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Gambit’s 100-plus bars: Outdoor drinking

Catch a breeze and grab a drink in these courtyards and patios


@Bacchanalwine 600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111;
The vibe: The wine shop's once lushly overgrown backyard has been tamed with gravel ground cover, more neatly strung lights and densely packed tables, but the space retains its rustic and bohemian charms. What you'll drink: Choose from European wines in the wine shop, craft beers from a kiosk in the backyard or craft cocktails from the upstairs bar.

Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 302-9357;
The vibe: The sprawling back patio features a full bar, roof- and tent-covered areas and abundant seating clustered around large-screen TVs. It's also dog friendly. What you'll drink: There's a wide selection of crafts beers on tap and in bottles.

Casa Borrega
@casaborrega 1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 427-0654;
The vibe: It's easy to settle into the restaurant's main room with its folk-art decor and repurposed architectural pieces crafted by artist/owner Hugo Montero, but there's also plenty of tables and space on the rear patio, which is framed by columns, French doors and remnants of New Orleans homes. What you'll drink: There's a long list of tequilas and mescals, and the spirits are used in margaritas and palomas. Try the Diablo, made with mezcal, cassis and ginger beer.

The Rusty Nail
@Rustynailnola 1100 Constance St., (504) 525-5515;
The vibe: This hub on the outer rim of the Warehouse District has a cool, wood-walled, high-ceilinged room with plenty of tables and a roofed-in area on the spacious patio, which has many large-screen TVs for watching sports. What you'll drink: Craft beers on draft and a wide selection of brown liquor, especially Scotches and bourbons, classic cocktails (Negronis, rusty nails) and original cocktails, such as the Cool Brees, made with rum, Firefly Sweet Tea vodka and lemonade.

Warehouse Grille
@WarehouseGrille 869 Magazine St., (504) 322-2188;
The vibe: There once was a volleyball court behind this spacious Warehouse District restaurant and bar, but it's been paved over and replaced with ample seating at umbrella-covered tables. What you'll drink: Choose from 40 beers on tap, including many Abita brews, Guinness and craft beers, mimosas and creative spins on classic cocktails.

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