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Grabbing a Bite

If you're looking to grab a bite without climbing off a barstool, here are some bars that offer snacks and full menus.

The Bulldog
3236 Magazine St., 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191;
Both Bulldogs offer hearty and original bar food, from burgers to crawfish banditos.

Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St., 872-9868;
The Spanish and Latin American tapas selection at Mimi's is one of the best gourmet options in town for bar food, especially for those looking to get a few small plates after midnight.

Copper Monkey
725 Conti St., 527-0869
For hearty and pleasing bar food, many service-industry workers and late-night French Quarter revelers head to the Copper Monkey.

Coop's Place
1109 Decatur St., 525-9053
Rabbit and alligator sausage jambalaya and spicy Cajun dishes make Coop's a popular destination on lower Decatur Street.

The Alibi
811 Iberville St., 522-9187
The Alibi has a full range of bar and deep-fryer favorites to graze after a late night on Bourbon Street.

The Delachaise
3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858;
Cheese plates and French fries cooked in duck fat are some of the complements to the Delachaise's quality selection of wine and spirits.

Wit's Inn
141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600;
Wit's Inn's kitchen puts out pizzas but diners can also get salads at this Mid-City tavern.

Yuki Izakaya
525 Frenchmen St., no phone
Salmon roe with shredded radish may not be your idea of bar food, but it is expected at a true Japanese "izakaya." Or try other authentic Japanese bar snacks.

Monaghan's 13
517 Frenchmen St., 942-1345
New Orleans is hard enough on vegetarians, but this bar/restaurant offers more than the usual choices at odd hours.

Hi-Ho Lounge
2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446
Hi-Ho keeps up a local Monday night tradition by serving red beans and rice during the bluegrass pickin' party.

click to enlarge Fans get ready for a Hornets game at Bruno's Tavern. - PHOTO BY ALEJANDRO DE LOS RIOS

Bee There

If you want to catch a New Orleans Hornets game with fellow fans, it's not hard to find a bar with some buzz. Here are some local bars with extra amenities, like plenty of TV screens, watching parties and more.

Fox & Hound
1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Elmwood, 731-6000
This sports palace has more than 30 screens, including extra-large ones so there are no bad sightlines in the house.

Cooter Brown's Tavern
509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104
Cooter Brown's surrounds the room with flat-screen TVs, and there's an oyster bar for extra local flavor.

Ernst Café
600 S. Peters St., 525-8544;
This Warehouse District bar is home to several large-screen TVs and many downtown Hornets fans.

Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St., 522-0111;
In its bar area, Bourbon House has an 8-foot-by-8-foot large-screen projection to capture all of the action, and food more refined than typical bar fare.

Jiggers Grill
1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-3555
Jiggers has hosted watching parties and has good views from the many flat screens above the center bar and around the room.

The Rusty Nail
1100 Constance St., 525-5515
In the Warehouse District, The Rusty Nail is building up its fan base with extra seating for Hornets watching parties.

Bruno's Tavern
7538 Maple St., 861-7615;
Bruno's is a beehive of activity during game time.

click to enlarge At Vic's Kangaroo Cafe, "Wild" Bill Dykes mixes shots for experimenting patrons. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

Hot Shots

What happened to shots — Alabama slammers, Screaming Orgasms, B-52s? Who even remembers what was in them? If you want something more complicated than Jameson whiskey or Jägermeister and you're not sure what sort of trouble you want, let the bartender help you out.

Comedian and longtime bartender "Wild" Bill Dykes offers a choice: "I ask the recipient if they want sweet, sour or creamy?"

-Creamy: Nutty Belfast Bomber (Jameson, Baileys and Frangelico)

-Sour: Strawberry Sweet Tart (Stoli Strasberi, tropical fruit Pucker, sour mix, and a dash of lime juice)

-Sweet: a variation on Red Snapper (Southern Comfort, splash of pineapple)

-Sweet: Mayan Kamakazi (Sauza tequila, Midori, Malibu Rum, triple sec equal parts pineapple juice, orange juice and sour mix, and a drizzle of grenadine for the sunrise look)


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