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New Orleans outdoor drinking 

Relax with a good view or cool breeze at these spots with patios, balconies and decks

click to enlarge Patrons relax on the patio at Rare Form in Faubourg Marigny.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Patrons relax on the patio at Rare Form in Faubourg Marigny.

Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, 504-302-9357;
The vibe: There's a cool, dark interior and a pool table inside and a sprawling wood deck with umbrellas, TVs and an outdoor bar in back. There also are trivia and themed nights.
What you'll drink: The Wake-up Call, a grapefruit vodka and Lagunitas cocktail, or one of 15 beers on tap.

The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar
7900 Lakeshore Drive, 504-284-2898;
The vibe: Grab a seat on the deck looking over Lake Pontchartrain at this seafood restaurant.
What you'll drink: Beer, wine or the Crab Trap, made with rum, gin and fruit juice.

Bouligny Tavern
3641 Magazine St., 504-891-1810;
The vibe: Chef John Harris' clubby lounge offers a menu of charcuterie and small plates, and there's patio seating between it and neighboring Lilette.
What you'll drink: Craft cocktails, wine by the glass.

The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave., 504-899-9308;
The vibe: The Victorian-era hotel draws an Uptown crowd to the porch overlooking St. Charles Avenue and the side courtyard.
What you'll drink: A hurricane, a strawberry mojito, beer, wine and classic cocktails.

Rare Form
437 Esplanade Ave., 504-309-5628;
The vibe: Strings of hanging lights illuminate an expansive brick patio filled with lush vegetation and umbrella-covered cast iron tables. There's also live music and a weekend jazz brunch.
What you'll drink: Rare Form's namesake cocktail features gin, basil and lime; there's also the Recently Deflowered Girl, a bubbly cocktail with peach vodka and basil.

Warehouse Grille
869 Magazine St., 504-322-2188;
The vibe: The Warehouse District bar hosts live music, crawfish boils and game nights and the new sand horseshoe pits and outdoor area are bigger than the bar.
What you'll drink: Mimosas, classic cocktails and 40 beers on tap.

Winston's Pub
531 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-831-8705; winstonspubpatio
The vibe: The cozy pub has a refined air inside and a much more casual back deck with seating surrounding a palm tree.
What you'll drink: Specialty cocktails with seasonal fruit and herbs (most recently homegrown mint for mojitos) and craft beer on tap.

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