Gambit's 100-plus bars 2017: neighborhood and late-night bars_lowres

Pia Tadlock serves a Cosmopolitan at Oscar’s Lounge & Restaurant.


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801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083;

The vibe: This bohemian hangout on the edge of Bywater draws a young tattooed set who gather at the U-shaped bar inside or move to funky live bands and DJs on the back patio.

What you'll drink: Put some Red Bull in your booze, you're going to be here late.

Bouligny Tavern

3641 Magazine St., (504) 891-1810;

The vibe: An elegant interior of dim mounted lamps and leather-backed wooden benches make this a nice place to impress a date, while outdoor four-tops are fun for wine communion with friends.

What you'll drink: Classic cocktails or wine by the glass. Cool down with a classy take on the daiquiri — just $5 during happy hour.



520 Capdeville St., (504) 371-5161;

The vibe: Whiskey and rock 'n' roll inspire this Warehouse District gastropub, where suit-types sip martinis while bumping elbows with punk rockers slamming shots and controlling a stellar jukebox.

What you'll drink: Capdeville's quip "Soup of the Day: Whiskey" is no joke.


3401 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 456-5596;

The vibe: Young professionals and extended families alike choose Cello's welcoming space as the place for quick cocktails or large parties.

What you'll drink: The bar has an eager-to-please, something-for- everyone selection.

Crown & Anchor English Pub


200 Pelican Ave., (504) 227-1007;

The vibe: A no-nonsense village tavern in the true sense, this institution feels like an extended living room for close-knit Algiers Point neighbors hoisting pints and throwing darts.

What you'll drink: Black and tans by day, single-malt Scotch by night.

Dry Dock Cafe

133 Delaronde St., (504) 361-8240;

The vibe: A friendly port at the foot of the ferry dock, the classic red-brick walls and old-school wooden brass-railed bar plays well as aday-drinking destination or chill burgers-and-beers spot.

What you'll drink: Get lucky with Sex on the Levee (rum, passion fruit, club soda).


1307 Lyons St., (504) 891-2373

The vibe: Though outwardly unassuming, Kingpin hits the spot as a casual neighborhood bar or late-night party spot, where locals play shuffleboard and other games.

What you'll drink: Local brews, or whatever works best for shuffleboard competition.

Markey's Bar


640 Louisa St., (504) 943-0785

The vibe: A 9th Ward landmark since an era when women weren't allowed to patronize the establishment, Markey's is home to colorful Bywater characters, neighborhood newcomers and sports fans from all around.

What you'll drink: Jameson.

Mid City Yacht Club


440 S. St. Patrick St., (504) 483-2517;

The vibe: This welcoming corner bar became an instant classic and just celebrated its 10th anniversary. It's known for pub grub, games and good times stretching from before noon to after midnight.

What you'll drink: Choose from limited-run craft beers on tap.

Mimi's in the Marigny


2601 Royal St. (504) 872-9868;

The vibe: Sophisticates pair wines with tapas as the setting sun turns the windows aglow. Grab a seat in the more relaxed upstairs lounge area, or belly up to the bar as action swirls around the pool table downstairs.

What you'll drink: The "Trust Me" option long has been a fixture on the tapas menu, and bartenders offer the same option with cocktails.

Oscar's Lounge & Restaurant

2027 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-9540;

The vibe: Unassumingly sitting in a row of Old Metairie storefronts, this casual bar has a a Marilyn Monroe hangup and keeps regulars coming back with burgers and good times.

What you'll drink: Bartenders here know you, order the usual.

Pal's Lounge


949 N. Rendon St. (504) 488-7257;

The vibe: See and be seen among the convivial cast of neighborhood characters along the long, narrow entrance — or avoid eye contact while playing pinball or air-hockey, eating chili dogs or playing songs on the jukebox in the back. What you'll drink: PBR tall boys or the signature Gingerita.

St. Joe's Bar

5535 Magazine St., (504) 899-3744;

The vibe: The corner bar is marked by decorative Catholic imagery, and there's a small outdoor bar in the small back courtyard. What you'll drink: Blueberry mojito.

Rivershack Tavern


3449 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 834-4938;

The vibe: Delightfully sassy day and night, Rivershack transforms from a beers-and-burgers afternoon hang into a foot-stomping roadhouse on weekend nights with high-energy local bands.

What you'll drink: Ice-cold bottles of Budweiser.

Rivershack Tavern Gretna

714 1st St., Gretna, (504) 325-5530;

The vibe: Now two years old, this bar put a funky face on vintage Gretna architecture to serve as a hip suburban niche eager for live music and wild nights on the West Bank.

What you'll drink: Top off Sunday brunch with a white Russian.

Saturn Bar

3067 St. Claude Ave., (504) 949-7532;

The vibe: The Saturn Bar has survived changes in ownership and the neighborhood to remain a delightful dive for drunken banter and launching benders.

What you'll drink: Hipster highballs, Miller High Life, Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Sidney's Saloon


1200 St. Bernard Ave., (504) 224-2672;

The vibe: The 7th Ward bar draws a young, pierced and sexy set with live local music and ice cream and free comedy shows as lagniappe.

What you'll drink: Big cups of stiff Jack and Coke.

Wit's Inn


141 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-1600;

The vibe: Patrons head to this casual Mid-City tavern after work and to watch sports. The kitchen serves a variety of gourment pizzas.

What you'll drink: Abita beers, Mid-City Monsoon, Witmaker.


Buffa's Bar & Restaurant


1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038;

The vibe: Though the front room at Buffa's is tiny and well-worn, it's a good place to have a quiet chat, especially on weeknights. A more spacious back room features regular live music by local musicians.

What you'll drink: Domestic brews, cheap mimosas on weekends.

Erin Rose

811 Conti St., (504) 522-3573;

The vibe: Just off Bourbon Street, a raucous crowd of regulars — mostly neighborhood and service-industry types — practically overflows out of the narrow bar. In back, Killer Poboys serves creative twists on classic sandwiches.

What you'll drink: Guinness and Harp on tap, frozen Irish coffee.

Lost Love Lounge

2529 Dauphine St., (504) 949-2009;

The vibe: This bar pulls off a magic trick — it's a trendy Marigny hangout that won't make you feel old. There's a long-running Tuesday-night comedy show, and the kitchen offers cheap Vietnamese food.

What you'll drink: A Dark & Stormy or $2 Tecate on Tuesdays.

Molly's at the Market

1107 Decatur St., (504) 525-5169;

The vibe: A cadre of long-serving bartenders helms the bar at this epicenter of lower Decatur life. The crowd includes a rotating cast of goths, off-duty waiters, dedicated drinkers and stray journalists; there's also Indian food available at the kitchen nook in back.

What you'll drink: Miller High Life, creamy frozen Irish coffee.

The Saint


961 St. Mary St., (504) 523-0050;

The vibe: Even the black walls seem to sweat at this after-hours hipster enclave, which plays up its idiosyncratic obsessions, such as weird '70s movies on the overhead screens, heavy metal music and tiki drinks.

What you'll drink: Something from the daily cocktails board or instantly regrettable shots.

Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge


7612 Oak St., (504) 861-2802;

The vibe: The all-night, Christmas-light-festooned lounge seems to liven after 2 a.m. and is affectionately equated with bad decisions. Drop by after a show at nearby Maple Leaf Bar and let it be your last stop — even if you leave after sunrise.

What you'll drink: For the love of God, at this hour you should switch to beer.

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