15 Bars on Louisiana's Northshore_lowres

Chef Brett Monteleone (right) has a beer with Vanessa Gomes at Old Rail Brewing Company, which opened in Mandeville in July.

Anything Geauxs

1540 W. Lindberg Drive, Slidell, (985) 649-6491; www.facebook.com/anythinggeauxsslidellla

There are drag shows featuring nationally acclaimed entertainers, live music, drag contests and pageants at this Slidell night club, as well as New Orleans Saints game day specials, bingo games and karaoke.

The Barley Oak

2101 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-7420; www.thebarleyoak.com

More than 100 different beers, hand-picked by the owner, are served here. The majority are from craft breweries like Stone, Parish, Lazy Magnolia and Southern Tier, but there's also Heineken, Miller Lite, Schlitz and other more common brews. The menu features pretzels, sausage platters, burgers, sandwiches and salads.

The Beach House Bar & Grill

124 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 624-9331; www.thebeachhousemandeville.com

The Beach House is reminiscent of a romantic Gulf Coast resort, with an extensive tropical drink list, menu of light fare and sandy patio. There are New Orleans Saints football parties and live music performances, and kids eat free on Thursday.

Cate Street Pub

116 N. Cate St., Hammond, (985) 345-5059

Comedy shows, live music and shot specials make this pub a top hangout for Southeastern Louisiana University students and other twentysomethings. There's often free popcorn and games.

The Chimes

19130 W. Front St., Covington, (985) 892-5396; www.thechimes.com

This bar and grill started near LSU's campus in Baton Rouge and became popular with the scholarly crowd. The Covington location has a broader customer base that comes to sample the 72 beers on tap, plus more than 170 bottled selections and food including barbecue shrimp, seafood lasagna, po-boys and more. Get $1 off all pints during King's Hour 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday or Emperor Hours from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Columbia Street Tap Room

434 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 898-0899; www.covingtontaproom.com

Take a seat in the courtyard patio and start sampling the 31 beers on tap, power up with burgers and po-boys while watching TV, or listen to live music Thursday through Saturday. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. A full restaurant menu is available.

Dew Drop Dance & Social Hall

430 Lamarque St., Mandeville, (985) 624-3147; www.dewdropjazzhall.com

The oldest unaltered jazz hall in the United States, this club opened in 1885, just as jazz was gaining popularity in New Orleans. Many famous musicians made this place a stop on tours across the South. It's owned by the City of Mandeville and operated by the nonprofit Friends of the Dew Drop, which hosts concerts and maintains the historic venue. Concerts generally are on Friday nights in the fall and Saturday nights in the spring.

Green Room

521 E. Boston St., Covington, (985) 892-2225; www.greenroomcovla.com

New Orleans bands drive their vans across the river to play this downtown Covington joint, which features Guinness and Abita's Andygator on tap.

Interference Sports Bar

2213 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-1655; www.interferencesportsbar.com

This sports bar features NFL Sunday Ticket on TV and shows all LSU and Pelicans games. It also has trivia games, pool tables, shuffleboard, darts and free Wi-Fi. Sip a California Bomb and dine on burgers and other bar foods.

Old Rail Brewing Company

639 Girod St., Mandeville, (985) 612-1843; www.facebook.com/oldrailbrewingcompany)

The locally owned microbrew pub makes its craft beers on site and is situated near the Tammany Trace trailhead. Founded by the owners of Barley Oak, Old Rail has a menu featuring fare like chicken and alligator sausage sauce piquante, shrimp and grits and kid-friendly selections.

Rosie's Tavern

22067 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs; (985) 809-0454

Rosie's is well-established as a favorite watering hole among locals, thanks to a laid-back vibe stemming from its low-key bar banter and friendly bartenders. Step inside its charming brick storefront to find a wood-paneled barroom offering a large beer selection, as well as pool and darts.

Ruby's Roadhouse

840 Lamarque St., Mandeville, (985) 626-9748; www.rubysroadhouse.com

A Northshore favorite operating in Old Mandeville decades before the construction of the Causeway, Ruby's Roadhouse's history is steeped in revelry. Known for a friendly mix of patrons from yuppies to bikers, this fall Ruby's offers free food during Saints games. The live-music venue charges no cover to see bands on Thursday nights; find everything from rock to blues to zydeco on weekends starting around 9:30 p.m.

Shannon's Tavern

70117 Hwy. 59, Suite B, Abita Springs, (985) 327-7415

Operating in the former Huddle Sports Bar space, Shannon's Tavern is an ideal place to watch a New Orleans Saints game, with multiple TVs and a $2 bloody mary special on Sundays. Wednesday night offers a 50-cent chicken-wing deal, and other other nights cater to bikers, women and pool and darts leagues, and happy hour is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Speckled T's

158 S. Military Road, Slidell, (985) 646-1728; www.speckledts.com

In addition to special theme nights such as the annual Halloween bash, afer the sun sets Speckled T's transforms from a restaurant specializing in seafood and light fare such as wraps and salads into a bustling nightspot offering a variety of live entertainment (music, karaoke, DJs and comedy acts) on Wednesday through Saturday nights. The 28 beers on tap are poured through a mechanism to chill them to 32 degrees. All drinks are half price during a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


4808 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, (985) 201-8096; www.facebook.com/tooloulas

New management at Tooloula's has ushered in renovations including a fresh paint job and improvements to the back deck facing the water. Ladies' night is Wednesday, and Saturday night features live entertainment from a DJ or local band. Enjoy an afternoon watching sports, playing pool, darts or trivia and get $1 domestic drafts during weekday happy hours.