It's the place you swing by after a long day work, to watch the game or just to yuck it up with some familiar faces. It was the backdrop of a long-running TV series where "Everybody knows your name".

Yes, I'm talking about the neighbor bar.

South Louisiana has a long list watering holes that cater to regulars and visitors just popping in for a drink. Here's a sampling of some of local favorites on and off the grid. Keep in mind, some of these bars also serve as music venues where the beer is always cold, the company's friendly and you just might run into a familiar face.

Best Outdoor Venues

The Wurst Biergarten

The Wurst Biergarten
Image courtesy of Paul Kieu

This Downtown Lafayette outdoor venue has a munchies menu including brats and poutine, and a diversified, rotating beer list that showcases locally brewed and other craft beers. Now with a back bar space, open air market and stage, the Wurst offers something for everyone from live music, yoga classes and art and jewelry made by local artisans. The venue is family and pet friendly, too. Weather permitting, the Wurst, at 537 Jefferson Street, is five days a week excluding Monday until 2 a.m. For more about the Wurst, visit WurstBiergarten.com.

The Blue Moon Saloon

Rhythms & Roots at Blue Moon Saloon

Located a stone’s throw from Downtown Lafayette, The Blue Moon Saloon is almost as much a time-honored tradition as it is a hoppin’ juke joint. The bar offers a plethora of local, regional, and out-of-state bands on regular rotation. Combined with a classic wood dance floor perfect for a toe-tappin’, hip-swingin’ good time, and a comfortable, built-in hostel with plenty of beds should the night prove to be too much excitement. The Blue Moon Saloon is an outdoor bar with tons of Cajun personality that’s perfect for introducing out-of-towners to everything South Louisiana has to offer. For hours, an event calendar, and more, visit https://bluemoonpresents.com

 

Best Place to Play

The Greenroom

The Greenroom
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/JeffersonStGreenroom/

Open 365 days a year, the Green Room at 229 Jefferson Street, has grown into more than a local hangout. It throws holiday parties, hosts a weekly trivia night, karaoke, comedy shows and serves as a gallery for local artists. It's also a pool hall and a hot spot for foosball and shuffleboard. The venue was one the first downtown to jump on instilling a smoke-free policy before the city-wide mandate went into effect on Aug. 1. So breathe easy and grab a cocktail any day of the week at this lively local go-to. Visit GreenroomDowntown.com for more.

Best to Drink with the Whole Gang

Legends

Legend's
Image courtesy of LegendsOfLafayette.com

Legends truly has managed to pull off being a popular neighborhood bar because it operates eight locations throughout Lafayette Parish. With indoor and outdoor seating, bar games like cornhole and giant Jenga, daily drink specials and what many consider some of the best burgers in town, it's an after work favorite. Visit legendsoflafayette.com for events, drink specials and more.

Best Bar with a View

Turtles Bar

Turtle's Bar
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/AtchafalayaBasinLanding/

Drive about 27 miles northwest of Downtown Lafayette and you'll find Henderson, one of my favorite communities in South Louisiana. One of the most accessible nearby gateways to the Atchafalaya Basin, the levee town is home to waterfront dance hall Whiskey River Landing, Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant, and just down Levee Road, you'll find Turtles Bar. Connected to Atchafalaya Basin Landing and Swamp Tours, this colorful watering hole looks out to the largest wetland in the U.S. If you don't mind the sound of docking airboats, smell of boat diesel, and the laughter of locals catching up on local gossip, you'll fit right in here. You can even knock on the bar window grab a beer while you watch the sun set from the back patio.

Bayou Teche Brewing Co.  

Bayou Teche Brewing

Located deep in the heart of scenic Arnaudville, Bayou Teche's home base of operations offers regular live music, seasonal events, and an incredible view of the countryside. Its spacious outdoor bar works overtime as a dancefloor, music venue, and family space. A regular haunt for Cajun and zydeco players as well as locals from all over South Louisiana, the brewery is a snapshot of the company's focus on Cajun culture. It has become a great place to pass a good time out in the middle of nowhere. Bayou Teche Brewing is open Wednesday - Sunday. Click here for events, drink specials, and more.

Best Bourbon Selection

The Barrel Bar of Broussard

The Barrel Bar in Broussard
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Offering a cool, intimate atmosphere for sipping "boutique" cocktails concocted from a long list of choice spirits, The Barrel works to provide a little something different than your average bar. Located at 811 Alberson Parkway, the bar is nestled in one of the fastest growing areas for local drinking and dining. The Barrel updates hours and events on its Facebook page.

Social Southern Table & Bar

Social Southern Table & Bar Diners

While most people know Social for the culinary machinations of Chef Marc Krampe and his talented crew (their burger is a favorite splurge of mine when I want to eat my feelings, but also treat myself), the restaurant regularly scores high marks and receives accolades for its extensive whiskey selection and talented bartenders. From barrel-aged cocktails to original creations made with local and in-house ingredients, the restaurant does an excellent job serving as both classy restaurant designed to impress and local jaunt filled with bartenders quick to learn the names of its regulars.  Social Southern Table and Bar is located at 3901 Johnston street and open six days a week serving up brunch, lunch and dinner (though not all three most days). Visit SocialSouthern.com for more details and menus. 

Best Place to Watch a Saints Game

The Tap Room

Tap Room Interior

This is speaking from personal experience. After a heartbreaking start of the season, the New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers, 34-13. I watched the win from a bar located in the first floor of high-end apartments in a part of town you are likely to see some of the most the expensive vehicles in Lafayette. And it was wild. The screaming, the clanking of beers bottles, the heckling and the embrace of strangers made me love this venue. Not to mention that The Tap Room, at 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., has a wide selection of craft and imported brews, daily specials and a tasty menu of gourmet flatbread and hotdogs. Check it out at lataproom.com.

Looking for a few other options on where to wet your whistle?

Check out these other bars in South Louisiana.

Jefferson Street Pub
500 Jefferson St
(337) 232-5040

Marley’s Sports Bar
407 Jefferson St
(337) 235-2004

The Bulldog
109 General Mouton Ave
(337) 484-3192

The Office Bar
324 Jefferson St
(337) 234-2808

Rock'n'Bowl
905 Jefferson St
(337) 534-8880

The Green Room
229 Jefferson St
(337) 233-4255

The Studio Downtown
425 Jefferson St
(337) 366-0056

Artmosphere
902 Johnston St
(337) 233-3331

NiteTown
524 Jefferson St
(337) 593-8551

Bolt Bar & Patio
114 McKinley St
(337) 534-4913

McMillans Pub
2905 E Simcoe St
(337) 235-9965

Fast Eddie’s
2431 W Congress St
(337) 453-3139

The Brass Room
1301 LA 728-8
(337) 232-7001

The Pearl Lafayette
222 Jefferson St
(337) 534-0809

Corner Bar
3103 Johnston St
(337) 456-3063

Max’s Pool Hall
105 Kaliste Saloom Rd
(337) 269-1123

POUR
1 Degaulle Square
(337) 981-8085

Club 337
1521 W Pinhook Rd
(337) 235-6111

Cowboys Saloon
211 N Ambassador Caffery Pkwy
(337) 232-6003

Caffe Cottage
1013 E St Mary Blvd
(337) 235-4199

The Grouse Room
1919 Kaliste Saloom Rd Ste 303
(337) 806-9098

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