4301 Burgundy St.; www.facebook.com/bjs.bywater
This scruffy corner bar is home to live local music on Friday nights and poetry readings on Wednesdays. Patrons also play pool and watch sports on TV. It's cash only. Open daily. No food.
600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com; @Bacchanalwine
It's a good idea to get to Bacchanal early to secure a table in the courtyard, where there's live music nightly. Patrons can order wine by the bottle and glass and there's a full restaurant menu. The upstairs bar serves craft cocktails and bottles of locally brewed beer. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083; www.barredux.com; @BarRedux
The U-shaped bar here always makes for spirited conversations and new friends. The menu reflects the tastes of the neighborhood, with hipster favorites Miller High Life and Strongbow Cider. The club hosts entertainment ranging from bingo to blues to burlesque Tuesday through Sunday, with rising, inspiring acts such as Aziza and the Cure filling the live-music roster. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.
Bratz Y'all! Biergarten
617B Piety St., (504) 301-3222; www.bratzyall.com
German bratwurst sausages and roasted pork form the basis of the food menu, and the bar offers more than a dozen German beers, as well as wines and traditional German shots — and a courtyard for sipping them. There are $8 beer flights on Wednesday. Open Tue.-Sun. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
Bud Rip's Old 9th Ward Bar
900 Piety St., (504) 945-5762; @BudRips
If only these walls could talk. Still bearing the nick- name of late owner Ed-ward "Bud Rip" Ripoll Jr., this bar at the corner of Burgundy and Piety streets has served been a standard for cheap drinks for decades and has seen the area go from forgotten to hip. But a look around the recently upgraded bar shows some things never change: 9th Ward neighbors stopping by to catch up or forget it all. Open daily. No food.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- El Matador is a popular drink at The Country Club in Bywater.
The Country Club
634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com; @countryclubnola
The Creole cottage housing the bar provides lots of spaces to lounge with a drink or participate in specialty nights and watch New Orleans Saints games. There's also a swimming pool, backyard patio and restaurant. High balls, craft cocktails, beer and shots are popular drinks. Chef Chris Barbato serves dishes such as Parmesan polenta cake, crawfish beignets, and clams and chorizo. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
2085 St. Claude Ave., (504) 342-2217; www.faubourgwines.com; @FaubourgWines
The wine shop and bar focuses on small-production wines and vintages from around the world. There are free wine tastings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and the dog-friendly shop has a rotating selection of eight wines that are always $5 a glass at the bar. Snacks include cheese from St. James Cheese Co. and bread from Bellegarde bakery. Open daily. Food available.
J&J's Sports Lounge
800 France St., (504) 942-8877; www.jjssportslounge.com
A scenester's playground until the wee hours, J&J's waves its sports-bar flag high by day. The laid-back neighborhood watering hole screens all NFL and Big 10 games and features old school sports memorabilia. A projector puts New Orleans Saints and Louisiana State University games on a big screen. PBR tall boys always are $2.50. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
3021 St. Claude Ave., (504) 272-0205; www.junctionnola.com; @JunctionNOLA
The railroad-themed bar serves classic pub fare with burgers themed to regional railways. There's a rotating selection of 40 beers on tap and specialty brews. Every other Thursday the bar features a brewery with tastings of its beer and giveaways. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Thu.
2900 Chartres St., (504) 598-5700; www.mariza- neworleans.com; @MarizaNOLA
Sit at the wraparound bar and watch the goings-on in the kitchen or choose a table in the bustling dining room. The Cacciarite is made with vodka, Aperol and fresh satsuma juice. The restaurant serves Northern Italian-inspired cuisine, fish, oysters, pizza and more. Open Tue.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Thu.
640 Louisa St., (504) 943-0785; www.facebook.com/markeysbarnola
Standing sentry over the shifting sands of a Bywater neighborhood in constant flux, Markey's is like that cool uncle that never seems to age and is quick with a corny joke or comforting hug. Fairly unchanged since opening in the 1940s, Markey's serves Irish staples of Jameson and Guinness, more than two dozen types of beer and no-frills cocktails. The kitchen serves pub food until 2 a.m. Open daily. Food available.
1117 Montegut St.; www.facebook.com/n7nola
Hidden behind a wooden fence with "N 7" stenciled near the door is a charming enclave with seating on the covered patio and tables inside the rustic, cozy cafe. The bar stocks wines as well as Japanese sake and shochu. The menu features French dishes with Asian accents. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu.
Parleaux Beer Lab
634 Lesseps St., (504) 702-8433; www.parleauxbeerlab.com; @ParleauxBeerLab
The funky neighborhood microbrewery and taproom serves a changing selection of house-brewed, small-batch craft beers. The large courtyard is family- and dog-friendly and hosts different food trucks. Pints are $1 off on weeknights. Open Thu.-Mon. Food available.
Queenie's on St. Claude
3200 St. Claude Ave., (504) 558-4085; www.facebook.com/queeniesonstclaude
This St. Claude Avenue spot has a wall of brightly colored swirling daiquiris in flavors such as Watermelon Rita and Rocket Fuel (rum, vodka, coffee, coconut milk). Daiquiris are available by the glass or gallon ($22), and specials include $5 rum punches or Long Island teas on Wednesdays and $2 top shots on daiquiris on Thursdays. DJs entertain Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday. Open daily. Food available.
3067 St. Claude Ave., (504) 949-7532; www.facebook.com/saturnbar
The shabby chic hangout's walls are covered with murals, neon, old photos and some graffiti, and the bar hosts local and touring bands and DJ nights. There's free Wi-Fi. Happy hour features $2 well drinks and domestic beers. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 7 p.m.-9 p.m. daily.
4229 Dauphine St., (504) 947-5562
As welcoming and as rowdy a Who Dat party as you'll find, on Sundays Vaughn's rolls out the red carpet treatment for New Orleans Saints fans. Typically a no-nonsense 9th Ward watering hole, things gets loose late in the night on Thursday, as neighbors and tourists groove to Corey Henry and the Treme Funket. Open daily. No food.