The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar
7900 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 284-2898; www.thebluecrabnola.com; @thebluecrabnola
With views of Lake Pontchartrain and West End Marina, this seafood restaurant offers a relaxed, family-friendly environment and plentiful outdoor seating. Its bar has an array of signature cocktails, including the popular Blue Crab Collins, a take on the traditional Tom Collins. A downstairs bar opens from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekends. Open Tue.-Sun. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Tue.-Fri.
Brisbi's Lakefront Restaurant & Bar
7400 Lakeshore Drive, (504) 304-4125; www.brisbisrestaurant.com
Few things can top sitting on a deck, drink in hand, and watching the sun set over Lake Pontchartrain. Brisbi's prime lakefront location offers this, along with a spacious bar inside, offering a range of beers, wines and specialty drinks such as West End Tea Party, Menage a Trois citrus vodka, Bayou Satsuma liqueur and fresh iced tea. Open Wed.-Mon. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fir.
El Gato Negro
300 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-0107; www.elgatonegronola.com
See CBD/Warehouse District listing for bar description.
618 Homedale St., (504) 488-5519; www.thehomedaleinn.com
All New Orleans Saints, Louisiana State University Tigers and New Orleans Pelicans games are screened on multiple TVs at this classic beer joint that's old school enough (established 1937) to still sport a Jax Beer sign. The wooden deck has the rustic charm of a Louisiana fishing camp. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Lots a Luck Lounge
203 Homedale St., (504) 483-0978; www.facebook.com/203homedale
There is minimal signage to direct a thirsty newcomer to this simple bar tucked into the edges of Lakeview and Mid-City. The bar features darts, video poker and pool. They offer bucket beer specials for New Orleans Saints and Louisiana State University football games and have a covered smoking area and outdoor patio. Dogs welcome. Open daily. No food.
Sala Restaurant and Bar
124 Lake Marina Drive, (504) 513-2670; www.salanola.com
The new restaurant and lounge from the Riccobono family focuses on cocktails and wine paired with shareable small plates. Tuesday's special is half-off bottles of wine with any small or large plate. Open Tue.-Sun. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight Thu.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- The brandy alexander freeze is a popular drink at The Steak Knife.
The Steak Knife Restaurant and Bar
888 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-8981; www.steakkniferestaurant.com
Stop by the restaurant lounge for a drink before or after your meal. If it's after, be sure to cap off your night with a brandy alexander freeze — a blended dessert drink of dark creme de cacao, brandy and ice cream. Open Tue.-Sat. Full restaurant menu.