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Bottoms Up! The Bar Guide

Gambit's look at the New Orleans bar scene: happy hours, food, music, smoking policies and much more.

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Mid-City

12-Mile Limit

This new bar, opened in late October, is named for the 12-mile offshore boundary beyond which alcohol could be served during Prohibition. Founder T. Cole Newton mixes craft cocktails, such as the namesake Twelve Mile Limit featuring rum and pomegranate, at dive bar prices. The neighborhood joint also is home to Shortall's Barbecue. Open Tue.-Sun. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 500 S. Telemachus, no phone

Banks Street Bar & Grill

There's never a cover charge for the nightly music shows by Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Bryan Lee, Gravity A and others. Chow on free red beans and rice on Monday, free BLTs on Wednesday and free barbecue on Sunday. Happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays offers domestic beers for $1.50. There's also free Wi-Fi, a pool table, sports on TV and video poker. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 4401 Banks St., www.banksstreetbar.com

Bayou Beer Garden

The selection of craft and imported beers is large, and beer bucket specials are available all the time. The tropical outdoor deck and patio are favorite spots for visiting over a cool brew. Regulars come by to watch sports on TV or play trivia games, darts, pool or video poker. There is live music on some weekends, and daily specials are available. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. Dog friendly. 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 302-9357; www.bayoubeergarden.com

Bayou Park Bar

This music club features mostly local live music nightly, as well as DJs and a rocking jukebox. There's a large selection of vodkas and bourbons, and happy hour (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) features $1.50 beer and $2.50 cocktails. New Orleans cuisine is available, as well as darts, pool tables, video poker, a large projector TV and plasma TV with satellite sports. Open: daily. Smoking: yes. Free Wi-Fi. 542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., no phone; www.myspace.com/bayouparkbar

Beach Corner Bar & Grill

This quintessential neighborhood bar has beer bucket specials during all Saints, LSU and Tulane games and free red beans and rice during Monday Night Football. There is a menu of grilled chicken, tuna steaks and appetizers from lunch until late into the night. Great burger. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 4905 Canal St., 488-7357

The Bulldog Mid-City

Like its Uptown sibling, this Bulldog offers a larger variety of draft and bottled beer than seems possible for one building to hold, from standard domestics to exotic microbrews. Sporting events pull in big crowds, and the lush beer garden is dog friendly. Keep your decorated Bulldog pint glasses on Wednesdays. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com

Chickie Wah Wah

Zydeco dance lessons begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and there's live music Monday through Saturday. The kitchen is open when live music plays, and the menu includes high-end bar food prepared fresh with local ingredients. Get $1 off drinks during Saints games. Take a break on the covered patio. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu. Free Wi-Fi. 2828 Canal St., 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com

Chocolate Bar

DJs spin the tunes and a sharp-dressed crowd turns up on the weekends at this sleekly appointed club near the corner of Tulane and Broad. Friday's happy hour stretches from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with two-for-one drinks and a free buffet to get you through to dinner. Open Fri.-Sat. Smoking: yes. 540 S. Broad St., 827-4717

Clever

Although it features 17 wines available by the glass, Clever also boasts some serious craft cocktails. The Aztec combines Plymouth gin, sweet vermouth and Regan's Orange Bitters with jalapeno-infused Chartreuse. The bar boasts a convivial, lounge-like atmosphere and some outdoor seating. Weekday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. offers $3 and $4 wines and $4 martinis. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. 3700 Orleans Ave.; 483-6314; www.cleverwines.com

Club Caribbean

This reggae club features DJs and live shows twice a week. Friday is ladies night with free admission and drinks for women from 9 p.m. to midnight, and there is a Caribbean buffet for all patrons. Saturday features dancehall reggae music, free admission from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., and two-for-one drinks from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. There's also food catered by Bittles with the Vittles. Open Fri.-Sat. Smoking: yes. 2441 Bayou Road, 957-9666; www.clubcaribbeanneworleans.com

Evangeline Lounge

Set up like a living room with red walls, well-worn couches and coffee tables, this neighborhood bar draws regulars for football games screened on six flat-screen TVs. There's a fully stocked bar and a large wine selection, plus a jukebox, pool table, video poker and free Wi-Fi. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily. 4501 Toulouse St., 482-1677

Finn McCool's Irish Pub

As the city's de facto expat clubhouse, Finn McCool's is where "who dat" meets "Erin go bragh." You're likely to hear a brogue on either side of the bar and the Guinness taps kept busy as bartenders masterfully draw off pints. Pub Quiz packs the house each Monday starting at 7:30 p.m. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 3701 Banks St., 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com

Liuzza's by the Track

The restaurant has a menu of po-boys and other New Orleans standards, but the kitchen closes for Saints games, when neighborhood residents bring potluck dishes and gather to watch the game at the bar. The bar specializes in the basics, like spicy Bloody Marys, margaritas and frozen schooners of Abita. Open Mon.-Sat. (Sundays for Saints games). Smoking: no. 1518 N. Lopez, 218-7888

Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar

A quintessential Mid-City Nawlins watering hole since the 1940s, the bar at Liuzza's is a great place to give the jukebox a spin, watch football or just relax and chat over a Bush Whacker (a frozen chocolate cocktail) or one of the 18-ounce beers served in a heavy frozen mug. Order fried dill pickles or fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade for a bar snack. Open daily until 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 p.m. weekends. Smoking: no. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu. 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com

Mick's Irish Pub

Whether you're watching or playing the game, Mick's has you covered. The neighborhood pub supplies the grub while you watch Saints and LSU games (as well as $1 off all pitchers for Monday Night Football). Or fill up on weeknights (including hot dogs on Tuesdays) for backroom pinball, darts, Ping-Pong and Ms. Pac-Man. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 4801 Bienville St., 482-9113

Mid City Yacht Club

There's always something fun to do at this neighborhood bar near St. Patrick's Park. Try your luck at video poker, darts or pool, surf the web with free Wi-Fi or watch sports on nine high-definition TVs. The bar features homemade Bloody Mary mix and vodkas infused with Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Red Hots and bacon. Happy hour features domestic beer buckets for $10. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 440 S. St. Patrick St., 483-2517; www.midcityyachtclub.com

Outerbanks

Join in the Ping-Pong tournament on Tuesday at 8 p.m., the pool league on Wednesday or try your luck at the chicken drop the first Friday of every month. There's live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and barbecue, jambalaya and crawfish (in season) are available on Sunday. Happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays with $3 martinis and $1.50 domestic bottled beer. Open daily. Smoking: yes. Dog friendly. 2401 Palmyra St., 218-8109; www.myspace.com/outerbanksbar

Pal's Lounge

Located just off Bayou St. John, Pal's blends the appeal of a cozy neighborhood joint with the buzz of a hip nightspot. Whether it's free red beans and movies on Monday, $2 barbecue tacos on Tuesday or trivia night on Thursday, there's always something going on. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 949 N. Rendon St., 488-7257

Parkview Tavern

The back patio of this neighborhood bar is a popular spot for watching football games (there are even heaters for staying toasty during cold weather). Polished wood walls and a pool table add to the tavern atmosphere, and a tiled bar front inserts a touch of funk. There's picnic table seating on the front porch. Pitchers of domestic beer are $4.50 all day Saturday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 910 N. Carrollton Ave., 482-2680; www.myspace.com/parkviewtavern

Ralph's on the Park

City Park Avenue deserves a bar as beautiful as its vista, and the bar in Ralph's on the Park fits the bill. With 20 wines by the glass, some creative cocktails (a lemon-basil Bloody Mary) and small plates served in the bar, it's a destination unto itself whether you're dining at the restaurant or not. The bar opens at 3 p.m. for happy hour, and Joe Krown entertains Tue.-Thu., 5-8 p.m., as well as at Sunday brunch. Closing times vary with restaurant hours. Smoking: no. 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, www.ralphsonthepark.com.

The Red Door

The Red Door has been in business since 1940, and it saw a thorough redo after Hurricane Katrina. It's now a tidy neighborhood sports bar decked with team banners and crowded with loyal fans on game day. Drop by any day between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and you'll find happy hour prices in effect. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 206 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-5801; www.reddoornola.com

Rock 'n' Bowl

The unusual combination of bowling alley and music club works for Rock 'n' Bowl, a frequent stop for locals and a must-see venue for visitors. New Orleans legends play music on Tuesday. Wednesday is swing night, and Thursday features zydeco bands. There's a dance floor and tables to sit, drink and enjoy pizza, buffalo wings, fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade and more. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking: no. 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1700; www.rocknbowl.com

Wit's Inn Bar & Pizza Kitchen

This neighborhood bar and restaurant sets a mood of fun with witty sayings and quotes plastered on the walls and a lively atmosphere enhanced by a digital Internet jukebox, a dart board, pool table and 12 high-definition TVs. There are two-for-one margaritas on Tuesday, triple-shot vodkas on Wednesday, and $5 pizza Thursday. Open daily. Smoking: yes. 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600;

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