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The Big Bar Guide: Uptown 

click to enlarge Publiq House on Freret Street draws an interesting mix of customers who enjoy cocktails served in canning jars.

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Publiq House on Freret Street draws an interesting mix of customers who enjoy cocktails served in canning jars.

Uptown

45 Tchoup
4529 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 891-9066; www.twitter.com/45tchoup
Bar
This popular Uptown hangout boasts a bar built with lumber and bricks salvaged after Hurricane Katrina. Monday nights feature one of the city's most competitive pub quizzes. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Amici
3218 Magazine St., (504) 300-1252; www.amicinola.com
Restaurant bar
The bar offers infused cocktails, wines and 90 beers as well as a menu of Italian cuisine and coal-fired pizza. Thursday is Meatball and Martini Night, featuring free meatballs and half-price martinis. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Avenue Pub
1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243; www.theavenuepub.com
Beer pub
The Avenue Pub has 40 beers on tap and dozens more in bottles, plus a full cocktail bar. The balcony, which overlooks St. Charles Avenue, is an ideal spot to catch a Mardi Gras parade or relax during the other months of the year. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Balcony Bar & Cafe
3201 Magazine St., (504) 895-1600
Bar
With pool tables and 30 beers on tap, the downstairs space at Balcony Bar & Cafe looks like a college hangout. Upstairs, there's a smaller bar, table seating, a kitchen that serves pizza, sandwiches, wraps and bar food, and access to a long wraparound balcony overlooking Magazine and Harmony streets. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.

The Blind Pelican
1628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-9399; www.theblindpelican.com
Restaurant bar
Calling itself "home of the 25-cent oyster," The Blind Pelican has a stocked bar to accompany a dozen on the half-shell. Happy hour specials include two-for-one mixed drinks and a dozen char-grilled oysters for $7.50. There's an open-air patio and deck and 14 televisions. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Bouligny Tavern
3641 Magazine St. (504) 891-1810; www.boulignytavern.com
Wine bar
Next door to Lilette restaurant, this upscale bar with a mid-century modern look features couches, a heated patio, music from a vintage vinyl player and table service and small plates. The Prima Verde is spiced with cilantro, Pisco, lime and jalapeno. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking on patio. Food available.

Bridge Lounge
1201 Magazine St., (504) 299-1888; www.bridgeloungenola.com
Neighborhood bar
The dog-friendly bar stocks treats for its four-legged friends and hangs pictures of its favorite canines. You can sit at a table or booth and sip top-shelf cocktails, the lounge's popular mojito, wine or beer. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and till 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Bronx Bar at New York Pizza
4418 Magazine St., (504) 891-2376; www.newyorkpizzanola.com
Restaurant bar
Patrons can enjoy a pint and a slice of one-topping pizza for $5, and gamblers can try their luck at Shake Shake, a game where customers get three rolls of five dice for $1. The pot starts at $50 and gets bigger until someone wins by rolling five of a kind. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.

The Bulldog
3236 Magazine St., (504) 891-1516; www.bulldog.draftfreak.com; @bulldog_uptown
Beer pub
See Mid-City section for bar description. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Carrollton Station Bar and Music Club
8140 Willow St., (504) 865-9190; www.carrolltonstation.com
Music clubCarrollton Station is a 100-year-old bar that hosts live music Fridays and Saturdays and ping pong tournaments most Mondays. There are 12 beers on tap and a host of specialty drinks, like the popular Electric Blueberry Moonshine Lemonade, and happy hour features a different $2 beer each night. The pop-up restaurant Splendid Pig operates on Mondays. Open daily. Smoking on patio. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Casa Borrega
1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 427-0654; www.facebook.com/casaborrega
Restaurant barListen to live music on Friday and Saturday nights at this cafe and bar, while making drink selections from the tequila/mescal bar. No premade mixes are used in the Latin cocktails, just fresh juices and herbs. There's outdoor seating and a full menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. Open Wed.-Sun. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Fri.

The Club Ms. Mae's
4336 Magazine St., (504) 218-8035Neighborhood barThis smoky dive bar is a late-night favorite of many college students, though neighborhood regulars also haunt its bar to sift through a wide array of '90s jukebox hits, watch NFL games and play air hockey. Thursday nights offer $2 doubles for college students, though drinks aren't much more expensive on regular nights. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.

Columns Hotel Victorian Lounge
3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com
Hotel barThe Victorian Lounge offers a step back into the late 19th-century — it was built in 1883 — with rich wood paneling, cozy seating areas and classic cocktails like the Pimm's Cup, Sazerac, Ramos gin fizz, mint julep and bloody mary. Outdoor seating on the front gallery overlooks the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. There's live music Monday through Friday, and a bistro menu is available. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Cure
4905 Freret St., (504) 302-2357; www.curenola.com; @curenolaCraft cocktailsThis Uptown cocktail hot spot becomes a haven for wine connoisseurs on Thursdays with 40 percent off bottles of wine, $5.50 classic cocktails and wines by the glass at happy hour. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

The Delachaise
3442 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com; @thedelachaise
Wine bar
The long bar at The Delachaise offers dozens of wines by the bottle or glass, imported beers on tap and by the bottle and cocktails made with liquors scribbled on chalkboards overhead. An outdoor patio is decorated with twinkling lights, making the bar an intimate perch from which to look out on St. Charles Avenue and share a cheese plate. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.

Dos Jefes
5535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 891-8500; www.dosjefescigarbar.com; @dosjefesbar
Cigar bar
Food trucks and live music are just as much a part of this cozy lounge as cigars, wines and fine spirits. There's a pool table, a big-screen TV for watching sports and several local beers on tap. A lush patio has palm trees and porch swings. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Down the Hatch
1921 Sophie B. Wright Place, (504) 522-0909; www.downthehatchnola.com; @dthneworleans
Restaurant bar
The bar has a variety of flavored vodkas, wine and beers both draft and bottled. There are daily drink specials, parties and screenings of sporting events and television shows. The back patio is dog-friendly. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Eleven 79
1179 Annunciation St., (504) 299-1179; www.eleven79.com; Restaurant bar
The Italian restaurant has a full bar, and the most popular drinks are martinis and cosmopolitans. Small plates are available for snacking at the bar, in addition to a menu with dishes like Italian sausage boats. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour Mon.-Thu.

Evangeline Lounge II
1753 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-4500
Neighborhood bar
Service industry workers enjoy happy hour prices all the time. The bar has no permanent kitchen, but Stickball sets up a pop-up to serve a variety of meatballs (such as Italian, vegetarian, and shepherd's pie) during New Orleans Saints away games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

F and M Patio Bar
4841 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.com
College bar
Patrons at this bar include everyone from shirtless bros and table-dancing babes to gents with cardigans hanging across their shoulders and women in pearls. There are several different seating areas and a black-and-white photo booth from the 1950s. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.

Fat Harry's
4330 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-1045; www.fatharrysneworleans.com; @fatharrys504
Neighborhood bar
It's a college hangout but brings in lots of other regulars, too, from longtime customers to tourists who want to catch a Saints game. There's a patio out front overlooking St. Charles Avenue, and the bar serves mixed drinks, beer and bar fare. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Felipe's Taqueria Uptown
2615 S. Miro St., (504) 288-8226; www.felipesneworleans.com/uptown; @felipesnola
Restaurant bar
See French Quarter section for bar details.

Freret Street Publiq House
4528 Freret St., (504) 826-9912; www.publiqhouse.com; @freretpubhouse
Bar
There are 99 bottles of beer on the wall, each a different kind of canned or bottled brew, in addition to 22 beers on tap. Craft cocktails are popular, and the bar also is known for its wide selection of beer cocktails. There's complimentary popcorn at the bar, and food trucks often operate outside. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Garden District Pub
1916 Magazine St., (504) 267-3392; www.gardendistrictpub.com
Neighborhood bar
This pet-friendly, exposed brick space offers night owls 50 cents off drinks after midnight. The pub's beer list includes more than a dozen local microbrews and is updated seasonally. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret St., (504) 304-7110; @gasagasaonnola
Music club
Gasa Gasa hosts an eclectic array of live music acts most days of the week. Once a month the bar hosts $2 Holla!, which features a local band performing a $2 show. Open daily. No food.

Gott Gourmet Cafe
3100 Magazine St., (504) 373-6579; @gottgourmet
Restaurant bar
Savor a Saints victory with Gott Gourmet's Sunday brunch special on bloody marys and mimosas paired with dishes such as brisket in a biscuit and crab cake Benedict. Craft cocktails are made in house with fresh juices. Open Tues.-Sun. No smoking Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Fri.

Grit's Bar
530 Lyons St., (504) 899-9211
College bar
Known for long and wild weekend nights, this dog-friendly bar has two-for-one mixed drinks during happy hour on weekdays, darts, pool and free Wi-Fi. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8.pm. Mon.-Fri.

Half Moon Bar & Grill
1125 St. Mary St., (504) 522-0599; www.halfmoongrillnola.com
Neighborhood bar
If patrons work up an appetite playing darts, pool, board games or skee ball at this worn but inviting neighborhood spot, there's a full menu of appetizers, salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers from the grill. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour varies.

Henry's Uptown Bar
5101 Magazine St., (504) 324-8140Neighborhood barThis bar's status as a quintessential New Orleans watering hole was cemented in grand fashion with its addition in October to the "Bar Bucket List" posted by the comedic geniuses behind Drunken History. YouTube it — pure Y'at gold. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.

Kingpin
1307 Lyons St., (504) 891-2373; www.kingpinbar.com
Neighborhood bar
Known for its Elvis Presley-themed decor and biannual Elvis parties (celebrating the King's birth and death), this eclectic neighborhood pub serves free food during New Orleans Saints games and is a stop for food trucks Friday and Saturday nights. There's also shuffleboard. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Mahony's Po-Boy Shop
3454 Magazine St., (504) 899-3374; www.mahonyspoboys.com; @mahonyspoboys
Restaurant bar
With six beers on tap, including at least one seasonal Abita, as well as a full bar, Mahony's has all it takes to wash down its wide-ranging selection of po-boys. The po-boy joint offers happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and makes its drafts half-priced all day Thursdays. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.

Marlene's Place
3715 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 897-3415; www.marlenesplace.com
Bar
The walls are decorated with New Orleans artworks, and there's a top-of-the-line DJ booth, a large stage and dance floor. The bar also has dartboards and pool tables, and hosts karaoke and game nights. Pool play is free during happy hour, and tamales are available from a food truck around dinnertime Wednesday through Friday. Open Mon.-Fri. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon-Fri.

Mayfair Lounge
1505 Amelia St., (504) 895-9163
Neighborhood bar
Mayfair defines an Uptown neighborhood watering hole, with its decor of strewn Carnivals past, a pool table, strong drinks and just enough barstools to see someone you know. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.

Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine St., (504) 899-4800; www.monkeyhillbar.com
Martini bar
The Cupcake-tini — Smirnoff whipped, Amaretto, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, white creme de cacao and cream topped with Hershey's syrup and sprinkles — is one of the most popular drinks at this dog-friendly bar, or choose from any of a dozen other martinis. The bar also serves classic cocktails and specialty drinks including the Nutty Russian: Sobieski vodka, Starbucks coffee liqueur and Trader Vic's macadamia nut liquer. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

NOLA Brewing Co. Tap Room
3001 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 301-0117; www.nolabrewing.com; @nolabrewing
Beer pub
The tap room inside NOLA Brewery (tours are 2 p.m.-3 p.m. on Fridays) serve eight NOLA standards and eight specialty single-barrel beers. The dog-friendly bar offers free jambalaya when you purchase a drink during New Orleans Saints games, and the La Cocinita food truck parks outside on Fridays. Open daily. Smoking on patio. No food.

Parasol's Bar and Restaurant
2533 Constance St., (504) 302-1543; www.parasolsbarandrestaurant.com; @parasolsorleans
Neighborhood bar
This Irish Channel mainstay celebrated its 60th birthday last year. Wash down its signature po-boys with a full line of Irish brews, from Guinness and Harp to Beamish and Smithwick's. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.

click to enlarge Katie Ray and Heidi Fischer share some conversation over glasses of wine at the Prytania Bar. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Katie Ray and Heidi Fischer share some conversation over glasses of wine at the Prytania Bar.

The Prytania Bar
3445 Prytania St., (504) 891-5773; www.prytaniabar.com; @theprytaniabar
Bar
Popular drinks from the 360-degree raised bar include Jager bombs and Rumchata white Russians. There's trivia on Wednesday, bar bingo on Thursday and live music Thursday through Saturday nights. Dat Dog serves through a window from 7 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Roberts' Bar
3125 Calhoun St., (504) 866-9121
Neighborhood bar
Free ping-pong and pool draw college students and other regulars to this longtime neighborhood joint, which opened in 1933. They also come for free barbecue during New Orleans Saints games, $1.50 PBRs on Tuesday and other daily drink specials. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

click to enlarge The Rusty Nail features live music, a casual atmosphere 
and a well-stocked bar. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • The Rusty Nail features live music, a casual atmosphere and a well-stocked bar.

The Rusty Nail
1100 Constance St., (504) 525-5515; www.therustynail.biz; @rustynailnola
Neighborhood bar
The most popular drink at this Warehouse District bar is the Disco Lemonade, a frozen blend of vodka, sake and lemonade. The Rusty Nail has a dog-friendly patio, and the bar hosts game nights, open-mic on Tuesday and a variety of food trucks most nights of the week. Open daily. Smoking on patio. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

The Saint
961 St. Mary St., (504) 523-0050; www.thesaintneworleans.com
Bar
This dive bar is home to many late-night dance parties. Punk and rock 'n' roll acts alternate Wednesdays, while Tikioki nights feature tiki drinks and karaoke. Cheap beer and mixed drinks are popular at this dog-friendly bar, which has the kind of bathroom stall graffiti for which dive bars are known. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.

St. Charles Bar
736 St. Charles Ave., (504) 561-9256
Neighborhood bar
This dog-friendly dive bar is located in the center of downtown and plays host to an eclectic mix of locals and tourists. With a pool table, jukebox and video poker, there's plenty to pretend to do while you actually people-watch. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

St. Joe's
5535 Magazine St., (504) 899-3744
Neighborhood bar
This Uptown bar is known for its blueberry mojitos and its covered patio, lighted by the soft glow of paper lanterns. Inside, dark wood and saintly iconography give the bar a church-like feel. Open daily. Smoking on patio. No food.

Sake Cafe
2830 Magazine St., (504) 894-0033; www.sakecafeuptown.us; @sakecafeuptown
Restaurant bar
This Uptown sushi restaurant has two-for-one specials on a variety of drinks from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day for patrons who are dining. If you want something exotic, ask for the hot sake with a quail egg. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.

Salu Southern European Bistro
3226 Magazine St., (504) 371-5809; www.salurestaurant.com
Restaurant bar
Fruit-infused vodkas make mojitos and cosmopolitans among the favorite drinks, along with bloody marys. During Sunday Saints games, get $15 bottomless mimosas, Pimm's Cups, screwdrivers and bloody marys from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dog-friendly bar also hosts game nights and offers a variety of drink and food specials on different days of the week. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge
7612 Oak St., (504) 861-2802; www.snakeandjakes.com; @snakeandjakes
Neighborhood bar
The name of this small, late-night dive bar has crept into song lyrics and has become a staple of the New Orleans college vernacular. It was voted one of Playboy's top bars in America. Christmas lights stay on all year long. Happy hour includes $2.50 well drinks and $2 Budweiser and Miller. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Superior Grill
3636 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com
Restaurant bar
There are more than 80 types of tequila shots at this Mexican restaurant, and margaritas, frozen or on the rocks, draw patrons to the bar. Beer and mojitos, pina coladas, bloody marys and daiquiris also are available. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Tipitina's
501 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-8477; www.tipitinas.com; @tipitinas
Music club
It began as a neighborhood juke joint in the 1970s and as a place for New Orleans music legend Professor Longhair to perform. Over the years, however, it became an institution where local musicians and traveling music stars took the stage — sometimes together. There often are food trucks outside during music shows. Open weekends and when music is scheduled. No smoking. No food.

Union Station
735 St. Joseph St., (504) 529-4933
Sports bar
Union Station has plenty of TVs so nobody misses the score, and neighborhood regulars are fond of the bar's IPAs and imports. Union Station also serves homemade pizzas, eggplant chips and mozzarella fries. Game nights are sporadic throughout the week, as is karaoke. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Wayfare
4510 Freret St., (504) 309-0069; www.wayfarenola.com
Restaurant bar
Handcrafted cocktails and 30 beers on tap offer something for everyone at this chic Freret Street eatery. The Wayfare Margarita and Cucumber Cooler are popular drink choices, and guests can enjoy specialty sandwiches with house-made pickles, meat pies, arancini and bruschetta. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Zea Rotisserie & Grill
1525 St. Charles Ave., (504) 520-8100; www.zearestaurants.com
Restaurant bar
The bar offers Zea's four privately brewed beers, as well as mojitos, margaritas and martinis. It also has a variety of specialty bourbons, Scotches and cordials. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.

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