8 Block Kitchen & Bar
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 561-1234; www.neworleans.regency.hyatt.com; @hyattneworleans
Visitors can enjoy free live jazz and soul music at the Hyatt Regency restaurant and bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The bar serves craft cocktails and there's a menu of classic New Orleans cuisine. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
AC Hotel, 221 Carondelet St., (504) 962-0700; www.marriott.com; @achotelbourbon
The European-inspired lounge brings a contemporary style to the lobby of the AC Hotel. There's live music on Thursday and Friday. European-style tapas are available at the bar. Hand-crafted cocktails are the specialty, including the Berry Bang Bang, a mix of Bulleit bourbon, Lillet blanc, blackberry, rosemary, black peppercorn and lemon. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180; www.acehotel.com/neworleans/alto; @aceneworleans
Located in the rooftop garden of the Ace Hotel, the grill offers poolside drinks and dining (yes, you can swim), as well as views of the city. The El Camino Real is blanco tequila, grapefruit, lime, ginger and agave, while the frozen Blue Hawaii mixes vodka, blue curacao, Coco Lopez, pineapple and lemon. Hot dogs and burgers are on the menu alongside seasonal salads, seafood and grilled meats. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
The American Sector Restaurant & Bar
945 Magazine St., (504) 528-1940; www.nationalww2museum.org/americansector
The restaurant and bar at the National World War II Museum is great for large groups, with lots of seating inside or on the patio. The menu is American with a New Orleans twist, including burgers, salads with ingredients from the adjacent Victory Garden, classic comfort food like meatloaf and chicken fried steak, and lots of seafood. The new candy cocktail menu features drinks like Junior Mint, Lifesaver and Hershey Bar. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
640 Carondelet St., (504) 459-4449; www.balisenola.com; @balisenola
Named for the first French settlement at Southwest Pass, Balise (French for "seamark") is housed in a Creole townhouse with warm natural wood floors and exposed brick walls. Bar bites during weekday happy hours include raw and roasted oysters, chicken liver mousse and biscuits and pickled quail eggs for $1-$7. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Barcadia Bar & Grill
601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1740; www.barcadianeworleans.com; @barcadianola
The love of sports hits a fever pitch at Barcadia for every New Orleans Saints home game, when the sprawling bar and restaurant hosts a block party complete with live music, drink specials and game-day grub such as house-ground burgers. The Barcadia Bomber is made with four kinds of vodka and two fruit juices. Barcadia is 21-older only after 9 p.m. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The Cajun Bar at Mulate's
Mulate's, 201 Julia St., (504) 522-1492; www.mulates.com; @Mulates
Two-step your way into Mulate's around 7 p.m. any night to move your feet to live music by Cajun music performers. Dedication to Acadiana also surfaces in drinks such as the Cajun Country Old-Fashioned made with LA1 aged whiskey, and seasonal cocktails such as the Rougaroux: LA1 praline rum, a splash of milk, Bailey's and coffee liqueur. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
520 Capdeville St., (504) 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.com; @mayorcapdeville
Marked by a casual vibe with a dash of rock 'n' roll swagger, Capdeville's atmosphere encourages lingering over dinner, drinks and conversation. Craft beer and American whiskey are the specialties. Complimentary shots are offered when the New Orleans Saints or Louisiana State University Tigers score a touchdown. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.
Catahoula Pisco Bar
Catahoula Hotel, 914 Union St., (504) 603-2442; www.catahoulahotel.com
The hotel bar and cafe has a Caribbean vibe and Peruvian-inspired food, such as the Salchipapas fries made with wild boar sausage. There's a courtyard for sipping cocktails like the pisco sour or pisco punch. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Catahoula Rooftop Bar
Catahoula Hotel, 914 Union St., (504) 603-2442; www.catahoulahotel.com
The hotel's dog-friendly rooftop bar specializes in blended frozen cocktails in the summer and warming, seasonal cocktails in cooler months. On Wednesday, bottles of wine are half price. Sparkling Sunday features Catahoula mimosas for $4. Open daily. Food available.
Chuck's Sports Bar
510 Gravier St., (504) 524-9485
Serving up a decidedly dive-y take on the typical sports bar, the requisite eclectic patrons and jukebox make the atmosphere at Chuck's. Patrons come to watch sporting events — and for the guarantee of solid prices on stiff drinks. Open daily. No food.
1032 St. Charles Ave., (504) 588-2616; www.circlebarneworleans.com
Long a nexus of the local punk/hipster/live-music fiend scenes, Circle Bar hosts two live music acts every night, with a regular rotation of local players warming up the stage for no cover charge around 7 p.m. before headliners hit around 10 p.m. While not always available, the bar's original Beefatini features Beefeater gin and over-sized olives stuffed with beef jerky. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Cocktail Bar at Windsor Court
Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., (504) 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com/cocktail-bar-windsor-court
Slide into a leather bar chair and order a classic cocktail like a Sazerac or one of mixologist Kent Westmoreland's concoctions like a Bonnie Prince Charlie, a mix of vodka, lemon, raspberries, sugar and sparkling water. There's live jazz music Thursday through Saturday, and the food menu includes roasted Brussels sprouts, pub steak and more. Open Tue.-Sat. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 599-2119; www.comperelapin.com
Abigail Gullo won the title Bartender of the Year at a competition in Puerto Rico this summer, but locals only have to go to chef Nina Compton's Caribbean-themed eatery to enjoy her drinks. Gullo reworks classic cocktails and crafts new ones, and there always are a couple of frozen drink options. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Desi Vega's Steakhouse Prime Lounge
628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-7600; www.desivegasteaks.com; @desisteaks
The sophisticated lounge offers a changing menu of small plates to go with cocktails including the popular Avenue Punch. There's sports on TV and free Wi-Fi, and domestic beer is $3 during happy hour. The adjoining restaurant serves steaks and seafood. Open Tue.-Sat. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
711 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 301-1476; www.districtnola.com
The modern space has high seating, a generous number of TVs and bar food served till late. Located close to the convention center, the bar attracts out-of-towners as well as neighborhood residents (and their dogs). Tuesday is trivia night. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-midnight Mon., 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
Emeril's New Orleans
800 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 528-9393; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-new-orleans; @Emerils
Patrons can dine at the bar and enjoy selections from Emeril's a la carte menu featuring contemporary New Orleans dishes. The Saints Thyme cocktail is made with orange vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, thyme simple syrup and fresh thyme. Open daily. Food available.
600 S. Peters St., (504) 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.co; @Ernst_Cafe
Take a seat on the dog-friendly patio of the century-old building and enjoy the bar's take on classic cocktails like the Sazerac and Dark and Stormy. The food menu offers casual comfort food. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Roosevelt Hotel, 130 Roosevelt Way, (504) 648-5486; www.therooseveltneworleans.com
A new take on the Fountain Lounge that opened in The Roosevelt Hotel in 1938, this bar has a long wine list and cocktails such as the rum-based Bayou Swizzle and the Jambalaya, which combines Southern Comfort, peach schnapps, lime juice and grenadine. There's live music Wednesday through Saturday. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
600 Fulton St., (504) 208-5593; www.fultonalley.com; @FultonAlley
This boutique bar, game room and bowling alley elevates leisure sports to elegant heights. Specialty drinks include the Black Eye in Manhattan and Gintilly Sunrise. The menu offers Southern street food. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.
Fulton St. Bistro | Bar
Omni Riverfront Hotel, 701 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 524-8200
On top of a kitchen offering a Parisian-inspired menu and a New Orleans-style Sunday jazz brunch (played by Treme trumpeter Kid Merv), Fulton bills itself as the city's only "gin-centric" bar, boasting classic cocktails like Ramos gin fizz, 17 artisan gins and select tonics. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. weekdays.
Garden Grill and Bar
Hilton Garden Inn, 1001 S. Peters St., (504) 525-0044; www.neworleansconventioncenter.hgi.com
This hotel bar is a destination for everything from business meetings over martinis and pesto pasta for lunch to watching the big game. The bar also is known for its bloody mary and a cosmopolitan-hurricane combination dubbed the Cosmocane. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
200 Poydras St., (504) 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com; @Gordon-BierschNO
Everything that arrives in your glass and on your plate is made in-house at Gordon Biersch. The national brewer recently rolled out new brews now on tap in New Orleans: German Pale Ale, Keller Pils, Bienville Saison and Festbier. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., all-day on Tues.
218 S. Robertson St., (504) 525-0377; www.handsomewillys.com
A range of DJs command the turntable on specialty nights during the week, and there's a late-night dance party every Friday at this funky retro bar. There's a patio for sipping Handsome Juice, margaritas and Long Island iced teas, and the kitchen offers tacos, burritos, burgers and more at lunch Tuesday through Friday. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour opening-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Happy's Irish Pub
1009 Poydras St., (504) 509-6348; www.happysirishpub.com; @HappysIrishPub
This downtown Irish pub offers Guinness, Bass, Harp and Smithwick's beers on tap. Members of Happy's Running Club meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to enjoy two-for-one specials on beer, wine and house liquor. Multiple TVs screen sports. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
139 Carondelet St., (504) 525-5428
Although it bills itself as the best-kept secret in New Orleans, the back-room kitchen at Hobnobber's is a huge draw (until it closes at 2 p.m.), serving catfish, gumbo and beans and rice Monday through Saturday. The bar welcomes all comers for drinks, darts, pool and specials like Tuesday's bingo night. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The Howlin' Wolf
907 S. Peters St., (504) 529-5844; www.thehowlinwolf.com; @Howlinwolfnola
The live music venue has showcased a range of local and national music acts for more than 25 years. The bar is made with hand-carved mahogany salvaged from the demolition of Al Capone's Lexington Hotel. The venue serves all NOLA Brewing and Abita beers, PBR and mixed drinks. Food is available at Howlin' Wolf Den. Open daily. Food available.
The Howlin' Wolf Den
901 S. Peters St., (504) 529-5844; www.thehowlinwolf.com; @Howlinwolfnola
This dog-friendly restaurant and music venue is a restored horse barn built in the 1800s. The kitchen serves late-night, Creole-inspired bar food, offering dishes like pulled pork Cuban sandwiches, blackened fish tacos and bacon and cheddar beignets. There's live music nightly and comedy on Tuesday and Thursday. Open daily. Food available.
Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070; www.josephineestelle.com; @JosephineEstelle (Instagram)
Step into this casual, contemporary bar for a Jockey Club, which mixes blanc de blancs, orange liqueur and orange bitters or the house Old Fashioned, featuring bourbon, demerara and bitters. The full menu of Italian and Southern cuisine is available at the bar. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Little Gem Saloon
445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863
This club dates back to 1904, when it hosted originators of jazz. Reopened in 2012, the restaurant continues to showcase live music from local legends like Kermit Ruffins. The bar serves cocktails, martinis, wine and beer. During happy hour, there's a $5 food menu and a daily specialty cocktail. Open Tue.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
International House Hotel, 221 Camp St., (504) 553-9550; www.ihhotel.com/loa
Spirit handler Alan Walter and his bar team offer an ambitious seasonal cocktail menu with whimsical names such as the mezcal- or tequila-based Park & Fly, the peachy Portrait of a Lady, or the rye-forward Rand McNally. Kathryn Rose Wood hosts the weekly songwriter series on Thursday. Open daily. No food.
The Lobby Bar at Ace Hotel
600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180; www.acehotel.com/neworleans; @aceneworleans
Set in the French art deco living room-inspired lobby of the Ace Hotel, the bar offers live music at Three Keys most nights, a DJ others. Signature cocktails include Afternoon Delight, bourbon and lemon with fizzy lemongrass-mint black tea, and The Underdog, a mix of Bechrova herbal liqueur, fino sherry, Cocchi vermouth and bitters. The bar menu includes poutine and house-made charcuterie. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Le Meridien Hotel, 333 Poydras St., (504) 525-9444; www.lemeridienneworleanshotel.com/new-orleans-restaurants
In the morning, Longitude 90 focuses on French-inspired cuisine, but at night it becomes a cocktail bar with a "sparkling" menu of effervescent offerings and spritzers based on standard drinks. Popular choices include the Sparkling Sazerac and Sparkling French 007. Beers and appetizers are half off from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com; @LucysNewOrleans
The bright surf shack atmosphere at Lucy's draws a lively crowd for international sports on TV and a menu of coastal cuisine including pork sliders, ceviche, burgers, quesadillas, salads and tacos. Wings are 75 cents during Sunday football games. The bar features draft beers from around the world and original cocktails such as Lucy's classic margarita made with Sauza gold tequila. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Manning's Eat — Drink — Cheer
519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118; www.manningsneworleans.com; @manningsnola
The family-friendly sports haven offers everything you'd expect, considering it bears the name of former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning. More than 30 TVs means you'll never miss a game, and the primo spots are the leather recliners in front of a 13-by-8-foot mega screen. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (504) 533-6089; www.masqueradenightclub.com; @masqueradeNOLA
Want to sample one of the city's more over-the-top nightclubs? Upgrade to the Harrah's Casino VIP treatment at Masquerade, a pulsing-light, throbbing-music dance party full of flashy showgirls and patrons looking for a good time. Open daily. No food.
424 Girod St., (504) 526-3745; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/meril; @MerilNOLA
The restaurant opens at 10 a.m. for New Orleans Saints home games (opening is 11:30 a.m. other days), and guests can watch TV around the casual U-shaped bar and sip a No. 21: gin, Southern Comfort, house-made falernum sweet syrup and yuzu. There's an a la carte menu of small plates and more than 30 wines by the glass. Open daily. Food available.
The Metropolitan Nightclub
310 Andrew Higgins Drive, (504) 568-1702; www.metropolitannightclub.com
The Metropolitan holds its dance parties, noted for hot DJs and cutting-edge videos with stunning visual effects, inside its home at the sprawling Generations Hall. Look for local EDM titans such as Disco Donnie booking the dance scene's best every weekend. Open Saturday. No food.
Troubadour Hotel, 1111 Gravier St., (504) 518-5600; www.monkeyboardnola.com; @troubadourhotel
At this hip rooftop bar with graffiti art and reclaimed architectural elements, there's live music nightly, a menu of street food-inspired bites, city views, cocktails and beer. A popular drink is the frozen 20th Century cocktail. Open daily. Food available.
Nola Tropical Winery
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk; 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 144; (504) 561-6010; www.nolatropicalwinery.com
It's all about the vino at this bar inside The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk mall. It offers complimentary wine tastings, fruit-infused wine and wine smoothies. Open daily. No food.
601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1760; www.ohm-lounge.com
The upscale lounge melds a contemporary Asian theme with the tradition of white tablecloth dining. Tucked inside Barcadia, Ohm Lounge is open weekends and has an extensive sake list, along with craft cocktails, beers and a menu of shared plates. Open Fri.-Sat. Food available.
800 Magazine St., (504) 522-1744; www.pecherestaurant.com
Chef Donald Link's rustic seafood restaurant serves craft cocktails, beer and wine. The open kitchen gives guests a view of the open-hearth fire where Gulf Coast fish, oysters, shrimp and crab are cooked. Open Mon.-Sat. Full menu available.
The Polo Lounge
Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., (504) 522-1992; www.grillroomneworleans.com/new-orleans-polo-club-lounge
The classically appointed bar is an elegant space where guests can lounge on leather couches and chairs while listening to live music nightly and sipping classic cocktails like Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds or seasonal craft cocktails. Elevated pub fare is available, including crawfish croquettes and oxtail ragout poutine. Open daily. Food available.
Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., (504) 561-0500; www.facebook.com/publicbeltneworleans; @HiltonRiverside
The elegant speakeasy-themed piano bar serves craft cocktails named after the women of Storyville, New Orleans' former red-light district, including Ella's Sinful Secret, a mix of Boodles gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, dry vermouth and celery bitters. There's live jazz Thursday through Saturday nights. Open daily. No food.
Q&C Hotel, 344 Camp St., (504) 587-9700; www.qandc.com
The bar's commitment to pouring the best in local and regional brands is reflected in its selection of suds from Abita Brewing, NOLA Brewing, Urban South, Gnarly Barley, Parish Brewing and Southern Prohibition in Mississippi. Mississippi distillery Cat Head chicory liqueur is used in the Billiards Player, Q&C's take on a Manhattan featuring rye yellow chartreuse and bianco vermouth. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen
748 Camp St., (504) 298-7317; www.nolarebellion.com
Rebellion's soulful spin on Creole cuisine and modern flair in classic cocktails is served in a space that from 1965-73 held the studio of the late Cosimo Matassa, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee produced the Meters' seminal funk sound. Drink menu highlights include Moscow Mule, seasonal libations and wine flights. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Red Eye Bar and Grill
852 S. Peters St., (504) 593-9393; www.worldfamousredeye.com; @TheRedEyeNOLA
The restaurant is a casual spot for watching sports on TV, listening to a DJ and grabbing some bar food and a cold drink. Domestic beers are $2, well drinks $3 and appetizers are half price during weekday happy hours. There's a range of specialty burgers, salads, chili cheese fries, meat pies and more. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Republic New Orleans
828 S. Peters St., (504) 528-8282; www.republicnola.com; @RepublicNOLA
The bar hosts live music throughout the week as well as private events. Republic takes on a club vibe on Saturday, with a DJ spinning dance music. The music calendar includes EDM, bounce, hip-hop and indie rock artists. Open daily. No food.
Rock-N-Sake Bar & Sushi
823 Fulton St., (504) 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com; @rocknsakesushi
A lighted glass-top bar illuminates house specialties such as the Berry Blossom, sake margarita and Tokyo-tini. The menu features sushi, small plates, noodle dishes, soups and salads. TGIT offers $5 cocktails, wine and hot sake after 5 p.m. Tuesdays. Open Tue.-Sun. Full restaurant menu.
The Rusty Nail
1100 Constance St., (504) 525-5515; www.therustynail.biz; @rustynailnola
The dog-friendly bar has an 86-inch projection screen for watching sports and a lush back patio. Tuesday is trivia night and there's live music or a DJ occasionally. Pop-ups and food trucks are frequent attractions. During Cheers for Charity from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 20 percent of sales are donated to nonprofits. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri.
The Sazerac Bar
The Roosevelt Hotel, 130 Roosevelt Way, (504) 648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.com; @TheRoosevelt_NO
The Sazerac Bar carries the history and lore of its namesake drink. Paul Ninas murals flanking the African walnut bar take you back to the grandeur of old New Orleans — a time when Huey P. Long strolled in to order a Ramos gin fizz. The elegant barstools and plush banquettes of today's Sazerac Bar invite locals and visitors to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and conversation. Open daily. No food.
630 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3071; www.seaworthynola.com; @SeaworthyNola
Classic cocktails including Negronis and sidecars are available, as well as contemporary and signature drinks such as Holywater — spiced rum and cognac mixed with green chartreuse, house-made almond syrup, grapefruit, lemon, lime and Angostura bitters — or Better & Better, a mix of mezcal, over-proof Jamaican rum and velvet falernum. The seafood-heavy menu ranges from caviar and lobster to a burger. Open Wed.-Mon. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
South Market Pub and Grill
735 St. Joseph St., (504) 522-4934; www.southmarketpub.com; @southmarketpub
There are game-day specials on Fireball, Jameson and Jagermeister shots, bloody marys and wings. The food menu includes burgers, sandwiches and bar grub like fried pickles, gator bites and Southwest eggrolls. Open daily. Food available.
The Swizzle Stick Bar
Loews Hotel, 300 Poydras St., (504) 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com; @CafeAdelaide
A large block of ice behind the bar highlights its traditional inspirations, but there are original cocktails in addition to classics. The Adelaide Swizzle is made with Rougaroux Full Moon dark rum. Happy hour features $3-$6 specials on drinks and small plates. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Wed., 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Thu.
Tommy's Wine Bar
752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.com/tommys-wine-bar; @tommyswinenola
Tommy's Wine Bar is a bastion of Old-World charm. The handsome wood bar and pillars draw the eye, but lush appointments rule the room. Pick from the bar's wide selection of wines and, if you're hungry, pair your choice with a plate of cheese, pate or charcuterie. You also can order appetizers and desserts from Tommy's Cuisine next door. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Intercontinental Hotel, 444 St. Charles Ave., Suite 100, (504) 680-7000; www.icneworleans.com/eat/trenasse
This storefront-style restaurant in the Intercontinental Hotel serves locally sourced south Louisiana fare and drinks. An extensive wine list includes an array of imported Rieslings and domestic and imported pinot noirs. There's valet parking and outdoor seating. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel, 817 Common St., (504) 525-1111; www.renaissance-hotels.marriott.com; @BarUncommon
A new name and new space recently arrived for the featured bar/lounge at the Pere Marquette, with a menu of craft cocktails, classic mixed drinks and beer. The Uncommon Bar is up and running while the hotel revamps and renovates its restaurant, offering sleek modern decor inside the grand 1920s-era building. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 6 p.m. daily.
Vic's Kangaroo Cafe
636 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 524-4329
A smartass chalkboard sign might draw you in ("Abs are cool but have you tried beer?"), but once inside, you'll find ice-cold drinks and a laid-back atmosphere at this Warehouse District dive. The Australian pub also offers international flair, with flags hanging from the ceiling. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
339 Baronne St., (504) 522-8664; www.victorynola.com; @victorynola
Bartenders make a new cocktail daily and bar patrons all get a free sample. The bar specializes in classic cocktails and new takes in a trendy setting of plush seating and exotic decor. Little Boy Blue is vodka mixed with lemon juice, house-made simple syrup, blueberries, sage and lavender. The bar menu includes truffle popcorn, baked brie with seasonal fruit and toast points, Korean barbecue wraps and pizza. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 561-1234; www.neworleans.regency.hyatt.com; @HyattNewOrleans
The sports bar has a contemporary design and walls of built-in TVs in a location close to the Superdome and Smoothie King Center. There's live music Friday and Saturday and fall-inspired cocktails made with Sazerac rye whiskey. The Street Car Named Loyola is made with Cathead honeysuckle vodka, St. Germain, ginger syrup, Peychaud's bitters, ginger ale, lemon juice and rosemary. There's a sushi bar and a variety of other food choices. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar
1009 Poydras St., (504) 309-6530; www.walk-ons.com; @walk_ons
The two-story sports hub features wood floors and bars polished like a basketball court, flat-screen TVs everywhere — and some booths are equipped with tabletop beer taps. One of the bar's signature drinks is Death Valley, made with Svedka vodka, Bacardi rum, triple sec, orange juice and a Razzmatazz schnapps float. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse
404 Andrew Higgins Blvd., (504) 281-4893; www.woodpizzaneworleans.com
With wood-fired specialty pizzas and 40 beers on tap, this gastropub celebrates the everlasting marriage of pizza and beer. The specialty cocktails such as the Swamp Water, with tequila and fruit juice, cater to local tastes. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
World of Beer
300 Julia St., Suite 360, (504) 299-3599; www.worldofbeer.com/warehousedistrict; @wobneworleans
The local bar from this national franchise offers hundreds of craft beers from around the world, live music by local bands on Friday, trivia on Wednesday and cocktails and wine for non-beer drinkers. A menu of house-made, tavern-style fare includes Guinness bratwurst, IPA-glazed salmon, fried pickles and burgers. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 p.m.-close Sun.-Thu.
Aloft New Orleans, 225 Baronne St., (504) 312-7750; www.aloftneworleansdowntown.com/new-orleans-bar; @AloftHotels
Acoustic sets by emerging local artists enhance the sleek, modern vibe at W XYZ on Thursday and Friday nights. On weekends, start the day off with a bang from noon to 3 p.m., when the bar offers $5 blood marys and mimosas, half-off specialty cocktails, wells and wine, and $4 draft beer. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.