Banks Street Bar & Grill
4401 Banks St., 486-0288
There's never a cover charge for the nightly music shows here, and musicians come from all over the city. Dine on free red beans and rice on Mondays and free BLTs on Wednesdays or order from a menu of Chicago-style pizza and bar grub. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bayou Beer Garde
n326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 302-9357
The selection of craft and imported beers is large, and beer bucket specials are available all the time. The outdoor deck and patio are favorite spots for visiting over a cool brew. Regulars come by to watch sports on TV, play trivia games, darts, pool or hear occasional live music. The kitchen has burgers, salads, sandwiches and appetizers. Free Wi-Fi and dog friendly too. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu.
Beach Corner Bar & Grill
4905 Canal St., 488-7357
This casual bar has beer bucket specials during all Saints, LSU and Tulane games and free red beans and rice during Monday Night Football. Amusements include trivia games, darts, pool and lingerie shows on Wednesdays and Fridays. The menu includes burgers, grilled chicken, tuna steaks and appetizers and is served late into the night. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Bulldog Mid-City
5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4191
Like its Uptown sibling, this Bulldog offers a large variety of draft and bottled beer, 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. Head to the kitchen window for crawfish banditos, nachos, salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bullet's Sports Bar
2441 A.P. Tureaud Ave., 669-4464
Like many other previously obscure New Orleans institutions thrust into the Treme limelight, Bullet's Sports Bar has enjoyed a spike in popularity, and locals still flock to the 7th Ward landmark for live music by musicians like Kermit Ruffins and Mike "Soulman" Baptiste. Weekly events include DJs on Fridays and Saturdays. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Wed.
Chickie Wah Wa
h2828 Canal St., 304-4714
The covered patio provides protected outdoor seating where you can sample the bar's selection of local microbrewed beers or Angel's sangria. The live music is free from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, and bands play live most nights. Pizza, vegetarian/vegan cuisine, salads and Italian dishes dot the menu. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.
3700 Orleans Ave., 483-6314
Clever features 17 wines by the glass and 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 $4 wines and $4 martinis, and Thursdays and Fridays offer free wine tasting. Open daily at 5 p.m. and for football games. No smoking. No food.
4501 Toulouse St., 482-1677
Set up like a living room with red walls, well-worn couches and coffee tables, this neighborhood bar draws regulars for football games shown 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 allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks St., 486-9080
The beer bucket specials on Mondays gets you in a proper state of mind for the weekly pub quiz. It serves as a de facto expat clubhouse, with lots of attention to soccer, the Saints, a properly poured Guinness and anything Irish. Food comes from Boo Koo BBQ, which operates in the bar. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu.
Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., 218-7888
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 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. and Sun. for Saints games. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St., 482-9120
A quintessential Mid-City 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. No smoking. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Thu.
Mick's Irish Pub
4801 Bienville St., 483-9113
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 allowed.
Mid City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., 483-2517
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 HD TVs. The bar features homemade Bloody Mary mix, vodkas infused with Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Red Hots and bacon and beer bucket specials all day. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
Nonna Mia Cafe and Pizzeria
3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717
The patio is a good place to enjoy drinks regardless of the season — it has cooling misters for hot weather and heaters for the cold — and mixologist/bar manager Travers "Traverino" Romann creates seasonal cocktails like fall's espresso cocktail with Grey Goose, Kahlua and espresso and the Moonlight in Italian, a fresh twist on a French 75. The bar is best known for its carefully curated menu of wines available by the bottle or glass. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour Mon.-Tue.
On-I Sports Bar
3813 Tulane Ave., 483-6787
Sports barOn-I features a bright, sleek modern décor and is a football-watching hub. Friday is DJ night. The Green Goblin is a popular drink, and food is served in the bar and on the patio. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 3 p.m-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
949 N. Rendon St., 488-7257
Located just off Bayou St. John, Pal's blends the appeal of a cozy neighborhood joint with the kitsch of a hipster hangout. 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 allowed.
910 N. Carrollton Ave., 482-2680
The patio of this neighborhood bar is a popular spot for watching football games (there are heaters for staying warm 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 allowed. Happy Hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Ralph's on the Park
900 City Park Ave., 488-1000
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 whether you're dining at the restaurant or not. The bar opens at 3 p.m. for happy hour, and Joe Krown entertains Tuesday through Thursday and Satuday. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
The Red Door
206 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-5801
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 fans on game day. Hospitality personnel receive a discount on drinks after 7 p.m. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Rock 'n' Bowl
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-1700
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. Wednesday is swing night, Thursday features zydeco bands and there's more live music on Friday and Saturday nights. There's a dance floor and tables where customers can sit, drink and enjoy pizza, buffalo wings, fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade and more. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Bar food.
3143 Ponce de Leon St., 304-0635
This wine shop has limited seating but offers weekly wine tastings. It offers 20 wines by the glass. There are wine-tasting specials from 6 p.m-8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Cheese boards are available. Dog friendly. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking on patio.
Twelve Mile Limit
500 S. Telemachus, 488-8114
This cocktail lounge is named for the 12-mile offshore boundary beyond which alcohol could be served during Prohibition. The namesake Twelve Mile Limit features rum and pomegranate. Bring your own vinyl for Tuesday's spin session. The neighborhood joint also is home to Shortall's Barbecue. There is free Wi-Fi, pool tables and video poker. Dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wit's Inn Bar & Pizza Kitchen
141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600
Neighborhood barIf vodka is your libation of choice, you'll find 84 from which to choose here, as well as a cocktail list including customer favorites Bahama Mamas, chocolate martinis, the signature Witmaker and more. The kitchen offers gourmet pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and salads, and you can sit inside or watch life along Carrollton Avenue at sidewalk tables. Other diversions include 15 HD TVs, a pool table and dartboard. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.