We all know New Orleans is known for many things, one of which is the options available for happy hour. However, there really is no need to leave St. Tammany Parish, as we have plenty of places to enjoy a beverage or two. Below are three recommendations, no matter what type of libation you desire.

Get Crafty

Lola restaurant in Covington, LA

Come for a cool cocktail, stay for a hot meal.

When you want something a little out of the ordinary, a great place to satisfy that thirst is Lola. Created by Chefs Keith and Nealy Frentz, this Covington restaurant and bar is in an old train depot (the kitchen is in an actual caboose). With this distinct setting, you know you are in for some innovative craft cocktails. I am a fan of the French 75, and the delectable version here named Provence 75 incorporates real lavender. My friend enjoyed the creatively named Cane Touch This, a grapefruit-meets-gin cocktail with a lingering impression. The atmosphere, coupled with the enticing menu perusal, will likely have you asking if a table is available.

More Wine, You Ask

If you are leaning more toward an intimate, relaxed setting to enjoy a glass of wine, the St. Ann Wine Bar in Mandeville fits the bill. Comfy chairs in a variety of sitting configurations allow for real conversations, whether there are two or 10 in your group. With the vast selection of high-end wines by the glass or bottle (Caymus, anyone?), this may just be your most challenging decision of the day. Be sure to try the Crabmeat Queso, and ask for extra wonton chips to sop every bit. During the summer, happy-hour apps are half-priced!

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

The obvious choice for my favorite beer joint is naturally our local gem, Abita Brew Pub! Every flavor of beer you can possibly imagine is created by this local brewery. Located just off the Abita Springs Trailhead for Tammany Trace, the pub boasts incredible burgers that are perfect to wash down with your favorite brew. It can get pretty lively here during the typical happy hour timeframe, so come later if you prefer a quieter setting.

These three recommendations are just a small sampling of cool Northshore options. Now it’s time to get happy!