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Fat Molly's Pizza & Beer
2400 21st St., Kenner, (504) 305-1017;
A restaurant in the heart of Kenner near the airport, Fat Molly's offers 30 different beers served at the 20-seat bar or the 10 surrounding tables. Works by local artists adorn the walls, and there are flat-screen TVs for watching sports. The kitchen slings popular pizzas like barbecue shrimp and a Cajun pie with boudin. Open daily. No smoking. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Liuzza's Sports Bar
2500 W. Metairie Ave., Kenner, (504) 712-0786
Liuzza's boasts a local sports hall of fame featuring area all-stars from prep to pro. Cheer for the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints, who earn everyone a free Jell-O shot with each score. The kitchen prepares items from cheese sticks to chicken cordon bleu. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
2204 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 466-3852;
Live music from international recording artists and local bands fills this Kenner bar, while patrons enjoy signature drinks like the Vegas Bomb, Swag and Walk Me Down. There is free barbecue during New Orleans Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Andrea's Capri Blu
Andrea's Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583
Enjoy live piano music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Try the house special Capri Blu martini, a chocolatini or any of the other cocktails on the menu. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- Patrons are all smiles at Mid-City Yacht Club, which offers cheap beer and free food on game days.
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700;
"Thirst and Ten" on New Orleans Saints and LSU game days is 10 "sideline" snacks for less than $10, along with $5 glasses of wine and cocktails made with fresh juices and mixes. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
3505 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 885-1771;
So you think you can dance? Grab a partner and hit the floor at this upscale club where you can show off your moves —
or learn some new ones. Take lessons in cha cha, ballroom, West Coast or Jamaica swing, Latin, waltz, tango and more. There's a large floating dance floor and a smaller floor upstairs, and live music Friday night. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
4450 Wabash St., Metairie, (504) 885-2426;
Darts are big here, with tourneys and teams. There are costume parties, dance parties, trivia contests, Men's Night Mondays with lingerie models, and free shots every time the New Orleans Saints score. Swing by and order a Vegas Bomb. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Cucos Mexican Cafe
5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 454-5005;
This Mexican cantina has two-for-one margaritas, sangria and cocktails from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. every day and $1 tacos on Wednesday, along with a full menu of flautas, fajitas, burgers, Mexican pizza and quesadillas. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. daily.
DBC Bar & Grill
1001 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 838-2282;
DBC's bustling drive-thru daiquiri business complements a dog- and ping pong-friendly interior, where a grill cooks up beef-brisket burgers. Specialty drinks include strawberry-lemonade daiquiri and baby car bombs plus $1 PBRs. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., after sundown Fri.
452 Aurora Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-7619
This neighborhood bar is located just off Bonnabel Boulevard south of I-10. The Electric Cocktail boasts all the amenities a neighborhood bar needs: a pool table, jukebox, video poker and TVs for watching sports. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 934-4900;
Nosh withAbita Amber-battered onion rings, brisket sliders and the popular ginger old-fashioned: ginger-infused Makers Mark, bitters, an orange wedge and cherry. Cocktails are $5 at happy hour, starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 5 p.m. other days. Open Mon.-Fri. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu.
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- Irvin Mayfield's I Club has the ingredients for a great date night: live music, creative cocktails and upscale but comfy surroundings.
Joe's Caddy Corner
4532 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, (504) 885-1164
Twelve-dollar steak night on Monday helps ease patrons into the return to the work week, or one can enjoy the Caddy burger any night. Pinball, pool and darts provide additional entertainment. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
3535 Severn Ave., Suite 10, Metairie, (504) 888-5858;
Enjoy Knuckleheads' twist on a classic drink with the Bloody Knuckle. This sports bar has 17 TVs and carries the NFL and MLB packages for sports fans. Its food menu includes burgers, salads, sandwiches, appetizers and seafood on Friday. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923;
Lager's features 75 taps with a wide selection of craft, imported and regional beers, as well as multiple happy hour opportunities to enjoy them. On weekdays catch happy hour from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and late-night happy hour starts at 11 p.m. Lager's also offers burgers, signature sandwiches and salads. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Melius Bar & Grill
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-9446;
Peanut shells are tossed on the floor during happy hour, when the nuts are free. Specialty nights include Martini Mondays, Beer Bucket Tuesdays and Margarita Thursdays. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. daily.
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540
If you'd like a good juicy burger or well-dressed po-boy with your beer, you can get it at this old-school place that's loaded with charm —
and a good selection of liquors and beers. It's got darts, video poker, pool, Wi-Fi and sports on TV. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
2012 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, (504) 885-6853
Order a frosty 20-ounce schooner of beer for $1.50 and watch sports on one of the big-screen TVs here, or enter trivia contests, join a darts or pool league. You also can crank up the jukebox or try your luck at video poker. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Sportsbeat Pub and Cafe
3330 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, (504) 838-9563
This Metairie sports bar has 16 TVs with an assortment of packages for the sports fanatic. Along with the classic dart board, customers can play skee ball and enjoy a full menu and daytime drink specials. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Waloo's Sports Bar & Grill
1300 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-6474;
Watch sports on big-screen TVs or join in the fun with foosball, a punching bag machine, bar-top arcade games, darts, pool, trivia and beer pong. Waloo's has theme nights including Bottomless Margarita and Drunk Bingo Wednesday, comedy night Thursday and karaoke Friday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Bar food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Cucos Mexican Cafe
2766 Belle Chase Highway, Gretna, (504) 393-7766;
See "Metairie" section for bar description.
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-1114;
Nestled in Gretna's historical district, Gattuso's is one of the most popular places for outdoor drinking and dining on the West Bank. It boasts a lengthy bar menu and has live music on weekends. The 14 draft beers on tap include Gattuso's Amber. Dog friendly. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed on patio. Bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.