Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837; www.abitabrewpub.com; @abitabrewpub
Situated in a rustic, renovated building overlooking picturesque hiking trails in Abita Springs, this destination offers tours and craft beer. Open Tue.-Sun. Full restaurant menu.
Abita Brewing Taproom
166 Barbee Road, Covington, (985) 893-3143; www.abita.com/visit; @TheAbitaBeer
There are 30 Abita beers offered on tap in the visitor center taproom and courtyard. They include flagship beers as well as seasonal offerings, limited edition series and pilot brews. There are trivia games every Thursday and regular food truck nights, as well as release parties for new beers. Open daily. No food.
The Barley Oak
2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420; www.thebarleyoakcom
This "Old World draught house" and dog-friendly bar offers inside and balcony seating with views of Lake Pontchartrain. There are more than 150 beers from across the world, including a wide selection on tap. There are also lots of Louisiana brews, bottled selections and seasonal beers. The menu features Cajun and German sausage platters, burgers and sandwiches including a Reuben and a bratwurst dog. Open daily. Food available.
Columbia Street Tap Room
434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.covingtonlataproom.com
With more than 30 beers on tap and 60 available via bottle, this neighborhood pub offers live music Thursday through Saturday. The inviting courtyard also is a great place to chow down on a burger. Open Mon.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Covington Brewhouse Tasting Room
226 E. Lockwood St., Covington, (985) 893-2884; www.covingtonbrewhouse.com; @CovingtonBrew
The brewery serves its flagship and specialty brews on tap. Get free red beans and rice and $2 pints from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Free tours of the brewery start at 11 a.m. Saturday. On weekends, food trucks serve cuisine ranging from barbecue to Greek food. The tasting room features sports on TV, darts and live music. Open Thu.-Sun. No food.
36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road, Slidell, (985) 643-0443; www.nathansrestaurant.net
Customers may feel like they're walking into someone's home, and the long list of Creole classics on the food menu will strengthen that feeling. There's outdoor seating overlooking Bayou Bonfouca, and drink recommendations include watermelon martinis and lemon chillers. Open Tue.-Sat. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Palmettos on the Bayou
1901 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 643-0500; www.palmettosrestaurant.com
The restaurant serves upscale contemporary Louisiana cuisine in a classy, comfortable setting. In good weather, guests can take a seat on a large deck overlooking Bayou Bonfouca while sipping a Bayou Cajun bloody mary, basil-cucumber lemonade cocktail or craft beers on tap. There's a jazz brunch on Sunday. Open Tue.-Sun. Full restaurant menu.
3154 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 643-6133; www.southsidecafe.net; @southsidecafe1
The bright green and blue building foretells the lighthearted ambience within. Draft beer is the favored drink here, but bar patrons also come for strong cocktails like the frozen Bushwhacker. Brunch is served all day Sunday, and it's also happy hour all day. The menu is South Louisiana fare with seafood, steaks, po-boys, salads and bar appetizers. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri., 3 p.m. to close Wed., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.
Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar
69796 Stirling Blvd., Covington, (985) 900-2234; www.walk-ons.com
See CBD/Warehouse District section for bar listing.