4529 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-9066
Neighborhood barThe bar here is crafted from lumber and bricks salvaged from Hurricane Katrina's wreckage, and it proves a sturdy stage for a steady flow of draft beers, mixed drinks and Jagermeister shots. Monday's trivia night draws an enthusiastic crowd of pop culture savants, while the jukebox and energetic bartenders always keep things lively. Happy hour 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Open: daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
The Avenue Pub
1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243
The two-story beer pub has a renovated upstairs, an improved selection on its wall of draft beers and the same round-the-clock hours as always. The balcony is open for improv as well as parade and Saints game watching. Special events include trivia on Tuesday and beer tasting on Wednesday. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed. Happy hour daily 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Balcony Bar & Cafe
3201 Magazine St., 894-8888 or 895-1600
Watch sporting events on TV and play pool inside, or find a seat at a table on the balcony overlooking Magazine Street for a bit of conversation and people-watching. Regulars favor the cheese fries with their favorite drinks, but there also are pizzas, burgers, wings and french fries. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu.
The Bayou Bar
2031 St. Charles Ave., 524-0581
Step back into a bygone era at this graceful bar in the luxurious Pontchartrain Hotel, built in 1927. Piano player Phil Melancon performs at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Get nostalgic with hot buttered rum, the signature Moscow Mule, a chocolate martini, wine or aged Scotch. Open: Tue.-Sat. No smoking. No food.
3641 Magazine St., 891-1810
Chef John Harris opened this elegant wine bar next to his restaurant Lilette, and outdoor seating is available in the alley between the two buildings. There's a long bar and ample seating along an equally long banquette. There's a short menu of original cocktails and a well-curated wine list with about 15 available by the glass. The menu includes gourmet noshing items. Open: Mon.-Sat. Smoking: patio only. Food: Small plates.
1201 Magazine St., 299-1888
Sometimes it's hard to tell if this is a human bar that allows dogs, or a dog bar that allows humans. At any rate, many of the lounge's four-legged regulars have their photos hung on the wall. The relaxed atmosphere invites customers to linger over the bar's popular mojitos, specialty cocktails and NOLA Brewing selections on tap. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: no. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
3236 Magazine St., 891-1516
A fountain crafted from beer taps flows perpetually on the patio, and the taps behind the bar inside are in constant use, too. As if the huge draft selection wasn't enough, the Bulldog's fridge stocks everything from Chimay to Singha. Keep your decorated Bulldog pint glasses on Wednesdays. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
3218 Magazine St., 894-1233
Try the specialty Uptown Sling, made with Makers Mark, house-made peach puree, peach bitters and nutmeg, or sample some of the bar's margaritas, mojitos, the signature Flaming Huka or a selection of beers in bottles and on tap. The menu offers a full range of Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p. Mon.-Sat.
3445 Prytania St., 891-5773
Cafe Prytania periodically hosts music ranging from jazz to indie bands. The walls are decorated with New Orleans nostalgia, and food is available at the Milk Bar behind the stage. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m., and alcohol service starts at 11 a.m. Happy hour is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Open: daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu.
4510 Dryades St., 895-9323
Head to the bar of this throwback steakhouse for classic cocktails. Popular drinks include Sazeracs and old fashioneds. There also is a large wine list to choose from. The bar has TVs for watching sports and there is free Wi-Fi. A full steakhouse menu is available. Open Tue.-Sat. No smoking.
The Club Miss Mae's
4336 Magazine St., 218-8035
You don't need Happy hour here; the drinks are always cheap and the bar is always open. A jukebox provides music for exercising your elbow at the bar, shooting pool and playing foosball or air hockey. You also can watch sports on TV and there's free Wi-Fi. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed.
4905 Freret St., 302-2357
This craft cocktail bar has a unique list of spirits and the bartenders mix drinks like alchemists mix secret formulas. Housed in a renovated firehouse with an exposed brick interior and contemporary decor, there's banquette seating inside or chairs on the patio. Small plates and tapas are served until midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. Food: bar menu.
3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858
Take advantage of the $5 wine specials on the board or choose from a vast array of other vintages and beers available. This upscale wine bar also offers cheese plates, frog legs, french fries and other munchies. Take a seat overlooking St. Charles Avenue or enjoy the weather with seating outdoors. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu.
Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880
The specialty cocktails at this restaurant bar change seasonally, but the most popular drinks are the Champagne Tchouptail, Buffalo Soldier and Patio Sipper, which you can consume on the patio of the mid-19th century bargeboard building that originally was a grocery store. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, and the menu is American regional with some twists. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
Dino's Bar and Grill
1128 Tchoupitoulas St., 558-0900
Steak night on Tuesday (an 8-ounce steak with potatoes and vegetables is $12.95) is among the things that draw in regulars. There also is live music most Fridays and happy hour prices for women from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday during ladies night. Hamburgers, chicken tenders, tuna, wraps and salads are on the menu. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar
5535 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-8500
There's a humidor stocked with more than 40 types of premium cigars — and even a wooden Indian. The doors open at 5 p.m. for a champagne happy hour, and the bar is fully stocked for those with differing tastes. Sports are shown on a big-screen TV, there's a pool table — or you can take your drinks on patio. Free live music plays Monday through Saturday, and the bar offers frequent wine and spirits tastings and promotions. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Down the Hatch
1921 Sophie Wright Place, 522-0909
Exposed-brick walls, a stone floor and gourmet bar food make this a place where locals like to hang out. There are more than 10 different types of burgers — and a full bar that runs daily specials. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Food: gourmet bar menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
2040 St. Charles Ave., 525-2951
Found in a head-turning structure, Eiffel Society is a showcase for contemporary art, performance, small plates and cocktails. The bar offers tango lessons (Tuesday), a ladies night with free Champagne until 1 a.m. (Thursday), salsa lessons (Friday) and DJs (Thursday through Saturday). Open Tue. and Thu.-Sat. No smoking.
1179 Annunciation St., 299-1179
The brick and wood interior of this restaurant bar in a restored 1800s merchant's cottage provides a romantic warm-up to a night on the town. Drink specials, a complimentary antipasto bar and discounted "mini boats" of shrimp, steak, sausage or oysters start at 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The restaurant menu is available at the bar. Open: Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
On the Avenue
1753 St. Charles Ave., 523-4500
There's a 65-inch TV screen for watching sports and a jukebox and video poker to pass the time when your favorite team is off the field. Beer and wine are high on the drink list. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. weekdays.
4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582
With large doors opening to St. Charles Avenue, Fat Harry's attracts a lot of college students, but there also are plenty of patrons who have come to this neighborhood bar for decades to drink in specials like $4.50 pitchers of beer (Monday), $1 off pints (Wednesday) and happy hour until extends to midnight Thursday. Watch sports, play pool, video poker or trivia. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
6215 S. Miro St., 309-2776
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Garden District Pub
1916 Magazine St., 267-3392
With exposed brick walls and a copper-top bar, this neighborhood haunt exudes the ambience of a 19th-century pub. Sazeracs, absinthe and Cosmopolitans flow freely, and snacks include pizza, stuffed poppers and chips. Enjoy a second happy hour after midnight and $.50 off all drinks. Dog friendly. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Gott Gourmet Cafe
3100 Magazine St., 373-6579
Try Gott's Best Ever Bloody Mary and its blueberry or strawberry mimosas while noshing on salads, seafood, sandwiches and more. You can even take home food for later — in biodegradable containers made from sugarcane fibers. Give your eco-friendly self a toast from the new bar menu and wine list and imbibe on the patio. Watch the Saints, LSU or Tulane here and get two-for-one beer during the games. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
Half Moon Bar & Grill
1125 St. Mary St., 522-0599
This spacious bar in the lower Garden District features pool tables, trivia games, dartboards, video poker, Skee-Ball, video poker and sports on TV. Weekly beers specials include Killian's on Tuesdays, Shiner Bock on Wednesdays and High Life on Sundays. The kitchen serves burgers, Philly cheese steaks, sandwiches and hummus. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 5 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Henry's Uptown Bar
5101 Magazine St., 324-8140
This neighborhood bar has been serving thirsty New Orleanians since 1900, and plans to start offering food soon. Bar management says its drink prices are so low it's like having happy hour all day long. It's a popular spot for watching LSU and Saints games (or other NFL Package offerings) on the seven big-screen TVs. Open daily. Food: coming soon.
The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave., 595-6755
Monday nights feature Irish music sessions, and other bands play live on Fridays and Saturdays. Other nights feature street bowling, Irish movie night, trivia games and more. The specialty beer list includes more than 70 beers in bottles and a dozen beers and hard ciders on tap, and there are 80 wines by the bottle and glass. Chef Matt Murphy created an Irish-inspired menu (breakfast is available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mon.-Fri. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu.
1307 Lyons St., 891-2373
A hub of activity Uptown and popular late-night service industry destination, The Kingpin also is a good place to spot random clusters of the Rolling Elvi. A neighborhood bar with some kitschy appeal, it features a shuffleboard and dartboards. There's free barbecue during Saints games. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. weekdays.
La Thai Uptown
4938 Prytania St., 899-8886
Chic, modern decor is a sleek backdrop for an array of sparkling Asian flavors and inventive cocktails, which include the lychee-tini and fresh fruit mojitos. A full menu of Thai staples and Louisiana seafood, like spring rolls and coconut shrimp, complements the bar. Open: Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
Le Bon Temps Roule
4801 Magazine St., 895-8117
Toss back a cold one and commune with the tiled alligators in the back bar of this neighborhood tavern, play a game of pool or just visit with the bartenders and regular patrons. The Soul Rebels play every Thursday; a variety of other musical acts perform on other nights. Friday features free oysters. Open daily. Smoking allowed.
5908 Magazine St., 891-8495
The French-Carribean menu and elegant patio offers Uptowners a glimpse into sophisticated island living. An extensive wine list offers wines by the bottle or glass, and there is no corkage fee on Tuesdays. Enjoy $5 glasses of wine and live music on the covered patio on Wednesdays, and $5 cocktails on Thursdays. Open Tue.-Sun. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu.
1505 Amelia St., 895-9163
The Mayfair is a beloved locals-only spot with brisk bartenders, cheap drinks and Carnival memorabilia covering the walls. The bar also has two pool tables, an Internet jukebox and a large selection of liquor. It only takes cash. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. daily.
Milan Lounge1312 Milan St., 895-1836Neighborhood barThis neighborhood bar presents a selection of cigars for sale — and a comfortable setting to enjoy them. It screens New Orleans Saints and Chicago Cubs games, and a dart league plays on Tuesday. For those not ready for league play, there's video poker, Internet radio and free Wi-Fi. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine St., 899-4800
This bar is a good place to take a date, sit at the bar and gaze at the 40 single-malt Scotches sparkling against the mirrored bar back. Couches and lounge chairs are comfortable spots for watching sports and special screenings on the 120-inch high-definition screen. There's free food and half-price hangover remedy drinks on Saints Sundays, and more than 30 wines by the glass every day. Open 3 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 6 p.m. Sun. (except football season). Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Parasol's Bar and Restaurant
2533 Constance St., 302-1543
This 60-year-old bar is headquarters for an annual St. Patrick's Day block party that has become a New Orleans institution, as have the bar's homemade po-boys, gumbo and soups. Specialty nights include an acoustic jam/open mic session on Mondays and trivia night on Tuesdays. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
733 Cherokee St., 865-1155
A comfortable lounge with contemporary decor, Phillips draws an interesting cross-section of students, young professionals, neighborhood residents and tourists. There are more than a dozen flavors of martinis, and homemade appetizers and flatbreads are available Tuesday through Saturday. Wednesday offers half-price bottles of wine, and Friday martinis are $4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close. Single women drink free 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday. Open Mon.-Sat. The bar is smoke-free on Friday until 9 p.m.
3101 Magazine St., 891-1777
This bar opens early to screen college football or Saints games on Saturday and Sunday, and offers Bloody Mary and mimosa specials. Nirvana cocktails are free during Sunday games, and well drinks are two-for-one from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. When the game's not on listen to the jukebox or play darts or pool. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Happy hour 3 p.m.- 8 p.m. daily.
The Saint Bar & Lounge
961 St. Mary St., 523-0050http://
It's a quintessential gritty dive bar that resembles an ancient tavern that opens onto an untamed patio. Throw down a round of stiff drinks and squeeze a bunch of friends into the photo booth, or dance to the well-stocked jukebox. There are regular specialty nights and occasional live music and DJs. Opens at 8 p.m. daily. Smoking allowed.
St. Joe's Ba
r5535 Magazine St., 899-3744
This neighborhood dive bar features religious artifacts hanging from wooden walls, a pool table in the back of the bar and an Asian-style garden on the back patio. The signature drink is a blueberry mojito made to order with fresh fruit and mint. Open daily. Smoking allowed(cigars on the patio only). Dog friendly.
3226 Magazine St., 371-5958
Order paella on Thursdays and get a free bottle of wine, or attend the wine dinner the last Tuesday of every month for four courses and four wines for $40. The bar has 33 wines by the glass, and outdoor seating in which to enjoy them. The Salu Cosmopolitan, made with mango, is the house favorite. Open daily. No smoking. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Shamrock Bar 'n' Gill
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938
It's like a sporting wonderland in a bar, with 16,000 square feet of space for 23 pool tables, five ping-pong tables, beer pong, shuffleboard, arcade games, mini bowling and more. The Shamrock boasts 30 beers on tap, served extra-cold, and a menu featuring handmade half-pound hamburgers. It's the place to be if you want to watch sporting events with 150 of your closest friends (there's seating for that many) on a 10-foot big-screen TV with surround-sound. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food: bar food. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Superior Bar & Grill
3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200
There's always a party atmosphere at this popular restaurant bar, known for its margaritas, both frozen and on the rocks. You can get a large for the price of a small size or two-for-one mixed drinks during happy hour. The restaurant's Tex-Mex menu is available at the bar, which has a number of tables. Open daily. Smoking: patio only. Food: restaurant menu. Happy hour 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. every day.
501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477
One of the enduring greats, Tipitina's hosts the biggest local acts and touring national performers alike. Pay your respects to the bust of Professor Longhair by the door, then dance to brass, funk, rock and come-what-may. The traditional fais do-do, or Cajun dance party, draws a crowd each Sunday afternoon. Open: Thu.-Sun. No smoking.
2604 Magazine St., 897-5413
This Irish Channel bar claims to have "the best roast beef po-boy on earth." That claim is difficult to verify, but locals and out-of-towners both consistently rate the po-boys here among the best available in town. Darts, pool and 18 TVs with NFL Sunday Ticket and ESPN GamePlan complete the scene. Happy hour Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Open: daily. Smoking allowed. Food: restaurant menu.
628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600
The upscale but comfortable bar inside Mike's on the Avenue offers a view of St. Charles Avenue through walls of windows. A daily happy hour features changing specials on the bar's creative cocktails menu. There is live music on Wednesdays, and eight flat screen TVs play music videos and major sporting events. A bar menu has snacks displaying Mike's signature American cuisine with an Asian flare. Open Tue.-Sat. No smoking. Food: small plates. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Victorian Lounge
Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308
Immerse yourself in New Orleans with a mint julep, sazerac or Pimm's Cup on the traditional Southern front porch/patio overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. Inside, there's the lounge itself, which evokes the era of its construction in 1883 from a design by architect Thomas Sully. Bistro fare is available and there's sports on TV and live music every night. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food: yes. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.