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Bottoms Up! The Bar Guide 

Gambit's look at the New Orleans bar scene: happy hours, food, music, smoking policies and much more.

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BYWATER | CBD / WAREHOUSE | CITY WIDE / MARIGNY | QUARTER | LAKEVIEW| MID-CITY | RIVERBEND / CARROLLTON / UNIVERSITY | TREME / UPTOWN | JEFFERSON PARISH | NORTHSHORE | WESTBANK |


Jefferson Parish

Harahan

Beepster's Tavern

Dance to the jukebox or take a turn at karaoke at this neighborhood sports bar. Get $8 buckets of longnecks while you watch the Saints, LSU or Monday Night Football on the TV, or play darts, pool and video poker. Barbecue is served during football games. Open 1 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2229 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 737-8615

Fox and Hound

Fox and Hound is one of the largest bars in town, and with more TVs than mission control, including some big enough to rival an arena JumboTron, it's easy to get immersed in your game of choice. There are promotions galore, including beer pong on Tuesdays during November. Beer specials change daily. Open daily. Smoking: no. 1200 S. Cleariew Pkwy., Harahan, 731-6000; www.foxandhound.com

Phil's Grill

This new location of the Metairie-born burger and beer restaurant has an expanded bar area, where it serves house-made infused vodka, Abita, NOLA Brew and other beers. A novelty is a shot of Kahlua, Baileys or Chambord in a hand-dipped shake. Wine Down Wednesday gets you a bottle of house wine for $12, or $1.50 will buy you a beer during happy hour every day. Open daily. Smoking: no. 1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 305-1705; www.phils-grill.com

Shimmy Shack

Housed in one of Saints owner Tom Benson's former banks, the ostrich-skin bar at this craft cocktail lounge is topped with centuries-old cypress stained with 150-year-old Grand Marnier. New Orleans-style drinks and classic cocktails are the specialties, but there also is cold beer. There's a deck with outdoor seating, and there are food and drink specials every day. Open daily. Smoking: deck only. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily. 1855 Dock St., Harahan, 729-4442

Jefferson

Rivershack Tavern

Saddle up to the silly stools at this River Road roadhouse, where mannequin legs stand in for conventional bar stools, and proudly dubbed "tacky ashtrays," knickknacks and portraits blanket the bar. There's live music Thursday through Saturday and plenty of drink specials, including $2 pints Wednesday night and two-for-one Stoli and Sailor Jerry on Thursday. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 4 p.m- 7 p.m. Mon.-Thu. 3449 River Road, Jefferson, 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com

Kenner

3rd Rock Tavern

This cozy bar near Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is always open, and offers $8 buckets of longnecks during Monday Night Football and Saints and LSU games. Video poker, a rocking jukebox and karaoke are other options, and live music starts at 11 p.m. on Saturday. Free barbecue starts Sunday at 4 p.m. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2703 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 465-0755; www.myspace.com/3rdrocktavern

Champion's Sports Pub and Grill

Come in to watch the Saints, LSU or Monday Night Football and get $8 buckets of longnecks during the games. Saturday night features karaoke, or take a turn at video poker or darts. Hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and appetizers are available. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. 329 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 461-8080; www.championssportspub.com

Fat Molly's Pizza & Beer

A restaurant in the heart of Kenner near the airport, Fat Molly's offers 30 different beers served at the 20-seat bar or the 10 surrounding tables. Examine works by local artists that hang on the walls for watch sports on flat-screen TVs. Pizza, specialty sandwiches and salads are available. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. 2400 21st St., Kenner, 305-1017; www.fatmollyspizza.com

Liuzza's Sports Bar

Trivia games, shuffleboard, darts, pool, video poker, televised sports and free Wi-Fi provide fun for the sports crowd, and a jukebox, karaoke (Saturday) and periodic live music entertain other visitors. Liuzza's is known for its frosty 18-ounce schooners of beer, Tiger Punch or Bloody Marys, and there's free food during LSU and Saints football games. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2500 W. Metairie Ave., Kenner, 712-0786

Southshore Tavern

DJ Seanie spins favorite old-school tunes on Throwback Fridays, and Saturday features a guest DJ or live band. Start the week with Manic Mondays: happy hour all day and night. The bar opens at noon on Sunday for Saints games. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Free Buzztime Trivia and Texas Hold 'Em. 2204 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 466-3852; www.facebook.com/southshoretavern

Stingray's Grill & Bar

This neighborhood restaurant bar has flat-screen TVs behind the bar and video poker, and a menu of seafood, Italian dishes, appetizers and po-boys. Regulars favor the beer, margaritas. Patrons get two-for-one drinks and half-price appetizers on Friday and Saturday and other drink specials during the week. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking: patio only. 1303 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 443-4040; www.stingraysseafood.com

Tavern on Vets

A sports bar that takes the title seriously, the Tavern screens football games, ultimate fighting, boxing and more. It also has a shuffleboard, Ping-Pong table, air hockey, football, dart boards and pool tables — as well as 20 beers on tap. There's also a songwriters night. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. every day, and 20-ounce ribeyes are $12.75 all the time. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2244 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 305-0669

METAIRIE

22nd Street Bar

Describing itself as a neighborhood bar with an attitude, 22nd Street Bar has a jukebox filled with popular music, or you can become a star yourself on the karaoke machine. Enjoy free drinks from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and steak specials on Thursday and Sunday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Pool table, video poker, free Wi-Fi. 3013 22nd St., Metairie, 833-6576

Babylon Music & Sports Bar

A hot spot for the local service industry, Babylon hosts live music, DJs, and also has a jukebox. Wednesday is karaoke night, Thursday features music by Charlie Cuccia (aka Jake the Snake from the Topcats) from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., and local bands play Friday and Saturday. The bar opens at 8 a.m. on Sundays for Saints games. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2917 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 324-9961; www.babylonsportsbar.com

Beach House

There is live music most nights at musician Bobby Cure's place, which has a casual atmosphere and the attitude of an old-line New Orleans neighborhood bar. You can dance, watch sports on TV, play trivia games at the bar or video poker while enjoying drinks and a menu with changing dinner specials. Open Tue.-Fri. and 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Smoking: yes. 2401 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 456-7470; www.bobbycure.com

Big's Trudeau Tavern

Someone wins a bar tab every time the Saints or LSU scores, and if they score in the last 2 minutes of either half, the value of the tab doubles. There's a lot for sporting types to love: a competitive Ping-Pong league, seven TVs (three with 50-inch screens), a dart board, pool table and jukebox. Eat free red beans and rice on Mondays and get free food during football games on Saturday and Sunday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 717 Trudeau Drive, Metairie, 469-2221

Bobby Jack's Critic's Choice

Located off Veterans Memorial Boulevard behind Hooters, this neighborhood sports bar offers free brunch for all noon Saints games, as well as $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas, beer specials and giveaways. LSU games come with $8 burgers, and steak night on Wednesday offers a $12 8-ounce filet. Split-shift happy hours are 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight Mon.-Fri. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4725 Quincy St., Metairie, 887-9809

C Beever's Bar of Music

Open since 1974, the bar is lined with brass plaques honoring regulars who often refer to it as "The Beeve." It hosts live music and DJs, plus lots of specialty nights, including an open mic comedy competition on Sunday and dart leagues on Tuesday and Friday. Get free touchdown shots and beer specials during Saints and LSU games. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2507 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 887-9401; www.cbeevers.com

Capri Blu Bar

Tucked inside Andrea's Restaurant, this elegant refuge just off Causeway Boulevard serves a full range of cocktails, a broad selection of wines by the glass, as well as aperitifs, digestifs, Cognacs and gruppas. Chef Andrea Apuzzo prepares small plates from his homestyle Italian kitchen for bar nibblers. Phil Melancon is on the grand piano from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com.

City Bar

This recent addition to Fat City loves the ladies. Both Friday's Girls' Night Out and Sophisticated Saturday events at the 8,000-square-foot club offer complimentary Champagne to women from 10 p.m. to midnight. The bar also hosts fashion shows, performances by the Brown! Improv comedy troupe, stand-up comedians, body sushi events and more. Open Thu.-Sat. Smoking: yes. 3515 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 309-5325; www.citybarnola.com

Coach's Corner

The playbook at this neighborhood bar includes an especially lengthy happy hour, stretching from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. A DJ spins on Friday nights, while on Saturdays, bands take the stage to rock the house. Regulars sip the potent house punch and play darts, pool and shuffleboard. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2221 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 888-6685

Colby's Cocktails

The casual surroundings provide a fun-loving atmosphere that draws revelers both college age and more mature. Flat-screen TVs play Saints and LSU games, and customers get free shots for every Saints score. Women get three free drinks during ladies night on Monday. Open 24 hours Wed.-Sun. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu. 4450 Wabash St., Metairie, 885-2426; www.colbyscocktails.com

The Dive Bar

Dive into Muddled Margarita Night on Monday, featuring a different fresh fruit margarita each week. Live music is performed every Friday, there's a 10-foot high-definition projector screen and trivia on Wednesday at 8 p.m. A jukebox, pool table, dart board, TV sports and video poker provide entertainment as well. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 3408 28th St., Metairie, 324-9428

Hurricanes Sports Bar

There's never a cover charge for live music, and you can always find it here Friday and Saturday. Watch movies or sports on the 17 TVs, or play darts, pool or video poker. The menu offers American dishes. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Free Wi-Fi. 1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-0050; www.myspace.com/hurricanessports

Jiggers Bar & Grill

This lively neighborhood bar shows all UFC fights and NFL games and has $1,000 giveaways during Monday Night Football, plus free shots during all Saints and LSU games. You can play trivia, darts, pool and video poker or order from a bar menu of burgers, wings, nachos and wraps. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555; www.jiggersgrill.com

Joe's Caddy Corner Bar & Grill

Show up for barbecues during Saints games and take advantage of well drinks for $2.25, available all day every day. When you're not watching a game, play one on the electric dart board, soft-tip dart board or pool table. Food choices include burgers, seafood, po-boys and plate specials. Monday evening is steak night. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4532 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 885-1164

Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill

This bar takes sports seriously, with a 96-inch big-screen TV, 15 flat-screen TVs and baseball and NFL sports packages so no one misses a game. There are eight specialty beers on tap, wine and other drinks, and you can pair them with wraps, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 3535 Severn Ave., Suites 9-10, Metairie, 888-5858; www.knuckleheadsnola.com

Kool Kats Bar

A seafood boil every Friday and free barbecue on Sunday (along with two-for-one well drinks) pull in regulars, who also come for live music on Thursday, Buzztime trivia, Texas Hold 'Em poker, darts, televised games and free Wi-Fi. The generous happy hour is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 3224 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-5911

Lager's International Ale House

The people who brought you the Bulldog pubs also run this outpost of worldly brews in Metairie. More than 70 draft beers are a major draw, as are all the TVs for game day and a menu of bar snacks and sandwiches. Keep your decorated pint glasses on Wednesdays. Open daily. Smoking: no. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com

The Max

Spend Sundays with the Yat Pack at this quaint, old-time lounge in the heart of Metairie. The specialty here is Ketel One martinis, but it's hard to beat the $1 beers and $2 mixed drinks during Friday happy hour. There is live music on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, plus a free jukebox and DJs other nights. Open 24 hours. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2501 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, 885-1677

Oscar's Restaurant & Bar

Marilyn Monroe is the star here and occupies places of honor in the decor. Patrons return to enjoy a friendly, cozy atmosphere with no specialty night gimmicks. There are dart boards galore and three pool tables. Burgers, po-boys and sandwiches populate the menu. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-9540

Phil's GrillSee bar description in Harahan

Players Pub

Whether you want to exercise your vocal cords or your elbow — or both — you can get a workout at this sports bar. There's karaoke on Sunday night, pool leagues on Monday and Wednesday and dart league play on Tuesday and Thursday. Watch sports on the bar's six TVs, or try your luck at video poker and trivia games. DJs and a jukebox provide the right beat for downing $1.50 20-ounce schooners of beer. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 2012 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 885-6853

Pub Zero

A newly remodeled patio provides fresh air after getting your groove on to DJs Thursday and Friday at this daiquiri bar. There is periodic live music for special events. Quench your thirst with two-for-one drinks during Saints games, and happy hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 3560 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-9100

Sports Beat Pub & Cafe

This sports bar gets rowdy when LSU or Saints games are on TV. On other days, join in a friendly game of darts, play video poker or move your feet to the jukebox or DJs who make regular appearances. Wednesday night features an 8-ounce filet with potatoes for $10 and there are plate lunches every day. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 3330 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, 838-9563

Winston's Pub & Patio

Taxidermied quail, comfortable couches and warm mahogany furnishings all play to Winston's cigar bar/pub atmosphere. A jukebox provides background music, games and are screened on TVs. Get $1 off draft beers and well cocktails during happy hour from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and you can get burgers, fish 'n' chips and appetizers even late at night. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Video poker, free Wi-Fi. 531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8705

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