801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083; www.barredux.com
The vibe: This bohemian hangout on the edge of Bywater draws a young tattooed set who gather at the U-shaped bar inside or move to funky live bands and DJs on the back patio.
What you'll drink: Put some Red Bull in your booze, you're going to be here late.
3641 Magazine St., (504) 891-1810; www.boulignytavern.com
The vibe: An elegant interior of dim mounted lamps and leather-backed wooden benches make this a nice place to impress a date, while outdoor four-tops are fun for wine communion with friends.
What you'll drink: Classic cocktails or wine by the glass. Cool down with a classy take on the daiquiri — just $5 during happy hour.
520 Capdeville St., (504) 371-5161; www.capdevillenola.com
The vibe: Whiskey and rock 'n' roll inspire this Warehouse District gastropub, where suit-types sip martinis while bumping elbows with punk rockers slamming shots and controlling a stellar jukebox.
What you'll drink: Capdeville's quip "Soup of the Day: Whiskey" is no joke.
3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 456-5596; www.cellosrestaurant.com
The vibe: Young professionals and extended families alike choose Cello's welcoming space as the place for quick cocktails or large parties.
What you'll drink: The bar has an eager-to-please, something-for- everyone selection.
Crown & Anchor English Pub
200 Pelican Ave., (504) 227-1007; www.crownandanchor.pub
The vibe: A no-nonsense village tavern in the true sense, this institution feels like an extended living room for close-knit Algiers Point neighbors hoisting pints and throwing darts.
What you'll drink: Black and tans by day, single-malt Scotch by night.
Dry Dock Cafe
133 Delaronde St., (504) 361-8240; www.thedrydockcafe.com
The vibe: A friendly port at the foot of the ferry dock, the classic red-brick walls and old-school wooden brass-railed bar plays well as aday-drinking destination or chill burgers-and-beers spot.
What you'll drink: Get lucky with Sex on the Levee (rum, passion fruit, club soda).
1307 Lyons St., (504) 891-2373
The vibe: Though outwardly unassuming, Kingpin hits the spot as a casual neighborhood bar or late-night party spot, where locals play shuffleboard and other games.
What you'll drink: Local brews, or whatever works best for shuffleboard competition.
640 Louisa St., (504) 943-0785 www.facebook.com/markeysbarnola
The vibe: A 9th Ward landmark since an era when women weren't allowed to patronize the establishment, Markey's is home to colorful Bywater characters, neighborhood newcomers and sports fans from all around.
What you'll drink: Jameson.
Mid City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517; www.midcityyachtclub.com
The vibe: This welcoming corner bar became an instant classic and just celebrated its 10th anniversary. It's known for pub grub, games and good times stretching from before noon to after midnight.
What you'll drink: Choose from limited-run craft beers on tap.
Mimi's in the Marigny
2601 Royal St. (504) 872-9868; www.mimismarigny.com
The vibe: Sophisticates pair wines with tapas as the setting sun turns the windows aglow. Grab a seat in the more relaxed upstairs lounge area, or belly up to the bar as action swirls around the pool table downstairs.
What you'll drink: The "Trust Me" option long has been a fixture on the tapas menu, and bartenders offer the same option with cocktails.
Oscar's Lounge & Restaurant
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540; www.oscarsoldmetairie.com
The vibe: Unassumingly sitting in a row of Old Metairie storefronts, this casual bar has a a Marilyn Monroe hangup and keeps regulars coming back with burgers and good times.
What you'll drink: Bartenders here know you, order the usual.
949 N. Rendon St. (504) 488-7257; www.facebook.com/palslounge
The vibe: See and be seen among the convivial cast of neighborhood characters along the long, narrow entrance — or avoid eye contact while playing pinball or air-hockey, eating chili dogs or playing songs on the jukebox in the back. What you'll drink: PBR tall boys or the signature Gingerita.
St. Joe's Bar
5535 Magazine St., (504) 899-3744; www.stjoesbar.com
The vibe: The corner bar is marked by decorative Catholic imagery, and there's a small outdoor bar in the small back courtyard. What you'll drink: Blueberry mojito.
3449 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 834-4938; www.facebook.com/therivershacktavern
The vibe: Delightfully sassy day and night, Rivershack transforms from a beers-and-burgers afternoon hang into a foot-stomping roadhouse on weekend nights with high-energy local bands.
What you'll drink: Ice-cold bottles of Budweiser.
Rivershack Tavern Gretna
714 1st St., Gretna, (504) 325-5530; www.facebook.com/rivershackgretna
The vibe: Now two years old, this bar put a funky face on vintage Gretna architecture to serve as a hip suburban niche eager for live music and wild nights on the West Bank.
What you'll drink: Top off Sunday brunch with a white Russian.
3067 St. Claude Ave., (504) 949-7532; www.saturnbar.com
The vibe: The Saturn Bar has survived changes in ownership and the neighborhood to remain a delightful dive for drunken banter and launching benders.
What you'll drink: Hipster highballs, Miller High Life, Pabst Blue Ribbon.
1200 St. Bernard Ave., (504) 224-2672; www.sidneyssaloon.com
The vibe: The 7th Ward bar draws a young, pierced and sexy set with live local music and ice cream and free comedy shows as lagniappe.
What you'll drink: Big cups of stiff Jack and Coke.
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600; www.witsinn.com
The vibe: Patrons head to this casual Mid-City tavern after work and to watch sports. The kitchen serves a variety of gourment pizzas.
What you'll drink: Abita beers, Mid-City Monsoon, Witmaker.
Buffa's Bar & Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038; www.buffaslounge.com
The vibe: Though the front room at Buffa's is tiny and well-worn, it's a good place to have a quiet chat, especially on weeknights. A more spacious back room features regular live music by local musicians.
What you'll drink: Domestic brews, cheap mimosas on weekends.
811 Conti St., (504) 522-3573; www.erinrosebar.com
The vibe: Just off Bourbon Street, a raucous crowd of regulars — mostly neighborhood and service-industry types — practically overflows out of the narrow bar. In back, Killer Poboys serves creative twists on classic sandwiches.
What you'll drink: Guinness and Harp on tap, frozen Irish coffee.
Lost Love Lounge
2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009; www.lostlovelounge.com
The vibe: This bar pulls off a magic trick — it's a trendy Marigny hangout that won't make you feel old. There's a long-running Tuesday-night comedy show, and the kitchen offers cheap Vietnamese food.
What you'll drink: A Dark & Stormy or $2 Tecate on Tuesdays.
Molly's at the Market
1107 Decatur St., (504) 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net
The vibe: A cadre of long-serving bartenders helms the bar at this epicenter of lower Decatur life. The crowd includes a rotating cast of goths, off-duty waiters, dedicated drinkers and stray journalists; there's also Indian food available at the kitchen nook in back.
What you'll drink: Miller High Life, creamy frozen Irish coffee.
961 St. Mary St., (504) 523-0050; www.thesaintneworleans.com
The vibe: Even the black walls seem to sweat at this after-hours hipster enclave, which plays up its idiosyncratic obsessions, such as weird '70s movies on the overhead screens, heavy metal music and tiki drinks.
What you'll drink: Something from the daily cocktails board or instantly regrettable shots.
Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge
7612 Oak St., (504) 861-2802; www.snakeandjakes.com
The vibe: The all-night, Christmas-light-festooned lounge seems to liven after 2 a.m. and is affectionately equated with bad decisions. Drop by after a show at nearby Maple Leaf Bar and let it be your last stop — even if you leave after sunrise.
What you'll drink: For the love of God, at this hour you should switch to beer.
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