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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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Riverbend/ Carrollton/ University Area

Bruno's Tavern

An institution since 1934, Bruno's has a varying range of special events nightly. The bar has trivia games, darts, pool and video poker, and a jukebox. Take the edge off your day with $2 bottled beer and cocktails from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Menu choices include salads, sandwiches, burgers and seafood. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Patio seating. 7538 Maple St., 861-7615;

Carrollton Station

This Riverbend watering hole housed in a century-old building is a comedy hotspot every Wednesday at 9 p.m., when aspiring comedians hit the stage for the You Think You're Funny? open mic. Songwriters get a chance to shine every Monday at 9 p.m., and there's live music, from Susan Cowsill to indie rock, every weekend, when there also are drink specials. Take one (or several) of the bar's more than 50 beers to the outside patio. Opens at 3 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon Sun. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.- 8 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8140 Willow St., 865-9190;

Cooter Brown's Tavern

Voted Best Sports Bar by Gambit readers two years in a row, Cooter Brown's offers sports on TV and extra-cold beer to complement raw oysters, crawfish (in season), po-boys and sandwiches. It has more than 400 brands of domestic and imported bottled beers and 45 brews on tap. For eye candy there are caricatures of celebrities by artist Scott Conory. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104;

The Frat House

You might see dancing on the bar at college dance club when the Young Pinstripe Brass Band plays on Wednesday or when DJs and other performers take the stage other nights. Do some entertaining of your own during open mic/karaoke night on Sunday. Sports are shown on TVs, and the specialty drink the is Nerd, which tastes like the candy of the same name. Open daily at 10 p.m. Smoking: patio only. 8200 Willow St., 861-4141;


This restaurant bar draws a regular crowd of college students who use the free Wi-Fi, play pool, watch sports on TV or listen to the jukebox. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 8117 Maple St., 866-9455

Maple Leaf Bar

Rebirth Brass Band is a Tuesday night regular at this music club, which features brass and funk nightly. Take up a cue at the pool table or catch some fresh air in the backyard patio while enjoying drinks from a full bar. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 8316 Oak St., 866-9359;


This sophisticated new wine bar features live music nightly and small plates of artisanal salads, seafoods and meats by Patois chef Aaron Burgau. A knowledgeable staff can help patrons pair food selections with the right wine or craft cocktail. Live music ranging from jazz piano to funky brass is staged every night the bar is open. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking: no. 8118 Oak St., 302-1485;

One Restaurant and Lounge

The Creole comfort food restaurant is tucked in the cluster of small Riverbend eateries. The lounge's happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Thu.) offers half off all appetizers and its popular specialty drinks, which include a huckleberry mojito and kiwi melon martini. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking: no. 8132 Hampson St., 301-9061;

Phillips Bar & Restaurant

A comfortable lounge with contemporary decor, Phillips draws an interesting cross-section of students, young professionals, neighborhood residents and tourists. There are more than a dozen flavors of martinis, and homemade appetizers and flatbreads are available. Wednesday offers half-price bottles of wine, and on Friday martinis are $4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 733 Cherokee St., 865-1155;

Roberts Bar

Little has changed at this neighborhood bar since it began serving college students and older regulars in 1933. Saints games bring weekly specials, and those with a nimble arm can compete in a Ping-Pong tournament the first Tuesday of each month. There's periodic live music. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Drink specials nightly. Pool table. 3125 Calhoun St., 866-9121

Shamrock Bar & Grill

A sporting haven for the Erin go bragh crowd, Shamrock has karaoke, sports on TV, 23 pool tables, eight dart boards, five Ping-Pong tables and two foosball tables. There's live music Wednesday through Saturday — and 30 beers on tap. The menu features 50 different burgers, corned beef and cabbage and Reuben sandwiches. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938

Snake & Jake's Christmas Club Lounge

Named one of the 10 best dive bars in the country by Playboy, Snake & Jake's wears the mantle proudly, maintaining its beaming assemblage of Christmas lights all year long. It offers $2.50 well drinks, $2 Budweiser and Miller beers and $3 wine and Jager during happy hour from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, as well as barbecue, brats, burgers and chicken Thursday and Friday. Open 7 p.m. daily. Smoking: yes. 7612 Oak St., 861-2802;

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