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Gambit’s 100-plus bars: Neighborhood bars

Join the regulars at these local spots


Bar Redux
@BarRedux 801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083;
The vibe: The casual bar replaced The Joint and has a back patio and a full roster of weekly events to appeal to a new generation of Bywater residents. What you'll drink: Regulars opt for a shot and a beer (think the standard Jameson and High Life) or maybe a Moscow mule, and there's a special "Funny Punch" for comedy night.

Bouligny Tavern
3641 Magazine St., (504) 891-1810;
The vibe: Vintage chairs and modern lighting distinguish chef John Harris' swank tavern, and there's patio seating between the bar and neighboring Lilette. The bar offers small plates and charcuterie. What you'll drink: Murgo Brut Rose stands out on the wine list. Seasonal cocktails include the Eddie Taylor with Scotch, lime, tawny port, ginger beer and bitters.

6401 N Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 456-5596;
The vibe: Johnnie's Steakhouse closed, but patrons still come to the location's long mahogany bar to listen to oldies and visit with their favorite bartender, Diana "Wee Wee" Geier, who built a following during her tenure at the restaurant. What you'll drink: Join the ex-pats looking to continue the restaurant's good times by sipping Manhattans and old fashioneds.

Finn McCool's Irish Pub
@finnmccoolspub 3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080;
The vibe: Soccer fans gather here at all hours to watch games from around the globe, but Finn's is a busy neighborhood hub for non-sports fans as well. What you'll drink: Keep an eye out for favorites like Parish Brewing Company's Ghost in the Machine while supplies last. Other craft drafts include Second Line Brewing Pale Ale and Brooklyn Lager.

The Holy Ground Irish Pub
3340 Canal St., (504) 821-6828;
The vibe: Regulars gather at this pub to play darts and pool and watch sports on TV. What you'll drink: Guinness on draft.

@KingpinNola 1307 Lyons St., (504) 891-2373
The vibe: Sports-watching and shuffleboard are the main attractions at this low-frills Uptown bar. There often are food trucks parked outside. What you'll drink: PBR or a White Russian made with Jameson.

Markey's Bar
640 Louisa St., (504) 943-0785;
The vibe: Bywater neighbors pop into the corner bar to watch sports and play shuffleboard. What you'll drink: A Dark and Stormy or a shot of well whiskey and a bottle of Miller High Life.

Martine's Lounge
@MartinesLounge 2347 Metairie Road, (504) 831-8637;
The vibe: Patrons can smoke at this Old Metairie bar, remade by the owners of Pal's Lounge. It's outfitted with red accents and patrons enjoy board games, free snacks, darts and video poker. What you'll drink: The blueberry basil margarita and mango mojito are stars of the cocktail menu. Regulars know to look for their names on the board, because someone may have bought them a drink already.

Mid-City Yacht Club
@MCYCNOLA 440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517;
The vibe: Across from St. Patrick's Park and its field of kickball and softball dreams is this casual corner bar, where patrons watch sports on large-screen TVs or play corn hole on the patio. What you'll drink: Get a bucket filled with iced beers (Miller Lite or Budweiser) or opt for rotating specials of craft beers on draft.

Mimi's in the Marigny
@MimisMarigny 2601 Royal St., (504) 872-9868;
The vibe: Two floors offer different experiences at this Marigny watering hole, which serves hot and cold tapas well into the night. There's a pool table and livelier vibe downstairs and a smattering of cocktail tables in the more loungy upstairs. What you'll drink: Wine by the glass.

Old Point Bar
545 Patterson Drive, (504) 364-0950;
The Vibe: Tucked behind the levee in Algiers Point is this local spot, featuring live music, dartboards and more. What you'll drink: Blue Moon on draft or Miller Lite.

Pal's Lounge
@PalsLounge 949 N. Rendon St., (504) 488-7257
The vibe: This Mid-City dive is almost as well known for its steamy bathroom decor as it is for the neighborhood vibe and patrons enjoying cheap drinks and pop-up dining. What you'll drink: The signature Gingerita, similar to a Moscow mule.

Rivershack Tavern
@TheRivershack 3449 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 834-4938;
The vibe: From the outside, Rivershack looks like a roadhouse, but inside there's more of a homey vibe, with kitschy decor and a gourmet comfort food menu that makes it a busy lunchtime spot. Local bands perform many nights. What you'll drink: Abita beers and popular imports on draft, margaritas.

The Rivershack Tavern – Gretna
714 1st St., Gretna, (504) 325-5530;
The vibe: This spacious West Bank bar boasts plenty of indoor and outdoor seating with river views. It's a locals spot for both music and sports viewing. What you'll drink: Abita on tap and changing daily specials, like the two-for-one margarita or $2 draft beers.

St. Joe's Bar
5535 Magazine St., (504) 899-3744;
The vibe: There's a spiritual vibe to St. Joe's, whether it's the iconography hung in the corner barroom or the Asian templelike vibe of the back bar and patio. What you'll drink: Blueberry mojitos, Abita and NOLA Brewing beers on tap and a wide selection of craft beers in bottles.

Sidney's Saloon
1200 St. Bernard Ave., (504) 224-2678;
The vibe: Depending on the night, the crowd ranges from inked hipsters to a sweaty, mixed-age crowd dancing late into weekend nights at this fun dive bar on the St. Bernard Avenue strip. What you'll drink: Try the frozen rum margarita or locally brewed beers.

Twelve Mile Limit
@twelvemilelimit 500 S Telemachus St., (504) 488-8114;
The vibe: A little bit off the beaten path, Twelve Mile Limit offers a relaxed bar atmosphere and a hidden gem of a craft cocktail list from owner and cocktail consultant T. Cole Newton. What you'll drink: The Baudin, a spicy mix of bourbon, honey, lemon and Tabasco, or grab a $2 PBR, High Life or Rolling Rock.

Wit's Inn
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600;
The vibe: The Mid-City tavern serves pizza as well as fruity, tropical drinks. There's plenty of seating indoors for patrons watching sports and outdoor seating. What you'll drink: Potent drinks including the monsoon or Long Island iced tea.

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