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The Big Bar Guide: Riverbend/Carrollton/University area 

Riverbend/ Carrollton/ University area

The Boot
1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-9008; www.thebootneworleans.com; @thebootnola
College bar
This Uptown rite of passage features 50-cent drafts, well drinks and shots on Tuesday, along with $1 domestic beers. Hump Day happy hour consists of triple-shot mixed drinks. Pizza, burgers and cheese fries are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-close Wed., 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri.

Bruno's Tavern
7538 Maple St., (504) 861-7615; www.brunostavern.com; @brunostavern
Neighborhood bar
Bruno's visitors can play games such as darts, pool and video poker or take advantage of free Wi-Fi and the dog-friendly patio. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Cooter Brown's
509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com
Sports bar
The only thing outnumbering the large HD TVs lining the walls here are the available beers. Cooter Brown's invites all to take a "trip around the world" in sampling its array of brews, all of which pair perfectly with raw oysters or burgers. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-close Tue.

Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux
7537 Maple St., (504) 570-6440; www.kakkoii-nola.com; @eatkakkoii
Restaurant bar
Infusing a New Orleans spirit with an adventurous take on traditional Japanese cuisine, Kakkoii offers a variety of draft beers along with several styles of sake martinis. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri.

Madigan's
800 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 739-8084
Neighborhood bar
You can always get Miller High Life and PBR for $2 and Heineken and Corona beers for $3 at Madigan's. There are pool tables available, and patrons can order from the full menu of American fare from G.B.'s Patio Bar & Grill next door. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Maple Leaf Bar
8316 Oak St., (504) 866-5320; www.mapleleafbar.com; @mapleleafnola
Music club
A standard for music lovers for 40 years, the Maple Leaf offers live music nightly, including a standing Tuesday night gig by Rebirth Brass Band, representing genres ranging from funk to rock to zydeco to jam bands and national touring bands. Every Sunday features the longstanding Everette C. Maddox Memorial Prose & Poetry Reading in the courtyard. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.

Oak
8118 Oak St., (504) 302-1485; www.oaknola.com; @oaknola
Wine bar
This intimate bar features wines arranged by the flavors they invoke, from "Flirting with Oak" to "Floral Notes" and presents live music Thursday through Saturday. Small plates accompany an extensive wine, beer and craft cocktail menu. Open Tues.-Sat. No Smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

TJ Quills
7600 Maple St., (504) 861-7931
College bar
This bar offers daily specials, video games, pool and a dog-friendly patio. Specials include Swiller Night on Wednesday and ladies' night on Thursday. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.

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