As an initial tip, Shreveport upholds the well-known Louisiana alcohol philosophy. Booze is readily available, even if you're in your car. You'll see a number of drive-thru daiquiri stands. Isn't that dangerous and simply an enticement to drunk driving? No. Louisiana allows these stands to exist because they have to apply a tamper proof device to the lids of their styrofoam cups: a piece of scotch tape. Who can possibly remove such a foolproof device while driving?
Anyway, here are a few more traditional choices:
- Superior Grill (6123 Line Ave.) - Loud, noisy, and crowded. The margaritas are made with PGA, so go light if you're planning to walk out of the bar.
- Superior's Steakhouse (855 Pierremont Road, but it's in a shopping center at the corner of Line and Pierremont) - The place to be and be seen in Shreveport. It's a typical steakhouse with a big, nice bar including a back room with a roaring fire and leather couches. You can buy cigars there and smoke them on the spacious patio.
- The Cub (3002 Girard St.) - Classic dive bar with a diverse crowd that trends younger as the night progresses. If you don't like smoke, stay away.
- Giuseppe's (4800 Line Ave.) - The bar is usually quieter and less crowded than the steakhouse with a more sophisticated decor.
- Wine Country (4801 Line Ave., but it's in Pierremont Mall) - It's a wine bar, but it doesn't lack anything, including two big TVs behind the bar. They also make the best bar food in town.
- Stray Cats (222 Travis St., Downtown) - A small bar, but it got a good bit of notoriety when Josh Brolin was arrested there while filming "W." in Shreveport last year. There's a back patio that you should ask about, too.
- The Noble Savage (417 Texas St., Downtown) - A bit of a Bohemian feel, but it has the best selection of beers in town. They usually run some interesting food specials, too. There's also darts and pool, if you're interested.
- The Louisiana Boardwalk (Bossier City riverfront) - The Boardwalk is a huge outlet mall with restaurants and bars sprinkled throughout the development. There's a Buffalo Wild Wings and a few other bars in there. It's a good spot to visit during the day and those bars do a brisk business at night. Be forewarned, Aggie midnight yell practice will be there Sunday night.