Bratz Y'all! Bistro Bakery & Biergarten
617B Piety St., (504) 301-3222; www.bratzyall.com
The vibe: Grab a bratwurst from the kitchen (formerly a bakery and a boxing club) and head out to long picnic tables on the beer garden-like patio cooled by nine churning fans.
What you'll drink: The Berliner Weisse is a warm-weather favorite in owner Sven Vorkauf's native Germany. The Bywater spot offers an exclusive Weisse beer mixed with a choice of raspberry- or Woodruff herb-flavored syrup. There's also house-made sangria available by the glass or pitcher.
752 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-1103; www.noshneworleans.com
The vibe: The overhauled Tommy's Wine Bar space still is an upscale lounge — with a long bar and tables — but with a seafood bar and menu of small plates and flatbreads.
What you'll drink: Classic cocktails (Sazerac, French 75) or originals such as the Warehouse Cooler (Grey Goose Citron vodka, agave, sour mix, berries).
1328 St. Bernard Ave., (504) 603-2522; www.facebook.com/poorboysbar
The vibe: The one-year-old Siberia spinoff is the former's younger, crustier, bouncier, weirder sibling. The dive bar hosts dance parties, punk bands and whatever else fits under its A-framed ceiling.
What you'll drink: Cocktail specials, PBR in cans, High Life in bottles.
Spotted Cat Food & Spirits
New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 371-5074; www.spottedcatfoodspirits.com
The vibe: The offshoot of the Frenchmen Street bar has a casual vibe, serves breakfast until 5 p.m. and features live local music.
What you'll drink: Local craft beers, micheladas or cocktails such as the Louisiana lemonade with vodka, Triple Sec, sour mix and strawberry and basil.
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