The Big Bar Guide: Lakeview



Homedale Inn
618 Homedale St., (504) 488-5519;
Neighborhood bar
The bar has served as a neighborhood hangout since 1937, and offers free food during New Orleans Saints games. Guinness is on draft, and Homedale offers more than 30 domestic and imported beers. There's an outdoor patio, and Tuesday is darts night. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Parlay's Bar
870 Harrison Ave., (504) 304-6338;
Neighborhood bar
There's a different drink special every night at this dog-friendly bar, which is known for its specialty shots. The 25-year-old neighborhood bar has plenty of TVs for watching sports, plus free food for all LSU and New Orleans Saints games. There are pool tables, skee ball and Golden Tee. Karaoke night on Thursday features $3 Fireball drinks. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-midnight daily.

Steak Knife Restaurant & Bar
888 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-8981
Restaurant bar
A long-standing local institution serving Lakeview for 40-plus years, Steak Knife caters to its loyal base of lounge, steak and martini lovers. There's plenty of seating at the bar, where you can try a specialty cocktail such as the brandy Alexander freeze. Open Mon.-Sat. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.

The Velvet Cactus
6300 Argonne Blvd., (504) 301-2083;
Restaurant bar
This colorful cantina features kaleidoscopic Day of the Dead-inspired decor in the large dining room and separate bar. There's also a very large brick patio on which to enjoy classic and creative Mexican dishes. The bar offers a large selection of tequilas and Mexican beers as well as specialty margaritas and cocktails. Open daily. Smoking on the patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Fri.

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