Cooter’s scores points with locals because it served as a community gathering place in the aftermath of Katrina. College kids, local characters and Uptown swells drop in for brews and freshly shucked oysters, or to shoot pool or watch sports on TV. It also takes beer seriously, with 84 taps. The Snooty Cooter beer bar in back spotlights craft brews.

Pause to appreciate the tavern’s ‘Celebrity Hall of Foam and Beersoleum’ – a gallery of more than 100 plaster bas-relief statuettes of everybody from Liberace to Chairman Mao, each holding a bottle of beer. This curious, still-growing exhibit is the work of the uniquely talented Scott Conary.