600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com
The vibe: The Bywater wine shop presents nightly live music in its spacious courtyard filled with torch-lit tables. Patrons can get beer from a kiosk, cocktails from the upstairs bar and Mediterranean small plates from chef de cuisine J. Zink.
What you'll drink: An expanded selection of red wines from the U.S. and Burgundy and wine flights are available this summer in the upstairs bar.
Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 302-9357; www.bayoubeergarden.com
The vibe: The courtyard has an aura of perpetual happy hour as 20- and 30-something patrons fill the covered deck and terrace. Lots of large-screen TVs showcase major sporting events, so patrons never miss a play. The courtyard connects with neighboring Bayou Wine Garden.
What you'll drink: There are more than 60 beers, shandies and ciders. Specials on buckets of domestic beers are an afternoon favorite.
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-9308; www.thecolumns.com
The vibe: The 19th-century mansion-turned-hotel on the edge of the Garden District attracts a mix of locals, tourists and college kids, but the Old Fashioneds make up for the wait at the bar. A table on the front porch is an excellent perch for people-watching.
What you'll drink: Classic cocktails and top shelf liquors.
The Country Club
634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com
The vibe: There's plenty of places to drink at the Bywater spot — front veranda, restaurant dining room, the bar or the expansive rear courtyard with a hot tub and pool (admission is half off Monday through Friday with food purchase).
What you'll drink: A new cocktail menu features a revamped selection of tequilas, and the wine list grew from 20 to 150 offerings. The Effen cocktail (Effen cucumber gin, soda, lemonade) anchor the new additions.
1117 Montegut St.; www.facebook.com/n7nola
The vibe: Hidden behind a nondescript wooden fence (with "N7" stenciled in black spray paint), N7 has a speakeasy feel. Beyond the gate — in an attractively renovated former garage space — there are trestle tables on a covered patio and in nooks and corners of the cafe space.
What you'll drink: Sake, liqueur- based cocktails like a Campari spritz and more than 100 European wines, aperitifs and digestifs.
718 St. Peter St., (504) 525-4823; www.patobriens.com
The vibe: The dimly lit piano bar remains a favorite spot for escaping the hubbub of Bourbon Street, but the central flaming fountain draws many to find a table in main courtyard.
What you'll drink: Signature Hurricane cocktails, mint juleps and an array of specialty cocktails.
The Rusty Nail
1102 Constance St., (504) 525-5515; www.rustynailnola.com
The vibe: The outdoor space is sprawling enough to make patrons forget they're in the Warehouse District. There are plenty of TVs and seating under a covered bar and at tables shaded by trees.
What you'll drink: Disco lemonade (vodka, sake and lemonade) has anchored the frozen drink selection for years, but summer options include the Push Pop (made with sweet satsuma liqueur) and Frojito (frozen mojito).
The Tchoup Yard
405 Third St., (504) 895-6747; www.tchoupyard.com
The vibe: The yard features a large, fully stocked outdoor bar, tented seating and pavilions for shelter during bad weather, making the "outdoor drinking" concept more appealing if the outdoors isn't really your thing.
What you'll drink: A dozen wines on tap, a handful of frozen drinks and a bevy of beers — available in frozen 18-ounce schooners.
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