1201 Magazine St., 504-299-1888; www.barrelproofnola.com
The vibe: Just outside the Warehouse District, the corner bar has a low-frills roadhouse look, with a cement floor and long rows of table seating. The bar's refinement is stocked behind the bar — with abundant whiskey choices framed by heavy wooden shelves.
What you'll drink: Whiskey cocktails, a deep selection of bourbons from many Kentucky distillers, Japanese and Irish whiskies, Scotches and craft beers.
144 Bourbon St., 504-522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com
The vibe: Hotel and tourist traffic accounts for the crowds passing the grand picture windows at this spacious Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group spot, but the bar puts a different emphasis on the titular "bourbon."
What you'll drink: Classic cocktails (bourbon milk punches, Sazeracs), Louisiana craft beers, small-batch and single-barrel bourbons.
Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar
5535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-8500; www.dosjefes.com
The vibe: It's a last bastion for barroom smoking in New Orleans, and there's also live music, video poker, seating on the patio and framed photos on the wall that clinch the neighborhood-bar feel.
What you'll drink: There's a full bar, but check out the selection of American whiskies including many bourbons and a few ryes.
The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave., 504-595-6755; www.theirishhouseneworleans.com
The vibe: Chef Matt Murphy's space has more restaurant seating than bar seating, but it's a hub for all things Irish, including Monday night music sessions.
What you'll drink: Irish beers on draft, house whiskey infusions and a large selection of whiskies, including rare offerings Knappogue Castle and Midleton Very Rare.
Oxalis and The Branch Bar
3162 Dauphine St., 504-267-4776; www.oxalisbywater.com
The vibe: The casually swank cocktail lounge and restaurant has a craft cocktail bar focusing on whiskey, from more esteemed offerings to your dad's brown paper bag whiskies. There's a patio for outdoor drinking as well.
What you'll drink: Anything from Japanese 12-year-aged Nikka 12 to Fireball Cinnamon Whisky; cocktails, boilermakers, craft beers and Pabst Blue Ribbon in a can.
The Rusty Nail
1100 Constance St., 504-525-5515; www.therustynail.biz
The vibe: On the edge of the Warehouse District, the condo-swelling crowd has a nearby hub with a cool, wood-walled, high-ceilinged indoor clubhouse and plenty of tables on the spacious patio, which has many large-screen TVs for watching sports.
What you'll drink: Craft beers on draft and a wide selection of Scotches (more than 70), bourbons (40) and Irish whiskies.