237 1/2 Lafayette St., Gretna, 309-3859
This neighborhood bar offers a variety of activities including live music on Fridays, Jose Margarita Mondays, Lingerie Tuesdays, Bloody Mary Wednesdays and ladies night on Thursdays. The bar specializes in cocktails and mixed drinks, and the grill offers steaks and burgers from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Open: Mon.-Sat. Food: bar food. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Cucos Mexican Cantina
2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7766
See Metairie section for bar description.
Gattuso's Neighborhood Bar and Restaurant
435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114
Free live music keeps things lively on Friday and Saturday nights, or try your pop culture knowledge at trivia night on Mondays. If you work up an appetite, the restaurant menu offers variety, including crab and corn bisque, half-pound burgers and spaghetti and meatballs, and you can dine inside or al fresco. Open Mon.-Sat., Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
1611 Franklin St., Gretna, 304-7842
Sports barThis playful bar screens sports on its five flat-screen TVs, but it also brings in DJs and hosts popular beer pong tournaments, sponsors dart and pool teams — and has a stripper pole available to customers (makes a great bet for the beer pong tournament). Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Red Maple Restaurant & Lounge
1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, 367-0935
Gear up for the weekend with two free drinks for women on Thursday, then leave work early Friday and spend the afternoon sipping $1 martinis (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Return Saturday and test your pipes at karaoke, starting at 10 p.m. The bar and accompanying restaurants have been a traditional place to do business in style since the heyday of the oil and gas boom. Open Tue.-Sat. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.