Banks Street Bar and Grill
4401 Banks St., (504) 486-0258; www.banksstreetbarandgrill.com
You never know who you'll see or what music you'll hear here, but the party sometimes spills onto the sidewalk outside the beloved Banks Street Bar. The venue showcases an eclectic mix of local musicians and hosts live music every night — and there's never a cover charge. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bayou Beer Garden
326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 302-9357; www.bayoubeergarden.com
This Mid-City hotspot has long been a likely spot to run into some- one you know. As its name suggests, this joint offers an extensive list of brews along with standard bar fare including burgers and fries. It also shares an outdoor courtyard with the Bayou Wine Garden, and the businesses, though separate, share a common goal of showcasing a friendly environment in a neighborhood setting. Open daily. Food available.
Bayou Wine Garden
315 N. Rendon St., (504) 826-2925; www.bayouwinegarden.com; @bayouwinegarden
This rustic but elegant spot offers an extensive wine list and a creative cocktail menu, along with elevated appetizers, snacks, salads and entrees. It's a great place for a date, to unwind with coworkers after a long day, or to reunite with friends and family. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Beachcorner Bar & Grill
4905 Canal St., (504) 488-7357; www.beachcornerbarandgrill.com
The neighborhood bar is popular for watching sports, and there are specials on buckets of iced domestic beers during games by local teams (Tulane University, LSU and New Orleans Saints football and New Orleans Pelicans basketball). Many craft beers are available on draft. The Beach margarita combines Herradura or 1800 Silver tequila and Chambord. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Bulldog Mid City
5135 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-4191; www.draftfreak.com/bulldog-midcity; @Bulldog_MidCity
This dog-friendly bar caters to beer enthusiasts, specializing in craft beers and imports. There are more than 100 bottled beers and 60 on tap, including Abita, NOLA, Parish and Tin Roof. The food menu includes seven kinds of burgers, nachos and "Amber fries" loaded with cheeses. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Bullet's Sports Bar
2441 A.P. Tureaud Ave., (504) 948-4003
The sports bar hosts Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers on Thursday, the Original Pinettes Brass Band Friday, a DJ on Wednesday and Saturday and rotating R&B bands on Sunday. The kitchen serves chicken, seafood, barbecue, jambalaya and more. Open daily. Food available.
Chickie Wah Wah
2828 Canal St., (504) 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com
Off the beaten tourist path, Chickie Wah Wah is a top New Orleans music venue with a casual, down-home atmosphere that attracts locals of all ages and in-the-know visitors. Make some moves on the intimate dance floor or relax in the welcoming patio. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
DMac's Bar & Grill
542 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, (504) 304-5757; www.dmacsbarandgrill.com; @dmacsBarNGrill
This 24/7 spot is a favorite among service industry folks in the Mid-City area. There's no cover but there is live music, a pool table, dartboard, sports on TV and video poker. Stop in for the regular Blues Monday and Americana Thursday. The kitchen is open 24 hours Friday and Saturday. Open 24 hours daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Drifter Hotel Bar
3522 Tulane Avenue, (504) 605-4644; www.thedrifterhotel.com
The Tulane Avenue hotel has been remodeled with mid-century modern flair, and there's a pool, courtyard and separate building for its bar and coffeeshop. The bar has bright tropical accents inside, and swimmers can grab outdoor seats at a long window that's open to the bar. The Drifter hosts food trucks and events such as movie nights. Open daily. Happy hour 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
The Evangeline Lounge
4501 Toulouse St., (504) 482-1677; www.facebook.com/evangelinelounge
The neighborhood hangout offers wine, beer and cocktails in a comfortable, having-a-beer-at-a-friend's-house setting that stays open until 3 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The bar provides free food for New Orleans Saints games with a noon kickoff and a pop-up kitchen for night games. Chips and popcorn are always available. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Felipe's Mexican Taqueria
411 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 288-8226; www.felipestaqueria.com; @felipesnola
See French Quarter section for bar description.
Finn McCool's Irish Pub
3701 Banks St., (504) 486-9080; www.finnmccools.com; @finnmccoolspub
The Irish pub holds true to its roots by drawing sports fans with viewing parties for soccer matches and New Orleans Saints and LSU games. There's a large selection of beer on draft, Guinness beer, hot or frozen Irish coffee and pub grub including fish and chips, burgers, wings and wraps. Open daily. Food available.
Holy Ground Irish Pub
3340 Canal St., (504) 821-6828; @TheHolyGroundIrishPub
This Irish pub gets its name from a place in the town of Cobh, County Cork, on the southern coast of Ireland. It's known for its Guinness pints, St. Patrick's Day festivities and game day special menus. The bar offers an eclectic food menu Monday through Saturday. Open daily. Food available.
310 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 485-5658; www.ikuranola.net
The Asian-inspired decor sets the stage for drinks with a Japanese bent, including Sapporo beer, a variety of sakes, Japanese plum wines and a menu of saketinis, as well as cocktails like the Tropical Zombie, a mix of Myers'si rum, orange and pineapple juices, cream of coconut and grated nutmeg. The menu includes teriyaki, tempura, sushi and sashimi. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Juan's Flying Burrito
4724 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.com; @JuansNOLA
See CBD/Warehouse District section for bar description.
Kermit's Treme Mother-In-Law Lounge
1500 N. Claiborne Ave., (504) 975-3955; www.kermitstrememotherinlawlounge.com
Formerly Ernie K-Doe's Mother-In-Law, the lively music-centric dive bar now bears the name of trumpeter and bandleader Kermit Ruffins, who often plays at the bar and parks his barbecue truck out front. He's also on the bar's ultra-green exterior, replacing K-Doe on a mural alongside Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Open daily. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Liuzza's by the Track
1518 N. Lopez St., (504) 218-7888; www.liuzzasnola.com; @Liuzzas
Ground zero for pre- and post-Jazz Fest reveling, the Bayou St. John and Fairgrounds neighborhood spot offers a slice of bygone New Orleans with its frosty draft beers and menu of local favorites. Open Mon.-Sat. Food available.
2529 Banks St., (504) 821-0102; www.melt- nola.com; @meltnola
The restaurant has a cheery, contemporary ambience, with ample seating at the bar downstairs, the patio or on the rooftop. Saturday features a bottomless mimosa or bloody mary for $16. The food menu features gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, appetizers, soup and salads. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Mick's Irish Pub
4801 Bienville St., (504) 482-9113
The Irish pub serves a changing weekly menu of items such as ribs, burgers, meat pies, Shepherd's pie, potato salad and street corn. Popular drinks are beers on tap, Jameson and Jagermeister. There's a pool table, darts and sports on TVs. Open daily. Food available.
Mid City Yacht Club
440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517; www.midcityyachtclub.com; @Mcycnola
A popular spot for athletes, especially kickball and baseball players, the club offers an ample list of local beers and has upscale bar fare like "crawcheese" fries, mussels, burgers, fried duck legs and more. There's a patio equipped with board games; inside you can play pool and darts. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour opening-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
- Photo by Cheryl Gerber
- The bartenders at Pal’s Lounge in Mid-City treat customers like family.
949 N. Rendon St., (504) 488-7257; @PalsLounge
Pal's lives up to its name as a hangout for locals looking for friendly conversation, a round of air hockey or pinball, a jamming jukebox and cheap drinks (PBR tallboys are $2.50 on Thursdays). The signature Gingerita is a margarita that substitutes vodka for tequila, and the Alaskan Lowlife is a shot of Tullamore Dew and a Miller High Life. Food is available through rotating pop-ups.Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Parkway Bakery and Tavern
538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047; www.parkwaypoorboys.com; @Parkway Poorboys
The bar in the front serves everything from original Dixie Beer on draft to mango margaritas made with fresh mangoes and the Porch Swing: Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka and lemonade. There's patio seating outside the restaurant, and the food menu includes po-boys, gumbo, gravy cheese fries and house-made desserts. Open Wed.-Mon. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Wed.-Mon.
Pearl Wine Bar
3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 483-6314; www.pearlwineco.com; @PearlWineCo
Connected to the wine and spirits store, Pearl Wine Co., this bar serves a variety of wines (or pick up a bottle next door) and specialty cocktails. There's live music on Thursday, and the food menu includes cheese and charcuterie plates, muffuletta sliders and more. Open Tue.-Sat. Food available. Happy hour all night Tue., 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Ralph's on the Park
900 City Park Ave., (504) 488-1000; www.ralphsonthepark.com
The graceful bar with bistro-style decor is a good place to unwind after work, conduct business over cocktails or take a date whose conversation you want to hear. The atmosphere is classy but laid-back, with views of City Park and cocktails like Death in the Oaks (a dueling mixture of Champagne, pomegranate, cucumber, absinthe and cane sugar). The food menu includes dips, appetizers and sandwiches. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Revel Cafe and Bar
133 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 309-6122; www.revelcafeandbar.com
Bartender and historian Chris McMillian and his wife Laura opened the dog-friendly bar with a long menu of cocktails as well as small plates and sandwiches. The cocktail menu includes classics and originals such as New Orleans Is Drowning, made with Maker's Mark bourbon, Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac, a muddled sugar cube, Angostura bitters and a Campari rinse. There are a few tables outside. Open Tue.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Second Line Brewing
433 N. Bernadotte St., (504) 248-8979; www.secondlinebrewing.com
A welcome addition to the city's booming craft brewing scene, Second Line opens its facility to the public five days a week. Special events such as a recent New Orleans street-name spelling contest combine with weekly fun such as Wednesday movie nights and Friday afternoon barbecue and seafood boils. Signature brews include Batture Blonde Ale and Route 47 Red IPA. Open Wed.-Sun. No food.
Shamrock Bar and Grill
4133 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 301-0938; www.shamrockparty.com; @ShamrockNOLA
This is where the players play. An open floor plan and large space allow for Shamrock's adult playground of pool tables, old school arcade games and buzz-friendly options in between. There's karaoke Tuesday and Sunday. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Swirl Wine Bar & Market
3143 Ponce de Leon St., (504) 304-0635; www.swirlnola.com; @swirlnola
Finish the work week at the dog-friendly bar with the Friday Free For All: tastings of four or five wines for free from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There's free Wi-Fi, food trucks on Monday, and customers can order food at 1000 Figs next door and it will be delivered to the bar. Open Mon.-Sat. No food. Happy hour 4 pm.-6 p.m. Saturday.
845 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 252-4999; www.toupsmeatery.com; @toupsmeatery
The rustic decor and walls filled with photographs of chef/owner Isaac Toups' family set a comfortable, casual tone for lingering over playful cocktails (available by the glass or pitcher) such as Coffee & Cigarettes, a mix of Japanese Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey and tobacco bitters or Toups' Manhattan: Tabasco-infused bourbon, Carpano Antica vermouth, Angostura and orange bitters and a garnish of candied pork belly. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu.
3835 Tulane Ave., (504) 304-4878; www.treonola.com; @treo_nola
Add a push pin to the map showing all the places patrons come from across the city and move on to the cocktail menu, which comprises a long list of classic and contemporary cocktails, wine and craft beers. There's a rotating selection of small plates — and an art gallery upstairs. Open daily. Food available.
Twelve Mile Limit
500 S. Telemachus St., (504) 488-8114; www.facebook.com/twelve.mile.limit; @twelvemilelimit
There's a dance party the second Saturday of the month and Def Sessions R&B the fourth Saturday. There's free food and an open-mic comedy show on Monday and trivia on Wednesday. The drinks menu features craft cocktails. Barbecue is served. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and midnight-closing Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
3835 Iberville St., (504) 603-2775; www.vesselnola.com; @vesselNola
Set in a historic repurposed church, Vessel serves regionally inspired modern American cuisine, plus traditional, modern and forgotten cocktails. While dinner is its primary focus, the restaurant recently added a Sunday brunch menu. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close daily.
Wit's Inn Bar & Pizza Kitchen
141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600; www.witsinn.com; @WitsInnNOLA
The Mid-City staple offers drink specials on weekdays. Popular drinks include Monsoons, Bahama Mamas and Long Island Iced Teas. Snag a $5 10-inch pizza on Thursday and watch a game on one of the 19 TVs, play board games or video poker, or jam with the jukebox. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour opening-7 p.m. daily.