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Bob Roth's Lounge
5129 Canal Blvd., (504) 486-7684;
Housed in McNulty's Ale House's former space, this crossroads spot keeps a 60-year tradition alive with such offers as a "Happy Meal" of a PBR or High Life with a shot of Jameson and plans to offer Memphis-style barbecue. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
618 Homedale Ave., (504) 488-5579;
This neighborhood bar opened in 1937. Come in for trivia night on Wednesday or steak night on Thursday. Throw a game of darts or catch the big game on multiple HD TVs. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
870 Harrison Ave., (504) 304-6338;
Parlay's 65-foot-long bar may be the longest in the city, and it's stocked with 40 different beers and a full complement of liquor. The friendly atmosphere and changing slate of afternoon drink specials keeps customers coming back. Karaoke draws singers on Thursday, and a hand-selected jukebox playlist keeps music lovers moving. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
888 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-8981;
This Lakeview institution marks its 41st year in December. Its longevity is built on its namesake food item as well as a lively atmosphere marked by a 18-seat bar, four TVs and specialty cocktails like the brandy Alexander freeze. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking.
Banks Street Bar &
4401 Banks St., (504) 486-0258;
This Mid City spot hosts a variety of live, local music acts nightly, and it has a full bar and pub amenities. It offers free red beans on Monday, free BLT sandwiches when Major Bacon performs and free barbecue during Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., (504) 302-9357;
This neighborhood spot just off the end of Bayou St. John offers a large selection of craft and imported beers, and there are frequent beer bucket specials. There's also patio seating and live music Thursday through Saturday. The bar is dog-friendly and there is a pool table and darts. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- The staff at Knuckleheads will keep you smiling regardless of what team you support.
Beachcorner Bar & Grill
4905 Canal St., (504) 488-7357;
Lingerie shows begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, perfect times for dining on a 10-ounce Beachburger with house-made hickory sauce and a signature Beach margarita. Cash in on beer-bucket specials during LSU, Tulane and New Orleans Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191;
The bar has been voted Best Beer Selection and Best Bar Food by Gambit readers in the Best of New Orleans poll. There are 50 beers on tap and 100 more in bottles, plus a menu of casual pub grub, wraps and sandwiches. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bullet's Sports Bar
2441 A.P. Tureaud Ave., (504) 948-4003
Rollen "Bullet" Garcia isn't just the owner of this neighborhood bar with great live music;
he's also a noted community leader and contributor. The bar features weekly gigs with Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers (Tuesday) and Treme Brass Band (Thursday). Featured on HBO's Treme and Travel Channel's Trip Flip, Bullet's has a loyal local customer base, but tourists are catching on too. Open daily. No smoking during live shows. No food.
DMac's Bar and Grill
542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., (504) 304-5757;
Find a regular cast of local singer-songwriters here in addition to popular local bands most nights on the week. The kitchen prepares standard bar fare plus daily specials like chicken-fried steak on Thursday. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080;
This Mid-City Irish pub is packed with soccer fans Saturdays and New Orleans Saints fans Sundays. Ex-pats enjoy Irish coffee, hot or frozen, several drafts, and food from Boo Koo BBQ including house favorite fish and chips. Monday nights bring trivia and there are daily bucket specials. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
The Holy Ground
3340 Canal St., (504) 821-6828;
This Irish pub offers Guinness, Irish coffee and Belfast Bombers along with darts, pool and free food during New Orleans Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Mid-City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517;
Patrons crowd around the 10 televisions during sporting events, when $10 buckets of domestic beers are the special. There's also free food during all LSU, New Orleans Saints and Ohio State University games. The bar serves 10 vodkas infused in house, and it also makes its own bloody mary mix. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food.
949 N. Rendon Street, (504) 488-7257;
Ten-dollar haircuts and $2 shots on Monday, taco night on Tuesday and trivia games on Thursday are part of this Mid-City bar's weekly line-up. The dog-friendly bar features specialty drinks like gingerita, beergarita, house-made sangria and watermelon mojitos. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047;
This well-known, deeply rooted po-boy joint offers diners and barflies beer, wine and specialty cocktails such as Parkway's Pimm's Cup, Mid-City Street Car and Pinky's Afternoon Delight. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Ralph's on the Park
900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000;
Have drinks with a meal in the storied dining room at Ralph's (take in the murals on the walls), or sit at the bar and sip specialty cocktails while you eat truffle fries, boudin balls or a cheese plate. Happy hour features $5 cocktails and wines. Jazz pianist Joe Krown performs on some nights. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu.
3835 Iberville St., (504) 309-3570;
Be redeemed with New Orleans-inspired cuisine and an extensive offering of specialty cocktails, wines and beers. No corkage fees on Thursday, and on Friday get half-off selected appetizers and drinks, plus 25-cent martinis with a lunch entree from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour starts at 5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938;
Shamrock's 16,000 square feet are home to 23 pool tables and five ping-pong tables, plus skee-ball, arcade games and more. There's a full bar and a kitchen that serves burgers and gumbo. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant
menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- J&J's Sports Lounge draws regulars from the neighborhood who stop by for cheap drinks, sports watching and conversation.
3143 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 304-0635;
The wines in this eclectic, dog-friendly neighborhood wine shop come from around the world. Swirl has more than 30 wines by the glass and a list of 250 bottles for sale. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Limited menu available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sat.
Twelve Mile Limit
500 S. Telemachus, (504) 488-8114;
Dog-friendly and with free food on Monday nights, this neighborly dive also offers free Wi-Fi, a jukebox and pool table. There's barbecue Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. and pizza Sun. night. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600;
With a menu that includes pizza, calzones and gourmet subs, a TV everywhere you look and a relaxed atmosphere, Wit's Inn is a popular place to grab an after-work drink, get a meal or watch a game. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.