Babylon Music & Sports Bar
2917 Harvard St., Metairie, (504) 324-9961; www.babylonsportsbar.com
Babylon has a number of themed nights with corresponding specials including Brosephs' Night on Monday and ladies' night on Thursday. The bar offers $1 shots for women every day, and customers get a free shot when the LSU Tigers or the New Orleans Saints score. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
3624 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 836-0590
This establishment is open 24-7 and has 23 pool tables and a free pool tournament every Tuesday night at 8 p.m., with $250 in prize money. Domestic beers are $1 Friday and Sunday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
C. Beevers Bar of Music
2507 N. Woodlawn Ave., Metairie, (504) 887-9401
The bar was founded in 1974 and has something special scheduled most nights, running the gamut from games and karaoke to open-mic comedy, DJs and sports watching parties. Daily happy hour features free food including red beans and rice, jambalaya and wings, and free food during college and New Orleans Saints games; a hometeam touchdown gets you a free shot. There are also pool tables and dartboards. Open 24 hours. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 a.m.-7 p.m.
2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700; www.cafeb.com
Bar snacks are complimentary at this upscale restaurant bar, which offers craft cocktails along with a menu of seafood, gourmet burgers and more. Popular drinks include the elderflower cosmo lavender mint martini and the Jack-O-Drop, made with Pinnacle pumpkin pie vodka, citrus vodka, fresh sour mix and orange juice. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com/capri.html
The piano bar is an upscale place to sip a martini or Lemon Drop and sample small plates from Andrea's Restaurant next door. Murals of Mediterranean views adorn the walls. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
3505 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 885-1771; www.clubsilhouette.net
Social as well as competitive dancers boogie on two hardwood dance floors at Club Silhouette. Professional instruction is available in a variety of styles. There's a full bar and cocktail table seating. Open daily. No smoking. No food.
4450 Wabash St., Metairie, (504) 885-2426; www.colbyscocktails.com
Colby's Cocktails (such as the original Vegas Bomb) are served to everyone from rowdy regulars watching Saints and LSU games to costumed party-goers and chill neighborhood characters. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
4860 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 301-3848; www.coyotebluesfreshmex.com
Classic, mango and strawberry margaritas are the specialty at this Mexican-Cajun grill. Monday features $1 margaritas from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday is ladies night, with $3 Coyote cosmos and $2 wine and other nights feature varying drink specials. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Mon., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., all day Sat.-Sun.
Cucos Mexican Cafe
5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 454-5005; www.cucosmex.com
These Mexican cantinas offer two-for-one margaritas, sangria and cocktails from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. every day and $1 tacos on Wednesday, along with a full menu of fajitas, Mexican pizza and quesadillas. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
DBC Bar & Grill
1001 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 838-2282; www.dbcbarandgrill.com
This Metairie bar isn't popular just for its daiquiris. Sports fans enjoy free food for all New Orleans Saints games, as well as beer bucket specials for Saints and LSU games. For fighting fans, DBC shows all UFC matches. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
452 Aurora Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-7619
Set in the suburban residential landscape near Bonnabel Boulevard, this place has the trappings of a classic dive: cheap pool tables, cheap beer and neighborhood characters. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
2708 N. Hullen St., (504) 875-4012
When the weather is nice, sit outside on the patio of one of the largest bars in Metairie and sip a martini or rum punch. The bar opens early for New Orleans Saints games and offers specials on buckets and pitchers when the home team scores. There's a different special every night of the week, with free food during Monday Night Football and free drinks for women every Thursday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
3200 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 833-6870
Domestic beers are $2 all the time at Gennaro's, which also offers darts, karaoke and free Wi-Fi. Patrons can order Bear's Po-boys. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu.
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 934-4900; www.heritagegrillmetairie.com; @heritage_grill
Find 10-cent martinis at lunch at this Ralph Brennan restaurant catering to the power lunch crowd. Its signature Dark and Stormy features house-made ginger ale, and its low-calorie options include a "skinny" raspberry-lime cooler with sugar-free syrup. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Hurricanes Sports Bar and Grill
1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-0050
There are dart boards, pool tables and karaoke, pub trivia on Wednesday and live music Thursday through Saturday. Burgers, po-boys and Italian dishes are on the menu. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
JB's Bar & Grill
115 Focis St., Metairie, (504) 301-4960; @jbsoldmetry
Happy hour features $2 domestic beers and well drinks, and $1 off all food, which includes burgers, sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas and more. The Fireball, Old Metry iced tea and martinis are popular drinks. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, (504) 828-3555
Regulars look to this neighborhood bar for its screenings of sporting events like New Orleans Saints games and UFC fights. There's video poker, pool, darts and game nights. This bar also is popular for its holiday and post-parade specials, and offers a menu of bar food. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 3 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Joe's Caddy Corner
4532 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, (504) 885-1164
This I-10 Service Road spot has classic bar food and seasonal events ranging from barbecues during football season to spring crawfish boils. It offers free Wi-Fi and late-night karaoke on Saturdays. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
3535 Severn Ave., Suite 10, Metairie, (504) 888-5858
A fairly extensive menu includes a classic mushroom Swiss burger and wraps, sandwiches, hot dogs, salads and nachos. The bar opens for lunch and stays open until midnight. Outside seating is available. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu.
Lager's International Ale House
3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923; www.lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com; @lagers_metairie
Bulldog's Metairie satellite Lager's features one of the largest draft beer selections in town, with more than 70 taps. The pub frequently features limited-edition cask brews from local breweries, beer flights, free glassware on Wednesday, and 50 cents off pints and $1 off pitchers during happy hour. Open daily. Smoking on patio. Food available. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 p.m.-closing Sun.-Thu.
908 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 832-9909
Whether alone or with friends, guests enjoy lazing around this 24-hour bar and grill, doing laundry, playing bar-top games, darts, pool and chess. Each bartender specializes in a different drink, so asking for cocktail suggestions is recommended. Open 24 hours daily. Smoking allowed. Food available.
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- The mixed drinks are always stiff and domestic beers are $2 much of the day at Martine's Lounge in Metairie.
2347 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-8637
This bar in Old Metairie features $2 domestic beers from noon to 7 p.m. every day. Service industry workers get happy hour prices all day Monday. Popcorn is always free here, and there often are complimentary chili dogs or nachos. There's a full bar, and seasonal cocktails are offered. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. daily.
Melius Bar & Grill
1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-9446; www.meliusbarbucktown.com
Find darts, shuffleboard, pool and video poker at this Bucktown bar, which also offers free shots, hot dogs and chili during New Orleans Saints games. There's live music and karaoke — and a short breakfast menu for early risers (or night owls). Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
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- Oscar's is famous for its burgers, but people often stay for the cocktails and beer.
Oscar's Lounge & Restaurant
2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540
Framed photos of Marilyn Monroe grace the walls at this low-key Old Metairie lounge, where pool tables, darts and burgers share the bill with a wide wood bar and large liquor selection. Open Mon.-Sat. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Perry's Sports Bar and Grill
5252 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 456-9234
During football games, customers can order $8 buckets of beer and 50-cent wings. Longneck beers are $1.75 during happy hour, and Perry's offers discounts for service industry workers daily. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
2012 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, (504) 885-6853
Cheap beer and a giant purple and gold Tiger eye on the wall leaves no doubt about the allegiance at this place. There are pool and dart leagues that play here, and the pub is known for its cheap 20-ounce schooner of beer. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
The Pour House Saloon
3501 Jefferson Hwy., Metairie, (504)-831-9310; www.facebook.com/thepourhousesaloon
Patrons share buckets of beer during football games, and there's live music almost every night at this Metairie dive. Sit outside and enjoy a cocktail on the patio, or listen to the sounds of a Western jukebox inside. Open daily. Smoking allowed. No food.
Sportsbeat Pub & Cafe
3330 Ridgelake Drive, Metairie, (504) 838-9563
Horseracing is closely followed at this bar, and other sports get lots of viewing time on 20 flat-screen TVs. Food specials include $1.50 hamburgers and hot dogs until 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8-ounce filets for $10 on Wednesday. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
2205 David Drive, Metairie, (504) 887-9944
Menu items at Tarpon Joe's include burgers, po-boys and sandwiches, salads and lunch specials. $2 bloody Marys are available Saturdays and Sundays. Open daily. Smoking allowed on patio. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 4 p.m.-close Tues.
Waloo's Sports Bar & Grill
1300 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-6474
A slew of activities and drink specials make this a good times spot, and it has classic bar food. Grab the microphone for karaoke, or play Drunk Bingo on Wednesday for a chance to get 50 percent off your tab (among other prizes). Open daily. Smoking allowed.Food available.
Winston's Pub & Patio
531 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-8705
The cigar-friendly establishment offers 87 types of bottled beer and a selection of single-malt Scotches poured over the bar's signature ice sphere for proper chilling. Draft beers are poured with a blend of nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Open daily. Smoking allowed. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu.