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Craft Cocktail Bars


Tiki Tolteca at Felipe's

Bar Tonique
Right across from Armstrong Park, this is the perfect spot for a well-mixed cocktail either before or after a show at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. 820 N. Rampart St., (504) 324-6045; www.bartonique.com @BarTonique

Bellocq / Tivoli & Lee
Separated by a small smoking patio, these spots make for an easy night of barhopping. Bellocq serves up cobblers and punches in an Anne Rice fever dream room of opulent reds, while Tivoli & Lee has a modern drinks menu — and an amazing make-your-own-bloody mary buffet at Sunday brunch. Tivoli & Lee: 2 Lee Circle, (504) 962-0909; www.tivoliandlee.com @TivoliandLee. Bellocq: 936 St. Charles Ave., (504) 962-0911; www.thehotelmodern.com/bellocq, @Bellocqnola

Cure
The original modern craft-cocktail destination in New Orleans. Partners Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal are teaming up with Nick Detrich for Cane & Table, a rum bar scheduled to open this month in the old Perestroika at Pravda space. 4905 Freret St., (504) 302-2357; www.curenola.com, @cureNOLA

French 75
Some of the city's best cocktails in a room that manages to be both 19th-century elegant but never stuffy (though occasionally cigar-smoke-cloudy). Souffle potatoes and Gruyere puffs are great matches for any of Chris Hannah and Hadi Ktiri's classic daiquiris. 813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433; www.arnaudsrestaurant.com, @TheFrench75

Iris
Scot Mattox crafts original cocktails with ingredients including house-made bitters as a prelude to the cuisine of chef Ian Schnoebelen. 321 N. Peters St., (504) 299-3944; www.irisneworleans.com

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
Tiffany Soles, president of the local chapter of the U.S. Bartender's Guild, pours at the bar of this classy jazz spot inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Royal Sonesta Hotel. 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2299; www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans, @IMJazzPlayhouse

Loa
A nice after-work crowd gathers at this destination bar in the lobby of the International House hotel for Alan Walter's excellent drinks, many of which are made with seasonal local ingredients. 221 Camp St., (504) 553-9550; www.ihhotel.com/bar.html @LoaNewOrleans

Sainte Marie
Christine Jeanine Nielsen mixes original and classic cocktails at this urbane CBD bistro. 930 Poydras St., (504) 304-6988; www.saintemarienola.com, @saintemarienola

Serendipity
The drink menu includes cocktails (made with bitters), sours, coolers and punches. There's also a well-curated selection of liquors including aquavits, mescals, bourbon, rye and single malt whiskies as well as fruit liqueurs and alcohol-free sodas. 3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 407-0818; www.serendipitynola.com, @SerendipityNOLA

SoBou
On the weekends, the scene can be kind of Sex and the City, but the drinks and the bar snacks are always top-notch — especially when Abigail Gullo is mixing it up. 310 Chartres St., (504) 552-4095; www.sobounola.com, @SoBouNola

Swizzle Stick Bar
Lu Brow was one of the first local craft-cocktail bartenders to garner national renown, and her menu has witty creations like Hillbilly Heroine and the Casserole Cocktail (with sweet potato syrup!). 300 Poydras St. (in Loews Hotel), (504) 595-3305; www.cafeadelaide.com, @CafeAdelaide

Sylvain
A dark little hideout just off Jackson Square with great food and even better drinks. Get a seat at the bar and watch them use eyedroppers to add tinctures to your drink, or sit outside in the hidden courtyard. 625 Chartres St., (504) 265-8123; www.sylvainnola.com, @sylvainnola

Tiki Tolteca at Felipe's
Rum and tiki bars are coming back, and this Polynesian-themed hangout above Felipe's Taqueria is in the vanguard. It's open Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays, so call before going. 301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406; www.felipesneworleans.com, @tikitolteca

Twelve Mile Limit
This corner bar in a not-yet-gentrified area of Mid-City also offers Debbie Does Doberge's cakes, an ever-changing menu of food and lots of special events, including food truck roundups and Geeks Who Drink trivia night. 500 S. Telemachus St., (504) 488-8114; www.facebook.com/twelve.mile.limit, @twelvemilelimit

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Brewpubs & Craft Beer Bars


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Abita Brew Pub
The brew pub is housed in the old Abita Brewery space and offers the full lineup of Abita beers as well as specials not found elsewhere. Growler fills and six packs are available to go. 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com, @TheAbitaBeer

The Avenue Pub
Around the clock, The Avenue Pub serves almost 50 beers on tap, with offerings from all Louisiana breweries. The Pub also hosts a weekly firkin Friday, which often showcases casks from local brewers including NOLA Brewing, Abita, Covington and Parish. 1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243; www.avenuepub.com, @AvenuePubNOLA

Bayou Beer Garden
This Mid-City oasis features beers from Bayou Teche and Abita, as well as an extensive import selection. The large deck in back features an outside bar and ample shaded seating. 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., (504) 302-9357; www.bayoubeergarden.com

Copper Monkey Bar & Grill
Tucked just off Bourbon Street, this cozy hole-in-the-wall bar serves draft brews from Bayou Teche and Tin Roof. It's open well into the wee hours and serves food late as well. 725 Conti St., (504) 527-0869; www.coppermonkeygrill.com

Crescent City Brewhouse
New Orleans' only locally owned microbrewery crafts beers on premises and serves them fresh. Crescent City mostly brews classic German styles but isn't afraid to experiment with its seasonal offering. 527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Evangeline
Evangeline's taps are reserved for regional craft beers only. Tin Roof, Chafunkta, Bayou Teche, Tin Roof, St. Arnold and Lazy Magnolia can all be found here. 329 Decatur St., (504) 908-8008; www.evangelinenola.com

Finnegan's Easy
In the heart of the French Quarter, this bar serves beers from St. Arnold, Parish, NOLA Brewing and Tin Roof. Enjoy them inside or in the courtyard. 717 St. Peter St., (504) 599-9898; www.finneganseasy.com

Gordon Biersch
Part of a national chain, this brewpub serves an array of German-style beers including wheat and dark beers as well as a Czech-style pilsner. Patrons can sit inside and watch the brewers at work or grab a table in the beer garden on Fulton Street. 200 Poydras St., (504) 552-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com, @Gordon_Biersch

Lager's International Ale House
Part of the Bulldog bar family, this Metairie pub serves beers from every Louisiana brewery and from all over the world. 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923; www.draftfreak.com, @Lagers_Metairie

Parasol's
Patrons can find several varieties of NOLA Brewing's beer at this neighborhood bar, and its proximity to the brewery means that they might run into one of the brewers after work. 2533 Constance St., (504) 302-1543; www.parasolsbarandrestaurant.com, @ParasolsOrleans

Warehouse Grille
This bar's 40 taps deliver Abita's entire lineup as well as offerings from NOLA Brewing, Tin Roof and Parish Brewing. Enjoy them inside or in the spacious courtyard. 869 Magazine St., (504) 322-2188; www.warehousegrille.com, @WarehouseGrille

Wayfare
This sandwich shop serves local draft beers from NOLA Brewing, Parish and St. Arnold and has many more bottled brews. 4510 Freret St., (504) 309-0069; www.wayfarenola.com

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Bars with Comedy

Carrollton Station
On Wednesday nights starting at 9 p.m., a couple dozen stand-up comics — from neighborhood weirdos to up-and-coming talents to visiting stars — take the mic, a reliable force in the local comedy scene for several years. Miller High Life is $2. 8140 Willow St., (504) 865-9190; www.carrolltonstation.com

The Den at Howlin' Wolf
Cyrus Cooper and Andrew Polk host the free weekly Comedy Beast standup showcase at 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The bar offers $2 tacos and $2 Miller High Life. At 8 p.m. Thursdays, Red Bean hosts the Comedy Gumbeaux open-mic. 907 S. Peters St., (504) 529-5844; www.thehowlinwolf.com/the-den, @HowlinWolfNola

Grit's Bar
Vincent Zambon hosts a free weekly show every Thursday at 9:30 p.m. at this Uptown neighborhood dive, featuring a roundup of local stand-up comics. 530 Lyons St., (504) 899-9211

Hi-Ho Lounge
Andrew Polk hosts the NOLA Comedy Hour open-mic at 9 p.m. every Sunday, when a dozen first-timers and local veterans take the stage. The last Sunday of each month is a stand-up comedy showcase. The bar offers $2 mixed shots, $3 mint juleps and $4 bloody mary's. 2239 St. Claude Ave., (504) 945-4446; www.hiholounge.net, @HiHoNola

House of Blues
Leon Blanda hosts two free shows each week in the Voodoo Garden — an open-mic at 8 p.m. Tuesdays and a booked show at 8 p.m. Thursdays, featuring local comics and special guests, including Saturday Night Live star Darrell Hammond, who makes frequent appearances. 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com, @HOBNOLA

Lost Love Lounge
Around 10 p.m. every Tuesday in the bar's back room, Cassidy Henehan hosts a free weekly show featuring a rotating lineup of local stand-up comics and special guests. Grab a $2 bottle of Tecate and a seat at a table. Recent headliners include Sean Patton and Rory Scovel. 2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com, @LostLoveLounge

Therapy Wine Bar
Mark Caesar hosts a weekly showcase of local comics every Thursday at 8 p.m. at this wine-focused bar on Tulane Avenue. 3001 Tulane Ave., (504) 784-0054, @Therapy_Nola

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Bourbon Street Bars


Saints and Sinners

21st Amendment
Just off Bourbon Street, the space that formerly housed the Creole restaurant La Louisiane has been converted into a sleek, modern bar with the retro stylings of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The craft cocktail menu, however, is quite contemporary. 725 Iberville St., (504) 378-7330; www.21stamendmentnola.com

The Beach on Bourbon
This party spot goes from being a sports bar to a live music venue to a dance party, depending on the night of the week. It features a slew of TV screens, an indoor VIP balcony, a massive dance floor, and an air-conditioned outdoor courtyard with a flaming fountain. 227 Bourbon St., (504) 523-3800; www.beachonbourbon.com, @BeachonBourbon

Bourbon "O"
Since taking the helm at Bourbon "O" last spring, mixologist and cocktail book author extraordinaire Cheryl Charming has updated the bar with a lounge area, absinthe fountain and menu of craft cocktails. The ultimate summer cooler? Charming's root beer float: Creole cream cheese, ice cream, Abita root beer and dark rum. Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St., (504) 523-2222; www.bourbonorleans.com

Bourbon Pub & Parade
Whether it's amateur strip night (Fridays), drag king shows (Tuesdays) or karaoke (Thursdays), a dull moment is hard to find at this 24-hour gay club. The downstairs dance floor is pumping, and the second-floor wraparound balcony offers refuge for the more sedate crowd. 801 Bourbon St., (504) 529-2107; www.bourbonpub.com, @BourbonPub

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
It's one of the oldest buildings in French Quarter — and purportedly a former pirate's den — and it feels the part, with mostly candle lighting, a piano, fireplace and the ambience of a neighborhood dive bar. It also has a courtyard. 941 Bourbon St., (504) 593-9761; www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com

Le Booze in the Royal Sonesta Hotel
Big-screen TVs at this cigar bar play all major football, baseball and hockey games. If sports isn't your thing, take a microbrew, dark and stormy or Moscow mule outside and people watch from Le Booze's second-floor balcony, which overlooks Bourbon Street.  The Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., (504) 586-0400; www.sonesta.com

Saints and Sinners
The trompe l'oeil, bronzed chandeliers, wooden deck, celebrity owner (Channing Tatum) and full menu of New Orleans dishes give this Bourbon Street newcomer a distinctly elegant, non-Bourbon Street vibe. OK, there's a stripper pole and a cocktail named Burlesque Stress — but all sins are forgiven on Sundays, when the bar offers all-you-can-eat crawfish. 627 Bourbon St., (504) 528-9307; www.saintsandsinnersnola.com, @SandSNOLA

Tropical Isle
The iconic Hand Grenade, melon-flavored and potent, is served in a grenade-shaped container, but there's also the Horny Gator, which comes with a toy alligator, and the Shark Attack, featuring a toy shark. "Adults are just big kids," explains co-owner Pam Fortner. There are five Bourbon Street locations. 435 Bourbon St., 600 Bourbon St., 610 Bourbon St., 721 Bourbon St., 727 Bourbon St., 504-529-4109; www.tropicalisle.com, @Tropical_Isle

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Wine shops with Bars


Faubourg Wines

Bacchanal
This Bywater standby recently opened a craft cocktail bar on its second floor, but its wine selection is what packs the banana plant- and tiki torch-strewn backyard: there's live music nightly, no cover, no corkage fee and eats by chef Joaquin Rodas until midnight daily. 600 Poland Ave., 504-948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com, @BacchanalWine

Faubourg Wines
This shop caters to the Bywater's sophisticated palates and bohemian budgets (there are more than 100 wines that cost $15 or less). The bar, candlelit tables, outdoor seating and $2 corkage fee invite customers to sit and sip, and neighbors come out in droves for the free wine tastings on Wednesdays.  2805 St. Claude Ave., (504) 342-2217; www.facebook.com/FaubourgWines

Pearl Wine Co. &
The shop offers more than 600 wines (ranging in price from $7 to $2,000), and customers can drink their selection in the newly renovated bar for a $5 corkage fee. There's live jazz Friday and Saturday nights, free wine tastings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and on Mondays, $20 gets you a martini and a manicure. American Can Company, 3700 Orleans Ave., Suite 1C, (504) 483-6314; www.pearlwineco.com, @NOLAWineBar

Swirl
Swirl makes it easy for novice oenophiles to expand their palates, with wines organized by characteristic ("soft and lush" or "supple and refined"). The emphasis is on quality, affordable wines and most are priced under $25. There's a $5 corkage fee and indoor and outdoor seating. 3143 Ponce de Leon St., 504- 304-0635; www.swirlinthecity.com, @SwirlNOLA

W.I.N.O.
The Wine Institute of New Orleans in the CBD serves more than 120 wines by the ounce (via a state-of-the-art Italian dispensing machine) or the bottle. Pop a bottle, sidle up to the table and nosh on small plates of cheese, pate and charcuterie while you wait to join one of the bar's weekly wine tasting classes. 610 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-8000; www.winoschool.com, @Winoschool

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Bars with Frozen Drinks


Good Friends Bar

Booty's Street Food
The daiquiris here aren't saccharine like those found at many daiquiri shops. The Bywater Bomber daiquiri features Old New Orleans rum, rose water, house-made bitters and fresh pineapple, orange and lime juice. The Hula Hoop is a blend of Old New Orleans rum, guava and vanilla. 800 Louisa St., (504) 266-2887; www.bootysnola.com, @bootys

Freret Street Publiq House
Seven house-made frozen cocktails are available: White Lightning, Margarheata, White Russian, Brandy Alexander, Jameson coffee Orleans, mai tai and peach Bellini. Patrons often request strawberry-basil puree or jalapeno-infused tincture in their Margarheatas. 4528 Freret St., (504) 826-9912; www.publiqhouse.com, @freretpubhouse

Good Friends Bar
The Separator, described as a frozen brandy Alexander, blends vanilla ice cream with sweet brandy and coffee liqueur. The drink is served with a hefty swirl of whipped cream and a cherry on top. 740 Dauphine St., (504) 566-7191; www.goodfriendsbar.com

Molly's at the Market
The thick, rich frozen Irish coffee is made with Kleinpeter ice cream and Irish whiskey and is topped with whipped cream and ground coffee and chicory. 1107 Decatur St., (504) 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net, @mollysdecatur

Saint Lawrence
The Pimm's Cup daiquiri is a regular attraction at this gastropub. Seasonal daiquiris feature local produce such as Pontchatoula strawberries, pumpkins and peaches. The summer daiquiri combines Mississippi blueberries, basil, gin and a champagne float. 219 N. Peters St., (504) 525-4111; www.saintlawrencenola.com, @stlawrencenola

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Bars with Dart Leagues

Crown & Anchor
This English pub in Algiers Point offers a dozen beers on tap, a large selection of bottled brews and occasionally cask craft beers. Dart league games are Tuesday and Wednesday nights, when the bar becomes a popular hangout after the Wednesdays on the Point concerts. 200 Pelican Ave., (504) 227-1007; www.crownand- anchorpub.com, @CrownAnchorPub

Finn McCool's
Mid-City's venerable Irish pub hosts its weekly dart competitions at 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Big screens wrapped around the bar broadcast U.S. and English Premier League soccer, and the bartenders pour a perfect Guinness. 3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com, @finnmccoolspub

Half Moon Bar & Restaurant
This Lower Garden District watering hole is a reliable late-night hangout, where dartboards add to the bar-game-friendly interior. The bar sponsors team FFBF. 1125 St. Mary St., (504) 522-0599; www.facebook.com/halfmoon.nola

Mid City Yacht Club
Though this neighborhood favorite gathers big crowds for game day, its dart teams hold regular competitions of their own. The bar offers $10 buckets of six longnecks, and the kitchen cranks out bar snacks. 440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517; www.midcityyachtclub.com, @mcycNOLA

Parkview Tavern
Just steps from City Park, this Mid-City spot is fully equipped for darts fans. Sunday is an all-day happy hour, and if you're more into online gaming, you can find electrical outlets at nearly every stool. 910 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 482-2680

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Wine Bars

Oak Wine Bar & Bistro
Sip one of Oak's 83 wines inside or outside at cafe-style tables. Bottles are half price on Wednesdays, and there's live music Thursdays through Saturdays. A plus for late-night foodies: the full-service kitchen is open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays (shrimp tacos and Korean fried chicken wings are mainstays on the ever-shifting menu). 8118 Oak St., 504-302-1485; www.oaknola.com, @OakNOLA

Orleans Grapevine
This cafe is a casual spot to enjoy fine dining and a deep list of wines from around the globe, many of which are available by the glass. There's plenty of seating on the lush brick courtyard. 720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930; www.orleansgrapevine.com

Patrick's Bar Vin
Lined with wine lockers and featuring an intimate courtyard, Patrick's Bar Vin offers a classy refuge from the French Quarter. Buy wine by the glass (prices range from $5 to $16) or the bottle ($25 to $300) and savor it with a plate of cheese and charcuterie. 730 Bienville St., (504) 200-3180; www.patricksbarvin.com, @PatricksBarVin

Tommy's Wine Bar
Ladies' night on Fridays brings $7 all-you-can-drink sparkling wine, Saturdays feature live Latin merengue and salsa music, and every night there are 140 wines by the bottle and 30 by the glass from which to choose. Diners can order off the full menu from Tommy's Cuisine. 752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-4790; www.tommysneworleans.com, @TommysWineBar

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Bars with Games

Barcadia
A long list of craft beers and regular cocktail specials make this a solid watering hole; dozens of classic arcade games, pinball, skeeball, giant versions of Jenga and Connect Four, air hockey, and Pop-A-Shot make this a killer play zone for inner or actual children. All ages until 9 p.m. 601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1740; www.barcadianeworleans.com, @barcadianola

Bourbon Cowboy
In the thick of Bourbon Street, this Western-themed bar allows patrons to climb aboard a mechanical bull for a wild ride. There's also weekly karaoke and balconies overlooking the stampede on the street below. 241 Bourbon St., (504) 581-2410; www.bourboncowboy.com, @BourbonCowboyNO

Kingpin
A kicking jukebox, Elvis everywhere, and an impressive beer selection are a great backdrop to shuffleboard games — this small neighborhood joint is one of the host bars for the New Orleans Shuffleboard League.  1307 Lyons St., (504) 891-2373; www.kingpinbar.com

Rendon Inn's Dugout Sports Bar and Grill
Outdoors is a big patio, and indoors contains flat-screen TVs; games like pool, darts, and shuffleboard; and fun diversions like dance parties and DJs. During the summer are Sun Splash Sundays, reggae/R&B/hip-hop parties on Sundays with summer food and drink specials.  4501 Eve St., (504) 826-5605; www.facebook.com/rendoninn

Shamrock
This cavernous playland could host a barroom Olympiad: there's pool, ping-pong, drill football, air hockey, soccer, darts, mini bowling, foosball, basketball and shuffleboard — as well as drinking games like flip cup and beer pong. Sing karaoke on a big stage or come for live bands. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938; www.shamrockparty.com, @ShamrockNOLA

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Absinthe Specialists

Bar Uncommon
The bar is modern and upscale, but with a funky edge, and the cocktails follow suit. The bartenders are craft cocktail experts and put a fresh spin on New Orleans' classic drinks, as well as offering original concoctions. Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel, 817 Common St., (504) 525-1111; www.baruncommon.com, @baruncommon

Carousel Bar
The city's only revolving bar is a common stop for celebrities and tourists looking for classic cocktails and an upscale atmosphere. Lucid and Vieux Pontalier absinthes are served as cordials, in a London Fairy martini, a Pierre's Sazerac, and with Champagne in a Death in the Afternoon. Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com, @hotelmonteleone

Herbsaint
Known primarily as a restaurant, there's a separate bar at Herbsaint, where bartenders craft specialty cocktails. The bar uses Kubler Absinthe, Absinthe Ordinaire, Legendre Herbsaint and Pernod for drinks including a Champagne cocktail and a traditional version of absinthe prepared with a slotted spoon, sugar cube and cold-water drip. No flaming cubes here. 701 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-4114; www.herbsaint.com, @Herbsaintdining

Pirate's Alley Cafe
You can get an absinthe made with a flaming sugar cube and sample several different versions. Its location off Jackson Square, bar employees who stick to the bar's pirate theme, classic cocktails and outdoor seating make it a popular spot. Cash only. 622 Pirates Alley, (504) 524-9332; www.piratesalleycafe.com

Old Absinthe House
It's been the quintessential spot for absinthe (now made with Herbsaint produced in New Orleans) since mixologist Cayetano Ferrer created the Old Absinthe House Frappe in 1874. It also serves the reputed hangover cure, absinthe Suissesse, as well as classic New Orleans cocktails — and spiced popcorn. 240 Bourbon St., (504) 523-3181; www.ruebourbon.com/oldabsinthehouse/

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Bars with Music


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AllWays Lounge and Theatre
Catch alt-country, folk, bluegrass, punk rock and more on the velvet-draped stage at this St. Claude Avenue bar and theater.  2240 St Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778; www.theallwayslounge.net

Banks Street Bar & Grill
The live music schedule at this neighborhood dive ranges from sloppy punk rock and stoner metal to funk, country and blues. Blues band Major Bacon gives out free BLTs at its Wednesday night gigs. 4401 Banks St., (504) 486-0258;www.banksstreetbarandgrill.com

BJ's Lounge
New Orleans rhythm and blues outfit King James & the Special Men holds down Monday nights at this 9th Ward corner dive, where cheap bottled beer and free red beans and rice fuel the crowd. 4301 Burgundy St., (504) 945-9256

Blue Nile
Local stars, from brass bands to Kermit Ruffins to Flow Tribe, regularly headline this two-story club on Frenchmen Street. 532 Frenchmen St., (504) 948-2583; www.bluenilelive.com, @BlueNileLive

Chickie Wah Wah
This Mid-City staple celebrates New Orleans artists (including Monday night artist-in-residence performances) and grabs touring talents for intimate gigs. 2828 Canal St., (504) 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com, @ChickieWahWah

Circle Bar
The renovated Lee Circle dive squeezes in an almost nightly music schedule, featuring national indie rock bands, local up-and-comers and singer-songwriters. 1032 St. Charles Ave., (504) 588-2616; www.circlebarneworleans.com, @circlebar

d.b.a.
The impressive beer selection draws a crowd, as does local talent performing on a dramatically lit red-curtained stage at the back of the bar. Draft beers include West Coast IPAs, craft brews and local favorites. 618 Frenchmen St., (504) 942-3731; www.dbaneworleans.com, @dbaneworleans

Kerry Irish Pub
This Irish whiskey- and beer-centric bar also offers a weekly lineup of Irish folk and country music. 331 Decatur St., (504) 527-5954; www.kerryirishpub.com

Little Gem Saloon
This restaurant and bar brings back live jazz performances to a block that was filled with music halls around the turn of the 20th century and musicians including Buddy Bolden. The current music lineup features a range of Louisiana music.  445 S. Rampart St., (504) 267-4863; www.littlegemsaloon.com, @LittleGemSaloon

Maple Leaf Bar
Rebirth Brass Band dominates this bar on Tuesday nights, while other New Orleans musicians, like Joe Krown and Walter "Wolfman" Washington, flesh out the rest of the week. 8316 Oak St., (504) 866-9359; www.mapleleafbar.com, @MapleLeafNOLA

One Eyed Jacks
Whether there is an indie rock band or local bounce rapper in the club room or not, the front bar is a shabby-chic spot to drink like a rock star. There's plenty of cheap beer.  615 Toulouse St., (504) 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net, @oejnola

Prytania Bar
This Touro spot fills its weekend concert calendar with rock, jazz, hip-hop and punk bands, and the 360-degree bar offers craft brews, cheap mixed drinks and $2 Miller High Life. 3445 Prytania St., 504-891-5773; www.theprytaniabar.com, @ThePrytaniaBar

Rivershack Tavern
Tucked along the levee, this honky-tonk hosts live music and has a kitchen the serves po-boys and bar food as well as creative specials. A collection of tacky ashtrays and old signs give it a kitschy vibe. 3449 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 834-4938; www.therivershacktavern.com, @TheRivershack

Siberia
St. Claude Avenue's metal stronghold features big names on its concert calendar and makes room for bounce and hip-hop, as well as punk rock and singer-songwriters. 2227 St. Claude Ave., (504) 265-8855; www.siberianola.com, @siberiaNOLA

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Neighborhood Bars


Bullet's Sports Bar

The Pour House Saloon
The saloon has live music on Fridays and Saturdays, $1 drinks for women and open-mic on Wednesdays, and steak dinners on Mondays. The covered outdoor area and country and Western jukebox are also customer favorites. 3501 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 831-9310

Bullet's Sports Bar
Music, food vendors, consistent drinks and family keep this 7th Ward joint jumping. Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers play Mondays, Glen David Andrews gigs Thursdays and Guitar Slim Jr. performs on Fridays. Food vendors can be found outside selling barbecue chicken, smoked sausage, hot sausage, char-broiled oysters and more. 2441 A. P. Tureaud Ave., (504) 948-4003; @bulletsportsbar

Katie's Restaurant and Bar
The bar bites at this friendly joint include char-grilled oysters and the Boudreaux pizza (a cheesy, garlicky cochon de lait feast on a crispy crust). Enjoy classic New Orleans cocktails like Pimm's Cups or brandy milk punch, or drink your fill of bottomless mimosas, bloody marys or sangrias during Sunday brunch.  3701 Iberville St., (504) 488-6582; www.katiesinmidcity.com.

Jimani
This tavern serves food and drink and some hybrid of the two in its bacon bloody mary. The mix of offerings includes sports on TV, Creole cuisine and Jello shots. 141 Chartres St., (504) 524-0493; www.thejimani.com

Lamplighter Lounge
Serving food 24 hours, Lamplighter is a no-frills lounge where frequent guests are treated like family. The bar is known for its shots, the laundry facilities, bar-top games, dartboards, pool tables and chess sets. 908 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 832-9909

Liuzza's by the Track
The beer comes in big icy schooners, and regulars swear by the potent bloody marys laden with citrus, spicy beans and olives. Enjoy a drink with Liuzza's Creole gumbo or a po-boy stuffed with barbecue shrimp. 1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888; www.liuzzas.com.

Mimi's in the Marigny
Hot and cold tapas and a great vibe make this a Marigny hot spot. The downstairs bar has more of a pub ambience, with a pool table and smoking permitted. The upstairs bar is non-smoking, and has some deep couches and tables for dining. 2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868; www.mimisinthemarigny.net

Mr. C's Billiards and Gameroom
Shooting pool is free from noon until 3 p.m. and drinks are poured cheap and heavy by creative bartenders. Al's Sexy Senorita and Captain on the Beach are two of the popular cocktails. 6510 Morrison Road, (504) 245-8758

Old Point Bar
There's Algiers memorabilia all over the walls at this bar just behind the levee. There's live music daily, usually with no cover. The beer selection features local seasonals and stand-bys and popular craft beers from out-of-state breweries, like Fat Tire. 545 Patterson Drive, Algiers, (504) 364-0950

Pal's Lounge
The dog-friendly bar serves craft cocktails and cheap canned beer in a very casual neighborhood spot. The drink menu features Pimm's Cups, Gingeritas (ginger margaritas), spiked iced coffee and more. Seasonal drinks include watermelon mojitos and drunken Arnold Palmers, and there's also a wide selection of sparkling cocktails. 949 N. Rendon St., (504) 488-7257; www.palslounge.com; @palslounge

Parlay's
This Lakeview bar has something for everyone, including local brews on tap, burgers off the grill, pool tables, sports on TV, a cocktail menu, karaoke night and more. 870 Harrison Ave., (504) 304-6338; www.parlaysbar.net, @ParlaysbarNOLA

Silky's
A frequent stop on second line routes, this dive bar features DJs playing "grown folks' music" from artists like Mel Waiters, Jeff Floyd and Bobby Womack and is famous for its Wednesday fish plates. 3816 Magnolia St., (504) 896-2297

Wherehouse Bar & Grill
Chalmette's 24-hour bar and grill is full of warehouse-themed decor, like barstools made from old hand trucks, and features live music of all genres on weekends. There are pool tables, dartboards and big screen TVs for sporting events, including those on pay-per-view. 1351 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, (504) 277-0732; www.wherehousebarandgrill.com

Wit's Inn
Complementing its extensive pizza menu are red, white and sparkling wines, plus a variety of bottled and draft beers. If any LSU team is playing, it'll be on TV here. House specialty drinks include the Mid-City Monsoon, a 32-ounce powerhouse of three different rums with sweet and sour fruit juices. 141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600; www.witsinn.com, @WitsInnNOLA

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Cooter Brown's Tavern
Making this a hugely popular game-watching spot are hundreds of beer selections and deluxe Direct TV sports packages, plus 17 flat-screen TVs, two 8-foot drop-downs, and a "wall of TV" — nine 42-inch screens placed together, used either separately or together as one giant screen. 509 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-9104; www.cooterbrowns.com

Fox and Hound Bar & Grill
Fox and Hound focuses its regular events around all the expected sports matches, plus horse racing, boxing, professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. Keeping it fun are competitions such as trivia contests, blackout bingo and black light beer pong.  Elmwood Village Center, 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., (504) 731-6000; www.foxandhound.com.

Jigger's Bar and Grill
Watch the action on one of several TVs while munching on Southern food and bar noshes from the grill, or start your own game of pool, darts or video poker.  1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie; (504) 828-3555.

Knuckleheads
The bar's 17 flat-screen TVs are equipped with cable sports packages to view a wide range of events. The menu features typical pub grub plus more sophisticated items and wine. The outdoor courtyard is a popular summer spot. 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5858

Manning's Eat-Drink-Cheer
This swanky sports bar features upscale pub food, 30 flat-screens, and The End Zone, with 17 stadium recliners and a 13-foot screen. The walls also are covered with Manning family memorabilia from Archie, Eli and Peyton. Weekday happy hours include two-for-one cocktails and half-price appetizers. 519 Fulton St., (504) 593-8118; www.harrahsneworleans.com/restaurants/mannings-eat-drink-cheer.html, @ManningsNOLA

Walk-Ons Bistreaux and Bar
Founded by two LSU alums, this downtown hot spot was named best sports bar in North America last year by ESPN Mobile. The winning criteria: lively crowds, tasty food, amenities like tables with bar taps and more than 150 TV screens. 1009 Poydras St., (504) 309-6530; www.walk-ons.com

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Bars with Food Trucks


The Rusty Nail

45 Tchoup
Food trucks pull up to this bar every weeknight: Foodie Call on Mondays and Fridays, Mamita's Hot Tamales on Tuesdays, Taceaux Loceaux on Wednesdays and open call on Thursdays. Food trucks also stop by on Sundays during Saints games. 4529 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 891-9066; www.45tchoup.blogspot.com, @45tchoup

Bridge Lounge
Foodie Call, SliderShak and Geaux Plates are regulars at this dog-friendly bar. 1201 Magazine St., (504) 299-1888; www.bridgeloungenola.com; @bridge_lounge

The Club Ms Mae's
Food truck schedules switch up fairly often here, and bartenders say the cheap drinks keep the patrons craving late-night bites. Skillet, Food Drunk, The Fat Falafel, Black Label BBQ and Frencheeze are just some of the many food trucks that frequent the dive. 4336 Magazine St., (504) 218-8035; www.msmaeswallofshame.blogspot.com; @msmaes

Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar
Taceaux Loceaux, Skillet and Geaux Plates are frequent visitors outside of this cigar bar and live music hub. 5535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 891-8500; www.dosjefescigarbar.com, @dosjefesbar

The Rusty Nail
The food truck schedule here constantly changes, and My House NOLA food truck roundups are often held in the backyard. Frequent food trucks include Hoof and Cleaver, Frencheeze, La Cocinita, Foodie Call, The Fat Falafel and Empanada Intifada. 1100 Constance St., (504) 525-5515; www.therustynail.biz; @rustynailnola

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Outdoor Drinking

Balcony Bar and Cafe
The Balcony Bar is two bars in one. There's a large selection of beers on tap downstairs, and the second floor features another bar and table seating inside and on a long wraparound balcony overlooking Magazine and Harmony streets.  3201 Magazine St., (504) 894-8888

Blind Pelican
In the Lower Garden District, the Blind Pelican features seating in the patio on St. Charles Avenue and shaded side galleys. The bar features more than 30 draft beers, including Louisiana brews and imports. 1628 St. Charles Ave., (504) 558-9398; www.theblindpelican.com

The Bulldog
Both Bulldogs have a casual pub ambience and a wide selection of bottled and draft beer including Louisiana brews and beers from around the world. Both also have ample seating on fenced-in patios. 3236 Magazine St., (504) 891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com, @Bulldog_Uptown, @Bulldog_MidCity

Columns Hotel
The veranda at the Columns Hotel offers picturesque views of St. Charles Avenue and cool breezes. There's also plenty of space inside at the Victorian Lounge Bar.  3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com, @TheColumnsHotel

Delachaise
Delachaise is known for its selection of wines, with many available by the glass, and its gourmet small plates, but there also is outdoor seating in a small fenced-in patio overlooking St. Charles Avenue.  3442 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-0858; www.thedelachaise.com

Jughead's Patio Bar & Grille
One might not guess there's a back patio when looking at the unassuming exterior of this Bywater cheese steak specialist, but there's a craft cocktail bar and seating in the partially covered courtyard.  801 Poland Ave., (504) 304-5411; www.jugheadneworleans.com, @JugheadNOLA

Mojito's Rum Bar
Mojito's mixes cocktails with roughly 40 rums from around the Caribbean and Latin America. Enjoy one in the lush and spacious brick courtyard behind the restaurant. 437 Esplanade Ave., (504) 252-4800; www.mojitosnola.com, @MojitosNOLA

Pat O'Brien's
There are several bars at Pat O's, but many patrons choose to drink at tables surrounding the flaming fountain in the large courtyard. Service staff in green jackets deftly maneuver the crowds with trays full of Hurricanes in signature hourglass-shaped glasses.  624 Bourbon St., 718 St. Peter St., (504) 525-4823; www.patobriens.com, @PatOBriensBar

The Velvet Cactus
There's plenty of seating on the spacious brick patio in front of this bar and cantina. There are cocktail and margarita menus and a deep list of tequilas and Mexican beers.  6300 Argonne Blvd., (504) 301-2083; www.thevelvetcactus.com

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Buffa's

Aunt Tiki's
If Lux Interior and Poison Ivy of the Cramps opened a tiki bar, it would look a lot like this pitch-black, nicotine-soaked crossroads for a certain segment of the world. Look for the building covered with stickers. 1207 Decatur St., (504) 680-8454

Buffa's
Sitting at the bar at 3 a.m. with off-duty bartenders and waiters, listening to the Ramones on the juke and trawling a fried mozzarella stick through marinara, is a fine way to end a night of French Quarter debauchery. 1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www.buffasbar.com @buffasbar

Chuck's Sports Bar
This hideout on a side street, half a block (and a world away) from the Windsor Court Hotel is a dive-bar oasis in the increasingly fancy, craft-cocktail oriented CBD. As the sign says, open "Damn Near 24 Hours." 510 Gravier St., (504) 524-9485

Erin Rose
It's tucked just off Bourbon Street, but the Erin Rose is active as late if not later most nights. It's a bit of an Irish pub and there's a good selection of whiskey as well as Guinness on draft. 811 Conti St., (504) 523-8619; www.erinrosebar.com

F&M Patio Bar
Your parents paid all that money for you to go to school down in New Orleans and you thank them by cramming into that photo booth for drunken selfies? This eternal college hangout is a capitol for bad decisions. 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 895-6784; www.fandmpatiobar.com

Golden Lantern
Nicknamed the "Latrine," this is what Cheers would be like if Norm and Cliff were cross-dressers. A real Lower Quarter neighborhood hangout, absurdly friendly, with drinks strong enough to knock you on your heels — or off them. 1239 Royal St., (504) 529-2860

The Saint Bar & Lounge
Despite grumbles about "hipsters," this Lower Garden District stalwart is still the place for "fine diving," weird old movies and the famous Tikioki Tuesdays: Get 'faced on tropical drinks and make a fool of yourself at the mic. 961 St. Mary St., (504) 523-0050; www.thesaint-neworleans.com

Snake & Jake's
Let's hope a visit by Anthony Bourdain doesn't turn this ultimate dark dive bar into a go-to spot for slumming tourists. Forget the PBR, order a Schlitz and for God's sake, watch where you sit.  7612 Oak St., (504) 861-2802; www.snakeandjakes.com @snakeandjakes

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Restaurant Bars

Attiki Bar & Grill
Patrons can order drinks from the bar, puff on hookahs packed with flavored tobaccos and relax well into the morning hours at this Mediterranean restaurant and bar. 230 Decatur St., (504) 587-3756; www.attikineworleans.com

Capri Blue Bar at Andrea's Restaurant
At the Capri Blu Bar, there is a menu of classic cocktails including signature martinis, brandy and grappas, and there is piano music on Friday and Saturday evenings.  3100 19th Street, Metairie, (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com

Hermes Bar at Antoine's Restaurant
Among the many dining rooms at the labyrinthine Antoine's Restaurant is the elegant Hermes Bar, which offers classic cocktails and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. 713 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422; www.antoines.com

Kingfish
Cocktail master extraordinaire Chris McMillian runs the bar program at chef Greg Sonnier's hot new French Quarter hangout. Do not miss the gin-and-blackberry Bramble, as well as his definitive Pimm's Cup. 337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005; www.kingfishneworleans.com

Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant
The bar at this California-style burger shack and Mexican cantina serves a list of colorful and creative cocktails as well as sangria and frozen margaritas. 701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com, @LucysNewOrleans

Maurepas Foods
Maurepas is the linchpin of the Bywater restaurant revival, but "chief intoxicologist" Brad Smith's menu is worth a visit on its own. Try anything he makes with the South American brandy pisco. 3200 Burgundy St., (504) 267-0072; www.maurepasfoods.com, @maurepasfoods

Rock-N-Sake
The bar at this modern sushi joint serves creative cocktails, sake cocktails and a selection of warm and cold sake.  823 Fulton St., (504) 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com, @rocknsakesushi

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