@RevolutionNOLA Restaurant R'evolution, 777 Bienville St., (504) 553-2277; www.revolutionnola.com
The vibe: Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto's sophisticated restaurant features antiques showcased in glass cabinets, gas lanterns and a dark wood bar. What you'll drink: Seasonal cocktails inspired by pre-Prohibition-era drinks featuring handcrafted ingredients such as Creole bitters, Cherry Bounce, absinthe and ratafias infused with flavors such as camellia and persimmon. Seasonal craft beer specials such as The Bruery's Tart of Darkness feature sour stout aged in red wine barrels.
@bayouburger 503 Bourbon St., (504) 529-4256; www.bayouburger.com
The vibe: In the heart of the French Quarter, this restaurant doubles as a sports bar with plenty of large-screen TVs mounted above the crowd. What you'll drink: There are seven Abita beers and brews from regional breweries, including sweet potato cream stout and golden honey ale from Mississippi-based Lazy Magnolia.
Capri Blu Bar
Andrea's Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com
The vibe: Andrea Apuzzo's Italian-inspired upscale piano bar alternately features live music, an eclectic jukebox and happy hours. What you'll drink: Cocktail highlights include the pumpkin spice white Russian, Andrea's espresso martini and the Parisian Sazerac.
Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurant
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 9, Metairie; (504) 464-0354; www.casa-garcia.com
The vibe: Bright yellow walls and red tables have made the casual dining spot popular with locals for more than 30 years. What you'll drink: The house sangria combines red wine, liqueurs and fruit juices. Top-shelf margaritas can be made with Herradura, Patron Silver, Don Julio Silver or Tres Generaciones tequilas.
@AntoinesNOLA Antoine's Restaurant, 725 St. Louis St., (504) 581-4422; www.antoines.com/hermes-bar.html
The vibe: Once a dining room festooned with photos and memorabilia from the Krewe of Hermes, the bar features its own menu and lively atmosphere. What you'll drink: The restaurant wine list features more than 500 bottles and the bar offers classic cocktails such as the Ramos gin fizz and French 75.
@kingfishnola 337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005; www.kingfishneworleans.com
The vibe: This French Quarter restaurant and watering hole gives a nod to Gov. Huey P. Long with "Governor Hours," aka happy hour. Bartender Justin Gehrmann presides over a menu of New Orleans classics. What you'll drink: The Sazerac features Overholt Rye, sugar, Herbsaint Legendre, bitters and lemon. The Amelia Earhart features Ford's Gin, lemon, Luxardo, Rothman's Creme de Violette and fresh basil.
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
95 French Market Place, (504) 522-9500; www.lpkfrenchquarter.com
The vibe: Louisiana Pizza Kitchen is a gourmet pizza restaurant near the bustling French Market, and works by New Orleans artists underscores its local vibe. What you'll drink: There are 28 wines available by the glass, plus locally brewed beers.
Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
@LucysNewOrleans 701 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 523-8995; www.lucysretiredsurfers.com
The vibe: The restaurant features wood polished like a surfboard and bright beach shack decor. What you'll drink: The Shark Attack features vodka, gin, rum, tequila, sour mix and "the blood of a few innocent victims." The Reckless Willy includes Gosling's dark rum, ginger beer, fresh lime and ginger simple syrup.
@Mulates 201 Julia St., (504) 522-1492; www.mulates.com
The vibe: The spacious restaurant is designed to invoke rustic Acadiana eateries, with heavy wooden beams and exposed wood, red-and-white checkered tablecloths, a dance floor and live Cajun music. What you'll drink: Abita beers on draft, Cajun bloody mary, cognac cosmopolitan.
Ralph's on the Park
@Ralphsonthepark 900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.com
The vibe: Patrons can gather in the 30-seat bar on the restaurant's ground floor or enjoy dining room and balcony views of the oak trees in New Orleans City Park. What you'll drink: The lemon-basil bloody mary features lemon- and basil-infused vodka, house bloody mary mix, basil and lemon. The chipotle version features smoked jalapenos, Ketel One vodka, house-made mix, jalapeno, lemon and lime.
@SobouNola 310 Chartres St.; (504) 552-4095; www.sobounola.com
The vibe: The restaurant's modern concept has some notable amenities: A front beer garden features three tables with local craft beers on self-serve taps, and two Napa Technology machines dispense wine by the ounce, half glass or full glass. What you'll drink: The cocktail menu's Screwjack features Jameson Caskmate, Hoodoo chicory liqueur, house-made cold brew coffee and cream.
The Steak Knife
888 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.com
The vibe: This Lake-view institution has been run by the Roth family since the 1970s, and features a long, L-shaped bar where patrons can enjoy a martini before dinner or linger afterward. What you'll drink: The signature frozen brandy Alexander is a classic dessert drink made of dark creme de cacao, brandy and ice cream.
@TableauNOLA 616 St. Peter St., (504) 934-3463; www.tableaufrenchquarter.com
The vibe: Dickie Brennan's restaurant offers several spots to enjoy a drink by the fountain in the courtyard shared with Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, on the wide balcony overlooking Jackson Square, or at the first- or second-floor bars. What you'll drink: Classics such as the Pimm's Cup or Dark and Stormy, and original cocktails, like the Sloe Burro, an updated Moscow mule with tequila, sloe gin, ginger beer and lime.
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