Gambit's The Big Bar Guide 2015: Metairie_lowres

Patrons exchange lively banter with a bartender at Oscar’s Lounge & Restaurant in Metairie.

Cafe B

2700 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 934-4700; www.cafeb.com

Restaurant bar

Ralph Brennan's cafe serves creative Creole dishes as well as raw oysters, which are 50 cents each during happy hour. The cocktail menu features house versions of many classic drinks, such as a blood orange margarita made with El Jimador tequila, Cointreau, blood orange puree and sour mix. Happy hour features half-price drinks. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Capri Blu Bar & Lounge at Andrea's Restaurant

3100 19th St., Metairie, (504) 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com

Restaurant bar

The decor in the lounge at Andrea's Italian restaurant reflects its namesake inspiration, the Isle of Capri, and there's live music Fridays and Saturdays. The bar serves classic cocktails, sgroppino (a mix of lemon sorbet, vodka and sparkling wine) and wines, including a red and white from chef/owner Andrea Apuzzo's vineyard in Italy. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Electric Cocktail

452 Aurora Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-7619

Neighborhood bar

The relaxed bar is dog-friendly and features sports on TV, pool, video poker and a juke box. The cocktails and beers are cheap. Rolling Rock and PBR are $1.25. Open daily. No food.

The Harbor Bar & Grill

3024 17th St., Metairie, (504) 832-4117; www.theharborbarandgrill.com;

@theharborbng

Restaurant bar

The neighborhood spot is unpretentious in its goal to provide a good times bar, and has been family operated for more than a quarter century. The bar stays open until 5 a.m. on weekends (3 a.m. is the earliest closing time), and the kitchen serves until at least 3 a.m. every day. The drinks served here are standard: beer, cocktails and shots. Open daily. Full restaurant menu.

Hurricane's Sports Bar and Grill

1414 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-0050

Sports bar

The happy hour is as long as a work day here, spanning 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Sports are the unifying factor, with drink specials during New Orleans Saints games. The bar also screens other NFL and college games, and it has a dart board and pool table. There's free live music Thursday through Saturday, and the kitchen is known for its pizza. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

Jiggers

1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, (504) 828-3555

Sports bar

Jiggers may be purple on the outside, but it's a classic sports bar on the inside — just the spot to catch a New Orleans Saints game or a UFC fight. When there's no game on, patrons can play video poker, pool, arcade basketball and darts, or use the free Wi-Fi to check in with their fantasy league. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Joe's Caddy Corner

4532 S. I-10 Service Road, Metairie, (504) 885-1164

Neighborhood bar

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 darts, pool and video poker. Monday is $15 steak night. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Lager's International Ale House

3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-9923; www.lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com;

@lagers_metairie

Beer pub

Bulldog's Metairie satellite features one of the largest draft beer selections in the area, with 75 taps. The pub frequently features limited-edition cask brews from local breweries, beer flights and free glassware on Wednesday Pint Night. The menu includes Tex Mex egg rolls, crawfish banditos and burgers. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 p.m.-close Sun.-Thu.

Martine's Lounge

2347 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-8637; www.facebook.com/martineslounge;

@martineslounge

Neighborhood bar

The relaxed lounge serves craft cocktails, such as Georgia peach tea made with Skyy peach vodka, peach bitters, agave, tea and lemon. During New Orleans Saints' games, there's free pizza or fried chicken and free shots for Saints' touchdowns. The bar has a pool table, dart board and a jukebox. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 1 p.m.-

7 p.m. daily and during Saints games.

Melius Bar & Grill

1701 Lake Ave., Metairie, (504) 828-9446; www.meliusbarbucktown.com

Sports bar

The Bucktown bar has a nautical theme, but it's a gathering spot for sports viewing, karaoke on Fridays and playing darts or pool. There also is free Wi-Fi and video poker. Burgers and bar food are available. Happy hour features $1.75 bloody marys and screwdrivers. Open daily. Food avail-able. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., all day Sunday.

Oscar's Lounge & Restaurant

2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540; www.oscarsoldmetairie.com

Restaurant bar

Framed photos of movie legend Marilyn Monroe grace the walls at this low-key lounge, where pool tables, darts and burgers share the bill with a wide wood bar and large liquor selection. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Out of Bounds

3802 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-7350

Sports bar

There's plenty of sports on TV, as well as pool tables and dart boards, and the bar welcomes service industry workers with drink specials ($3 Fireball shots, $2 domestic beers) beginning at midnight daily. Tuesday drink specials feature $2 domestic beers and well drinks for everyone. Open daily. Food available.

Phil's Grill

3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 324-9080; www.phils-grill.com;

@PhilsGrill

Restaurant bar

See Harahan section for bar description.

Revival

4612 Quincy St., Metairie, (504) 473-3751

Music club

The week starts with live trivia games on Monday, winds down with a blind-draw dart tournament on Friday and heats up again on Saturday with live music. Patrons can play pool, darts and video poker. Shots of Fireball, , Don Julio and Belvedere are popular, as are Jaeger bombs. The kitchen offers burgers, steaks and finger foods. Open daily. Food available. Happy hour till 7 p.m. daily.