- Live music is on the schedule on weekends at Ruby's Roadhouse.
Anything Geauxs 1540 W. Lindberg Drive, Slidell, 985-643-2191; www.facebook.com/anythinggeauxsslidelllaThere's always something special going on at this nightclub, which is open Thursday through Saturday: comedy shows, live music, DJs, karaoke, an open mic and more. There's a patio area, a mixologist and a steady slate of drink specials. Future plans call for a restaurant.
Barley Oak 2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420; www.thebarleyoak.com There are more than 100 specialty beers from around the world, and Monday through Thursday, the bar picks a country and offers $2 off beers brewed there. Domestic longnecks are $2 and Pabst Blue Ribbon is $1 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and there's occasional live music. Burgers, sandwiches and German-style sausage plates dot the menu.
Beach House Bar & Grill 124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331; www.thebeachhousemandeville.com Push your toes in the sand and sip a cocktail made with fresh fruit and mint while sitting on the beach — or stay high and dry on a deck overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Happy hour is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There's live music on some days and a bistro menu every day.
Boston Pub 517 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 893-9907 This neighborhood bar in downtown Covington has a laid-back attitude. There is a big-screen TV for Saints and LSU games, a pool table, jukebox and a full bar.
Cate Street Pub 116 N. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 345-5059; www.mulespub.com This comedy club and live music venue also hosts DJs, specialty nights and other entertainment. Doors open at 8 p.m. most nights. Thursdays are ladies nights, with free cover and drink specials for women.
The Chimes 19130 W. Front St., Covington, (985) 892-5396; www.thechimes.com This bar and grill started near LSU's campus in Baton Rouge and became popular with the scholarly crowd. The Covington location has a broader customer base who comes to sample the menu of 60 beers from 20 countries and Chimes specialties including barbecue shrimp, seafood lasagna, po-boys and more. Get $1 off all pints during King's Hour 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday or Emperor Hours from midnight to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Columbia Street Tap Room 434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.covingtontaproom.com Take a seat in the courtyard patio and start sampling the 30 beers on tap, power up with burgers and po-boys while watching TV, or listen to live music Thursday through Saturday. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. A full restaurant menu is available.
Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Hall 430 Lamarque St., Mandeville, (985) 624-3147; www.dewdropjazzhall.com The City of Mandeville owns this venerable club, which opened in 1895, just as jazz was gaining popularity in New Orleans. Many famous musicians made this place a stop on tours across the South. It now is operated by the nonprofit Friends of the Dew Drop, which hosts concerts and maintains the historic jazz venue. Concerts generally are on Friday nights.
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- Order a properly drawn beer from the more than 100 specialty brews at Barley Oak.
Green Room 521 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-2225; www.facebook.com/greenroommusicclub New Orleans bands have been driving their vans across the river lately to play this Covington joint, which features Abita and Blue Moon on tap, plus a menu of bar food standards.
Howlin' Wolf Northshore 1623 Montgomery St., Mandeville, (985) 626-1616; www.thehowlinwolf.com The original Howlin' Wolf earned a reputation for bringing national touring acts to town as well as providing a performance space for local alt musicians. This second Howlin' Wolf takes the same approach to the Northshore, with eclectic bands scheduled on weekends. It's open Friday and Saturday.
Huddle Sports Bar 70117 Hwy. 59, Suite B, Abita Springs , (985) 327-5187; www.huddlela.co.cc The sports bar is expanding its offerings, booking more local bands for live music performances. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with beer and cocktail specials as well as domestic beer buckets five for $10 and five for $15 for imported brews.
Interference Sports Bar 2213 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-1655; www.interferencesportsbar.com This sports bar features NFL Sunday Ticket on TV and shows all LSU and Hornets games. It also has trivia games, darts and free Wi-Fi. Sip a mango margarita or California Bomb and dine on burgers and other bar foods.
Landlubbers Pub & Club 3606 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 641-9218; www.landlubberspubandclub.com This smoke-free pub and music club opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and stages live performances by bands including Andre Bouvier and the Royal Bohemians, Luther Kent, Lynn Drury and John Lisi and Delta Funk. Thursday is bike night and Ladies Night is every Wednesday.
Obelisk Wine Bar & Art Gallery 22 St. Ann Drive, Mandeville, (985) 674-4215; www.obeliskwinebar.com Soak in some culture at this lounge, which has rotating exhibits by local artists and live music in a range of genres such as blues and New Orleans jazz. The wine cellar-style setting is a comfortable spot to sip martinis or one of the bar's 72 wines by the glass. It opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Rookies Sports Cafe 1600 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 231-7661 Watch your favorite teams on big-screen TVs and choose the right libation to fire you up or wash away your disappointment. Dine on barbecue and burgers among strands of sports pennants and beer signs. Happy hour offers $1 domestic drafts and $4 well drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Rosie's Tavern 22067 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs; (985) 809-0454; www.rosiestavern.biz This local watering hole offers a range of beers on tap and a large array of local and import labels by the bottle. You can join a dart league (or play as an amateur), shoot pool or watch sports on TV.
Ruby's Roadhouse 840 Lamarque St., Mandeville, (985) 626-9748; www.rubysroadhouse.com Some music clubs spend millions attempting to fake the roadhouse-funk that Ruby's oozes naturally, from its graffiti'd ceiling to the sedimentary layers of memorabilia on the walls. Weekdays, grab an Abita and chill with bikers, business folk and barflies; weekends bring live music (blues, zydeco, oldies) and an even more eclectic crowd. Ruby's has been slinging booze since FDR was president and the Northshore was mostly piney woods.
Speckled T's 158 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 646-1728; www.speckledts.com After dark, this restaurant and bar becomes a dinner and entertainment venue with live music, karaoke, DJs, comedy, dinner theater and more. It recently got a beer dispensing system that chills beer to 32 degrees. Speckled T's was opened by the owners of Camellia Cafe in Slidell and Abita Springs.
Tooloula's 4808 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 201-8096; www.facebook.com/tooloulas Have a drink and listen to live music on Saturday nights. Other days, play trivia games, darts, pool, watch sports on TV or dance to a DJ or jukebox. Domestic drafts are $1 during happy hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.