-large ones so there are no bad sightlines in the house.
Cooter Brown's Tavern
509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104
Cooter Brown's surrounds the room with flat-screen TVs, and there's an oyster bar for extra local flavor.
600 S. Peters St., 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net
This Warehouse District bar is home to several large-screen TVs and many downtown Hornets fans.
144 Bourbon St., 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com
In its bar area, Bourbon House has an 8-foot-by-8-foot large-screen projection to capture all of the action, and food more refined than typical bar fare.
1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555
Jiggers has hosted watching parties and has good views from the many flat screens above the center bar and around the room.
The Rusty Nail
1100 Constance St., 525-5515
In the Warehouse District, The Rusty Nail is building up its fan base with extra seating for Hornets watching parties.
7538 Maple St., 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com
Bruno's is a beehive of activity during game time.
What happened to shots — Alabama slammers, Screaming Orgasms, B-52s? Who even remembers what was in them? If you want something more complicated than Jameson whiskey or Jägermeister and you're not sure what sort of trouble you want, let the bartender help you out.
Comedian and longtime bartender "Wild" Bill Dykes offers a choice: "I ask the recipient if they want sweet, sour or creamy?"
-Creamy: Nutty Belfast Bomber (Jameson, Baileys and Frangelico)
-Sour: Strawberry Sweet Tart (Stoli Strasberi, tropical fruit Pucker, sour mix, and a dash of lime juice)
-Sweet: a variation on Red Snapper (Southern Comfort, splash of pineapple)
-Sweet: Mayan Kamakazi (Sauza tequila, Midori, Malibu Rum, triple sec equal parts pineapple juice, orange juice and sour mix, and a drizzle of grenadine for the sunrise look)