Boston Street Pub
517 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9907; www.facebook.com/BostonStreetPub
The straightfoward cash-only joint in downtown Covington offers a laid-back attitude, and you can play pool while drinking your beer — domestics are $2 during happy hour — from a bottle or plastic cup. Open Tue.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
The Chimes Restaurant and Taproom
19130 W. Front St., Covington, (985) 892-5396; www.thechimes.com
The ambience is casual and comfortable — the handcrafted bar top is made with wood from every continent — but the drinks are refined, with the dog-friendly bar offering an extensive list of top-shelf bourbon, Scotch, tequila, gin and rum. Specialty martinis are $5 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and midnight to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. and midnight-2 a.m. Mon.-Sat.
Columbia Street Rock-N-Blues Cafe
407 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 892-9949; www.rocknbluescafe.com
Columbia Street offers live music, DJs and a jukebox, as well as game nights, free Wi-Fi, karaoke and a menu of Louisiana-inspired dishes. The kitchen is open late every night. Open Tue.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
Columbia Street Tap Room
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.covingtontaproom.com; @columbiataproom
With more than 30 beers on tap, the Columbia Street Tap Room is housed in a 125-year-old building and takes pride in its bar food, which includes fresh grilled fish, po-boys and burgers. Constantly rotating beer selections highlight local brews. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
The Green Room Music Club
521 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-2225; www.greenroomcovla.com
This downtown Covington hot spot has a 50-cent pool table and karaoke on Sunday but earns its real bragging rights from its calendar of live music (there's no cover charge on Monday), live mics and burlesque shows. Late-night gyros are available Wed.-Sat. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 2 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Jerk's Island Grill & Daiquiri Bar
70437 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 893-1380; www.jerksislandgrill.com; @JerksIsland
A straw hut bar stands in the middle of this family-friendly, beach bum-inspired bar and grill that specializes in original rum-based tropical drinks. Its menu of frozen daiquiris bears names like Monkey Love and Pain Killer, made with 151 and spiced Sailor Jerry rums and a blend of tropical fruits — all for $5 during happy hour. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Seiler Bar at The Tap Room
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.seilerbar.com; @seilerbar
The Seiler Bar offers patrons an upscale perch from which to sip a Moscow Mule or a seasonal fruit martini and look out onto a New Orleans-style courtyard. The bar is attached to the Columbia Street Tap Room, a local pub, and serves a Creole-style menu with an emphasis on fresh fish. Smoking is allowed on the patio. Open Wed.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.
501 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 892-9691; www.wowcafe.com; @wowcafe
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