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The Big Bar Guide: Mid-City/Treme/Gentilly 

click to enlarge Ruth Chincilla, Harold Feidler and David Theard are regular customers at Banks Street Bar.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Ruth Chincilla, Harold Feidler and David Theard are regular customers at Banks Street Bar.

Mid-City/ Treme/ Gentilly

Banks Street Bar & Grill
4401 Banks St., (504) 486-0258;
Music club
The bar offers an eclectic mix of local musicians, with live music every night — and there's never a cover charge. There are dance lessons during WTUL-sponsored Americana-bluegrass-country night on Thursday. A portion of sales from every bottle of Cathead vodka benefits musicians. Get free food on Monday, Wednesday and during New Orleans Saints games. Pizza, calzones, wings and more are available. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 302-9357;
Beer pub
Here, a classic craftsman bungalow fronts a sprawling scene mixing sports bar, beer emporium and live-music venue, with local acts performing on its renovated back deck. Spicy meat pies highlight the bar food menu. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.

Beachcorner Bar & Grill
4905 Canal St., (504) 488-7357;
Neighborhood bar
The grill is open late at this neighborhood bar, which features a wide selection of draft beer. There's a full bar, pool, darts and video poker. The bar is known for its hamburgers, and also offers grilled tuna steak sandwiches and salads. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Bob Roth's Lounge
5129 Canal Blvd., (504) 486-7684
Neighborhood bar
This lounge's neighborhood family roots run deep (it's in the space formerly in habited by McNulty's) and it has a friendly staff, easy-going crowd with lots of regulars, plenty of pool and zero pretense. Opens Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed. No food.

The Bulldog
5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4191;
Beer pub
You get to keep your beer glass during Wednesday's Pint Night at this dog-friendly pub with patio seating. Other days offer changing drink specials, Rockbot (patrons choose the songs) and trivia. There's a large variety of beers on tap, including local drafts Abita, NOLA, Parish and Tin Roof, and The Bulldog specializes in craft beers and imports. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri

Bullet's Sports Bar
2441 A.P. Tureaud Ave., (504) 669-4464
Neighborhood bar
Featured on HBO's Treme, Bullets Sports bar offers live R&B on Sunday, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers on Tuesday, Neshia Ruffins & Zero Gravity on Thursday and Guitar Slim Jr. on Friday. Bentley's Meals on Wheels food truck parks out front Sunday and Tuesday. Open daily. Smoking allowed (except after 6 p.m. during music shows on Sunday and Tuesday). Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday.

Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal St., (504) 304-4714;; @chickiewahwah
Music club
This spacious music club plays host to an array of local bands, especially roots music and singer/songwriters, as well as touring Americana musicians. The club's small kitchen is run by Blue Oak Barbecue, which serves barbecue, burgers and smoked chicken wings. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.

DMac's Bar and Grill
542 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 304-5757;; @dmacsbarngrill
Restaurant bar
There's live music and daily food specials, and Saturday features speed dating and the bar's version of The Dating Game. On Sunday, there's usually a blues brunch or a New Orleans Saints game viewing party with free shots for Black and Gold touchdowns. Open daily. No smoking. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Evangeline Lounge
4501 Toulouse St., (504) 482-1677
Neighborhood bar
Evangeline Lounge has cellphone and laptop charging stations and free Wi-Fi. Tully's White Russian and the Old Fashioned are two popular drinks. On Tuesday nights, Indochow sets up a pop-up kitchen. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Felipe's Taqueria Mid-City
411 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 288-8226;
Restaurant BarSee French Quarter description for details

Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080;
Beer pubWatch English and Scottish Premier League soccer matches shown on an 8-foot-high screen and drink a well-poured Guinness. Other sports also get special treatment, and the dog-frienly bar offers darts and pool. Enter the pub quiz on Monday or stay for dinner from Boo Koo BBQ. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

The Holy Ground Irish Pub
3340 Canal St., (504) 821-6828
Neighborhood bar
Leagues play pool on Monday and darts on Tuesday, and there's an open invitational dart tournament on Friday. The dog-friendly bar is known for its Guinness pints, and customers can drink them among the original artworks displayed on the walls. There's a varied menu, including vegetarian options. Happy hour features a PBR and Jameson shot for $4. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy our 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Katie's Restaurant and Bar
3701 Iberville St. (504) 488-6582;; @katiesmidcity
Restaurant bar
The bar at this Mid-City eatery offers original creations including the Mid-City punch, in addition to offering nightly specials on wine and beer. Stop in for brunch and enjoy Cajun takes on egg dishes. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888;; @liuzzas
Neighborhood bar
This neighborhood restaurant and bar serves plenty of Abita Amber and bloody marys to diners seeking barbecue shrimp po-poys or just hanging out with friends. There are lots of longtime regulars because, as one manager says, "It's one of those little places that doesn't change." Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.

Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120
Restaurant bar
Beer is served in ice-cold frosted schooners at this longtime neighorhood haunt. You can sit at the long bar or at a few tables in the front room and revel in the ambience of a New Orleans tradition. Seafood, po-boys and Italian fare are available. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.

Mid City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517;; @mcycnola
Sports bar
Twelve TVs and 16 beers on tap make this a good place to catch a New Orleans Saints or LSU game. There's an outdoor patio and house-made bloody marys, which can be paired with a menu of burgers, mussels, crawfish cheese fries or an ahi tuna melt. Look for frequent drink specials. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu.

Mizado Cocina
5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 885-5555;; Restaurant bar
The Taste Buds restaurateurs opened this Latin restaurant on the site that previously was home to one of the group's Semolina restaurants. The bar serves craft cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices and top-shelf tequilas, including the owners' hand selected private barrel Herradura tequila. The Miz is 47 ounces of citrus, pineapple and coconut juices, plus three kinds of rum and tequila. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.

Pal's Lounge
949 N. Rendon St., (504) 488-7257;
Neighborhood bar
The dog-friendly neighborhood bar has regular pop-up food service from a changing array of taco vendors on Tuesday and Indochow Thursday and Friday. There's free red beans and rice during Manic Monday chair massage night, and free food during college sporting events on Saturday and New Orleans Saints games on Sunday. The men's room is wallpapered with vintage Playboy photos. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Parkview Tavern
910 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 482-2680
There's a free food buffet during New Orleans Saints games, and a flat-screen TV is set up on the front patio for game viewing. Boody marys are made to order, and there's always a special on pitchers of draft beer. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Parkway Bakery and Tavern
538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047;
Restaurant bar
This Mid-City landmark is known for its roast beef po-boy, but such a sandwich never stands alone without proper libation. The Parkway Pimm's Cup and the Mid-City Streetcar are popular mixed drinks, while buckets of beer are as little as $9 during NFL games. Open Wed.-Mon. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Pearl Wine Co.
American Can Co., 3700 Orleans Ave., Suite 1C, (504) 483-6360;; @nolawinebar
Wine bar
Pearl Wine Bar has an extensive list of wines and craft cocktails and plans a different event each night, from manicure and martini Mondays to live jazz every Saturday. Choose from more than 600 wines, and if you find one you like, you can buy a bottle (or case) in the adjoining wine shop. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Ralph's on the Park
900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000;; @ralphsonthepark
Restaurant bar
Overlooking City Park, Ralph's is an inviting place for having drinks after work or while waiting for a table at the restaurant. Jazz pianist Joe Krown plays some nights, and happy hour specials extend beyond cocktails and wine to fried smoked oysters and truffle fries. Check out the murals in the dining room depicting the history of the building. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour Tue.-Thu., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

3835 Iberville St., (504) 309-3570;; @redemptionnola
Restaurant bar
Located in a 100-year-old church, Redemption serves cocktails and a large selection of wines at its upscale bar. There's no corkage fee on Thursdays, and there's classic New Orleans cuisine to complement all libations. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m. Tue.-Fri.

Rendon Inn's Dugout Sports Bar and Grill
4301 Eve St., (504) 826-5605;; @rendoninn
Sports bar
Rolling Rock and PBR are always $1 at this sports bar, which hosts seafood boils every Friday and disco parties on Thursdays. Shuffleboard, beer ball and video poker keep patrons entertained, and house-made burgers and daily lunch specials accompany New Orleans Saints games and other sporting events. There's a newly renovated patio for outdoor seating. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Rock 'N' Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-1700;
This bowling alley has an enormous dance floor for boogies between strikes and has live music from local bands four nights a week. During the month of December the venue stays open Sundays. A menu designed by the chef at the nearby Ye Olde College Inn compliments a full bar. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Bar food.

Shamrock Bar and Grill
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938;; @shamrocknola
Sports bar
Shamrock has enough games to keep you busy for days, including Giant Jenga, ping-pong, foosball, pool and more. It has 20 beers on tap, Jell-O shots and plenty of room for playing hoops, soccer and arcade games. There's live music from 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. Saturday, and the grill is open late. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Swirl Wine Bar
3143 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 304-0635;
Wine bar
This eclectic, dog-friendly wine shop and bar offers a mostly European selection of wines by the glass or the bottle that customers can drink amid the works of local artists and the sounds of WWOZ radio. Outside seating is available. Tuesday features food truck night, with wine selections paired with the food truck offerings, Wednesday has four themed wines for $15 and Friday is a wine tasting with tapas. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

Therapy Ultra Lounge
3001 Tulane Ave., (504) 784-0054
Wine bar
A sleek hybrid of a nightclub, lounge and restaurant, Therapy serves wines and cocktails, plus small plates including barbecue shrimp, empanadas, egg rolls and stuffed crabs. Flavored Long Island iced tea is a popular drink. Open daily. No smoking. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday.

Twelve Mile Limit
500 S. Telmachus St., (504) 488-8114; @twelvemilelimit
Neighborhood bar
Visit the bar at 4 p.m. on Sunday and get a haircut and drink for $10. There's free food on Monday, starting at 7 p.m., and the last Thursday of the month features a live dating show. The dog-friendly bar also has a pool table, craft cocktails, cheap beer and gourmet desserts. The Great Idea cocktail mixes vodka, amara and ginger beer, and the Baudin is a spicy version of a whiskey sour. Shortall's BBQ serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and during New Orleans Saints games.

Wit's Inn
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600;
Neighborhood bar
This old-school Mid-City landmark is equally at ease hosting pizza parties, church-affiliated discussions and wild nights out with friends. Dozens of TVs show nearly every sporting event imaginable. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

WOW Cafe
231 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 304-9247;; @wowcafe
Restaurant bar
See CBD/Warehouse section for restaurant description.


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