Banks Street Bar & Grill
4401 Banks St., (504) 486- 0258; www.banksstreetbarandgrill.com
The dog-friendly bar showcases an eclectic mix of local musicians, with live music every night — and there's never a cover charge. Major Bacon plays Wednesdays and, there are free BLT sandwiches. The bar has indoor and outdoor seating, large-screen TVs, darts and pool. Clesi's Catering serves boiled shrimp, crawfish, crabs and specialty sandwiches. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 302-9357; www.bayoubeergarden.com
Bikes line the fence
of this Lafitte Greenway rest stop, which offers 180 beers. On a covered patio, patrons eat standard bar staples (onion rings and mozzarella sticks) and some not-so-standard items (broccoli bites and a peanut butter bacon burger). Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Beachcorner Bar & Grill
4905 Canal St., (504) 488- 7357; www.beachcornerbarandgrill.com
The grill is open late at this neighborhood bar, which features a wide selection of draft beers. There's a full bar, pool tables, skee ball, video poker and other games. The bar is home of the 10-ounce Beachburger, and offers spicy meat pies, potato skins and more. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Bob Roth's Lounge
5129 Canal Blvd., (504) 486-7684; www.bobrothslounge.com
Regulars flocked to this no-frills old-school cocktail lounge for decades before the Roth family (proprietors of the Steak Knife) changed the name and took over operation in 1956. Customers sit with the pooch on the patio, play pool or video poker, or slam back the house "happy meal" — a Miller High Life served with a shot of Jameson. Open 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. No food.
5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4191, www.bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com
This dog-friendly bar caters to beer enthusiasts, specializing in craft beers and imports. There are more than 100 bottled beers and 60 on tap, including Abita, NOLA, Parish and Tin Roof. During Yappy Hour on the third Thursday of each month, 20 percent of all sales are donated to animal charities. The food menu includes nine kinds of burgers and "Porter fries" loaded with cheeses, chili and wing sauce. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bullet's Sports Bar
2441 A.P. Tureaud Ave., (504) 669-4464
Featured on HBO's Treme, Bullet's Sports Bar offers live R&B on Sunday, line dancing on Wednesday, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers on Thursday and the all-female Original Pinettes Brass Band on Friday. Food trucks park outside during
live shows. Open daily.
Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal St., (504) 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com;
Separated from the crowds on Frenchmen Street, this destination offers intimate access to many of the city's best musicians. The Blue Oak menu features barbecue standards and experiments including house-wrapped barbecue egg rolls. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (Free sets during happy hour).
DMac's Bar & Grill
542 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 304-5757; www.dmacs- barandgrill.com;
There's live music nightly with no cover charge, and a pool table, dartboard, sports on TV and video poker. Daily lunch specials includ red beans and rice, tacos and country-fried steak. The kitchen is open 24 hours Friday and Saturday. Open 24 hours daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
4501 Toulouse St., (504) 482-1677
The bar is popular among neighborhood residents and service industry professionals, and has a steady group of regulars who turn out for football games. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the pool table is free. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
411 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 288-8226; www.felipestaqueria.com;
See French Quarter section for bar description.
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks St., 504-486-9080; www.finnmccools.com;
The party spills from the interior of this classic Irish pub to the picnic tables on the sidewalks. During sporting events (particularly New Orleans Saints games and any soccer match), Finn's can seem like the most popular bar in town, and for good reason: inexpensive pints, darts and a Monday pub quiz that's among New Orleans' best. Open daily. Food available.
Kermit's Treme Mother-In-Law Lounge
1500 N. Claiborne Ave., (504) 975-3955
Legendary eccentric and R&B artist Ernie K-Doe made his home base at this bar, where local artist Daniel Fuselier painted bright murals on its exterior. Trumpeter and New Orleans cheerleader Kermit Ruffins reopened the bar in 2014. There's a grassy patio for Ruffins' barbecue cooking, reggae bands on Saturdays — and it's a frequent stop for second lines on Sundays. Open daily. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888; www.liuzzasnola.com;
This quintessential New Orleans neighborhood joint near the Fair Grounds is famous for its elaborate (and potent) bloody mary, served in a glass with a handle — along with beer in enormous frozen mugs. Even those who just want a drink find it hard to resist Liuzza's gumbo, New Orleans barbecue shrimp and roast beef po-boys. Open Mon.-Sat. Food available.
Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
3636 Bienville St., (504) 482-9120; www.liuzzas.com
This neighborhood restaurant is known for its mix of Creole and Italian dishes and draft beer served in icy schooners. There are TVs for sports viewing. Happy hour features 50 cents off all beer prices. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
203 Homedale St., (504) 483-0978
Tucked on the edges of Lakeview and Mid-City, this dog-friendly neighborhood bar is an ultra-casual spot to watch sports on TV, play darts (Tuesday is steel-tip darts night) or shoot pool. There's free red beans on Monday nights and trivia on Wednesdays. Open daily. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Mid-City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517; www.midcityyachtclub.net;
Adjacent to St. Patrick's Park, Mid-City Yacht Club is a popular spot for kickball and baseball players. It offers a seasonal cocktail list and upscale bar fare like crawfish cheese fries and an ahi tuna melt. There's a patio equipped with Jenga and other board games; inside you can play pool and darts. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour opening-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 885-5555; www.mizadococina.com
The bar serves craft cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices and top-shelf tequilas. House margaritas are a popular choice to pair with the Latin cuisine. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Ooh Poo Pah Doo Bar
1931 Orleans Ave., (504) 435-3384; www.oppdbar.wix.com
A neighborhood bar for many musicians from Treme, Ooh Poo Pah Doo is dedicated to the memory of musician Jesse Hill and hosts a range of musicians including regular performers Guitar Slim, Crescent City All Stars and James Andrews. There's a dance floor, beers start at $2.50 and Blue Monday features red beans and rice. Open Wed.-Mon. Food available.
949 N. Rendon St., (504) 488-7257; www.palslounge.com;
The neighborhood bar has regular pop-up food service, with Cajun-style Hot Fried Chicken on Monday, Flights of Fancy tacos on Tuesday, Crackburger on Wednesday and Thursday, Stickball Meatball on Friday and Everything's Better with Beer on Saturday. The Gingerita is a popular drink made with ginger vodka, ginger elixir, lime, sour and soda. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Parkway Bakery and Tavern
538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047; www.parkwaypoorboys.com
The full-service bar is separated from the kitchen and dining area at this classic po-boy restaurant, and beer is the favored adult beverage. The cocktail menu features interesting takes on classic cocktails, including the honey mint "jullep," made with Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey mixed with mint, sugar, lime and Sprite. Open Wed.-Mon. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
910 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-482-2680
This laid-back neighborhood hangout features a dog- and smoker-friendly patio with TVs facing outside. There's often free food during New Orleans Saints games, as well as darts, pool and video poker. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- Cheese plates and wine are available in the bar adjoining Pearl Wine Co. in Mid-City.
Pearl Wine Bar
3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 433-6314; www.pearlwineco.com
The cozy bar attached to the wine and spirits store Pearl Wine Co. serves wine and cheese and charcuterie plates as well as craft cocktails. Weekly specials include manicure and martini specials on Mondays and no corkage fees on Wednesdays. There's live music Thursday through Saturday, and food trucks occasionally park outside. Happy hour features $1 off wine and cocktails. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. daily.
Ralph's on the Park
900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000; www.ralphsonethepark.com;
Ralph Brennan's elegant restaurant has a spacious barroom and a balcony overlooking New Orleans City Park. Happy hour specials include $6 cocktails, half-priced glasses of wine, $4 craft beer and more. Apricot sangria is a combination of apricot brandy, elderflower liqueur, macerated cherries and red or sparkling wine. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
Second Line Brewing
433 N. Bernadotte St., (504) 248-8979; www.secondlinebrewing.com
The dog-friendly beer garden is open on weekends and provides treats and water for canine visitors. Food trucks provide munchies and the brewery offers IPA, Pale Ale, Batture Ale and other brews — as well as refillable plastic growlers you can take on the streets. Open Fri.-Sun. No food.
Shamrock Bar and Grill
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938; www.shamrockparty.com;
This bar is devoted to the union of sport and drink. There are 32 TVs, 23 pool tables and two mini bowling alleys, among many other games. The late-night kitchen serves hangover antidotes, including corned beef and cabbage. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Swirl Wine Bar
3143 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 304-0635; www.swirlnola.com;
Featuring chic decor and intimate seating, Swirl Wine Bar is a cozy retreat. Specialties include Wednesday night flights, a themed selection of four wines, and free wine tastings on Fridays. Small plates including roasted beet salad and a falafel platter are available Tuesday through Saturday. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sat.
3835 Tulane Ave., (504) 304-4878; www.treonola.com;
Craft cocktail Bar
Sitting on a scruffy stretch of Tulane Avenue is this sleek, modern lounge, which hosts art shows and serves creative small plates and craft cocktails. The cocktail list features the Boil Advisory, made with Canadian whiskey, Creme de Violette, Benedictine, Kola syrup and mole bitters. Open Tuesday-Sunday. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Tulane Ave. Bar
3813 Tulane Ave., (504) 488-1400; www.tulaneavebar.com;
Fans of American Horror Story head to this LGBT-friendly outpost for viewing parties on Wednesday nights. Friday features music by Vanessa Carr, and there's a drag show under the disco ball on the small stage in back on Saturdays. There are video poker machines and free Wi-Fi. Open Tue.-Sat. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Twelve Mile Limit
500 S. Telemachus St., (504) 488-8114; www.facebook.com/twelve.mile.limit;
Visit this dog-friendly bar on Monday and get free food starting at 7 p.m., followed by the Bear with Me open-mic comedy show. Trivia night starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The bar has a pool table, craft cocktails, cheap beer and serves Texas-style barbecue most nights and brunch on weekends. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Wit's Inn Bar & Pizza Kitchen
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600; www.witsinn.com;
The Mid-City staple offers drink specials Monday through Wednesday and football specials on weekends. The bar has 19 TVs, board games, video poker and a jukebox. Popular drinks include Bahama Mamas and Long Island iced teas. Weekend brunch offers mimosas and breakfast pizzas. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. daily.
Ye Olde College Inn
3000 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 866-3683; www.collegeinn1933.com
This neighborhood institution had a wall full of framed pictures in its local sports hall of fame long before flat-screen TVs became the barroom norm. Craft beers and cocktail specials have been added to complement the kitchen's creative New Orleans cuisine. Open Tue-Sat. Full restaurant menu.