8115 Jeannette St., 862-5514
This cozy cafe has a small bar that offers original cocktails. Other popular drinks include the Pimm's Cup and the caipirinha. Full menu served at the bar. Open Tue.-Sat. Smoking on the patio.
7538 Maple St., 861-7615
There's always something to do at Bruno's, and because its slate of regulars spans many generations — it opened in 1934 — you can usually find someone you know there to join you in watching sports, trying your wits at a trivia game, playing darts or pool or whatever specialty nights might bring. Menu choices include burgers, salads, appetizers and more. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar food. Happy hour 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m. daily.
8140 Willow St., 865-9190
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. There's regular live music ranging from Susan Cowsill to indie rock. Take one (or several) of the bar's more than 50 beers to the outside patio. The bar also recently added a ping-pong table. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.- Fri.
Cooter Brown's Tavern
509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104
Voted Best Sports Bar by Gambit readers three years in a row, Cooter Brown's offers sports on 23 flat-screen TVs surrounding the barroom and 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. There also are pool tables. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
800 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9455
Restaurant barThis 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. The bar offers daily drink specials and a discount for customers paying with cash. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Maple Leaf Bar
8316 Oak St., 866-9359
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 the front or back bar. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
8118 Oak St., 302-1485
This upscale wine bar features live music nightly and small plates of artisanal salads, seafood and meats by Patois chef Aaron Burgau. The 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.-Sat. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
One Restaurant and Lounge
8132 Hampson St., 301-9061
This contemporary Creole restaurant is tucked in the cluster of Riverbend eateries. There's an open kitchen and bar patrons get a bird's eye view of the chefs at work. The lounge's happy hour offers half off all appetizers and its popular specialty drinks, which include a huckleberry mojito and One-tini. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Happy hour 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Thu.
3125 Calhoun St., 866-9121
rLittle has changed at this neighborhood bar since it began serving college students and older regulars in 1933. There is a free pool table and daily drink specials, including $1.50 Pabst Blue Ribbon on Tuesdays, Long Island Iced Teas on Wednesday and Bloody Marys on Sundays. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Snake & Jake's Christmas Club Lounge
7612 Oak St., 861-2802
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. The drinks are cheap, especially during happy hour, and there's barbecue, brats, burgers and chicken Thursday and Friday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 7 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.
7600 Maple St., 861-7931
This college bar has a full schedule of daily drink specials during the week, including two-for-one Tuesdays and ladies night on Saturdays. Wednesday features 32-oz. drinks and a video DJ. There are DJs on Friday and Saturday nights, and Friday's Beat the Clock starts with free drinks from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The bar features pool tables, sports on TV, a jukebox and video poker. Open daily. Smoking allowed.