7 on Fulton
701 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 525-7555; www.7onfulton.com; @7onfulton
Located in a niche at the front of this trendy eatery, 7 on Fulton's bar features different drink specials every day, $10 buckets of beer and $20 pizza specials during New Orleans Saints games. The restaurant's menu of New Orleans contemporary cuisine can be ordered at the bar. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.
8 Block Kitchen & Bar
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., Level 3, (504) 613-3850; www.neworleans.hyatt.com
Located in the atrium at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 8 Block Kitchen & Bar features live jazz and cabaret Friday and Saturday nights. Popular drinks include a Jameson julep, Malbec wine and Kim Crawford sauvignon blanc. The kitchen serves sushi, seafood, burgers and sliders. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel, 817 Common St., (504) 525-1111; www.baruncommon.com; @baruncommon
The modern decor of Bar UnCommon matches its eclectic drink menu, which features cocktails like the Sweet Heat, with orange infused tequila, pineapple juice, a dash of Tabasco and sugar Cajun spice rum. The bar features an array of upscale snacks and appetizers. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
Barcadia Bar/ Restaurant/Arcade
601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1740; www.barcadianeworleans.com; @barcadianola
Barcadia features food, music, arcade games, two patios, TVs and a more than 100 beers. There is also occasional live music and specialty nights that include office Olympics and movie nights. The Barcadia Bomber, made with four kinds of vodka and two fruit juices, is a popular signature drink. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The Hotel Modern, 2 Lee Circle, (504) 962-0911; www.thehotelmodern.com/bellocq; @thehotelmodern
Inspired by the pre-Prohibition photos of Storyville madams taken by E.J. Bellocq, the bar features cobblers, made with port or sherry and fruit, and McAlpins Mushroom, which combines Scotch, shiitake sake cordial and Perfecto Amor liqueur. There's also absinthe, fortified wine and punches. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hours 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Burgundy Bar
931 Canal St., (504) 522-5400; www.theburgundybar.com
Live bands, including regulars The Yat Pack and Glen David Andrews, play music inspired by Louis Armstrong Thursday through Saturday. Rich, dark woods, bordello-inspired decorative accents and plenty of seating invite patrons to linger over craft cocktails from the bar's Seven Deadly Sins Cocktail Collection, including Greed, a mango- and jalapeno-based drink, and Lust, a Champagne cocktail with rose water and wild hibiscus. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Cajun Mike's Pub-n-Grub
116 Baronne St., (504) 566-0055; www.cajunmikes.com; @cajunmikes
Far rowdier and down-the-bayou than its posh neighbors, Cajun Mike's caters to football fans who live to cheer for the home team, offering food, drink and beer bucket specials for New Orleans Saints and LSU games. Alligator sausage and oyster po-boys highlight an extensive bar food menu of regional staples. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
520 Capdeville St., (504) 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.com; @mayorcapdeville
Inspired by "social houses" in London, Capdeville offers a casual atmosphere that encourages lingering over dinner, drinks and conversation. Craft beer and American whiskey are the specialties, with popular drinks including Jack's black lemonade, which is house-infused blackberry Jack Daniel's mixed with blackberries and fresh lemon. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Chuck's Sports Bar
510 Gravier St., (504) 524-9485
This dive bar is a favorite with service industry employees and members of the 9-to-5 crowd who want cheap, heavily poured drinks. There's a pool table and an Internet jukebox. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
709 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-8990; www.cibugnu.com
Cibignu offers Italian wines and many are available by the glass or carafe. Also available is a unique selection of handcrafted Italian-inspired cocktails created by Cibugnu's manager/bartender Chris Timpone. Open Wed.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun. and Wed.-Thu., 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
1032 St. Charles Ave., (504) 588-2616; www.circlebarneworleans.com; @circlebarnola
Located on the ground floor of a squat townhouse on Lee Circle, New Orleans' coziest music club has just enough room for the band and its most fanatic followers. But with its exposed brick and the restored mural behind the bar, it has plenty of charm. There's music daily by a mix of local musicians and touring indie bands. Open daily. No smoking. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
510 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 272-0865; www.civicnola.com; @civicnola
Mixologist Neal Bodenheimer of Cure and Bellocq helped create a signature cocktail menu of drinks made from small-batch American-made spirits and organic ingredients. The theater, which stages concerts, plays, films and private parties, originally opened in 1906 but has been updated with state-of-the art sound and lighting systems. Open when events are scheduled. Smoking on patio. No food.
Club Ampersand1100 Tulane Ave., (504) 587-3737; www.clubampersand.com; @clubampersandDance clubLegendary Saturday night to Sunday sunrises bump and grind with a party-people energy more New York than New Orleans, with VIP lounges, table service and cutting-edge EDM acts such as Andventure Club & Krewella. Open Fri.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.
Cocktail Bar at Windsor Court
300 Gravier St., (504) 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com; @windsorcourt
The cocktail bar in the historic Windsor Court Hotel features craft cocktails with an emphasis on pre-Prohibition flavors. Drinks can be customized, though a menu full of specialty drinks caters to a range of tastes, such as the Final Final, made with Laphroaig Scotch, Fernet, simple syrup and allspice. Snacks and samplings from the adjoining Grill Room are available. Thu.-Sat. No smoking. Food available.
711 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 301-1476; www.districtnola.com
The District maintains an old-timey feel but with modern accoutrements including flat-screen televisions for sports and a charging station for cellphones. There's a happy hour all day Monday, trivia on Tuesday and a weekly Wine Down Wednesday. Lunch is served daily and brunch is served on the weekends. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
600 S. Peters St., (504) 525-8544; www.ernstcafe.net; @ernst_cafe
Ernst Cafe is located in charming turn-of-the-century building and retains the flavor of old New Orleans. The Always Sunny on Fulton is a popular drink made of orange juice, mint and Barcadi, though PBRs are an old standby. Casual comfort food is served late into the evening. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Extreme Sports Bar and Grille
535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-6999; www.extremesportsbar.com
Even if you watch your favorite team lose on one of the many large-screen TVs here, you can still win by ordering from an extensive draft beer selection and appetizers like Insanity Fries, piled high with bacon and jalapenos. Beer bucket specials are available during Saints, LSU and Pelicans games. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available.
123 Baronne St., (504) 648-5486; www.therooseveltneworleans.com
A new take on the Fountain Lounge that opened in The Roosevelt Hotel in 1938, the bar features classics from its past such as the rum-based Bayou Swizzle and the Jambalaya, which mixes Southern Comfort, peach schnapps, lime juice and grenadine, a range of craft cocktails and an a large wine list. There's live music Wednesday through Saturday. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Garden Grill and Bar
1001 S. Peters St., (504) 525-0044; www.neworleansconventioncenter.hgi.com
There's a large menu of martinis, specialty cocktails and wine at this restaurant bar, but Hurricanes are the most popular drink. The food menu features gumbo, seafood, burgers, flatbreads and more. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sun.
310 Andrew Higgins Drive, (504) 568-1702; www.generationshall.com
This venue has hosted a number of well-known shindigs including the March of Dimes' Spotlight on Success, the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club ball and Bridge House's Mr. Legs contest. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
200 Poydras St., (504) 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com; @gordonbiersch
A premium selection of handcrafted beers brewed in house is the signature at the 30-plus Gordon Biersch locations across the country, though the New Orleans location offers local spices on its extensive menu in dishes such as Cajun fish tacos. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Happy's Irish Pub
1009 Poydras St., phone n.a.; www.happysirishpub.com; @happysirishpubBeer pubThe Irish pub has a two-for-one happy hour for beer, wine and house drinks on weekdays. Stop in for a seasonal special, like $1 Guinness for Thanksgiving, or take a jog before drinking a popular Irish Car Bomb with Happy's weekly running club. Open daily. Smoking on patio. No food. Happy hour 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
701 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com; @herbsaintdiningRestaurant barBartenders mix craft cocktails at the bar of this restaurant, from a classic Sazerac to Champagne cocktails. Traditional absinthe is prepared with a slotted spoon, a sugar cube and a cold water drip. A full menu of Chef Donald Link's upscale Southern cuisine is available at the bar. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
The Howlin' Wolf Den
907 S. Peters St., (504) 529-5844; www.thehowlinwolf.com; @howlinwolfnola
The Howlin' Wolf Den serves as a side bar to the legendary Howlin' Wolf, which features live entertainment nightly. There are more than 100 beers at the den, mixed drinks and local Creole fare like jambalaya and gator balls. Taco Tuesdays last all night and feature $2 tacos, well drinks, margaritas and Miller draft. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
The Howlin' Wolf Music Club
907 S. Peters St., (504) 529-5844; www.thehowlinwolf.com
The Howlin' Wolf turns 25 years old in December, and during that time its stage has hosted a wide variety of musical acts including the Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie, Ice Cube, Galactic, Mutemath and others. The bar is made from hand-carved mahogany taken from Al Capone's Lexington hotel when it was demolished in the 1980s, and the building exterior is decorated with a mural of New Orleans scenes by James Michalopoulos. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
Little Gem Saloon
445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863; www.littlegemsaloon.com; @littlegemsaloon
Located in an area that was a haven for jazz performers at the turn of the 20th century, Little Gem Saloon opened in 2012 to host jazz and pour handcrafted drinks including the spiced pecan old fashioned made with pecan-infused Wild Turkey bourbon, fresh pears and grapefruit bitters. There's free live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tue.-Fri. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.
221 Camp St., (504)553-9550; www.ihhotel.com/new_orleans.html; @ihhotel
Illuminated by hand-blown gas bulbs and candlelight, Loa wows patrons with its selection of more than 100 craft cocktails. The Delilah combines gin, elderflowers, pineapple balsamic reduction, fresh basil and ice. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825; www.luckroosternola.com
The restaurant bar takes a creative approach to cocktails, stocking Japanese whiskey and incoporating fresh juices and house-made syrups and sodas. There's outdoor seating where you can enjoy popular drinks like the Ghost Face Chillah — Broker's gin, pineapple shrub, Bittermens tiki bitters and Tsingtao, a Chinese beer. Food includes Korean fried chicken, dumplings and bao. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com
West Coast surfer-inspired drinks and food are the trademarks, and the attitude is casual and fun-loving. Da Killer Blue Whale combines Stolichnaya blueberry and Cruzan coconut rum, curacao and lemonade, and The Big Kahuna is served in a 64-ounce fishbowl. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118; www.harrahsneworleans.com
With its namesake of the city's (and arguably the nation's) First Family of Football and slogan of "Eat+Drink+Cheer," Manning's caters to customers with a menu of tailgating-inspired fare, selection of draft brews, 30-plus TVs — including a 13-by-7.5-foot mega-screen — and leather recliners in the End Zone lounge. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu available.
The Metropolitan Nightclub
310 Andrew Higgins Drive, (504) 568-1702; www.themetropolitannightclub.com
The dance club features 15 VIP sections and is only open on Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The club hosts special celebrations such as the Haunted Halloween Bash and a New Year's Eve extravaganza. There is a dress code. Open Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.
817 Common St., (504) 412-2580; www.milaneworleans.com
The bar at MiLa offers a selection of craft cocktails, classic drinks and beers. The food menu features seasonal Southern-inspired dishes and snacks. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1740; www.ohm-lounge.com
The upscale Japanese lounge tucked behind Barcadia specializes in craft cocktails, healthy shared plates and premium sakes. The Singapore Sling and Cane Farmer, a rum-based drink with pomegranate molasses, ginger liqueur and fresh mint, are popular choices. Open Thu.-Sat. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thu.-Sat.
Polo Club Lounge
Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., (504) 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com/polo-club-lounge
Classic cocktails and wines chosen from a selection of more than 600 labels are served in an elegant, comfortable setting inspired by English gentlemen's clubs. Settle into a wingback chair or an overstuffed sofa and listen to jazz musicians perform live Tuesday through Saturday. Dishes from The Grill Room restaurant are available. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
Republic New Orleans
828 S. Peters St., (504) 528-8282; www.republicnola.com; @republicnola
Likely most famous for its bounce nights and themed "throwback" nights, the spacious music club also holds film screenings and hosts national artists like A$AP Ferg and Los Lobos. Drinks are usually pretty standard, but specialty event-themed shots often are served. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
Rock-N-Sake Bar & Sushi
823 Fulton St., (504) 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com
A custom glass bar top lighted from underneath illuminates house special cocktails such as the Berry Blossom, Japanese 75 and Tokyo-tini. The menu features a selection of sushi, small plates, noodle dishes, soups and salads. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
930 Poydras St., (504) 304-6988; www.saintemarienola.com; @saintemarienola
Though the cocktail menu at Sainte Marie is ever-changing, the restaurant's servers know it well and can recommend drinks based on food orders, favorite spirits and mood. The bar often hosts tastings and recently crafted a cocktail to celebrate the bicentennial of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Sazerac Bar
The Roosevelt, 123 Baronne St., (504) 648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.com; @theroosevelt_no
The dark wood paneling, New Orleans murals and storied past as a favorite haunt of Huey P. Long and others makes the bar a good backdrop for date night, business meetings or sharing witty banter with friends. It's the place to get the namesake Sazerac, or go for Long's favorite, the Ramos gin fizz. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
The Swizzle Stick Bar
Loews Hotel, 300 Poydras St., (504) 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com; @cafeadelaide
Bartender Lu Brow makes it a point to ensure customers like what they drink at this upscale bar at Cafe Adelaide. Classic New Orleans cocktails are popular as are eclectic specialty cocktails. A full menu of modern Creole cuisine is available at the bar. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Tivoli & Lee
2 Lee Circle, (504) 962-0909; www.tivoliandlee.com; @tivoliandlee
The farm-to-table restaurant and bar serves Southern cuisine and craft cocktails from a sidewalk cafe on Lee Circle or inside a room with large picture windows and a copper-top bar made with reclaimed wood. Mixologist Kimberly Patton-Bragg mixes drinks like the popular Cereal Killer, and the bar offers small-batch American whiskeys, beer and wine. There's live music Saturday and Sunday. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Tommy's Wine Bar
755 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103; www.tommysneworleans.com
With a Creole Italian restaurant of the same name next door, this wine bar serves white wines from a Cruvinet temperature-controlled cellar to ensure they're chilled just right. Plates line the walls of the elegant dining room, adding some color to the space, and the bar has live music on weekends. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Vic's Kangaroo Cafe
636 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 524-4329; www.satchmo.com/vics
With the last four digits of its phone number spelling out "g'day," Vic's might be as close to Australia as one can get in New Orleans. The Aussie-themed bar and restaurant has 15 beers on tap, both local and imported, and draws a late-night crowd. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., Level 3, (504) 613-3740; www.neworleans.hyatt.com
Download a free app and become a virtual DJ, selecting songs to play at the upscale contemporary bar when no sports are being shown on the 40 flat-screen TVs. Specialty cocktails include The Depths of Winter, a mix of Belvedere vodka, lemon juice, ginger syrup and allspice. Gumbo, burgers, po-boys and more are on the food menu. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar
1009 Poydras St., (504) 309-6530; www.walk-ons.com; @walk_ons
Pour your own beer from a tap at your table and catch a game on one of 40 televisions at this sports bar located blocks away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The bar is family-friendly, with a full menu of sandwiches, wraps and local fare. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
829 Magazine St., (504) 322-2188; www.warehousegrille.com; @warehousegrille
Rivershack Tavern's sister spot from owners Chris Keene and Donnie Thomas offers small plates and dozens of local beers on tap, with live music in its 6,000 square-foot courtyard. Enter a monthly contest to win a courtyard keg party for you and up to 25 pals. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Wine Institute of New Orleans
610 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-8000: www.winoschool.com; @winoschoolguru
If you consider yourself an oenophile, you can take wine classes here for fun — or for certification. Aficionados can sample wines by the ounce — there's more than 120 choices — before buying a bottle, or try one of the bar's cocktails. Open daily. No smoking. Food available.
Double Tree Hotel, 300 Canal St., (504) 212-3250; www.wowcafe.com; @wowcafe
Two-for-one drinks and $5 pitchers of beer are available from 5 p.m. to close every day at the Mid-City location of this Louisiana-born chain, which specializes in wings and sports on TV. WOW Cafe has several trademarked drinks, including the fruity Chalmatian, and offers frozen margaritas and more than a dozen regional craft beers. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hours vary by location.